Volunteer Mississippi, The Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service, invites nominations for the Governor’s Initiative for Volunteer Excellence (GIVE) Awards. This award is the highest honor Volunteer Mississippi gives to volunteers.

The GIVE Awards celebrate the exemplary service 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 some of Mississippi's extraordinary citizens while inspiring others to follow their example.

“As First Lady and Honorary Chair for the Commission for Volunteer Service, I look forward to partnering with Volunteer Mississippi to honor these outstanding Mississippi volunteers,” said First Lady Elee Reeves. “Mississippi is comprised of selfless individuals who are committed to bettering our communities and lending a helping hand to our neighbors in need.”

Members of the public can nominate a volunteer by visiting Nominations will be accepted until Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023.

“There are countless Mississippi volunteers who are worthy of these special GIVE Awards,” said Monica Ritchie, executive director at Volunteer Mississippi. “I encourage organizations, families, friends, students, educators, veterans, and colleagues to nominate any person with a passion for volunteerism who is making a difference in their community.”

The story of volunteerism in Mississippi is about service as a way of life. It’s about leadership in our schools, workplaces, and communities. It’s about results. Statewide volunteers and national service members are getting things done and making a difference for our children, our seniors, our veterans, and military families. More information about Volunteer Mississippi and all its programs can be found at

In partnership with the Governor's Office, GIVE Awards will be presented at a special luncheon ceremony to be held Tuesday, April 18, 2023, kicking off celebrations for National Volunteer Week.

To nominate a volunteer, visit Find all Volunteer Mississippi news releases at


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