This year The Volunteer Center at United Way celebrated the 30th Annual Volunteer of the Year Awards (VOYA). The San Antonio celebration is part of National Volunteer Week, powered by Points of Light, and is a time to honor the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to come together to tackle tough challenges and build stronger, more resilient communities. VOYA helps shine a light on the people and causes that inspire volunteers to serve, recognizing and thanking them for lending their time, talent and voice to make a difference.
Volunteer of the Year Awards
This year, we recognized fourteen (14) outstanding individuals and groups in the following impact areas:
- Crisis Intervention
- Emerging Leader
- Employee Volunteer of the Year
- Higher Education Community Impact
- Health and Wellness
- Labor Service
- LIVE UNITED Achievement
- Mayor’s Youth Service
- Military Service
- Nonprofit Organization Service
- Seniors Service
- Social Media Volunteer of the Year
2019 VOYA Winners
- Children and Family Service Award – Jeannie Frazier
- Mayors Youth Service Award – Julian Mathews
- Military Service Award – Paula Davidson & Burn Intensive Care Unit Greeters
- Senior Service Award – “Golden Diggers” of the Army Residence Community
- Education Service Award – OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring Program
- Higher Education Community Service Award – University of the Incarnate Word
- Health and Wellness Service Award – Anna Galimore
- Crisis Intervention Service Award – Former 150th District Court Judge Renee Yanta
- Labor Award – Wanda Longoria
- Nonprofit Service Award – USO – Monica Pedraza Ingram
- Emerging Leader Service Award – Ana Rivas
- Social Media Volunteer of the Year Award – Julian Mathews
- Employee Volunteer of the Year Award – Sarah McLaughlin
- LIVE UNITED Achievement Award – Harland Clarke
Award Categories and Descriptions
Children/Families Service Award: This award recognizes an individual or group whose volunteer efforts have significantly impacted children and/or families in our community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Labor Service Award: This award recognizes an individual or group whose volunteer efforts have significantly impacted a labor organization in our 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.
Mayor’s Youth Service Award This award recognizes a volunteer or volunteers (18 or younger) whose efforts have contributed outstanding service to the 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.
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.
Seniors Service Award: This award recognizes an individual or group whose volunteer efforts have significantly impacted seniors in our community.
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.
Nominate a Volunteer
Nominate a volunteer for a Volunteer of the Year Award! Complete an online nomination.
*Deadline for nominations was Friday, March 1, 2019.*
You will need the following to complete your online nomination.
- Nominee General Information
- Complete 5 questions on commitment, breadth, impact and passion.
- Community Organization Endorsement Letter
- Nominee Photo (300 dpi)