Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and Volunteer Louisiana are seeking nominations for outstanding volunteers and national service members for the 2022 Champions of Service Awards, a news release said.

Nominations are open to any person, group or business who has demonstrated compassion and dedication, leadership and initiative, or innovation and creativity in addressing community challenges and serving others. Nominations will close Jan. 31, and the Champions of Service will be announced in April during Global Volunteer Month.

Volunteer Louisiana will recognize one champion from each of the seven geographic regions throughout the state as well as AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps Seniors and corporate volunteer champions.

Make nominations by filling out and submitting the nomination form found at https://volunteerlouisiana.gov/volunteering/awards-and-recognition. Listen to stories of previous Champions of Service winners at www.youtube.com/user/volunteerlouisiana.

“Never has the importance of volunteers in Louisiana been more evident than the past 18 challenging months. We want to hear those stories of how Louisianans put their communities and neighbors before themselves. We need you to nominate them for their selfless volunteering so we can honor their dedication to making Louisiana a state where we treat everyone like family,” Nungesser said. “Through the hard work of the thousands of volunteers across Louisiana to improve the lives of others, the character and resilient spirit of this state is revealed.”

“Despite the challenges of the past few years, there are so many Louisianans quietly making a difference in their communities each and every day,” said Judd Jeansonne, executive director of Volunteer Louisiana. “It is an honor to hear their stories and shine a light on their incredible work.”