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Nominations are now open for the 2023 Volunteer Spirit Awards.
The 43rd Annual Volunteer Spirit Awards will take place Friday, April 21, 2023 in Tarrytown, NY!



Education & Literacy Award

Honors volunteers dedicated to education and literacy through activities including, but not limited to, tutoring, adult literacy, library-based initiatives, early childhood education, and intergenerational programs


Going Green Award

Honors volunteers who work to protect and beautify our environment and natural surroundings, advocate for the preservation of our planet and strive to instill these values for our community.


Quality of Life Award

Honors volunteers who work to improve the quality of life in the following areas, including, but not limited to, working to reduce illness, homelessness and poverty or assisting the disabled, elderly, and veteran populations, as well as those with substance abuse problems or mental disabilities.


Resiliency Award

Honors volunteers whose service for a cause or nonprofit has helped them overcome adversity or personal challenges, such as, but not limited to, intellectual or physical challenges, homelessness, incarceration, illness, or another life-changing event.


Social Advocacy Award

Honors volunteers who advocate for and support the righting of injustice in our community in areas such as, but not limited to, human rights, minority rights, domestic violence, housing, and job preparedness.


Youth Leadership Award

Honors volunteers (age 21 years or under) for her/his/their outstanding volunteer service for a cause or nonprofit.





The Volunteer Spirit Awards celebration is the premier volunteer recognition event in our region, typically attended annually by over 600 community leaders and supporters of local volunteerism. Each spring during Global Volunteer Month, Volunteer New York! recognizes a distinguished group of volunteers who have done extraordinary work in our region. Volunteers are nominated in six categories, and an independent panel of judges selects one person or group for each category.