Governor's Volunteer Awards winners announced

by Jared Paben

Governor's Volunteer Awards winners announced

From helping veterans access benefits to bolstering the fight against cancer, volunteers in Oregon demonstrate dedication to improving their communities.

The 2014 Governor’s Volunteer Awards will recognize 22 volunteering individuals or duos and 10 volunteer programs from throughout Oregon for their hard work and achievements. They'll receive their awards at the annual Governor's Volunteer Awards Luncheon on Thursday, April 24, in Salem.

Oregon Volunteers is now taking reservations for those who would like to attend the annual awards.

Of the total 32 awards this year, eight will be state-level awards and 24 will be regional awards.

"These volunteers represent the very best of Oregon," said Governor Kitzhaber. "They have found and filled needs in their community, using common purpose, compassion, and ingenuity to make a huge and lasting difference. I congratulate and thank them for their service."


The Oregon Volunteers Commission for Voluntary Action and Service organizes the awards program, which is sponsored by Wells Fargo. In addition to recognition at the event, Wells Fargo will make a cash grant to a nonprofit organization selected by each winner. The grants on behalf of state-level winners will be $600 each, and those on behalf of regional winners will be $425 each.

The winners of this year’s awards emerged from an extraordinary competition. Oregon Volunteer received a record number of nominations this year – 114 nominations, a 46 percent increase over the last awards. Nominations were carefully reviewed by volunteer-engagement leaders from across the state.

The winners serve from areas as varied as Medford, Portland, Newport and Ontario, and places in between.

Congratulations to our award winners, and thank you to all of our state's volunteers! According to federal data, 1 in 3 Oregonians volunteer, higher than the national average of 1 in 4.

For more information on the Governor's Volunteer Awards, please contact Jared Paben, Oregon Volunteers communications and events specialist, at 503-725-8322 or

Posted on March 31, 2014 in Volunteering, Events.