PHILADELPHIA — The Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service (MOCEVS) is actively seeking nominations for the 2022 Mayor’s Day of Service Recognition awards. These awards recognize the contributions of individuals that have made a positive impact in their communities through volunteer and national 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. Philadelphia’s celebration grew from National Service Recognition Day, a nationwide celebration that highlights the contributions of AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Seniors members in the communities where they serve.

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

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. MOCEVS recognizes that a volunteer is anyone who gives their time and effort to help others; this service does not need to take place through a formal volunteer program or organization. The Mayor’s Distinguished National Service Award recognizes a currently serving AmeriCorps or AmeriCorps Senior member, and the Mayor’s Distinguished National Service Alumni Award recognizes AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps Seniors, or Peace Corps alumni who continue to devote their lives to making a difference through service. All nominees must be Philadelphia residents.

“Each year, MOCEVS looks forward to learning about and highlighting the great work taking place across the city by Philadelphians giving the gift of their time and effort to serve their communities. It’s truly a pleasure to celebrate the generosity and dedication of our city’s volunteers and national service members who go above and beyond,” said Amanda Gamble, Chief Service Officer to the City of Philadelphia. Previous honorees’ service varied from tutoring to food distribution, mentoring to advocacy, community organizing to healthcare, and more.

The top three winners of each category will be honored by Mayor Kenney at an award ceremony on Tuesday, April 5, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. This year’s award ceremony marks the City of Philadelphia’s 10th Mayor’s Day of Service Recognition.

Members of the public can submit their nominations online by completing this form. More information about the Mayor’s Service Awards can be found on this blog post.