The Volunteer Center believes volunteers and groups engaging volunteer should be recognized for their efforts. Below are the awards we present to people helping make our community a better place to live and work.
Youth for Excellent Service (YES!) Award
Men and Women of Excellence
Lavender Award for Excellence Breakfast
See details and nomination forms below.
YOUTH FOR EXCELLENT SERVICE (yes!) AWARD
The Youth for Excellent Service! Award is presented monthly to an individual 21 years of age or younger who has served Erie County through volunteerism in an exemplary manner in either an on-going or one time project. The award acknowledges the importance of youth involvement in community service by giving public recognition and a financial contribution.
Each winner receives a certificate and press release submitted to the Sandusky Register.
Recognition can be for on-going work or for a one time project.
Nominee must be 21 years of age or younger at the time of the nomination.
All areas of volunteerism will be considered with the exception of partisan political work.
Work done as credit or as part of an internship will be considered. Work done through a political format that benefits the broader community can be considered eligible. Court mandated service or service that is compensated beyond expenses incurred will not be considered eligible.
The nominee must either reside in Erie County or have performed the service in the County. Work done on a state, national or international level will be considered when done by a resident of Erie County.
Nomination An applicant can be nominated by the agency for whom they completed the service, school officials, church, their peers or parents. Contact: The Volunteer Center at 419-627-0074 or email Amber.Hunter@thevolunteercenter.com for more information. Download:
MEN AND WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE AWARD - October 7, 2018
In 1989 the Woman of Excellence Celebration was started by Providence Hospital's Women's Center. It was created to give service clubs, schools, and churches an opportunity to honor area women for their outstanding volunteer service to the community. To date, over 450 women have received this honor. When the area hospitals consolidated, Firelands Regional Medical Center became the sponsor of the Celebration. In 2009, this event has been organized by The Volunteer Center of Erie County and the Zonta Club of Sandusky. In 2016, it was decided to expand the event to include men nominees. It is with great pleasure that our award program is now called "Men and Women of Excellence." A candidate for the Men and Women of Excellence is nominated based on the following guidelines:
Nominees should have served Erie County through volunteerism in an exemplary manner.
Nominees can be recognized for ongoing work, or for one exceptional project. All areas of volunteerism can be considered with the exception of political work. Work done through a political forum that benefits the broader community is eligible.
Services rendered for pay should not be considered. Recipients may be selected for community service activities related to their work or profession.
Recipients are selected by the organization. Winners are not required to be a member of the organization. Only one nominee per organization is permitted.
Recipients may only be recognized once in a lifetime. Please review the list of past recipients before nominating someone. The Volunteer Center has the right to deny a nomination.
Service groups should follow a selection process, and nominees must have approval of that group’s governing body.
Men & Women of Excellence - 2018 Nomination Form - Nominations are now OPEN! (Microsoft WORD) (PDF)
The Lavender Award for Excellence is given annually to a program, organization or agency in Erie County, Ohio that has shown exemplary use of volunteers to meet the needs of the community. Named for Mary Ann Lavender, founder of The Volunteer Center, this award acknowledges the importance of volunteer programs within the agencies that serve those in need. The winning organization receives a donation of $2,000.00.
Nomination forms will be available in the January 2019.
President's Volunteer Service Award
President's Service Award is a national presidential recognition program for Americans of all ages who contribute a significant amount of time to volunteer service. This Award is given annually to individuals, families and groups that have demonstrated outstanding civic participation and volunteer service over a twelve month period by The Volunteer Center. For more information on any of these programs, email email@example.com or call 419-627-0074. Nomination forms will be available in the January 2019.