About Us

The NJ State Governor’s Volunteerism Awards (formerly Jefferson Awards) has honored hundreds of groups and individuals throughout the state of New Jersey for their exemplary volunteer efforts. Thorough our Awards media campaign, we encourage others to volunteer by shining a light on the volunteerism of others. These efforts have helped to increase volunteerism in NJ.

The Awards are a partnership between The NJ Governor’s Office of Volunteerism, NJ Advance Media, The NJ Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism, and the NJ Volunteer Generation Fund.

The New Jersey state-wide program, started in 2007, is co-administrated by NJ Advance Media (The Star-Ledger/NJ.com) and NJ Governor’s Office of Volunteerism. The New Jersey State Governor’s Council on Volunteerism adopted the award as the official Governor’s award in 2010.

Over 300 medals have been awarded in NJ between 2007 and 2022 and hundreds more honored with certificates.

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