D.C. Mayor Honors Hometown Heroes

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Serve DC announces honorees of Mayor Bowser’s 2020 Spirit of Service Awards

Washington D.C. — Mayor Muriel Bowser and Serve DC congratulate eight honorees for their dedication to service in the District of Columbia. Serve DC received over 170 nominations for the seven DC Spirit of Service award categories. Considering criteria included years of service, leadership, and character.

Serve DC Chief Service Officer, Ayris T. Scales says, “This year, more than ever, our Spirit of Service awards and the contributions of all our honorees means so much to our city. We were amazed by the record number of nominations we received, all of which stand to demonstrate the importance and the value of utilizing collective approaches to address social challenges. I applaud all of this year’s winners for their demonstrated commitment to service.”

Mayor Bowser’s 2020 Spirit of Service Awards celebrates Serve DC’s rich legacy of connecting people to purpose through service and dedication to community. The awards ceremony underscores our deep commitment to curating and connecting those who seek to do good within our respective and communities.

Mayor Bowser emphasized, “By highlighting and nominating the best of the best among local residents, community-based organizations, and multi-sector partners, we’re celebrating those who “Do Good” in DC. This year’s honorees showcase the real value and impact of how civic engagement can create a more equitable, resilient and vibrant city especially in these unparalleled times.”

The 2020 honorees are:

  • Jessica Brown, Ward 4, College Gurl — Mayor Bowser’s DC Hope Award
  • After School All Stars —The Commission’s Award for National Service
  • Alexandra Diaz, Ward 3 —Ready, Set, Serve: Youth Emergency Preparedness Award
  • Ben Curran, Ward 6 —Ready, Set, Serve: Adult Emergency Preparedness Award
  • DC Public Education Fund —The Donor Difference Award
  • Project Give Back —The Organization Community Impact Award
  • Salim Adofo, Ward 8 — The Individual Community Impact Award
  • Washington Area Community Investment Fund —Public-Private Partnership: Achievement in Collaboration Award


The honorees will be formally recognized by the Mayor and Serve DC during a virtual Red Carpet Event on March 18, 2021.

To learn more about Mayor Bowser’s 2020 Spirit of Service Awards and each of the award categories, please visit dcspiritofserviceawards.com



Serve DC, the Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism and Partnerships, is a conduit through which all paths of doing good are interconnected in order to bring together people and purpose in a way that supports the communities of DC, one deed at a time.

Through volunteerism, donations management, organization support and partnerships, Serve DC connects people, funding, knowledge and resources to residents, business leaders, and philanthropic partners– all working together to enhance our communities.


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Tyler Giles, Serve DC PIO
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