Celebrated Every April During National Volunteer Week

Volunteers are a powerful force for community improvement, and their efforts make the most of limited resources. The GIVE Awards are presented in cooperation with the Office of the Governor to honor the accomplishments of Mississippians who make a difference in their communities each year. These prestigious awards, initially launched in 1993 by First Lady Patricia O. Fordice and Governor Kirk Fordice, are a small token of thanks to the many people who live their lives in service to their neighbors and this great state that they call home.  Since its inception, thousands of Mississippians have participated in honoring 279 individual and organizational GIVE Award recipients.

The GIVE Awards recognize outstanding individual and group volunteer efforts that have made a significant difference to the state, through volunteer action in local communities. Highlighting these extraordinary acts of kindness not only honors deserving volunteers, but inspires others to follow in their footsteps.

The GIVE Awards have helped to establish high standards for volunteer involvement and effectiveness in multiplying resources for communities. Awards are given to volunteers in categories, such as: youth (<18), humanitarian service, faith-based, and lifetime achievement. Awards are also given for outstanding service to a variety of specific causes, such as: Children & Families, Health, Homelessness, Hunger, the Environment, Animal Advocacy, Literacy, Education, Mental Health, Arts & Culture, Anti-Violence, Disaster Relief, Economic Development, and other essential causes that enrich the lives of Mississippians.

The 2020 GIVE Awards: 

The 2020 GIVE Awards will be presented to eleven individuals and groups at a special luncheon ceremony to be held Monday, April 20, 2020, kicking off celebrations for National Volunteer Week.  For general information on the GIVE Awards, please contact Krista Estes at (601) 432-6306 or krista@volunteermississippi.orgMedia are invited to contact Caitlin Brooking at (769) 257-4827 or for more formation on the ceremony.

The deadline for nominations for the 2019 GIVE Awards was January 27, 2020 by 5:00 PM. 



Recognize Your Volunteers With A 


Volunteer Mississippi and the First Lady of Mississippi believe that volunteering is a vital component of a healthy, thriving community.  These significant acts of kindness are deserving of recognition for the positive impact they make for the people of our great state. Therefore, individuals and groups throughout Mississippi will be recognized for their valuable volunteer contributions with a Certificate of Appreciation and Letter of Thanks signed by the First Lady of Mississippi and the Executive Director of Volunteer Mississippi.

Certificates and Letters will be sent to volunteers using the following appropriate sources and criteria:

  • Nonprofit and For-Profit Organizations may request a certificate and letter for up to 60 individual volunteers or 60 volunteer groups (or a combination of both) once every 6 months, and should not exceed a total of 120 requests within a 1-year period.
  • Eligible organizations include: 501(c)3s, clubs, associations, churches, hospitals, government agencies, colleges/universities, K-12 schools, businesses/corporations, foundations, etc.

So, what now?  

  • Click here to complete and submit the online VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION REQUEST FORM.
  • Certificates & Letters will be mailed on a monthly basis. The requesting organization will be notified by email after recognition items have been mailed.