Mayor's Award   
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About the Award


About the Mayor's Award

The Mayor's Award gives Triangle area students the opportunity to learn and serve their community in a meaningful way. Students who complete the required number of volunteer hours at area nonprofits during summer break are recognized by the Mayor at a ceremony in the fall. Last year students served more than 30,000 hours of community service throughout the Triangle Area through the Mayor's Award!

Award Eligibility
  • Youth ages 12-18 may apply.
  • Awards are issued for hours served between the first day and last day of summer break.  
  • Volunteer hours you complete before you register do count as long as the hours you served were during your summer break
  • Hours MUST be completed at a nonprofit that is legally registered with the State of North Carolina and is listed with The Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center (TNVLC). Click Here to see if an organization is registered with us.  If the nonprofit is not registered with us, please contact prior to your service to ensure they are a certified nonprofit. 
  • Awards are issued for volunteer service only. No payment of any kind can be received from the organization served.
  • Court-ordered community service does not count towards your total hours volunteered for the award. 
  • If you complete enough hours, you will automatically receive the President's Award at no extra cost (A separate timesheet must be submitted for the President's Award but no additional supervisor evaluation needed. Timesheets for all youth programs are in the application packet below)
Award Fees
  • $45 fee 
  • If your student is registering for both the Mayor's Award and the Commissioners' Award, there is a special package pricing of $75 for both saving you over 15%
Included in the Award
  • A photo taken with Mayor of Durham
  • A personalized Mayor's Award certificate of achievement presented by the Mayor of Durham, stating which level of service attained.
  • An invitation to the Tomorrow's Community Leaders Award Ceremony hosted by the TNVLC and Triangle Area Mayors.
Award Application Process

Bronze: 50+ hours of service
Silver: 100+ hours of service
Gold: 150+ hours of service

NO STUDENT WILL BE TURNED AWAY FOR INABILITY TO PAY. The Volunteer Center believes strongly in supporting student volunteers. Financial Aid is available.

fter registering, download and print the application packet.  Send in your parent permission form, timesheet(s), and evaluation(s) by August 31.
Be sure to always keep a copy of all your volunteer timesheet hours!  If these are lost in the mail or are not received in email, you will need a copy to verify your hours.
(Also, the center does not retain volunteer time sheets from year-to year. If you need these for other purposes you will need to keep a copy for your own records..)  
Additional Award Benefits
  • Award Presentation by Mayor at the Tomorrow's Community Leaders Ceremony *
  • After-Ceremony Photo Shoot with Community Leaders
    (Senator/Mayor/Commissioner) *
  • Opportunity to Enter Essay Contest
  • Access to Scholarship Database for service-related opportunities
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Preferred acceptance into the Student Action Board
  • Customized volunteer opportunity listing
  • Discount pricing for multiple awards
  • Early registration access and discount for "Civic Engagement Leadership Institute" ($50 value)
  • Timesheet Management assistance for multiple award areas

* Subject to change due to COVID-19 health concerns

Many Mayor’s Award and 
Commissioner's Award winners are eligible for the President’s Volunteer Service Award

The TNVLC believes strongly in supporting student volunteers. Financial assistance is available if program fees create a 

Mayor’s Award Frequently Asked Questions 
Essay Contest

As you are finishing up with volunteering, consider entering the Mayor's Award essay contest. The theme is the benefits of volunteering, and/or why it is important to be active in your community. The essay should be 3-5 pages double spaced, with a font no larger than 12 point. Give your essay an original title. Use your summer experience, other volunteering, and your own ideas to talk about the importance of volunteering. The winning essay will be read at the Mayor's Award Ceremony in the fall. The deadline for the essay is September 6, so you may turn it in with your application, or you may turn it in early. If you choose to e-mail your essay, send it to
What is the Mayor’s Award?
The Mayor's Award program provides the opportunity for students to volunteer at one of our registered non-profits in the Triangle area during the summer months. Students giving 60 or more hours of service with positive evaluations are eligible to win the Mayor's Award. Each year between 300-400 students apply for this program.

Who is eligible?
Students who are 12 (or turn 12 by June 1) to 18 years of age. Please note that some nonprofits have age minimums and may require an adult to be present if this minimum is not met. Generally there are fewer opportunities for students under age 14.

How do I find volunteer opportunities? 
Our online volunteer matching database, has hundreds of volunteer opportunities. You can also search "Mayor's Award" on to search for those that have been specifically identified (though any opportunity listed is eligible). Students can also contact nonprofits and select opportunities that may not be listed in HandsON. There are thousands of nonprofits throughout the Triangle providing students with plenty of ways to find an opportunity to volunteer.

Can I complete my hours at more than one organization, or do I have to do all hours at the same site? 
You can serve at several different organizations, as long as your hours add up to the required minimum. You must submit a Time Sheet and your supervisor will have to complete an Evaluation Form at each of the sites where you volunteer. Those documents are included in the Service Packet above.
How do I know if the agency I want to volunteer with is registered? 
Follow this link on to browse the list of registered organizations.
What if I can’t find an opportunity that is still open? 
We encourage students to take leadership in locating a volunteer opportunity. If you have contacted several agencies and they are unable to find a placement for you, consider creating an opportunity with another agency. It is common to have to contact numerous groups before finding a match.  If you have contacted more than 5 agencies and cannot find a match, e-mail the names of the agencies that you have contacted, your name and age, city, and volunteer interests to and we will assist you in locating an opportunity. 

What is the deadline for completing my hours? 
Your hours must be completed by the start of the first day of school. This varies between schools. 

Does my supervisor have to sign my time sheet and my evaluation?
Yes, you will need both of these for every organization you volunteer with.

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