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How do I submit a nomination for the Spirit of NH Awards?

Nominations will open in spring 2020.

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NOTE: It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you write and save your nomination in a document on your computer in case you experience a system error.

What is the deadline to submit a nomination?

The deadline is Tuesday, September 22, at 4 PM.

What are the different types of awards?

Volunteer Service Awards are presented to:

  • Youth/Young Adults (age 22 and younger)
  • Adults (23-64)
  • Seniors (age 65+)
  • National Service Members (a person of any age being recognized for their efforts in a National Service program such as AmeriCorps State/National, AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps NCCC, or Senior Corps)
  • Groups

The highest scoring nominations from each category will receive a special Outstanding Award (i.e. there will be an Outstanding Youth/Young Adult, Outstanding Senior, and so on).

Volunteer Champion Awards are presented to:

  • Nonprofit/Public Service Organizations
  • Businesses

The highest scoring nominations from each category will receive a special Outstanding Award. One Volunteer Service Award recipient will be chosen to receive the top Spirit of NH Award.

Can I submit multiple nominations?

Yes! As long as you do NOT submit more than one nomination for the same person/group/organization.

I want to nominate a person who volunteers at a nonprofit. Which category should I select?

Nominations are categorized by who/what the nominee is. Since you want to recognize the individual and not the nonprofit, you should nominate them in the Volunteer Service category, and select the appropriate group: Youth/Young Adult, Adult, Senior, or National Service.

I just submitted my nomination. Now what?

All nominations will be reviewed (at least twice each) in the weeks surrounding the nomination deadline. We will then contact you and your nominee(s) to let you know whether they have been selected to receive a standard Volunteer Service/Champion Award or an Outstanding Award for their category.

If you would like to ask a question or confirm that your nomination was received, email Mikayla Collins at Mikayla@VolunteerNH.org.

When will I know if my nominee will be receiving an award?

This will depending on when the Selection Committee is able to meet. You will likely be notified in mid-October.

Award Details

What is the Spirit of NH Award?

The highest scoring Volunteer Service Award nominees are all considered by the Review Committee, which discusses which individual/group they believe has demonstrated the most impactful service to New Hampshire. The committee then decides the Spirit of NH Award recipient by vote.

Note: The individuals and group receiving the Outstanding Awards in their categories will NOT be receiving the Spirit of NH Award.

Does the Spirit of NH Award winner know they will be receiving the award in advance?

No. Only the Spirit of NH Committee knows who will be receiving the Spirit of NH Award until the end of the night!

Attending the Spirit of NH Awards

Can I attend the Spirit of NH Awards?

Absolutely! Whoever you are, you are welcome to join us for a *free* evening dedicated to celebrating New Hampshire’s amazing volunteers and volunteer champions. See below for details.

Do I have to register for the Spirit of NH Awards?

Details for the 2020 virtual event are TBD.

Information for the typical, in person event:

All award recipients are asked to respond to the designated Volunteer NH staff member with their plans to attend.

Check-in for the event will start at 6:15 PM the day of the event. Each award recipient will receive a name tag with their assigned seat.

Friends/family/colleagues/guests of award recipients (any any other audience members) will NOT need to register or check-in.

Is there assigned seating for awardees?

Yes. In the effort to keep the event moving smoothly, Volunteer NH will assign special seating ONLY for award recipients during the ceremony. Friends and family of award recipients do NOT have assigned seating. Once the award recipient has received their recognition, they may sit wherever they wish.

Where is there parking available near the Capitol Center for the Arts?
  • On Street Parking: Free on-street parking is available after 7 PM on Main Street, Concord Street, and Storrs Street. From the CCA, take Theatre Street (directly across from the CCA) down the hill to Storrs Street.
  • Parking Lot: A public lot is located at the intersection of Thompson and State Streets.*
  • Covered Garages: Capital Commons Garage is on Storrs Street, two blocks north of the Capitol Center. An additional public parking garage is located several blocks away – between North State and Warren Streets. Another is located on North State Street, next to the YMCA.*

*Parking at these locations is free after 7 PM Monday-Saturday, but is paid at all other times.

Should I eat dinner before the Spirit of NH Awards?

Yes. The doors will open to the public starting at around 6:15 PM, with the actual event starting at 7 PM and going until about 9 PM. There will be desserts provided following the ceremony, but we would recommend eating dinner beforehand. There are a myriad of restaurants within walking distance from the Capitol Center for the Arts.

What should I wear to the Spirit of NH Awards?

While there is no specific dress code, it should be noted that each awardee is presented with a certificate on stage, and has their photo taken by a professional photographer. We recommend at least business casual clothing, and many attendees choose to dress in formal attire. You may wish to consult our Facebook or website for pictures from past events.