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Outstanding Volunteer Awards Program

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The Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks is pleased to invite you to participate in the 2018 Outstanding Volunteer Awards Program. This program was initiated in 1985 to recognize the achievements and service of volunteers who support the Department of Recreation and Parks. There are several awards that volunteers can attain, based on the following categories: recreation, sports, community, parks and youth.

The Recreation Advisory Board will select the award recipients from nominations received from individuals such as you. The award winners will be honored at the upcoming volunteer appreciation reception in January 2019 at Quiet Waters Park.

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To nominate an outstanding volunteer or group of volunteers from your organization, please complete the online nomination form.

Nominations are due no later than November 18, 2019.

We would ask that each organization nominate only one person or group.

Thank you in advance for your time and effort with the Outstanding Volunteer Awards Program.

Need to submit and mail in your nomination form?

Download the 'Call for Nominations' packet below:

2018 Outstanding Volunteer Awards - Call for Nominations and Form

NOTE: Downloading the Volunteer Award Nomination Form requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader program. Once you type on the form, click the "save" button and either print, e-mail or mail to our office.

For your convenience you have two ways to submit the nomination form:

1) E-mail form to [email protected]

2) Mail form to or drop off form at Recreation and Parks, 1 Harry S Truman Parkway, Annapolis, Attention: Outstanding Volunteer Award Program.


About The Awards

Each winter, five Ron Blake Award winners will be chosen from Volunteer Award nominations received throughout the year.  These individuals and groups will be chosen from the following categories: Recreation, Sports, Parks, Community and Youth.

The Ron Blake award was initiated in 1985 to recognize the achievements and service of outstanding volunteers who have given their time and energy to advance and support the Department of Recreation and Parks. The award was named in honor of Mr. Ron Blake, a former member of the Recreation Advisory Board and community volunteer from Odenton.   Ron Blake was a noted and respected leader in the Odenton Community. As the first president and one of the founding members of the Gambrills-Odenton Recreation Council, he worked diligently and effectively to build and enhance the sports programs and recreational opportunities in his area. A member of the Kiwanis, the Odenton Improvement Association, and the first president of the Arundel High School Boosters Club, he coached both baseball and football and led successful movements to acquire land for GORC programs, and to provide high quality facilities. As a member of the County Recreation & Parks Advisory Board, he initiated the community grant program. His accomplishments and his legacy as one of Anne Arundel County’s foremost community leaders inspire our tribute to him. Ron Blake died in August 1984.


Past Ron Blake Award Recipients

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Click here for a list of past Ron Blake Award Winners.  Nominees are eligible to win the Ron Blake Award every 10 years.

Director's Citation Award

From the Volunteer Award nominations received, the Director’s Citation Award recognizes the efforts of one hardworking individual who stands out as an example of exceptional dedication to the Department of Recreation and Parks.  This individual has performed beyond expectation in the past year and has demonstrated dedication and commitment to the mission of the Department.

Community Organization of the Year Award

From the Volunteer Award nominations received, the Community Organization of the Year Award recognizes the dedication and commitment of a community organization for their unwavering efforts and dedication to the Department of Recreation and Parks.  

Youth of the Year Award

Do you know a young person between the ages of 5 and 18 who has done remarkable community service in the past 12 months?  Our Youth of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding young volunteer who has shown that you are never too young to make a difference in your community.   This individual will be chosen from the Volunteer Award nominations received.

For questions, please call Keisha Reed at 410-222-7316