NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Hands On Nashville announced finalists for the 29th annual Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards presented by HCA/TriStar Health. The event recognizes outstanding Middle Tennessee volunteers who were nominated by the community in seven categories.
More than 600 champions of volunteerism are expected to attend the luncheon and ceremony at the Marriott Cool Springs Conference Center in Franklin on Tuesday, April 7, including special guest, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, who will commemorate the third-annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service during the celebration. Seats for the luncheon are available at www.HON.org.
Hands On Nashville will also recognize its adult and youth Volunteer of the Year during the ceremony. The award recipients will be selected from 22 finalists and more than 100 nominations. The following finalists have been named for 2015:
Capacity-building Volunteer Award
The Capacity-building Volunteer Award honors individuals who provide significant operational or administrative support to a nonprofit agency, faith-based ministry or community organization.
- Finalists are: Gay Levine Eisen (serves NeedLink Nashville), Bob Bredensteiner (serves FiftyForward RSVP and United Way of Metro Nashville), and Patrick McGee (serves The Mary Parrish Center For Victims of Domestic & Sexual Violence)
Volunteer Innovator Award
The Volunteer Innovator Award 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.
- Finalists are: Julie Davis and Cheryl Hays (serve Re-New at the YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee), Susan Lewis (serves Metro Nashville Public Schools) and Terry Allison Rappuhn (serves Westminster Home Connection)
Civic Volunteer Group Award
The Civic Volunteer Group Award recognizes representatives of civic, membership, faith-based or non-corporate groups that volunteer together for a specific cause.
- Finalists are: Conexión Américas’ Parents as Partners Facilitator Team (serves Conexión Américas), Leadership Donelson-Hermitage (serves Greater Donelson-Hermitage Area), USN Centennial Initiative Committee (University School of Nashville).
Corporate Volunteerism Award
The Corporate Volunteerism Award pays tribute to businesses that have robust employee volunteer programs with high levels of participation and impact.
- Finalists are: Asurion (serves Metro Nashville Public Schools via Teach For America Greater Nashville), Caterpillar Financial Services (serves Sexual Assault Center), and Nissan (serves Oasis Center).
Direct Service Volunteer Award (age 5-20)
The Direct Service Volunteer Award recognizes individuals who have contributed significant volunteer time, energy, and/or resources to help an agency’s constituents.
- Finalists are: Leanna Edwards (serves Alvin C. York Medical Center), Samantha Ponder (serves Snowball Express), and Grace White (serves Room In The Inn and Dismas House of Nashville).
Direct Service Volunteer Award (age 21-49)
- Finalists are: Maurice Curry (serves Cane Ridge Elementary School), Rose Hernandez (serves Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition), and Sharmane Pearson (serves Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee)
Direct Service Volunteer Award (age 50+)
- Finalists are: Marlene Key (serves Perenity-Nashville), Amy Shever (serves 2nd Chance 4 Pets), and Sam Smith (serves Continental T-Belles Girls Track Club).
Hands On Nashville Volunteer of the Year Award
Recognizes adult and youth volunteers who demonstrate a deep commitment to improving our community through Hands On Nashville’s programming.
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 and 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.
Thank you to the 2015 Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards Sponsors: