Gustine and Santa Nella residents wanting to pay homage to volunteers in the community now have an opportunity to do so.

Merced County, through a program established by the county’s Board of Supervisors in 1999, is accepting nominations for the 2023 Volunteer Recognition Program.

The annual program is a time for the County to say “thank you” to the many volunteers in the community that go above and beyond in their service while enhancing the surrounding community.

Nominations can include either groups or individual volunteers. Applications will be screened by an external advisory committee, and winners (two per supervisorial district) will be recognized during the Board of Supervisors meeting at 6 p.m. on April 25.

Nominees must donate their time and or service without pay or other compensation. Volunteers to political efforts, elected, or appointed officials, and declared candidates are ineligible.

Nominations can be made online at A printable nomination form is also available at that webpage. All nomination forms must be received by 5 p.m. April 3 to be considered for this year’s program. 

Any questions regarding the nomination process can be directed to Merced County Public Information Officer Mike North at 209-726-2744.