The National 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer Recognition Award recognizes 4-H volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to 4-H while promoting service through volunteerism as both an opportunity and a privilege.
The Volunteer of the Year Award (VOY) is for currently serving 4-H volunteers who have served as 4-H volunteers less than 10 years at the local, county, district, or state level.
The Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award (OLV) is for current or former 4-H volunteers who have served 10 or more years at the local, county, district, or state level.
New York State 4-H will select one state Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer and one Volunteer of the Year. State Honoree applications will be forwarded for Regional and National consideration. New York State 4-H will take this opportunity to recognize volunteers who embody our 4-H values of positive youth development and diversity, equity, and inclusion, providing opportunities for diverse youth to thrive in any of the myriads of settings where 4-H grows across the state. National 4-H Council will select eight honorees: one volunteer from each Cooperative Extension Region (Northeast, South, North Central, West) in each of two categories. Each region will have its own Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer and Volunteer of the Year. The eight regional honorees become nominees for the national award, and one candidate in each category will be named the National Honoree. For more information and to nominate volunteers, please use this form. Nominations (which include a resume and 3 recommendation letters) are due March 11, 2022.