First Tennessee employees are committed to empowering and improving communities across Middle Tennessee. That commitment is best reflected through our investment of time, talent, and resources in innovative programs promoting financial literacy and empowerment, economic development, education, quality healthcare, and the arts.
“We support our employees when they volunteer because we believe that investing in communities makes our success possible,” said Doyle Rippee, Middle Tennessee Market President for First Tennessee Bank. “Great people build great communities, and great communities allow great financial services companies to thrive. That’s why we are honored to salute the finalists for the Strobel Volunteer Innovator Award, whose time and talent make such a difference: Andrew Bishop, Richard Patton, and Dr. Roy Thompson.”
Most volunteerism starts from a small seed of hope and compassionate care. And from tiny seeds, abundant gardens can bloom. The Baptist Healing Trust knows that young people who volunteer serve as an inspiration to others, and can cause a great ripple effect in communities. The Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards’ longest-serving award sponsor of nine years, Baptist Healing Trust once again will honor youth volunteers at the 2013 awards luncheon.
“Each year, we are inspired by the young people nominated for the Strobel Youth Volunteer Award,” said Catherine Self, president and CEO of Baptist Healing Trust. “Each of them is driven to volunteer by a sense of compassionate care for those who need it, and serve as powerful examples for all of us. We are truly honored to recognize Youth Volunteer Award finalists Caroline Hoffman, Iris Levine, and Ben Rosenberg at this year’s Strobel Awards.”
The Hands On Nashville Urban Farm is made possible by the helping hands of hundreds of volunteers, generous financial supporters, and… the farm truck. HON staff members spend a lot of time hauling compost, tools, materials, and more around Nashville in a truck generously donated by Ford Motor Company.
Beyond making the complex logistics of the Urban Farm Program more manageable, Ford Motor Company is also committed to engaging its employees in volunteerism. From adapting toys for kids with disabilities served through Technology Access Center to preparing new garden beds at Hands On Nashville’s Urban Farm, Ford employees are making a difference in the community.
“In the words of our Executive Chairman Bill Ford, ‘A good company delivers excellent products and services. A great company does all that and strives to make the world a better place,’” said Evelyn Sanders, Director of Ford Motor Credit’s Nashville Business Center. “We are grateful to all the Strobel nominees for making Middle Tennessee an even better place for all of us.”
Direct service is all about hands-on efforts that further an organization’s mission. For the past eight years, the work of the talented individuals at McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations has embodied the heart of the Mary Catherine Strobel Direct Service Award. Through the company’s generous gifts of time and expertise, MP&F artfully tells the HON story to media, volunteers, and other stakeholders, allowing HON to recruit more volunteers and make a bigger impact in the community. And HON isn’t the only charity that benefits from MP&F’s generosity: In 2012, MP&F provided more than 2,600 hours of pro bono service to 26 Middle Tennessee nonprofit organizations.
“We have seen the power of direct service and what it can mean for nonprofits,” said MP&F founding partner Mike Pigott. “We are proud to honor finalists for the Strobel Direct Service Award who are doing life-changing direct service work in our community: Colleen Dowd, Steve and Deb LaForge, and Richard Lloyd.”
C3 Consulting knows that teams are more innovative and productive when they are in an environment that is designed specifically to allow teams to gather, dream, plan, and grow. That’s why the management consulting firm opened the engine, a creative collaboration space adjacent to the firm’s consulting offices in the heart of Nashville. The space is used not only for C3 to lead teams through important change, but also for any professional or community organization to use for problem-solving, strategic planning, team building, and connecting.
C3’s strong commitment to the community makes it a perfect match for the Mary Catherine Strobel Community Impact Award. “We are pleased to recognize volunteers who make a difference in their neighborhoods by presenting the Community Impact Award,” said Beth Chase, president and CEO of C3 Consulting. “Rob Crittenden (1943-2012), Susan Hatfield, and Creely Wilson have made significant contributions to the community through their work, and we are honored to recognize their achievements.”
When employees volunteer together to address an issue or benefit a cause, amazing things can happen. U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (USSTC) and its parent company, Altria Group, have seen this first hand. In 2012, USSTC employees in Nashville built on their already strong culture of teamwork and caring by adapting toys for children with disabilities; building bikes for kids in foster care; supporting Metro Nashville Public Schools during Hands On Nashville Day; and more.
“Employees at Altria’s companies are committed to being involved in their communities,” said Amber Roos of Altria’s Corporate Contributions and Community Relations Department. “We foster an environment that supports our employees as they work together to contribute their time, energy and talents to our communities, and we are pleased to invest in Hands On Nashville as a Presidents Circle Corporate Partner. We are proud to honor all the volunteer groups who do incredible work in our community, and the finalists for the Civic Volunteer Group Award: Backyard Leaders, Maury Regional Medical Center, and Unity Build.”