Volunteer Awards

The Red Cross Minnesota Region includes thousands of dedicated volunteers who deliver our mission in the community every day. We recognize the most exceptional of these volunteers at our Annual Meeting each year through our Annual Volunteer Awards Program. Volunteers are recognized through the following awards: Distinguished Volunteer Leadership, Youth Volunteer Leadership, Outstanding Volunteer Group, and Volunteer of the Year, which is awarded in seven categories.

We encourage nominations from fellow volunteers, staff members, clients and others familiar with the service of a particular volunteer. Nomination forms are available below. All nominations must be submitted by April 16, 2016.

Criteria for each of the Annual Volunteer Awards are listed below. Please contact your local Volunteer Services staff member or arctc.vsvolunteer@redcross.org with questions.

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Distinguished Volunteer Leadership Award

Red Cross volunteer leaders are at the heart of our organization. We recognize our most exceptional volunteer leaders through the Distinguished Volunteer Leadership Award, given to one Red Cross volunteer each year.

Nominees for this award should exhibit the following characteristics:

  • Provide sustained, outstanding volunteer leadership at either the local or beyond-the-unit level for a minimum of two years, which includes superior performance in meeting increasingly challenging responsibilities
  • Demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities, whether in a formal volunteer leadership role or through more informal teaching and mentoring activities
  • Provide volunteer leadership that significantly contributes to the fulfillment of the Red Cross mission
  • Exhibit strong commitment to the Red Cross, its mission and the Fundamental Principles
  • The winner of this award will also be nominated for a Red Cross National Performance Award, the highest honor for Red Cross volunteers.

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    Youth Volunteer Leadership Award

    Red Cross youth volunteers are not only the leaders of tomorrow – they are the leaders of today. We recognize one outstanding young leader each year through the Youth Volunteer Leadership Award.

    Nominees for this award should exhibit the following characteristics:

  • Serve as a Red Cross volunteer for a minimum of six months
  • Demonstrate outstanding leadership in their school, community or local chapter
  • Be 15-21 years old
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    Outstanding Volunteer Group Award

    Volunteer groups contribute to the Red Cross through strength in numbers and dedication of time and energy to our mission. We recognize one of these groups each year through our Outstanding Volunteer Group Award.

    Nominees for this award should exhibit the following characteristics:

  • Be a group of two or more individuals who volunteer together through the Red Cross
  • Volunteer as a group with the Red Cross within the past year OR volunteer as individuals within the past year as part of a group initiative
  • Contribute to the Red Cross in a unique or exceptional way through volunteer service
  • Demonstrate strong commitment to the Red Cross and its mission
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    Volunteer of the Year

    The Red Cross Minnesota Region recognizes outstanding volunteers during the previous year through the Volunteer of the Year Award, which is distributed in seven categories: Behind-the-Scenes, Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Recovery, Disaster Response, Health and Safety, Outreach, and Rookie.

    Nominees for this award should exhibit the following characteristics:

  • Exceptional involvement over the previous year, which could include outstanding service at a particular incident, leadership in an initiative or project, or increased involvement in a volunteer role.
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  • Sustained, long-term commitment to a particular volunteer role and the Red Cross that is worthy of recognition.
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    Award Eligibility:

    Behind-the-Scenes Volunteer – Any volunteer who assists with essential office work at one of our chapter locations, including volunteers in development, facilities, reception, board service, volunteer services and other behind-the-scenes jobs

    Disaster Preparedness Volunteer – Volunteer positions within Disaster Services that focus on preparedness initiatives

    Disaster Recovery Volunteer – Volunteer positions within Disaster Services that focus on helping people recover from a disaster or emergency

    Disaster Response Volunteer – Volunteer positions within Disaster Services that focus on helping people in the immediate aftermath of a disaster or emergency (This includes volunteers who work directly with clients, those who take part in back-office functions during a response, and those who ensure plans and people are in place prior to a response.)

    Outreach Volunteer – Volunteer positions in International Services, Service to the Armed Forces or other areas that involve education and outreach regarding Red Cross services

    Health and Safety Volunteer – Volunteer positions within the Health and Safety Department

    Rookie Volunteer – Any volunteer who began service within the past year OR a volunteer who began a new position within the past year


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    2016 Nomination Form

    Complete our Volunteer Awards Nomination Form.