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Nominate a Volunteer

I’m ready to nominate a volunteer in the category of:

You will need to complete the online nomination in a single session.  We strongly recommend using the pre-nomination worksheet  to prepare the nomination then paste the responses into the online nomination form.

NOTE: the worksheets are intended to help you prepare your nomination for online submission. The worksheet itself should not be used in lieu of an online nomination. We can only accept nominations through the online form and will not be accepting nominations via email, fax or mail.

We know it is a little daunting to compose a compelling nomination for your wonderful volunteer. To help you make the best case for your volunteer, past NCHPP Volunteer Award judges offer this tipsheet on writing effective nominations.

The deadline has been extended to close of business Monday, May 22, 2017

NHPCO Membership requirement: The nominator must be an employee of a NHPCO member hospice and/or palliative care program. The nominee must be a volunteer with the same member hospice  and/or palliative care organization as the nominator.

Award Presentation: The awards will be presented during NHPCO's Interdisciplinary Conference September 16 - 20, 2017 at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina, San Diego, CA. It is hoped that the honorees will be able to accept the award in person.  We will inform honorees prior to the close of August 2017.

Read about last year’s honorees

Evaluation Criteria

In making a nomination you should be able to briefly and specifically describe the how the nominee’s service demonstrates these values. 


When did he or she begin volunteering with your program? (mm/dd/yy)

Nominee’s total service hours since joining your program?

Also describe how this volunteer has demonstrated considerable commitment in terms of responsibility assumed and how his/her responsibilities have increased over time.


Describe how this volunteer has made a notable impact in the chosen award category.

  • Patient/Family Volunteer positively influencing the quality of life of patients and families whom he/she has supported. Include concrete examples/stories.
  • Organizational Support Volunteer making a significant contribution to the hospice and palliative care organization and community through his/her volunteer efforts. Include concrete examples/stories.
  • Young Leader making a significant impact upon patients and families or the hospice and palliative care organization, and his/her community through volunteer efforts. Include concrete examples/stories.
  • Specialized Volunteer Service serving patients and families through a specialized volunteer program such as We Honor Veterans, pediatric support, pet therapy, bereavement support, spiritual support, massage, and other complementary therapies, etc.       

Personal Growth

Describe how this volunteer has grown personally through his/her volunteer work. Provide concrete examples and feel free to interview your nominee to help them give you an idea of their growth.

Inspiration to Others

Provide concrete examples or stories of how this volunteer has served as an inspiration to fellow volunteers and the hospice and palliative care organization.

Please note, the volunteer awards are generally intended to honor the outstanding efforts of an individual volunteer as opposed to a group.

If you have questions or need additional help, contact Donald Cook at dcook@nhpco.org.