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 and tenacity of heroic proportion and serve as inspiration for others.

About the Awards


Awards Planning Committee
The NJ State Governor’s Jefferson Awards are administered by the NJ Governor’s Office of Volunteerism in partnership with the NJ Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism and Community Service and NJ Advance Media.

Selection Process
Nominations go through a rigorous selection process where there is an initial screening to determine which nominations go through to the judges. Our judging panels consist of members of the NJ Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism and Community Service, previous award winners, and community partners.
Meet the Judges.

Additional Questions?
You can reach the Planning Committee by emailing njvolunteerawards@gmail.com

Our Impact in Numbers


1.8 million

NJ Volunteers

316

Medallions Awarded

738

Certificates Awarded

10,000+

Nominations Received

Medalist Profiles


Alliance for Youth Leaders in the United States

AYLUS has donated over 10,000 masks, 3,000+ of 3D Printed Face Shield Frame and Shields, 4,000+ ICU-grade gowns to anesthesiologists & physicians, and collected gently used iPads for ICUs, so patients could stay connected with their families. They also created heartfelt videos, hundreds of thank you cards and art show paintings at Princeton Medical CenterContinue reading “Alliance for Youth Leaders in the United States”

Jo-Ann Hoffman

Jo-Ann is actively involved in suicide prevention, especially important during the isolation of Covid 19. She has volunteered at CONTACT over 3,000 hours for 40 years, since 1980 and serves as a volunteer trainer as well as on the training committee.

Feed the Frontlines and Helping Those in Need

Feed the Frontlines and Helping Those in Need launched during the start of the pandemic, in March 2020. The organization raised $100,000 from private donations to keep restaurants in business by buying ready-to-eat meals for EMS, hospital workers and the food insecure.

Presenting Sponsor

Program Administrators

Program Underwriter

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