Chandler now accepting nominations for annual Volunteer Recognition Awards

March 2, 2021
Two volunteers painting a fence

This past year, the pandemic has impacted countless programs, services and activities of Chandler’s nonprofits and charities, including the invaluable work of its generous volunteers. Despite the challenges and health risks, volunteers’ contributions to our community have made a difference and it’s time to recognize them for their service.

The City of Chandler and For Our City-Chandler are once again accepting applications for the annual Volunteer Recognition Awards. Although the usual Volunteer Recognition Breakfast will not be held this year, honorees can still expect a special surprise. Nominations are now being accepted online at and must be submitted by Wednesday, March 31.

Faith-based groups, nonprofits, schools, businesses or any organization with volunteers are encouraged to nominate individuals for one of eight recognition awards for outstanding community service in 2020. The award categories are:

  • Innovation Award – This nominee brings creative and unique solutions to the job.
  • Longevity Award – This nominee has worked for an organization for many years and they provide a commitment and dedication to their service that is awe-inspiring.
  • Makes It Happen Award – This nominee works for many organizations, with the goal of contributing anywhere and everywhere, in any way they can.
  • Multitasking Maestro Award – This nominee is someone who takes on a diverse array of multiple assignments, jobs or objectives at the same time and can juggle them effectively, while accomplishing all of them successfully.
  • Strong Arms Award – This nominee is not afraid to take on any job no matter how “down-and-dirty” it may be. This nominee also may be called the “jack-of-all-trades” in an organization.
  • Sunbeam Award – This nominee is the most cheerful person in the place. They have the best personality, attitude, always smiling and their mere appearance brightens the area around them.
  • Working Together Award – This award category is for a group (in any organization) who completed a volunteer project in Chandler.
  • Youth Award – This nominee is strictly for youth, 17 years of age or younger. This nominee can be dedicated, positive, and hardworking or somehow stand out among others.
  • 1,000 Hour Volunteers – All volunteers with more than 1,000 hours of service in 2020 will receive a lapel pin and certificate from Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke.

Award submissions are limited to 500 words or less. Specific guidelines also are available online with the nomination form.

For more information about the awards or the nomination process, email Rori Minor or call 480-782-4329. 

Media contact:
Stephanie Romero   
City of Chandler, Public Information Officer