Recognition is important in any volunteer organization. Our amazing volunteers play an important role in SCORE's mission and success. They are what makes SCORE the flourishing organization that it is today. We know that recognizing volunteers is an easy way to not only show our appreciation but also motivate them to continue working toward SCORE's mission. However, we can't do it alone. We encourage each chapter or district to adopt their own recognition program so that our amazing volunteers do not go unnoticed.
In 2013, SCORE National implemented the Volunteer Spotlight program to showcase our amazing volunteers to the rest of the organization. This extremely popular program consists of emails sent out to all volunteers and staff once a month. These emails contain pictures, bios, and Q&As with outstanding volunteers.
- View past Volunteer Spotlights.
- Do you know of a great volunteer who deserves to be recognized? We would love to hear about it! Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chapter of the Year
Congratulations to the 2019 SCORE National Chapter of the Year - Portland Maine!
Read about SCORE Portland Maine here.
Chapter of the Year (and Small Market Winner) - SCORE Portland (ME)
Mid-Market Winner - SCORE Savannah (GA)
Large Market Winner - SCORE Austin (TX)
The National Chapter of the Year Award will be presented at the 2019 National Leadership Conference in Reno, Nevada.
- List of prior winners and award guidelines.
- District Directors should submit to the association office the name of the chapter to be recognized as the District Chapter of the Year. Each district winner will receive a certificate and a plaque signed by the CEO.
The Walter H. Channing Award of Excellence
This award is given to an organization or volunteer who has consistently provided outstanding service to the SCORE Association. Nomination for the award shall be initiated by a chapter, district director, board member or the SCORE CEO, presented to the Executive Committee of the board for approval and approved by at least 75 percent of the board. It must be accompanied by written documentation that the eligibility criteria have been met. The award will be issued by the SCORE Association office. The award does not have to be given each year.
The eligibility requirements for this award are:
- The recipient must have made a significant contribution to the progress, growth and development of the SCORE Association.
- The activity or participation with SCORE exceeds expectations.
- The contribution has been continuous and long term.
Walter H. Channing Award Winners:
2013 Hal Shelton
2010: Paul Kopelcheck
2009: Jerry Jensen
2008: Susan Hartman
2006: R. Duncan Brown
2005: Emmet Gumm
2004: Fred Thomas
2004: Gene Cowen
2003: Bob Souza
2003 Lenny Kattan
2001 Herb Ausderau
1995 Walter H. Channing
Ways to Recognize Volunteers in Your Chapter
It is important to thank volunteers who help make your chapter successful. Here are some helpful ideas for recognizing volunteer contributions.
- Informal recognition. Informal recognition should happen on a regular basis throughout the year. Personalize each thank you—write a note on SCORE letterhead, publicly thank volunteers at your meetings or write a note of thanks in your chapter or district newsletter.
- Volunteer appreciation events. Events provide motivation for a continued commitment from SCORE leaders. National Volunteer Week in April and the end of the fiscal year are the best times to formally honor volunteers. Ask local businesses to donate funds to support a recognition event. To find out more about National Volunteer Week, visit the Points of Light Foundation.
- Volunteer awards. Celebrate the successes of volunteers by creating awards for your peers—for example, best volunteer recruiter, top performing online counselor or best long-term business mentor.
- Service recognition. Giving volunteers some memento for their service can make their accomplishments more meaningful. Consider giving volunteers a certificate or other SCORE recognition item through the SCORE Store.
Expressions of gratitude are easy to implement and show chapter volunteers their service is appreciated and valued.
Everyday Ways to Recognize Volunteers
- Take a deserving volunteer to lunch.
- Put a mentor’s picture on the bulletin board with news of their accomplishment.
- Send a thank you note.
- Post a SCORE volunteer of the month/year on your chapter website.