ServeOhio Awards


Volunteerism and service improves lives in Ohio every minute of every day.  The impact of everyday citizens who reach beyond themselves to help their neighbors and communities – transforming themselves and others – shape who we are as a state.  We give, we learn, we serve, we grow.


ServeOhio Awards

ServeOhio honors outstanding people, groups, and initiatives who make great contributions to their local communities and the state through service and volunteerism. The ServeOhio Awards recognize volunteers, service groups, corporate groups, and volunteer initiatives in each of the 5 regions of the state.

The Awards will recognize a volunteer, service group, corporate group, or volunteer initiative in each of the 5 regions of the state. 

  • Northwest
  • Northeast
  • Central
  • Southwest
  • Southeast

View breakdown of counties associated with each region.

Nominators can choose to submit a nomination for an adult volunteer, youth volunteer, community volunteer group, corporate volunteer group, volunteer initiative, or national day of service project.  Nominations for national service programs (AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps Seniors) will not be considered.  Nominations will be grouped and reviewed based on the geographic region of the state where the volunteer served.  One award will be given in each region of the state.  Self-nominations will be accepted and nominators are encouraged to submit multiple nominations.

A cash award of $1,000 will be issued to support the organization which benefited from the recipient’s service.  The awards will be presented during National Volunteer Week, April 17 - 23, 2022, during a virtual ceremony. The nomination deadline is January 28, 2022 at 11:59 PM.

View a list of the 2021 ServeOhio Award recipients.

Nomination Process

ServeOhio staff and commissioners will review nominations. Reviewers will evaluate nominations based on the nominee’s accomplishments and measurable community impact. Nominators will be notified by March 7, 2022.



Please refer questions regarding the ServeOhio Awards to Sarah Short,


ServeOhio reserves the right to not grant awards in all regions if an insufficient number of entries are received and/or the applicants do not meet the established standards of the review committee.