Governor Tony Evers congratulated the honorees at the 2024 Governor’s Service Awards, stating that “So much of our local impact rests on the shoulders of dedicated volunteers and organizations such as yourselves, and we could not have the reach or influence that we do in this state without partners like all of you. Whether you have been doing this work for two years or twenty years, rest assured, the work you are doing is truly making our state a better place for Wisconsin kids, families, and communities everywhere.”

Highlighting the difference that the honorees made through their service, Serve Wisconsin Executive Director Jeanne Duffy reflected that “these individuals have gone above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of others. They  are assisting homeless youth, offering compassion and care to our vulnerable seniors, and ensuring our youth have the necessary resources, education, and love to thrive. Their selfless efforts have made a tangible difference in the lives of countless fellow community members.”

The Governor’s Service Awards honors outstanding Wisconsin volunteers, AmeriCorps members, AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers, and national service organizations that address serious social needs across Wisconsin. The 2024 ceremony recognized nine individuals and two organizations from throughout the state for their outstanding volunteerism and service and 28 AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers for reaching the milestone of twenty years of volunteer service in their communities. The awards were presented on May 15 in conjunction with the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of AmeriCorps in Wisconsin and were sponsored by Serve Wisconsin, the state commission for national and community service.

Reflecting on the legacy of AmeriCorps to the more than two hundred AmeriCorps members and program directors gathered from across the state, Governor Evers stated, “The success of our state has always relied on the service and sacrifice of individuals and organizations like yourselves. AmeriCorps has served Wisconsinites well over the past three decades, and for that, we are very grateful. As AmeriCorps members, you truly embody what we mean in Wisconsin when we say that we value helping our fellow neighbors.” Demonstrating the scope of this impact, he said “last year alone, more than 8,300 AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Seniors members combined served over 800 locations across the state, and the value of the services you provide can not be overstated.”

A recording of the ceremony is available at https://youtu.be/Fz_t7seW_og   

Service descriptions for each honoree available at

https://www.servewisconsin.wi.gov/s/Service-Descriptions-2024-Governors-Service-Awards.pdf

Additional information about the Governor’s Service Awards, including past winners, can be found at https://www.servewisconsin.wi.gov/governors-service-awards

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