Citizens who serve in their communities as volunteers contribute to the strength and vitality of every Mississippi town and city. They keep our neighborhoods safe, mentor our children, feed hungry families, comfort the elderly, and respond in times of disaster.   The Governor’s Initiative for Volunteer Excellence (GIVE) Awards celebrate the exemplary work of Mississippi’s most dedicated citizens. This award program, presented by Volunteer Mississippi in partnership with the Governor’s Office, recognizes and honors the valuable contributions of Mississippi’s extraordinary citizens while inspiring others to follow their example. Awards will be presented at a special luncheon ceremony on Monday, April 10, 2017, kicking off celebrations for National Volunteer Week.



  • Complete all sections of the nomination form. (Incomplete nominations will not be accepted).
  • Descriptions of the nominee’s volunteer activity must be at least 200 words (950 characters) in length (approximately 3/4 page), but no longer than 1600 words in length (approximately 4 pages).
  • Make a copy or print your completed nomination form BEFORE clicking the submit button (Only nominations submitted via this official nomination form will be accepted).
  • Submit nominations no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 9, 2017.
  • Please do not send photos or additional documents. (Photos will be requested if your nominee is chosen for an award).
  • Information contained in your nomination form may be used for event publications and released to the media and elected officials.


  • Individuals and groups are eligible.
  • The nominee’s volunteer service must have been completed in, and/or accomplished on behalf of, the state of Mississippi.
  • Nominees must have served in an unpaid/volunteer capacity, (the only exception is for Nonprofit Volunteer Management Professionals).
  • *Nominations do not need to be in any specific category.
  • Nominees may be self-nominated.
  • Nominees must have performed volunteer activities during 2016, however, nominators are encouraged to include all of the nominee’s years of service in the nomination form.
  • Individuals or groups that volunteer as part of a workplace volunteer program, internship or for course credit are eligible.
  • National Service nominees, such as, AmeriCorps, VISTA, RSVP, Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, etc., are eligible for volunteer service “above and beyond” his/her normal duties.
  • Nominees must not have been awarded a Governor’s Initiative for Volunteer Excellence Award within the past five years

*Categories are assigned after judges have chosen the top-ranked nominations. Possible categories are as follows: youth (under the age of 18), college students, veterans, person(s) with a disability, public servants, faith-based volunteer(s), National Service participants, nonprofit organizations (for volunteer outreach), nonprofit volunteer management professionals, corporations/businesses (for employee volunteer efforts), media organizations (for volunteer outreach), individual lifetime achievement; or for giving service to a specific causes, such as, but not limited to the following: Children & Families, Health, Homelessness, Hunger, the Environment, Animal Advocacy, Literacy, Education, Mental Health, Veterans & Military Families, Arts & Culture, Anti-Violence, Disaster Relief, Economic Development, and other essential causes that enrich the lives of Mississippians.

For questions about the GIVE Awards contact Krista Estes at 601.432.6306 or krista@volunteermississippi.org.