Launched in 2011, Spirit of Community is South Jersey’s premiere civic event that celebrates extraordinary civic-minded volunteers, businesses and non-profits. For one night, government officials, members of the media, non-profit organizations, corporations and service-minded leaders will unify to honor the contributions made daily by our friends, neighbors and family members.
The Volunteer Center of South Jersey invites you to join us at the celebration on Thursday, October 26th, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. for dinner followed by the awards ceremony. We also invite you to nominate individuals, businesses and non-profits who are deserving of recognition. Nominations are currently being accepted for the categories listed below.
Community Awards – These awards can be nominated by individuals and any organization type (nonprofit and business). Volunteer hours/service MUST be verified by those organizations, where the nominee served.
South Jersey Humanitarian of the Year – This prestigious award is designed to honor a South Jersey leader who has consistently gone above and beyond to make his/her community a better place through their commitment to volunteerism and selfless acts of service. The final recipient of this award is selected by the Volunteer Center’s judging committee. No minimum hour requirement.
Bob Shyrock Community Service Award – This award is bestowed to a local non-profit organization that has shown unwavering commitment to volunteerism and the community. The final recipient of this award is selected by the Volunteer Center’s judging committee. No minimum hour requirement.
Distinguished Youth Service Award – This award recognizes community leaders between the ages of 14 and 23 who have made a great impact in the community. The final recipient of this award is selected by the Volunteer Center’s judging committee. No minimum hour requirement.
Corporate Excellence Award – This award honors a socially responsible company with an exemplary commitment to service in their community. The final recipient of this award is selected by the Volunteer Center’s judging committee. No minimum hour requirement.
President’s Volunteer Service Award – These awards – offered at the bronze, silver, gold and lifetime level – recognize the valuable contributions of volunteers nationwide who are answering the U.S. President’s call to serve others. Recipients receive a signed letter from the President, a service pin, and letters of commendation from local political offices.
Nonprofit Awards – These awards can be nominated by a nonprofit organization only.
Volunteer Manager of the Year Award – This honor recognizes achievement in the creation, implementation and leadership of an effective volunteer program to meet social need.
Volunteer of the Year Award – This award provides a public platform for local nonprofits to recognize a volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution in their agency.
Corporate Awards – These awards can be nominated by a business organization only.
H.E.R.O.E.S Award – Honoring Excellence, Rewarding Outstanding Employee Service – This new award offers local corporations and small businesses a platform to celebrate a “star employee” who has dedicated time, talent and resources to making a difference in the local community and whose unwavering commitment has served as an example and inspiration to the entire organization.