Gift of Time Awards

the words, gift of time, with an hourglass sand timerVolunteers are a vital part of delivering services to our community every day – from hunger to education; homelessness to advocacy; volunteers are there to give the most important gift – the gift of time.  

To celebrate the dedication and compassion seen every day in the Ozarks, the City of Springfield, Jeanette Musgrave Foundation and Community Foundation of the Ozarks present the 26th annual Gift of Time awards to honor our community’s volunteers. We invite you to participate by nominating a member of your volunteer team for a "Gift of Time" award. An impartial team of business and civic leaders will review each nominee based on information you provide.

Five nominees will be selected as Volunteers of the Year and placed in a drawing to win one donation of $1,000 to benefit the charity of their choice. Those nominees will be revealed during the Gift of Time Luncheon at noon, June 23 at the Doubletree Hotel Convention Hall, 2431 N. Glenstone.

Portraits of the Gift of Time award recipients are displayed on the Rosanna Bradshaw Memorial Wall of Fame in the Busch Municipal Building throughout the year. Bradshaw was an active volunteer in the Ozarks for many years and helped to create the Gift of Time program.

Nomination Rules

Nominations are encouraged for all ages. All rules must be followed or nominee will be disqualified.
  • The open nomination period is May 1-31, 2017.
  • Nominations must be typed or computer generated.
  • Type the required information in its entirety, followed by your response.
  • Nominations will not be accepted for individuals whose service is related to their paid position or financial / in-kind donations to an organization.
  • Please refer to your nominee(s) by name on the registration form only. Do not place the nominee’s name in your responses; refer to them as he or she only. Nominees will not be identified by name in the judging process.
  • Previous Gift of Time award winners are not eligible.

Tell Us About Your Nominee

  • In 500 words or less, tell us why your nominee's recent contributions and service to the community should be recognized. What makes him or her special? How are they making a difference in the community?
  • List the organizations with which your nominee is involved, and describe his or her service with each group, as well as the number of volunteer hours contributed to each group.
  • Please remember that a well-written entry is more likely to catch the judges’ attention. You may want to consider having someone with strong writing skills compose the essay. Make sure the entry does justice to your nominee’s dedication and hard work!
  • Please include a photo of the nominee when submitting your nomination.
Important Nominee Information
If nominating by mail, fax, or email be sure to include the following information:
Nominee Information
  • Address
  • City / State / Zip
  • Email address of nominee
  • Name
  • Phone Number (s)
  • Photo of Nominee is Desired if You Have One
Nominating Organization / Individual Information
  • Address
  • City / State / Zip
  • Contact Person's Name
  • Email Address for Contact Person
  • Name of Organization or Individual
  • Phone Number (s)
group photo of six people holding glass awards, three are seated, three are standing
Submitting Nominations
During the open nomination period submissions can be made online, by mail, fax, or email. A confirmation letter will be sent upon receipt of your nomination. If you do not receive confirmation, please contact us at 417-862-3586.

Nomination Address
Gift of Time
Council of Churches of the Ozarks
P.O. Box 3947
Springfield, MO 65808-3947

Email with subject labeled "Attn: Gift of Time Nomination."