Middle Tennessee Volunteers Recognized for Outstanding Community Service in Six Categories
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Middle Tennesseans were honored for outstanding volunteer work at Hands On Nashville’s 30th annual Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards.
- Peggy Napier – Capacity-building Volunteer Award
- Vanderbilt Sewing Club – Civic Volunteer Group Award
- TechnologyAdvice – Corporate Volunteerism Award
- Anna Grace Smith – Direct Service Volunteer Award (Ages 5–20 category)
- Dominique Jordan – Direct Service Volunteer Award (Ages 21–49 category)
- Donna Moffitt – Direct Service Volunteer Award (Ages 50-plus category)
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More than 600 volunteers and agency representatives attended the luncheon and ceremony at the Music City Center downtown. The annual event recognizes volunteers for their outstanding contributions to the community.
This year’s awards ceremony kicked off with a special musical performance by the Tennessee School for the Blind Choir, which honored all of the Strobel Award nominees. Charles Strobel, son of Mary Catherine Strobel and Founding Director of Room In the Inn, followed the performance with an eloquent remembrance of his mother’s legacy and the significance of the awards 30th year.
“The Mary Catherine Strobel Awards not only highlight the tremendous impact that individual volunteers make on our community, but also showcase this city’s ever-growing volunteer spirit. This milestone celebration was truly inspiring, from the Tennessee School for the Blind Choir to the moving stories of each of the finalists – I am so proud of every nominee. I’m very thankful to Hands On Nashville for their hard work and dedication to my mother’s legacy, but more so for always instilling volunteerism as a foundation in Middle Tennessee,” Strobel said.
Community members submitted 130 nominations for the 2016 Strobel Volunteer Awards.
“The Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards represent the best our community has to offer,” said Lori Shinton, Hands On Nashville’s vice president of operations and interim executive director. “This event serves not only as a celebration but also as a call to action. It is a great reminder of the opportunities we have each day to lend a hand to our neighbors in need.”
“I’m incredibly honored to have even been nominated for the award,” Capacity-building Volunteer Award winner Peggy Napier said. “Thistle Farms means so much to me personally, and getting to be a part of it is what really brings me joy every day. I’m overwhelmed at the number of people in my category and what people are doing in this community. I just think it’s wonderful that people in Nashville give their time to organizations that need it.”
Following is a list of award recipients for each category and a brief description of the volunteer work for which they are recognized.
The Capacity-building Volunteer Award honors individuals who provide significant operational or administrative support to a nonprofit agency, faith-based ministry or community organization, or developed an innovative approach to significantly improve an existing program.
Peggy Napier has been named the 2016 recipient of the Capacity-building Volunteer Award for her dedicated contributions to support Thistle Farms, a community of healing for survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking and prostitution. Peggy serves 40-plus hours a week in myriad roles. From working to establish the Thistle Stop Café to supporting a National Education and Outreach Center, to helping Thistle Farms tell its story through her photography, Peggy’s service can be seen in all aspects of Thistle Farms.
The Civic Volunteer Group Award recognizes representatives of civic, membership, faith-based or noncorporate groups that volunteer together for a specific cause or issue.
Vanderbilt Sewing Club has been named the 2016 recipient of the Civic Volunteer Group Award for its service supporting patients at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. For more than 80 years, members of this group have sewn and donated thousands of surgical linens, infant caps, lap blankets, and more, saving the hospital significant time and resources to comfort its patients.
The Corporate Volunteerism Award pays tribute to businesses that have robust employee volunteer programs with high levels of participation and impact.
TechnologyAdvice has been named the 2016 recipient of the Corporate Volunteerism Award for its support of youth served by Youth Villages. Over the last four years, TechnologyAdvice has donated nearly 3,000 hours, along with professional services and financial resources, and provided school supplies, books and facility improvements to Youth Villages. As a supporter of Youth Villages’ Holiday Heroes program, TechnologyAdvice has provided 450 vulnerable youth with gifts to brighten spirits during the holidays.
The Direct Service Volunteer Awards recognize individuals who have contributed significant volunteer time, energy and/or resources to help an agency’s constituents.
Anna Grace Smith has been named the 2016 recipient of a Direct Service Volunteer Award (ages 5–20 category) for her efforts to raise funds and awareness in support of cancer research. For the past five years, Anna Grace has served as president of Queens for a Cure, a pageant event that raises funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Her service has raised nearly $18,000 in total.
Dominique Jordan has been named the 2016 recipient of a Direct Service Volunteer Award (ages 21–49 category) for her wide-ranging community service to Nashvillians in need. For the past two years, Dominique has celebrated her birthday by volunteering one project for each year of her life. Her efforts have fed hundreds of impoverished families, organized holiday parties for hundreds of students, lifted spirits for children receiving hospital care and more. In total, Dominique has supported 27 nonprofits in this effort.
Donna Moffitt is the recipient of a 2016 Direct Service Volunteer Award (ages 50-plus category) for her dedicated commitment to helping young people overcome life’s challenges. Over nine years, Donna has served 4,500 hours to mentor, support and care for nearly 100 youth served by Preston Taylor Ministries (PTM). After mentoring a group of young students through their entire high school experiences, Donna lead the creation of a program at PTM to continue supporting recent high school graduates into their new life chapter.
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 her 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. For more information, visit HON.org or call (615) 298-1108.