This blog post has been written by Jillian Lopez, Volunteer Engagement Manager


The Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service is now accepting nominations for the 2022 Mayor’s Day of Service Recognition Awards, and we want to hear from you!

Each year, Philadelphia joins more than 4,250 cities, counties, and tribal areas to celebrate the impact of our volunteers and National Service members. Whether volunteering formally through an organization or giving the gift of one’s time and effort in an informal way, we want to hear about the people making a positive difference in your community.

These changemakers usually don’t do it for the recognition, but that’s all the more reason why we want to celebrate and honor the volunteers and community leaders who help make our city great.

This year, we will recognize Philadelphia’s volunteers and community leaders in the following categories: 

  • Mayor’s Philly Hero Award: recognizes Philadelphians who have made an impact in their communities.
  • Mayor’s Youth Hero Award: recognizes Philadelphians age 18 and under who have made an impact in their communities.
  • Mayor’s Distinguished National Service Award: recognizes current AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Seniors members who go above their service duties to make a positive impact.
  • Mayor’s Distinguished National Service Alumni Award: recognizes AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps Seniors, and Peace Corps alumni who continue to embody service in their lives after having committed a full term of service.

The top three winners of each category will be honored at an award ceremony on Tuesday, April 5 with Mayor Kenney. If you’re looking for inspiration for your nominee this year, you can watch videos of our 2021 honorees and learn about their service.

Tell us about all the great things Philadelphians are doing to give back to their communities and nominate your own community leaders and service heroes before the January 31, 2022 deadline.