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The 13th Annual Honor Rows Program
The 2012 Governor's Service Awards
Commissioner Corner: Maurice "Mac" Nachlas

Save the Date


10:00  - 11:00 am

Timonium, MD 

10:00 am - closing 

The Governor's Volunteer Appreciation Day at the Maryland State Fair


Passes available by

July 1 at

Out of the Ordinary Volunteer Opportunities


Trail Volunteers
(St. Mary's County)
Help keep Point Lookout State Park's network of trails in tip-top shape. To learn more, click here.


Media Mentors
(Montgomery County)
Gandhi Brigade needs media professionals to help youth with their production projects. Click here for more details.


Equestrian Center Volunteers
(Washington County)
As a volunteer at the STAR Equestrian Center, you can share in the joy of the riders as they learn about horses. For more information, click here.

Over the past few months, the GOSV has found ways to re-energize volunteerism in Maryland!  In May, we hosted our annual volunteer management conference, Power Up, in partnership with the Maryland Council of Directors of Volunteer Services. Our office also recognized outstanding volunteerism and service at the 2012 Governor's Service Award Ceremony! With over 180 nominations, we saw firsthand that Maryland is a state dedicated to service. To honor of all who serve, we have posted the names of the nominees on our website


Mark your calendars! The Governor's Volunteer Appreciation Day at the Maryland State Fair will be on August 26.  Discounted passes will be available to Maryland volunteers by July 1 and can be downloaded from our website.


Looking for more ways to recognize your volunteers? Our office has other tools and annual events that help you show your appreciation. Check out our website for more information.


 In Service,


The Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism

The 13th Annual Honor Rows Program
The Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism is once again partneringwith M&T Bank and the Baltimore Ravens to honor the outstanding service of youth in Maryland communities.

At each Baltimore Ravens home game during the 2012 regular season, honorees will receive:


  • Up to 100 game tickets for volunteers,
  • "Honor Rows" T-shirts,
  • Official in-game recognition of honorees on RavensVision, and
  • A news segment on WBAL TV-11.


To find out more and to apply, click here.

The 2012 Governor's Service Awards
On May 9, the GOSV hosted the 29th annual Governor's Service Awards in Timonium. Recipients received engraved medals and were honored for their commitment to service in various categories, including Youth Group, Nonprofit, and National Service.


Click here to see a complete list of categories and the names of the recipients.

COMMISSIONER CORNER: Maurice "Mac" Nachlas

Maurice "Mac" Nachlas is a native Baltimorean and a resident of the Mt. Washington neighborhood. Fueled by his belief that serving your community creates the best impact, Mac has dedicated his time and skills to volunteering within Mt. Washington.


When Mac first moved to the neighborhood, he joined the Mt. Washington Swimming Club so his son could make new friends. Little did he know that he would end up being the Club President! As a board member, Mac has helped the Swimming Club develop. They received their 501(c)7 status and raised funds to build a new pool. "The swim club has been open for 38 years" said Mac," and this guarantees another 38 years."


Mac's impact on the Mt. Washington neighborhood has not stopped there. He has also been an active member of the Mt. Washington Improvement Association (MWIA). The MWIA allowed Mac an opportunity to develop community gardens and work on more political topics, like trash cleanup and traffic issues. As a volunteer with MWIA, Mac also helped to secure a green space, now known as Northwest Park, from potential development.


While his passion lies in serving his community, Mac has also made a positive impact on a state-wide scale. In 2010, Mac was elected to be the Chair of the Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism. As the Chair, Mac has visited AmeriCorps program sites and met members throughout Maryland. "It's been great to meet and talk with AmeriCorps members and hear about their transformational experiences."  Mac continues to support the GOSV and provides a powerful testimony on AmeriCorps members' ability to strengthen their communities.