Awards for Volunteers

North America

Canadian Volunteer Awards
Description of a variety of national and provincial awards recognizing volunteers in Canada.

The Congressional Award
The U.S. Congress has a medal for young people ages 14 to 23. To earn the Congressional Award, young people set and achieve goals for volunteer public service, personal development, physical fitness and an expedition. 

Daily Point of Light Award
Every day of the year, an individual or local group is recognized by the President of the United States for outstanding community service/volunteering. Nominations can be submitted by anyone through the Points of Light site.

Echoing Green Fellowship
Each year, Echoing Green awards 20 two-year fellowships to entrepreneurs creating new social change organizations. 

Giraffe Heroes
The Giraffe Project issues commendations to those who have taken "a significant risk for the common good" stuck out their necks like a giraffe. 

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
Honors young people ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Each year, ten national winners each receive $2,500 to support their service work or higher education.

President's Volunteer Service Award
Offers "Certifying Organizations" the ability to recognize their own volunteers with the President's Volunteer Service Award (at any time during the year), providing the volunteers keep a record of their activities and contributed hours.  


Australasian Volunteer Awards
NSW VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD is an annual awards program launched in 2007 by The Centre for Volunteering to recognise the outstanding efforts of the 2 million+ volunteers in NSW, and to promote the importance of volunteering to the community.


The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service - UK
Annual Award to recognize and reward excellence in voluntary activities carried out by U.K. groups in the community.

Volunteer Ireland Awards
Annual award program