Volunteer Recognition Awards

City of Chandler and For Our City-Chandler are excited to present the annual Chandler Volunteer Recognition Awards in honor of the tremendous impact and contributions volunteers bring to our community.

"Chandler's ongoing success has been built upon a foundation of the selfless contributions made every day by these volunteers," Mayor Jay Tibshraeny said. "Their compassionate efforts are solely to benefit others. They truly deserve our thanks and appreciation."

Faith-based groups, nonprofits, schools, businesses and any other group with volunteers were encouraged to nominate individuals for one of eight Chandler Volunteer Recognition Awards. Also, all volunteers with more than 1,000 hours received a lapel pin and certificate from the Mayor. Volunteers with more than 100 hours will receive a certificate from the Mayor.

Now accepting nominations for Outstanding Volunteers. Nominations will be accepted through Dec. 3, 2018. 

Nomination Categories

Makes it Happen Award This nominee works for many organizations, with the goal of contributing anywhere and everywhere, in any way they can.
Sunbeam Award This nominee is the most cheerful person in the place. They have the best personality, attitude, and they are always smiling. Their mere appearance brightens the area around them.
Longevity Award This nominee has worked for an organization for many years; they provide a commitment and dedication to their service that is awe-inspiring.
Innovation Award This nominee brings creative and unique solutions to the job. Please share an example of the nominees on the job resourcefulness.
Youth Award This nominee is strictly for youth, 17 and younger. This nominee can be dedicated, positive, and hardworking or somehow stand out among others.
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-n-dirty” it may be. This nominee may also be called the “jack/jill-of-all-trades” in an organization.
Working Together Award This award is for a group (in any organization) who completed a group volunteer project in Chandler.
1,000 Hour Volunteers All volunteers with more than 1,000 hours will get a lapel pin and certificate from the Mayor.



1,000 Hour Club

This exclusive club includes individuals who volunteer more than 1,000 hours in one year.

  • Caryn Shoemaker, One Small Step/Clothes Cabin
  • Lori Dayton, AZCEND
  • Monica Cole, Chandler Senior Center
  • Pastor Jose P. Gonzalez, Light of Life Life Church

Last year's volunteers were chosen for service from January to December 2016. 

If you have any questions about the awards, please email Niki Tapia


Looking for places to volunteer

View a list of current volunteer opportunities through For Our City-Chandler.

Volunteer programs like For Our City-Chandler have the purpose of helping coordinate service needs of the City of Chandler and non-profit organizations with the service resources of faith-based communities, employers, business groups, and others in the Chandler area. To learn more about For Our City, visit forourcitychandler.org.