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Governor's Volunteer and Service Awards

19th Annual Awards

Governor's Awards for Volunteerism and Service

Gov. Steve Beshear at the ceremonyGovernor Steve Beshear honored 14 groups and individuals from across the state for their volunteer and service contributions at a ceremony in Frankfort on July 22, 2014.

Gov. Beshear and Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Deputy Secretary Eric Friedlander presented the Governor’s Awards for Volunteerism and Service at the Governor’s Mansion.

Gov. Beshear said the event was a chance to honor the state’s leaders and innovators – volunteers and national service members – and the example they set for others.

“It’s been said that a lot of people doing a little bit can make a big difference,” he said. “You have shown that one person doing a lot, can cause a wave of change.”

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News and Media

Ceremony photos on Facebook

ALL event photos on Flickr
To download, click on the desired photo, then the arrow to download photo and then choose the size.

Event Program (Winner Narratives)

CHFS Press release 7-22-14

KyForward.com article 7-23-14

Questions about the awards program should be directed to Shannon Ramsey, (502) 564-7420, ext. 3841.

19th Annual Awards Program


Bonnie Clark, National Service Award
Owensboro/Daviess County

Mark C. Dobbs, Volunteer Coordinator Award
Jeffersontown/Jefferson County

Jason Schubert, Kentucky Ambassador Award
Lexington/Fayette County

Lynda Frazier, First Lady's Award
Lexington/Fayette County

Jody Keeley, Challenge Award
Verona/Boone County

Breaking Bread, Faith-Based Group Award
Madisonville/Hopkins County

Humana Government Business, Corporate Award
Louisville/Jefferson County

Union County Garden Coalition, Group Volunteer Service Award
Morganfield/Union County

Bardstown At Home, Nonprofit Organization Award
Bardstown/Nelson County

Sgt. Jerry Hall Jr., Veteran Volunteer Service Award
Leburn/Knott County

Shelia Carroll, Senior Volunteer Service Award
Covington/Kenton County

Gary Jones, Volunteer Service Award
Versailles/Woodford County

Nathaniel Jarboe, Youth Volunteer Service Award
Rineyville/Hardin County

Ginny Ramsey, Lifetime Achievement Award
Lexington/Fayette County

Honorable Mention

  • Old National Bank, Corporate Award
  • Kelsey Erin Mattingly, First Lady's Award
  • Red Inferno Pulling Team, Group Volunteer Service Award
  • Larry Smith, Kentucky Ambassador Award
  • John DuPlessis, Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Linda Golebiewski, National Service Award
  • Martha Lott, National Service Award
  • God's Pantry Food Bank, Nonprofit Organization Award
  • New Roots, Nonprofit Organization Award
  • Tri County CASA of Kentucky, Nonprofit Organization Award
  • Phil and Peggy Graham, Senior Volunteer Service  Award
  • Sgt. Jeremy Emerson, Veteran Volunteer Service Award
  • Ray Long, Veteran Volunteer Service Award
  • Rusty Mardis, Veteran Volunteer Service Award
  • Sandy Griffiths, Volunteer Coordinator Award
  • Todd Johnson, Volunteer Coordinator Award
  • John Eldridge, Volunteer Service Award
  • Drew Vanderford, Volunteer Service Award
  • Katherine Grace O'Nan, Youth Volunteer Service Award
General Information

The Governor's Awards for Volunteerism and Service program offers a rare glimpse into the lives and achievements of Kentuckians who serve without expectation of compensation, recognition or commendation.

The Governor's Office launched the program in 1975. Since 1995, the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS) has managed the awards program. It’s been our distinct privilege over the years to recognize a few of the thousands whose volunteer service contributes immeasurably to a better Kentucky.

Lifetime Achievement Award RecipientsGinny Ramsey, Lifetime Achievement Award

2013: Ginny Ramsey

2012: Dr. Paula Maionchi

2011: George B. Merrifield Jr. and Jeanette Elder

2010: Bill Burch

2009: Charles Stiles

2008: Dr. Merrill A. Winchester

2007: Robley H. Rex and Garnett Fairchild

Award Categories and Criteria

Special consideration is given to nominations covering one or more of the following six focus areas: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families. Learn more about the focus areas.

Senior Volunteer Service Award: Recognizes an individual (65 and older) who has met a community need in an innovative and effective way. Nominee may have changed lives and/or community conditions as a result of service efforts.

Volunteer Service Award: Recognizes an individual (19-64 years old) who has met a community need in an innovative and effective way. Nominee may have changed lives and/or community conditions as a result of service efforts.

Youth Volunteer Service Award: Recognizes a youth (18 or younger) who has demonstrated significant contributions to volunteer efforts/programs. Nominee may serve as a role model and inspiration to other volunteers.

