2024 Spirit of Volunteerism
Nominations Open Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024
for the 2024 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards!
Through Hanover’s annual Spirit of Volunteerism Awards, the Hanover County Board of Supervisors and the community pay tribute to outstanding Hanover County residents as well as individuals and groups whose volunteer service benefit the citizens of Hanover County.
Each individual or organization may submit up to two nominations. The 8 categories are as follows:
- Spirit of One
- Spirit of Family
- Spirit of Inspiration
- Spirit of Youth
- Spirit of Dedication
- Spirit of Youth-Team
- Spirit of Team
- Commitment to Community
All Nominees will receive a signed certificate from the Hanover Board of Supervisors, their service profiled in the Spirit of Volunteerism Celebration booklet and a nominee gift presented during the celebration.
Award Recipients also receive an engraved plaque. A financial donation will be made in their name to the tax-exempt organization, school or government program for which they designated on the nomination form. Award Recipients will be nominated to the statewide Governor's Community Service and Volunteerism Awards.
Deadline to submit nominations is Monday, Feb. 12, 2024.
Those eligible for nomination include Hanover County residents as well as individuals or groups whose volunteer service benefits the citizens of Hanover County.
Please review the Category Details and Nomination Guidelines.
We look forward to the opportunity to honor your nominee’s volunteer efforts. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (804) 365-4300.
Please Mark Your Calendars to Attend
The 2024 Hanover Spirit of Volunteerism Awards Celebration
Monday, April 15, 2024, 7-9 p.m.
in the Atlee High School Auditorium.
Maggi Marshall joined the CBS 6 team in February of 2022. She started her career as a reporter in Roanoke, Virginia, where she earned her high honors as AP of the Virginias Multimedia Journalist of the Year and a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award. When she's not working, the Florida native loves to be outdoors and try new restaurants, trails, and places to play tennis. Maggi loves to connect with the community and volunteer her time to different organizations. She is a member of the Junior League and coordinates a national yearly leadership seminar for hundreds of South Carolina high schoolers.
Education: University of South Carolina, Broadcast Journalism
2023 Volunteer Highlights
Hanover County's spirit of volunteerism was aptly demonstrated in 2023 throughout the community, within schools, by volunteer firefighters, motorist assistance and rescue personnel who risked their lives for others, as well as by the many people who volunteered for non-profit and faith-based organizations. We also saw neighbors helping neighbors and new programs created to respond to developing needs. Reports from both community-based and county-operated volunteer programs recorded more than 190,338 volunteer service hours completed by 6,460 volunteers in 2023, with a dollar impact equivalent of approximately $5,700,623.
2023 Governor's Volunteerism and Community Service Awards
On Monday, Nov. 13, the state's annual Governor's Volunteerism & Community Service Awards were held. These awards honor individual seniors, adults and youth, as well as community and faith-based organizations and businesses. Those recognized have served their communities in extraordinary ways. Frank and Mae Antkievicz and Blazer Heating, Air and Plumbing, two 2023 Hanover Spirit of Volunteerism Award recipients, were honored with this award.
Frank and Mae Antkievicz
Of more than 40,000 people living in Hanover County, approximately 4.5 percent speak a primary language other than English. ESL programs allow residents additional opportunities for jobs, education, and connection with the community in which they live. For more than 20 years, Frank and Mae Antkievics have volunteered with the English as a Second Language program at Walnut Grove Baptist Church.
During this time, they have taught more than 420 students, and successfully prepared 30 individuals to receive their American citizenship. They serve thousands of hours, teaching weekly classes, preparing materials, recruiting and training other volunteers and much more. The graduates of this ESL program are found throughout dozens of vocations and industries in the community.
Blazer Heating, Air and Plumbing
For the past two years, Blazer Heating, Air and Plumbing has supported Habitat for Humanity in Hanover and King William counties. In the Critical Repair Program, they provide no-cost HVAC replacement or repair for low-income homeowners who cannot afford to fix their units. They drop off unusable items with metal inside for the recycling program, which when sold, turn into funding for other programs. They also provide new heating, air and plumbing related materials to the ReStores, which are sold at a discount to customers. Blazer is a sponsor the Harvest of Hope annual fundraiser, where the organization donated an air scrubber, HVAC tune-up, and maintenance for a year. In total, Blazer has donated more than $12,000 in equipment and labor.
Blazer exemplifies how local businesses help Habitat for Humanity take care of the community through their programs. Their expertise has directly changed the lives of community members. Blazer has become a valued partner in every aspect of Habitat's orgnaization and sets the standard for what it means to be a business that cares about its community.