Gov. Rick Snyder to host awards ceremony honoring Michigan volunteers


LANSING, MI – Gov. Rick Snyder will host the 2015 Governor’s Service Awards, “An Evening with the mcsStars,” to recognize volunteers from across Michigan for their exemplary service to their communities. More than 40 finalists will be recognized in eight categories, representing the scope and diversity of volunteer service in Michigan. One winner in each category will be announced during the event.

For a complete list of the 2015 Governor’s Service Awards finalists, visit http://www.michigan.gov/volunteer.




BACKGROUND

The Governor’s Service Awards is an annual recognition event to highlight the great service of individuals, organizations and businesses across Michigan. It is coordinated by the Michigan Community Service Commission, the state’s lead agency on volunteer efforts. The Governor’s Service Awards is made possible only through the generous contributions of corporate sponsors. The 2015 corporate sponsors include Ford Motor Company Fund as the presenting sponsor, as well as: AT&T, Butzel Long, Comcast, Comer Holdings, Consumers Energy, Council of Michigan Foundations, Delta Dental, Diplomat Pharmacy, Dow Chemical Company, DTE Energy, Farmers Insurance, Firekeepers Casino, General Motors Flint Operations, Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit, Greenstone Farm Credit Services, Jackson National Life, Lear, Masco, Meijer, Michigan Nonprofit Association, NSF International, Reformed Church in America, W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Wolverine Worldwide.

The Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC) utilizes service as a strategy to address the state’s most pressing issues and empowers volunteers to strengthen communities. The MCSC’s signature programs are Michigan’s AmeriCorps, Mentor Michigan, Volunteer Michigan, and the Governor’s Service Awards.  Since 1991, the MCSC has granted more than $100 million to communities for volunteer initiatives.  These funds have leveraged more than $85 million in local funds and engaged more than one million people in service. In 2014-2015, the MCSC is funding 25 Michigan’s AmeriCorps programs at more than 300 service sites, and providing assistance to more than 250 mentoring organizations statewide through Mentor Michigan. The MCSC is also funding My Brother’s Keeper –Michigan grantees. The MCSC is part of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

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