July 14, 2016

Greater Houston Service Awards

The Greater Houston Service Awards is an annual Spring luncheon that celebrates the power of volunteers to spark change and improve the Houston area through community service. This event promotes the value and important contribution of volunteering to the social, cultural, economic and environmental well-being of the Greater Houston area and pays tribute to those who inspire and promote the spirit of volunteerism through exemplary endeavors.

Whether it’s being a positive role model to kids, tutoring students in math, science or reading, creating a corporate volunteer network , or providing meals to the hungry, the Greater Houston Service Awards embrace the challenge of tackling the unmet needs of the Houston community through volunteer action.

Started in 1984, the Greater Houston Service Awards is how Volunteer Houston recognizes the volunteerswho improve our city each year. Volunteers who demonstrate exemplary leadership and action can be nominated for an award. After reviewing each nominee, the judging committee chooses finalists. From the finalists, winners are selected to receive the award for their truly outstanding year of service.

Nominations for the 2017 Greater Houston Service Awards will begin in January 2017.

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Impact Award

This prestigious award celebrates the extraordinary and transformational achievements of an individual who has, each in his or her own various way, brought about lasting social change in the Houston area through his or her conviction, determination and generosity. This award celebrates an inspiring individual with the hope of motivating others to want to follow suit in public service, social enterprise and philanthropy.

2016 – Dr. Carolyn Farb

2015 – Neil Bush

2014 – Jim McIngvale

2016 Award Winners




Animal Related

Fiona Layfield

Houston Zoo

Arts & Culture

Theresa Mallett

Society for the Performing Arts

Basic Needs & Health

Laura Cowling

The Periwinkle Foundation

Community, Civic, & Neighborhood Improvement

Loloy Reyes

Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce

Disaster Preparedness & Relief

Louis Wu

American Red Cross


Jo Blackburn

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Counsel

Environment & Conservation

John Stacy

Bayou Land Conservancy

Military & Veterans

Arnold Van Ek

American Red Cross

Corporate Volunteer Program of the Year

Houston Astros

Sunshine Kids Foundation

Philanthropic Volunteer of the Year

Marcus Luttrell

PX3 Foundation

Lifetime Achievement

Bette Ann Stead

The Women’s Home

2015 Award Winners




Animal Welfare

Connie Richards

Faithful Paws

Arts & Recreation

Susan Snider Osterberg

Houston Symphony League

Basic Needs

Tom Ashworth

Houston Food Bank

Community & Civic Development

Elaine O’Gorman

Neighborhood Centers, Inc.

Disaster Preparedness

Rachel Vieth

American Red Cross

Education Services

Sandy Judson

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council


Ty Kelly

Bayou Preservation Association

Military & Veterans

Kedrick Winfield

The Mission Continues

International Services

Susan Hobson Mendoza

Elevare International

Religious Organizations

Nora Katherine Twohy

St. Martha’s Catholic Church & Light the Path Foundation

Youth Volunteer of the Year

Amy Ma

American Red Cross

Volunteer Group of the Year

Ten Thousand Villages

Corporate Group of the Year

HEB, Kroger, & Randalls

Souper Bowl of Caring

Philanthropic Volunteer of the Year

Jean Manning

The Monarch School

Lifetime Achievement

Hank Moore

Neighborhood Centers, Inc.