Volunteer of Excellence
The Volunteer of Excellence award recognizes those volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any Pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) through use of the National Program Portfolio or who have contributed outstanding service in support of GSCV’s mission delivery to girl and adult members. (Note: This award replaced the Outstanding Volunteer Award and Outstanding Leader Award in 2012.)
- The nominee is an active, registered adult Girl Scout.
- The nominee has successfully completed a term of service and all requirements for the position.
- The nominee has performed beyond expectations for the position to deliver the GSLE to girls using the National Program Portfolio, or
- The nominee’s performance has been beyond the expectations of the position and has supported GSCV’s mission-delivery goals in one or more of the following functional areas: Membership Development/Community Cultivation, Volunteer Relations and Support, Program, Leadership and Governance, Fund Development, and Support Services (such as IT, Customer Service, Merchandising, Marketing and Communication).
- The nominee actively recognizes, understands, and practices the values of inclusive behavior.
A nomination packet is completed and submitted to GSCV’s Recognition Committee, along with supporting documentation indicating how the nominee meets the criteria. A minimum of two letters of endorsement from people other than the nominator must be submitted with the nomination. The Recognition Committee reviews the nomination documentation, then approves or denies it.
Examples of nominee
- Over the course of a year, a troop leader works with her Senior/Ambassador Troop who plan and deliver two performance day camps, using content from the aMuse Journey, targeted to girls in underserved areas of GSCV. As a result, those areas have a combined total of 105 new Junior girl members and 6 new adult volunteers; 92 percent of the girls at camp also signed up for other opportunities during the year.
- A college-student volunteer who was recruited by IT to help with data entry sees a posting on GSCV’s Facebook page encouraging recognition of volunteers on Leader’s Day. She sees an opportunity to use GSCV’s website to make this type of volunteer recognition easy and relevant for everyone to use. In coordination with GSCV staff, she helps launch a recognition page on the Web site that highlights real volunteer success stories and provides valuable information on ways to thank all volunteers throughout the year. As a result, 3,300 personal thank-you cards are sent to volunteers by GSCV leadership and staff, volunteers, parents, and girls in a year’s time. Nominations for GSUSA-earned awards also rise by 35 percent, and on satisfaction surveys, volunteers report feeling highly valued 22 percent more than the previous year.
Submission Instructions and Deadline
Submit completed nomination packet to Volunteer Advancement no later than April 8, 2016.
Packets can be submitted by one of the following ways:
- In Person/By Mail:
Attn: Volunteer Advancement
Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia
4900 Augusta Avenue Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23230
- By Fax: (804) 340-2910
Notification and Presentation
The nominator will receive notification of approval or denial of award within three weeks of the submission deadline. Service Units or other nominating groups will purchase the award(s) to be presented at their own recognition events.