Serve DC's 2024 Spirit of Service Awards


Serve DC's 2024 Spirit of Service Awards  

Serve DC'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.   

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Serve DC's 2024 Spirit of Service Awards  Categories:

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser DC Hope Award

    • A District resident that has identified a need within their local community and demonstrated a commitment to creating solutions and inspiring hope and social impact across our city. 
  • The Donor Difference Award

    • An individual, group, or entity that has made a significant financial or in-kind contribution to the District of Columbia in support of one of our city's greatest challenges and priorities. 

    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

    •  An AmeriCorps member or organization currently administering or serving with a National Service program that demonstrates exemplary commitment to volunteerism and community service. 
  • The Community Impact  Award

    • A community member and a community organization 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 . 


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