Nominations Now Open for Strobel Volunteer Awards

Hands On Nashville Asks Community to Nominate Volunteer Heroes by Feb. 17

Nominations for the 2015 Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards are now being accepted through Feb. 17, 2015.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Hands On Nashville is asking the community to nominate outstanding individuals and groups for the 2015 Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards presented by HCA/TriStar Health. The Strobel Volunteers Awards are Middle Tennessee’s largest annual luncheon celebrating service in our community.

“Each year, the Strobel Awards present a great opportunity for us all to take a moment to celebrate the volunteer heroes in our lives,” said Brian Williams, Hands On Nashville president and CEO. “The stories of service we see in the nominations are a testament to the powerful role volunteers play in our community.”

Award nominations are being accepted at HON.org through Tuesday, Feb. 17, Hands On Nashville announced today. Middle Tennesseans are encouraged to nominate outstanding volunteers within seven categories of service:

  • Capacity-building Volunteer honors individuals who provide significant operational or administrative support to a nonprofit agency, faith-based ministry or community organization.
  • Volunteer Innovator honors individuals or groups that have responded creatively to an unmet community need by designing a volunteer program, practice or response or by adding innovation to an existing program or agency.
  • Civic Volunteer Group recognizes representatives of civic, membership, faith-based or non-corporate groups that volunteer together for a specific cause or issue.
  • Corporate Volunteerism pays tribute to businesses that have robust employee volunteer programs with high levels of participation and impact.
  • Direct Service Volunteer (age 5-20) recognizes individuals, ages 5 to 20, who have participated in hands-on, direct service with a nonprofit agency, faith-based ministry or community organization.
  • Direct Service Volunteer (age 21-49) recognizes individuals, ages 21 to 49, who have participated in hands-on, direct service with a nonprofit agency, faith-based ministry or community organization.
  • Direct Service Volunteer (age 50+) recognizes individuals, ages 50 years and older, who have participated in hands-on, direct service with a nonprofit agency, faith-based ministry or community organization.

Independent assessors, composed of community volunteers, volunteer administrators, business leaders, and civic leaders, will select three finalists for each of the seven categories. All award recipients will be announced at the luncheon.

The Awards luncheon, now in its 29th year, will be held on April 7 at the Marriott Cool Springs Conference Center.

More than 700 volunteers and agency representatives are expected to attend the event hosted by Hands On Nashville.

Luncheon reservations are now available for purchase at HON.org.

About the Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards

The Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards are named in memory of the late Mary Catherine Strobel, known for her extensive charitable efforts toward improving the lives of Middle Tennessee’s homeless, impoverished and less fortunate populations. The annual awards ceremony celebrates Strobel’s service and recognizes those who continue her legacy.

About Hands On Nashville

Hands On Nashville (HON) works to address critical issues facing the Middle Tennessee community through volunteer-centric programming. Annually, HON connects thousands of volunteers to service opportunities supporting area nonprofits as well as its programs in urban agriculture, home energy savings, youth leadership development and support of public education.

Hands On Nashville challenges everyone to find a way to make a difference. For more information, visit HON.org or call (615) 298-1108.

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