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Department of State

Volunteer and National Service

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State

Volunteering in a Time of Social Distancing: New Jersey Responds to COVID-19

During this national emergency, the New Jersey Governor’s Office of Volunteerism and its partner organizations understand that those who are not suffering from the virus may want to help. However, all volunteer activities should adhere to critical health and safety protocols in order to protect volunteers, protect residents, protect clients and protect service agencies.

Download the Volunteer and Volunteer Organization Guidelines

I want to volunteer - Registration Form
I am an organization looking for volunteers - Organization Volunteer Request Form

Jefferson Award

New Jersey State Governor's Jefferson Award


Honorees of the New Jersey State Governor's Jefferson Award achieve measurable community impact and represent outstanding acts of public service, without the expectation of recognition or compensations. Recipients demonstrate unique vision, dedication, tenacity of heroic proportion and serve as an inspiration to others.

Please nominate a deserving volunteer for this prestigious honor.
Honorees are recognized at a New Jersey ceremony in 2022.
A select group of honorees will be invited to participate in the 2022 National Jefferson Award ceremony!

To nominate an individual or group, highlight your nominee’s service and/or achievements by completing the online nomination form at

Nomination deadline: February 28, 2022

Nomination categories include::

  • Animal Welfare
  • Service by/for Armed Service Members/Veterans/Military
  • Community Pillar
  • Corporate Leadership
  • Dr. MLK Jr. Champion for Justice
  • Education
  • Elected Officials Award
  • Emergency Services/First Responders
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Executive Leadership
  • Faith-Based Services
  • Feed The Hungry/ House The Homeless
  • Founders/Innovators
  • Good Neighbor
  • Health Care Service
  • Lifetime Service
  • NJ National Service Programs Award
  • Service Through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
  • Service to Youth
  • Volunteer Leadership
  • Volunteer Program/Group
  • Youth in Service
  • Youth Volunteer Program/Group


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