January/February 2012     

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The 2012 Governor's Service Awards
Maryland's State Profile 2011-2012
Celebarting a "DAY ON" in Annapolis

Important Dates


3/10 - 3/18

National AmeriCorps Week



AmeriCorps Funding Webinar



Nominations Due for the Governor's Service Awards





9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Volunteer Management Conference and Governor's Service Awards in

Timonium, MD

Out of the Ordinary Volunteer Opportunities

Disaster Volunteer and Information Session
(Howard County)
Learn how you can be ready to serve following a disaster. For more information, click here. 

Farmhouse Renovation
(Anne Arundel County)
Get your hands dirty with the Friends of Kinder Farm Park as you help renovate the interior of a 1925 farmhouse. Click here for more information.

Oral History Interviewer
(Worcester and Somerset Counties)
Become a part of the library's Digital Storytelling Project by helping to record and preserve stories from the community. For more information, click here.  

Pet Therapy Volunteers
(Washington County) 

 Pet lovers - this opportunity is for you! The Hospice of Washington County is currently

 seeking volunteers who can provide support and companionship to patients by visiting them with pets. For more information, click here.





















Here at the GOSV we've kicked off the new year by promoting service in Maryland and celebrating the successes of 2011. This month we released our 2011 Annual Report, highlighting the accomplishments of our office and the leadership of the Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism. We invite you to read the report and find out more about the great work being done in our State.


As we enter March, the GOSV is excited to spread the word about National AmeriCorps Week which begins on March 10. We know "AmeriCorps Works" and are excited to show how our AmeriCorps members continue to meet the needs of Maryland communities.


The GOSV is also excited to continue promoting AmeriCorps to organizations. Through our free monthly AmeriCorps Funding Webinars, we provide organizations with information about the GOSV's grant-making function and the structure of AmeriCorps funding at the state level. Our next webinar will be on March 14 at 2:00 pm. To find out more, visit www.GOSV.maryland.gov or register here.


After you have participated in the webinar, we invite new organizations interested in becoming a part of AmeriCorps to apply for an AmeriCorps Planning Grant. Applicants may apply for $25,000 to explore the need for and feasibility of creating an AmeriCorps program. If interested in participating, we encourage you to review the application instructions at the Available Funding tab on our website.


The past two months have been a great start to 2012. Stay tuned as we look at how Maryland's commitment to service shines this year! 

In Service,

The Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism  
SPOTLIGHT: The 2012 Governor's Service Awards

In 2011, over one million Marylanders gave their time and talents to make a difference in their communities. Our citizens served in classrooms as tutors; planted trees in their neighborhood parks; participated in hurricane cleanup efforts; and found other worthy ways to meet the needs of our citizens. As we reflect upon the service of the past year, Governor Martin O'Malley and the GOSV continue the long-standing tradition of recognizing Maryland citizens for their significant volunteer contributions through the Governor's Service Awards. 

This year, the Governor's Service Awards ceremony will recognize volunteer service during 2011 (or longer for lifetime achievement). The awards will be presented to selected recipients and invitees at a luncheon in Timonium on May 9, 2012.


To nominate a Marylander for their outstanding volunteerism, or to find out more about the Governor's Service Awards, click here.

Nominations may be submitted for outstanding volunteerism in the following categories:


Individual Volunteer Service:
Youth (18 and under)
Adult (Ages 19 - 54)
Older Adult (55 and over)
Lifetime Achievement

National Service Participant (AmeriCorps*State/National,VISTA, NCCC, Senior Corps)


Organization/Program Volunteer Service:
For Profit Business
Faith-based Organization
Nonprofit Organization
Youth Group (Volunteers are 18 and under)
Adult Group (Volunteers are 19 - 54)
Older Adult Group (Volunteers are 55 and over)

SERVICE IN ACTION: Maryland's State Profile 2011-2012


On February 14, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) released the 2011 - 2012 State Profiles which highlight national service across the country. The GOSV is excited to share with you how Maryland's national service continues to shine. With more than 8,200 citizens working together through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America, CNCS funded projects to  strengthen their communities across Maryland.

For the 2011 - 2012 program year, more than 6,000 seniors committed to serve in Senior Corps. Through Senior Corps programs more than 4,600 young people with special needs will receive one-on-one tutoring, and 270 homebound seniors and other adults will receive assistance to maintain independence in their own homes.

Since 1994, more than 18,000 Maryland residents have served more than 23 million hours in AmeriCorps. This year,1,900 individuals in Maryland will serve through AmeriCorps*VISTA, AmeriCorps*NCCC, AmeriCorps*State, or AmeriCorps*National.

As our citizens commit to national service, they are also making a commitment to creating a stronger Maryland. For more information on how you or your organization can get involved, visit  the CNCS website at www.nationalservice.gov.

Celebrating a "DAY ON" in Annapolis

To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County partnered with the Banneker-Douglass Museum in historic Annapolis for a day of service. This was the fourth year that the museum and the volunteer center partnered to create a service event for the community.


The celebration attracted 300 volunteers, including 130 children. Family-friendly service projects included making Valentine's Day cards for service members and their families, and cards for people in nursing homes; assembling scrapbooks for Bello Machre; sewing costumes for the Chesapeake Children's Museum; and preparing materials for school programs at the Banneker-Douglass Museum. The museum also created a special project for children, during which they wrote their dreams on clouds to create a community mosaic. The mosaic will be displayed in the museum through the end of March as part of an exhibit entitled "Selections from In Each Other's Shoes."  


Genevieve Kaplan, Education and Public Programs Manager at the Banneker-Douglass Museum, said that the MLK Day service project was "a great day that brought together people regardless of background, who wouldn't typically interact with each other to help the community."