HONORING INDIVIDUALS WHO CHANGE THE WORLD

Millions of people act on their power to do good every day, using their hearts, hands, and minds to help strengthen communities and solve persistent problems. We recognize their individual stories and lift them up to inspire others so we may each, in our own way, answer the call to make a difference.

ELIGIBILITY & CRITERIA

  • Residency: Award nominees must be legal U.S. residents.
  • Service: All volunteer activities must be unpaid and cannot include court-ordered community service. Nominees who receive a nominal stipend for their service or receive paid time off to volunteer are eligible.
  • Timeline: Volunteer service must last for six uninterrupted months and still be ongoing (except disaster relief work).
  • Impact: Work should demonstrate real impact from the activity. Examples include number of people served, money raised, etc.
  • Community need: Activity must meet a community need or concern. Nominee must have sustainability plans for their activity (ex. working with community organizations to continue their work, empowering service recipients to continue their work, etc.).

The following criteria are utilized in reviewing and judging nominations:

  • Community Needs and Solution: Activity must meet a community need or concern. Nominee must have sustainability plans for their activity (ex. working with community organizations to continue their work, empowering service recipients to continue their work, etc.).
  • Impact: Demonstrated real impact (outputs and outcomes) from the activity. Examples include the amount of money raised, number of people that received services, etc.
  • Innovation: Activity should reflect innovative or unique approaches to solving serious social problems.

Volunteer Eligibility

  • United States citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States (i.e., green card holder)
  • Must be at least five years old
  • Completes eligible service within a 12-month period (for annual Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards) and over a lifetime (for Lifetime Achievement Awards)

Eligible Service does not include:

  • Donating funds
  • Political lobbying (Non-partisan voter registration is an eligible activity)
  • Religious instruction
  • Conducting worship service
  • Proselytizing
  • Volunteer service performed as part of court-ordered community service
  • Serving only family members