FLORIDA TODAY realizes the important role volunteers, businesses and non-profit organizations play in our community, particularly during times of economic challenge. To recognize the countless hours and endless contributions local citizens and organizations make every day, we established the FLORIDA TODAY Volunteer Recognition Awards in 1992.

Each year, FLORIDA TODAY honors local citizens, volunteers, businesses and organizations. Finalists and winners of these four awards epitomize the spirit of volunteerism and have helped in many ways to contribute to the success of our community.

The deadline for submitting 2019 VRA nominations has passed.
Please watch FLORIDA TODAY and floridatoday.com for the announcement of finalists and winners.

PAST WINNERS
The Bjorg & Bjornar Hermansen Legacy Award
  • 2018: Mike & Rashmi Shah
  • 2017: Jonnie & Jim Swann
Citizen of the Year
  • Stanley Brizz
  • William Ellis
  • Adrian Laffitte
  • Ambika Ravindran
  • David Brock
  • Michael S. Hubler
  • Moses Harvin
  • Delores Spearman
  • Bryan & Judy Roub
  • Bjornar & Bjorg Hermansen
  • Harry & Wendy Brandon
  • Bruce Nelson, Jr.
  • Howard Lance
  • George Mikitarian
  • Mike Means
  • Ken and Colleen Braid
  • Tom Wasdin
  • Michael H. Erdman
  • Tim Wakefield
  • Marilyn "Bunny" Finney
  • Steve Bunker
  • John T. Hartley
  • Rodger Ingram
  • Fred Gay
  • Jim & Jonnie Swann
  • Leo Roselip
  • Peter J. Morton
Volunteer of the Year
  • Judge David Dugan
  • Sandra Price Pelham
  • Audrey Joiner
  • Jim Clamons
  • Susan Hammerling
  • Susie Wasdin
  • Logan Morris
  • Linda Wagner
  • John Byron
  • Jim Ridenour
  • Christine Lance
  • Dr. Kantilal Bhalani
  • Dr. Maxwell C. King
  • Linda Cole
  • Dr. Jane Hodges, Ph.D.
  • Susan Boulware
  • Janet Marks
  • Darcia Jones Francey
  • Silas J. Charles, M.D.
  • Pam Gatto
  • Lenora Wilson
  • Sherry Truex
  • Kathleen "Scotty" Culp
  • Judith Ivey
  • Susan P. Brodnan
  • John Aho
  • William J. Tillman
  • Diane Hayward
Business of the Year
  • Space Coast Credit Union
  • Florida Power & Light Company
  • Publix
  • Bright House Networks
  • Widerman Malek
  • GrayRobinson, P.A.
  • Sorensen Moving & Storage
  • Hoyman Dobson
  • Craig Technologies
  • Delaware North Parks
  • ASRC Aerospace
  • MH Williams Construction Group
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Ron Jon Surf Shop
  • Harris Corp.
  • Carrabba's Italian Grill, Merritt Island
  • Community Educators Credit Union
  • Paravant Computer Systems, Inc.
  • Publix
  • Mercedes Homes
  • United Space Alliance
  • The Boeing Company
Organization of the Year
  • 321 Millennials
  • Bridges
  • 2-1-1 Brevard
  • Daily Bread
  • Genesis House, Inc.
  • Rolling Readers Space Coast, Inc.
  • BIMDA
  • Space Coast Therapy Dogs
  • Junior Achievement of the Space Coast
  • Brevard Neighborhood Coalition
  • Brevard Schools Foundation
  • Hospice of Health First
  • The Haven for Children
  • The Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast
  • Cancer Care Foundation
  • Crosswind Youth Services
  • Community Services Council of Brevard
  • Jess Parrish Medical Foundation, Inc.
  • Brevard Alzheimer's Foundation, Inc.
  • PREVENT! of Brevard
  • United Way of Brevard County, Inc.
  • SC Early Intervention Ctr.
  • Brevard Achievement Ctr.
  • Junior Leagues of Brevard
  • Brevard Hospice
  • Child Care Association of Brevard
  • Leadership Brevard