Link to the 2019 Nomination Form

The #ONEWake Volunteer Recognition Awards celebrate the county’s most dedicated and active citizen and employee volunteers who make a difference in the lives of others and help make Wake County the best place to live, work, learn and play.

The Wake County Board of Commissioners appreciates the hard work and efforts of Wake County's many volunteers. To recognize and celebrate their contributions to our communities, the Board of Commissioners is accepting nominations for exemplary volunteers within our community.

To be considered, all nomination forms must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

The Board will honor volunteers selected by its 2019 Volunteer Recognition Award Selection Committee at its regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 3, 2019.

For more information regarding the nomination process,
contact Ben Canada at 919-856-5475 or


Wake County’s #ONEWake Volunteer Recognition Awards Program aims to acknowledge and encourage the less-visible, unsung heroes in our county who have, through their creativity, initiative, personal time or attainments, made a positive contribution to enhancing and uplifting the lives of others within the Wake County community.

Eligibility Criteria:

·        Any individual who was actively involved in voluntary service during calendar year 2018 may be nominated as long as they meet one of the following requirements:

o    They are an individual who volunteered service directly to a Wake County Government Department (e.g., parks, libraries, community service, animal shelter); or

o    They are a current Wake County employee who volunteered service to any organization.

·       Youth Volunteer Award recipients must be under 18 years of age at the time of nomination.

·       Nominees are not required to reside in Wake County as long as they meet one of the requirements listed above.

Submission Instructions/Conditions of Entry:

  • All nominations must be submitted on the 2019 #ONEWake Volunteer Recognition Award Nomination Form.

  • One reference is required for each nomination. Nominations are not considered complete until references have been received.

  • A separate nomination form is required for each individual.

  • You may upload and attach any supporting materials to the application, or mail the materials to:
Wake County Manager’s Office
Attention: Volunteer Recognition
301 S. McDowell St., Raleigh, NC 27601

Note: Please be sure to include a copy of the completed form or clearly mark the name of the nominee on the materials so we know whom the materials are referencing.

  • Nomination forms and supporting documentation will become the property of Wake County, and information submitted may be used for publicity purposes. Please note that no personal information will be made public without the prior express consent of the individual.

  • As part of the selection process, the Volunteer Recognition Award Selection Committee may request additional information about the nominee.

  • The Wake County Volunteer Recognition Awards Selection Committee includes employees representing various Wake County departments. It may also include community representatives from private, public, nonprofit or government sectors. 

  • The deadline for submission of this form is Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

  • Award winners will be recognized at the Wake County Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019.

Selection Criteria:

This nomination form is designed to provide the judging panel with important information about the nominee. The amount of detail provided in Section D will assist the Selection Committee in recognizing what the nominee has contributed to their organization/community as well as how this individual stands out from the rest. Please include examples of the nominee’s work.

Each nominee was judged on:

    • Special or outstanding features of their work/commitment

    • The impact and benefit of their work
      For example: the impact on the organization and/or local area, and benefits to the community such as training others, or serving as an example to motivate others

    • Examples of how their work has displayed dedication above and beyond the norm
      For example: the type of work (such as physically or mentally demanding or unpleasant work), the length of service, the number of hours per week, success in overcoming obstacles

The Selection Committee will select award recipients based on merit and eligibility. Recipients are selected without regard to race, religion, gender, national origin, or physical/mental disability.