*New* Veteran Volunteer Service Award: Recognizes a veteran who has met a community need beyond his/her military service duties.

Group Volunteer Service Award: Recognizes a group of individuals or organizations working together to make a difference in a community. This may be a one-time service project or ongoing effort.

Faith-Based Group Award: Recognizes a group that volunteers through a faith-based community organization, serving populations outside that organization. The nomination should demonstrate significant volunteer outreach.

Challenge Award: Recognizes an individual who has overcome significant personal obstacles - anything from physical and/or mental challenges to significant time constraints - to engage in volunteer service.

Volunteer Coordinator Award: Recognizes a paid or volunteer manager who exemplifies solid volunteer management skills, such as in volunteer training, risk management, screening, recognition, evaluation and retention of volunteers.

National Service Award: Recognizes an individual member and/or group of members of a national service program (AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps NCCC or Senior Service Corps) who has demonstrated service beyond standard expectations of the designated program. This individual and/or group provides an extraordinary example of the AmeriCorps spirit.

Corporate Award: Recognizes a business that has made an impact through innovation, volunteer hours, number of volunteers, monetary support, etc. It may recognize the historic record of supporting volunteerism through policies and practices. The nomination should demonstrate ongoing community or statewide impact.

Nonprofit Organization Award: Recognizes a nonprofit organization that manages an exceptional volunteer program that has made a significant impact on the community.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Recognizes a lifelong commitment to volunteerism and community service at a variety of levels. Nominees must have made a substantial and sustained impact in the community as a result of their service.

Kentucky Ambassador Award: Recognizes a Kentuckian whose primary volunteer service is outside Kentucky and/or the United States, promoting Kentucky as a Commonwealth of Caring.

First Lady’s Award: Recognizes a Kentuckian who has helped at-risk students reach education goals, leading to graduation. This may have been done through mentoring, time spent tutoring or advising or by working directly with a school.

18th Annual Awards

Lt. Gov. Jerry AbramsonFourteen groups and individuals from across the state were honored for their volunteer and service contributions at a ceremony in Frankfort on Tuesday, June 25, 2013.

Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson and CHFS Sec. Audrey Tayse Haynes, presented the Governor’s Awards for Volunteerism and Service at the Governor’s Mansion. The awards honored for service completed in 2012.


  • Dr. Paula Maionchi, Lifetime Achievement Award, Richmond/Madison County, nominated by Jeri Allison.
  • Benjamin Brown Otten, Challenge Award, Louisville/Jefferson County, nominated by Ron Roark.
  • PNC Bank, Corporate Award, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, nominated by Laurie Wolsing.
  • HOTEL INC Homeless Outreach Program, Faith-Based Group Award, Bowling Green/Warren County, nominated by Sharli Rogers.
  • Alicia McClurg and Kim Standafer, Group Volunteer Service Award, West Liberty/Morgan County, nominated by Heather Bryant.
  • Carolyn R. Belmar, National Service Award, Louisville/Jefferson County, nominated by Marian V. Gosling.
  • The Kentucky Center Arts in Healing program, Nonprofit Organization Award, Louisville/Jefferson County, nominated by Rhonda L. Smith.
  • James Terrell, Senior Volunteer Service Award, Cadiz/Trigg County, nominated by Brenda Southwick.
  • Marian V. Gosling, Volunteer Coordinator Award, Louisville/Jefferson County, nominated by Cindy Venable.
  • Laura Jo “Jodie” Baker, Volunteer Service Award, Lexington/Fayette County, nominated by Elizabeth Myers.
  • Morgan Guess, Youth Volunteer Service Award, Paducah/McCracken County,
    nominated by Susan Guess.
  • Mary Ruth Hawkins, First Lady's Award, Shepherdsville/Bullitt County, nominated by Heather McDonald.
  • MSUCorps, AmeriCorps Program award*
  • Southern Bluegrass Service Region, DCBS Region award*

*Special traveling award for Make A Difference Day.

Photos, News and Media

Awards Ceremony and Reception Video, 6-25-13

Ceremony Photos, KCCVS Facebook page 6-25-13

Ceremony Program, online version 6-25-13

Gena Bigler: Kentucky is lucky to have many good people standing up and saying ‘why not’, KyForward.com 6-26-13

Governor’s Awards for Volunteerism and Service given to 14 in Frankfort ceremony, KyForward.com 6-26-13

HOTEL INC Wins Kentucky Governor’s Volunteerism Award For Service To Homeless, PRWeb.com 6-25-13 

Lt. Gov. Abramson Honors Exemplary Volunteers; Service from 2012 Recognized, CHFS Newsroom 6-25-13

Survey Results - Gov. Awards 2013


Archives will be organized for easier use. Please check back another time. For information about past awards recipients, contact Shannon Ramsey.


Last Updated 7/25/2014
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