PHILADELPHIA — The Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service (MOCEVS) is actively seeking nominations for the 2021 Mayor’s Day of Service Recognition awards.These awards recognize the contributions of individuals that have made a positive impact in their communities through national and volunteer service. 

Each year, Philadelphia joins more than 4,250 cities, counties, and tribal areas to celebrate the impact of its volunteers and National Service members. The event’s roots come from National Service Recognition Day, a nationwide celebration that highlights the contributions of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members in the communities where they serve.

This year, the Mayor’s Office will recognize Philadelphia residents in the following four categories:

  • Mayor’s Philly Hero Award
  • Mayor’s Youth Hero Award (ages 18 and under)
  • Mayor’s Distinguished National Service Award
  • Mayor’s Distinguished National Service Alumni Award

All nominees must be Philadelphia residents. The Mayor’s Philly Hero Award (for adults) and the Mayor’s Youth Hero Award (for youth 18 years of age and under) recognize individuals for their unique contributions to the city through service. The Mayor’s Distinguished National Service Award recognizes a currently serving AmeriCorps or Senior Corps volunteer, and the Mayor’s Distinguished National Service Alumni Award recognizes AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, or Peace Corps alumni who continue to devote their lives to making a difference through service.

“MOCEVS is eager to hear about the wide variety of volunteerism taking place across Philadelphia, especially about people who stepped up when the need was greatest and who found new and creative ways to continue helping others during the pandemic,” said Amanda Gamble, Chief Service Officer to the City of Philadelphia. Previous honorees’ service varied from mentoring to advocacy, food bank service to community organizing, tutoring to healthcare, and more. 

The top three winners of each category will be honored by Mayor Kenney at an award ceremony in the spring. This year’s award ceremony marks the City of Philadelphia’s 9th Mayor’s Day of Service Recognition.

Members of the public can submit their nominations online by completing this form. The deadline to submit nominations is January 31, 2021.


About the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service: the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service (MOCEVS) helps residents make positive changes in their communities. Toward this goal, we work to reduce barriers and expand capacity for participation. Follow MOCEVS on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.