Mayor's 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 volunteers hours at area nonprofits during summer break are recognized by the Mayor of Durham at a ceremony in the fall. Each year over 32,000 hours of community service are performed throughout the Triangle Area thanks to students who are earning the Mayor's Award!

Click here to download a list of the 2015 Mayor's Award winners.
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 Triangle nonprofit that is registered with The Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center. Click Here to see if an organization is registered with us.  If the nonprofit is not registered with us, they must register by August 1.
    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. 
    $20 fee
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 the Mayor of Durham
Award Application Process


SILVER: 60+ hours of service
GOLD: 100+ hours of service
PLATINUM: 150+ hours of service

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

REGISTRATION OPENS APRIL 5. After registering, download and print the application packet.  Send in your permission form to the TNVLC by July 15. Send in your timesheet(s) and evaluation(s) by September 2.
All Mayor’s Award and many Commissioner's Award winners are eligible for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. There is a $30 processing fee for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. However, financial assistance is available if this fee creates a hardship. 

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 August 25, 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 100 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.

How do I find volunteer opportunities? 
Search "Mayor's Award" on to search our online volunteer database. 

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? 
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 your first day of school in Fall 2016. 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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If you have any further questions contact John Rich at or 919.681.1835