Voting for School Volunteer of the Year begins on March 24th! Make sure to encourage members of your community to cast their votes for your school volunteer at www.donornation.org/award/vote!
To cast your vote (between March 24 to April 24), visit www.donornation.org/award/vote, search for your favorite school volunteer by First Name or School Name, click on their Profile and then click Vote! Once you have voted, be sure to click on the social media buttons (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linkedin or Email) to increase his or her chances of earning this year’s esteemed honor! Help spread the word about your favorite school volunteer to your family and friends!
Nomination categories are divided into three tiers based on each school’s student population. The School Volunteer of the Year Award Finalist categories include:
- Tier 1: Schools with 400 enrolled students or less
- Tier 2: Schools with 401-750 enrolled students
- Tier 3: Schools with more than 750 enrolled students.
The top 10 finalists in each category resulting from the public voting phase will advance to the Selection Committee, comprised of seven prominent leaders in the San Diego community who will vet all 30 of the finalists and select one Grand Prize Winner, one First Runner-Up and one Second Runner-Up, based on the candidate’s nomination submission information.
In addition to advancing to the next phase in the selection process, this year’s candidates who receive the most votes in each category will earn a special honor in the School Volunteer of the Year Award People’s Choice category and earn valuable prizes from DonorNation and its award partners.
List of winners and prizes include:
Grand Prize Winner: The 2014 School Volunteer of the Year will receive a $5,000 donation for their school, one year of free groceries ($100 per week for 52 weeks) courtesy of Sprouts, and free season tickets to the La Jolla Playhouse.
First Runner-Up: The 2014 School Volunteer of the Year Runner-Up will receive a $2,500 donation for their school, six months of free groceries ($100 per week for 26 weeks) courtesy of Sprouts, and free season tickets to the La Jolla Playhouse.
Second Runner-Up: The 2014 School Volunteer of the Year Second Runner-Up will receive a $1,500 donation for their school, three months of free groceries ($100 per week for 13 weeks) courtesy of Sprouts, and free season tickets to the La Jolla Playhouse.
People’s Choice (3 Winners): Nominees with the most public votes from each category (Tier 1-3) will receive a $1,000 donation for their school and free season tickets to the La Jolla Playhouse.
All winners will receive Family Memberships to The New Children’s Museum.
Social media plays a vital role in the advancement of candidates to the selection committee phase. We encourage everyone out there to share information about their favorite candidate’s nomination and explain why he or she should be chosen as our esteemed School Volunteer of the Year. Encourage family and friends to vote for your favorite volunteer via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, and whatever else you can think of to give your candidate an extra boost!
The winners of the 2014 School Volunteer of the Year Award will be announced at a spectacular evening event at the stunning Irwin Jacobs Hall in Sorrento Valley on Saturday, May 10th, 2014. All nominees and their guests are welcome to the event free of charge, and they can expect an exciting evening filled with live music from the award-winning high school student choir Chamber Bravura, as well as highly acclaimed local acoustic artist Gus Mezza. Guests can also enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and spirits, as well as the chance to socialize with fellow nominees and bask in the recognition these volunteers deserve!
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay tuned to the latest news and updates in this year’s San Diego School Volunteer of the Year Award. The official hashtag for updates about the awards is #DNVolunteerAward. Please use the hashtag to help spread the word about your favorite candidate’s nomination and to encourage everyone in your network to get voting!
For more information about the 2014 School Volunteer of the Year Award, visit www.donornation.org/award. To cast your vote, visit www.donornation.org/award/vote.