Volunteer of the Year Awards

The 30th Annual Volunteer of the Year Awards is April 9, 2019

Volunteer Nominations will open on Monday, February 4, 2019.

This year we will be recognizing fourteen outstanding individuals or groups in 14 impact areas:

  • Children/Families
  • Labor 
  • Military
  • Seniors
  • Education
  • Health & Wellness
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Employee Volunteer of the Year
  • Higher Education Community Impact
  • Social Volunteer of the Year
  • Emerging Leader
  • Mayor Youth
  • Nonprofit organization awards:
    • Nonprofit organization & Volunteer Board
  • LIVE UNITED Achievement Award

Below are the award descriptions for each area of impact:

Children/Families Service Award: This award recognizes an individual or group whose volunteer efforts have significantly impacted children and/or families in our community.

Military Service Award: This award recognizes an individual or group whose volunteer efforts have significantly impacted current or former military members and their families.

Seniors Service Award: This award recognizes an individual or group whose volunteer efforts have significantly impacted seniors in our community.

Labor Service Award: This award recognizes an individual or group whose volunteer efforts have significantly impacted a labor organization in our community.

Education Service Award: This award recognizes an individual or group whose volunteer efforts have significantly impacted education in our community. Such as, mentoring, tutoring, parent volunteers, workforce development, etc.

Health and Wellness Service Award:  This award recognizes an individual or group whose volunteer efforts have significantly impacted the area of health and wellness in our community.  Examples include, those who are taking action or creating awareness to address issues of obesity, diabetes (or other diseases), mental health, disabilities, etc.

Crisis Intervention Service Award:  This award recognizes an individual or group whose volunteer efforts have significantly impacted the area of crisis intervention in our community.  Examples include, but are not limited to, those who are working to improve the lives of vulnerable people, to include the homeless, disadvantaged youth, and those struggling with issues related to teen pregnancy, drug abuse or other addictions, etc.

Employee Volunteer of the Year: This award recognizes an employee nominated by their employer who has volunteered through the company’s volunteer program and whose volunteer efforts have made a significant impact in our community.

Higher Education Community Impact Service Award: This award recognizes a college or university that supports and encourages civic engagement, service-learning, and volunteering as core values. This recipient will demonstrate an institutional commitment to addressing community needs and contribute to the public good through effective campus-community partnerships.

Social Media Volunteer of the Year: This award recognizes an individual or group whose volunteer efforts have inspired their community, friends, colleagues, and family. This award will be voted solely through the social media platform Facebook.

Emerging Leader Service Award: This award recognizes a member of United Way’s Emerging Leader Council (under the age of 45) who has committed time and effort into transforming their community through volunteer engagement and advocacy.

Mayor’s Youth Service Award This award recognizes a volunteer or volunteers (18 or younger) whose efforts have contributed outstanding service to the community.

Nonprofit Organization Service Awards This award recognizes two entities of nonprofit organizations:

Presented to:

  • A nonprofit organization that manages an exceptional volunteer program whose efforts have made a significant increase in the impact the organization is making to the community.
  • A Volunteer Board that manages the operational capacity of the organization in providing services that have made a significant increase in the impact the organization is making to the community.

LIVE UNITED Achievement Award Our highest honor award given in recognition of an outstanding dedication to volunteering, leadership and philanthropy not only to United Way but to the community as a whole.

This award honors an individual, organization, company, team, or collaborative whose leadership is contributing to achieving the mission and goals of United Way.

In San Antonio, United Way focuses on improving early care and education for children, helping students succeed in school and strengthening families.