SAVMA Awards


With gratitude and in celebration the SAVMA Awards 2024 presented by the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family have come to a close. Relive the celebration with photos, videos, and stories on the 2024 Awards Page!

SAVMA Awards 2024 Volunteer Administrator of the Year, Victoria Carlson

SAVMA Awards 2024 Volunteer Administrator of the Year

CEO Tonya Hamilton, Volunteer Administrator of the Year Victoria Carlson, Director of AmeriCorps and Volunteer Services Emily Litchfield, and SAVMA Awards Co-Chair Paloma Santiago

SAVMA Awards 2024 Volunteer Program, Habitat for Humanity Tucson

SAVMA Awards 2024 Volunteer Program, Habitat for Humanity Tucson

2024 Volunteer Program Team, Habitat for Humanity Tucson with Keynote Speaker @NicoleRSmith


January 16, 2025 | 8:00AM- 10:30AM

Tucson Convention Center

Volunteers are essential to the well-being of our community and the SAVMA awards will recognize the extraordinary service of individuals, youth, and corporate volunteerism programs. A national expert in volunteerism will get us started before we launch into the true celebration of our Community Service Recognitions! The 6-major awards will include personalized videos.

SAVMA Awards 2020


With nearly 400 people registered to attend the awards it was an amazing event. With photos and videos to remember the celebration and all the community service recognition stories to keep us going we will be inspired for years to come. Check out the fun. 

SAVMA Awards Big 6 – Past Recipients


Program Volunteer Award

  • 2019 – Mary Ohrazda, Tucson Museum of Art
  • 2020 – Steve Johnson, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Pima County
  • 2024 – David Tabb, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Pima County

Corporate Volunteerism Award

  • 2019 – Tucson Electric Power Company
  • 2020 – Southwest Gas Corporation
  • 2024 – Caterpillar Tucson Regional Offices, Junior Achievement of Arizona- Southern District

Nonprofit or Hospice Volunteer Program Award

  • 2019 – Literacy Connects
  • 2020 – Interfaith Community Services
  • 2024 – Habitat for Humanity Tucson

Youth Volunteer Individual or Award

  • 2019 – RHAP Volunteers (Teen Reproductive Health Access Project), El Rio
  • 2020 – Zoo Crew, Reid Park Zoo
  • 2024 – Felipe Garcia, Governor’s Youth Commission

Board Member Award (first issued in 2020)

  • 2019 – Scott Summerford, Interfaith Community Services
  • 2024 – Chrisie Ballard, Junior Achievement of Arizona- Southern District

Volunteer Administrator Award

  • 2019 – Theresa Ulloa, Emerge! Center Against Sexual Assault
  • 2020 – Gina Hansen, Habitat for Humanity
  • 2024 – Tori Carlson, Interfaith Community Services

SAVMA Awards Sponsor Opportunities


While the goal of the event is to celebrate community volunteerism, we seek underwriting support for the event, the proceeds of which support the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association’s annual professional development activities. Details for the 2025 Sponsor Package will be coming soon.

Thank you to our 2024 Sponsors

SAVMA Awards 2024 Sponsor Logos

SAVMA Awards Nominations


Open July 1st- July 31st annually

There are six major awards eligible for nomination: Program Volunteer of the Year, Corporate or Group Volunteerism Award, Nonprofit Volunteer Program of the Year, Youth Volunteer of the Year (Individual or Group), Volunteer Administrator of the Year, and Board Member of the Year. The SAVMA Awards nomination information can be found here.

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