Announcing the 2021 Strobel Volunteer Awards finalists

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 1, 2021) – Hands On Nashville is pleased to announce the finalists for the 35th Annual Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards, presented by Jackson National Life Insurance Company. The 2021 Strobel Awards honor volunteers from 2020 – which saw a devastating tornado, tragic bombing and struggles from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Winners will be announced July 1 on HON’s website, social channels, and Lightning 100.

“We knew all throughout 2020 that there were extraordinary acts of service happening, so this year’s nominations did not disappoint,” said Hands On Nashville President and CEO Lori Shinton. “It was a tough year for so many but volunteers went above and beyond, and we’re so excited to honor them during this year’s Strobel Awards.”

The Strobel Volunteer Awards honor volunteers of all ages and backgrounds for significant community service achievements. This year’s celebration is being held online, and community members are invited to visit to show support and vote for their favorite stories of service between June 1-15.

HON introduced two new categories this year — Social Justice Impact Volunteer and Disaster Volunteer — to acknowledge the extraordinary volunteer work that took place in 2020. A screener panel read more than 135 nominations and narrowed them down to three finalists in each category.

The finalists are:

Direct Service Volunteer — Youth

  • Hannah Bodoh
  • Sydnee Floyd
  • Ian Hooper

Click here to read the Direct Service — Youth stories of service

Direct Service Volunteer — Adult

  • Teaka Jackson
  • Laura Prechel
  • Savanna Starko

Click here to read the Direct Service — Adult stories of service

Direct Service Volunteer — Older Adult

  • Dennis Caffrey
  • Kathy Halbrooks
  • Stephen Kohl

Click here to read the Direct Service — Older Adult stories of service

Capacity-building Volunteer

  • Jena Altstatt
  • Corrie Anderson
  • Suzanne Hartness

Click here to read the Capacity-building Volunteer stories of service

Group Volunteer Service

  • Bridge Builders Program,
  • Charlotte Heights Church of Christ
  • Open Table Nashville’s Winter Canvassing Team

Click here to read the Group Volunteer Service stories of service

Social Justice Impact Volunteer

  • Greta McClain
  • Meredith McKinney
  • Donna Pack

Click here to read the Social Justice Impact Volunteer stories of service

Disaster Relief Volunteer

  • Maria Amado
  • Office of Emergency Management Emergency Support Unit
  • Nicholas Renfroe

Click here to read the Direct Relief Volunteer stories of service

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

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