2022 DC Spirit of Service Awards


Mayor Muriel Bowser’s 2022 Spirit of Service Awards  

Mayor Muriel Bowser's Spirit of Service Awards is an annual celebration designed to commemorate the Serve DC’s rich legacy of connecting people to purpose through service. By celebrating those who seek to do good within our communities, the Awards will honor District residents, community-based organizations, and businesses that have displayed an outstanding commitment to service in the areas of: volunteerism, national service, philanthropy, and community resilience.   

Here’s how to get involved in this year’s celebration: 

  • Follow and engage #SOSA2022 on social media 
  • Look out for the 2022 Spirit of Service Awards Ceremony and congratulate this year’s honorees on August 6th at the RISE Pavillion! 

Nominations are now closed. Thank you for showing the DC Spirit of Service! 



Mayor Muriel Bowser's 2022 Spirit of Service Awards  Categories:

  • Mayor Bowser DC Hope Award

    • A District resident that has identified a need within their local community and has demonstrated a genuine commitment to creating solutions and inspiring hope; 
  • The Donor Difference Award

    • An Individual, group, or entity that has made a significant financial or in-kind contribution to the District of Columbia of support of a Mayoral priority;
  • Ready, Set, Serve: Emergency Preparedness Award

    • One youth and one adult or group which has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to ensuring District residents and communities are prepared to respond, and recover from emergencies and disasters;
  • The Commission’s Award for National Service

    •  A past or present AmeriCorps member or organization currently administering or serving on a National Service program that demonstrates exemplary commitment to volunteerism and national service;
  • The Community Impact  Award

    • A community-based organization and an individual that has demonstrated outstanding commitment to providing access to critical services and resources to District residents, especially within vulnerable communities;
  • Public-Private Partnership:  Achievement in Collaboration Award

    • A private sector or philanthropic entity that has worked to create sustainable solutions to address the District’s most critical social challenges and priorities;
  • The Unsung Hometown Hero

    • An individual who volunteers in an informal capacity in their community, going above and beyond the call of duty but without formal recognition. This award particularly honors those who step up through service in times of emergency or crisis;

Spirit of Service Awards General Nomination Criteria

Nominees should 

  • Be a resident, registered nonprofit, or licensed business in the District of Columbia;  
  • Demonstrate an outstanding commitment to service and/or volunteerism within the District of Columbia;   
  • Meet the specific criteria of each award;    
  • Influence and address a community need;   
  • Enhance the quality of life for District residents;   
  • Demonstrate exemplary acts of civic engagement, care, and kindness;   
  • Embrace community service and volunteerism as an ongoing commitment . 
  • NOTE: Nominees who are employees of District Government will not be considered. 
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