Due to the evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, and based on the guidelines set out by public health agencies, the 2020 Volunteers Are Stars Awards have been postponed indefinitely. While we hope to re-schedule the event, there is no guarantee this will be possible, and public safety takes precedence over all other considerations.
Tickets that have already been sold will be refunded in full. Nominations that have already been submitted will be kept on file, and considered for the next edition of the Awards, whenever that is.
This page will be updated when more information becomes available. Until then, be safe, be good to each other, and listen to the experts.
Every community needs a power supply - to keep the lights on, our appliances running, and our devices charged. But to remain strong, healthy, and vibrant, a community also requires something else: a passion supply. That's where volunteers come in.
Think about it. What do you value in your community? Perhaps it's quality healthcare, or safe, nurturing child care. Maybe it's a thriving arts sector, or plentiful, inclusive recreational opportunities. It might be a clean environment, or responsive social services.
In all of these areas, and so many others, volunteers play a leading role. They generously give their time, talent, and energy, so they can have a positive impact on the causes we all care about. In doing so, volunteers supply the passion that powers our community.
Thursday, April 16, we hope you'll join us at Pacific Gateway Hotel for the 2020 Volunteers Are Stars Awards. As Richmond's largest celebration of volunteerism, it's an opportunity to thank the people who spend countless hours serving our community, and making it the best place possible to live, work, and go to school.
As in years past, the event will combine a standing reception with a seated awards ceremony. It's meant to be fun, informal and accessible, while serving as a meaningful and memorable way of recognizing Richmond's star volunteers.
It says a lot about our community that Volunteers Are Stars is consistently sold out. Richmond's volunteer spirit grows stronger every year, and there are always more people wanting to celebrate it. That's awesome, but it also means that tickets go fast! We encourage you to purchase yours early.
Do you know a volunteer who's made a significant contribution to our community? Show your appreciation by nominating them for a Volunteers Are Stars award! There are four categories to choose from, and you're welcome - more than that, encouraged! - to submit multiple nominations.
Winners will be decided by an impartial panel of community leaders, and while not every nominee will receive an award, all will be recognized during the awards ceremony on April 16.
The final day to submit a nomination is Monday, March 23.
The following partners and sponsors proudly celebrate volunteerism and its vital role in creating a strong, healthy, vibrant community. Their generous support makes the Volunteers Are Stars Awards possible.
Shooting Star Award
Star of Richmond Award
A little time may have passed, but their contributions remain as meaningful as ever. Read about the many brilliant winners and nominees from previous editions of Volunteers Are Stars.