Since 1978, the Santa Rosa City Council has presented Merit Awards to individuals, organizations and businesses who volunteer their time and energies to serve the community and improve the quality of life in Santa Rosa.

The Merit Awards acknowledge those who go above and beyond by:

  • Serving others, particularly young people, seniors, and those in need.
  • Beautifying our community.
  • Strengthening our neighborhoods.
  • Expanding and enriching the artistic and historical culture of the city.
  • Fostering sustainability and protecting the environment.

2016 Merit Awards
The 2016 Merit Awards ceremony was held on Monday evening, April 25, 2016, at City Hall, where 11 recipients - both individuals and groups - were honored for their efforts to make Santa Rosa a better place. A recording of the televised broadcast can be viewed here.

Santa Rosa's Merit Awards event takes place in April to align with nationwide events during and around National Volunteer Week, with the goal of inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities.

The Merit Awards Committee, a subcommittee of the Board of Community Services, will be opening up nominations again in January 2017 for the next awards cycle.

For more information call (707) 543-3279 or email srmeritawards@srcity.org. 

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 Nominate Today!

Nominations for 2016 Merit Awards have closed as of March 15, 2016. Check back in early 2017 for the next opportunity to nominate!

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 Past Award Ceremonies

To view pictures from the 2016 Merit Awards Ceremony, please click here.

 Past Recipients