Hands On Nashville is asking the community to nominate individuals and groups for the 2014 Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards presented by HCA/TriStar Health.
“We all know incredible people, everyday heroes, who give of their time and talents to make our community better,” said Brian Williams, Hands On Nashville president/CEO. “Each spring, the Strobel Awards luncheon gives our community an opportunity to lift up these inspiring stories of volunteerism that happen around us every day.”
The nomination deadline is Feb. 14, and nomination forms can be found at
• Civic Volunteer Group Award recognizes representatives of civic, membership, faith-based or non-corporate groups that volunteer together for a specific cause or issue.
• Capacity-building Volunteer Award honors individuals who provide significant operational or administrative support to a nonprofit agency, faith-based ministry or community organization.
• Corporate Volun-teerism Award pays tribute to businesses that have robust employee volunteer programs with high levels of participation and impact.
• Direct Service Volunteer Award recognizes individuals who have participated in hands-on, direct service with a nonprofit agency, faith-based ministry or community organization.
• Volunteer Innovator Award honors individuals or groups that have directly identified a community need and responded to it by developing and implementing an innovative solution, or improved an existing program or effort through creative problem-solving.
• Youth Volunteer Award recognizes youth, teens and young adults ages five to 22 who have gone above and beyond to incorporate volunteerism into their lives.
Three finalists for five of the six categories will be selected by two groups of independent assessors, composed of community volunteers, volunteer administrators, business leaders and civic leaders. The exception is the Volunteer Innovator Award category. A panel of judges convened by Tennessee Media will select finalists in this category. To encourage broad community participation, volunteers in this category will be invited to vote for an award recipient via the
The Awards luncheon, now in its 28th year, will be held on April 22 at the Marriott Cool Springs Conference Center. All nominees receive special recognition and a complimentary seat at the luncheon.
More than 700 volunteers and agency representatives are expected to attend the luncheon. Award luncheon tickets will be available for purchase at HON.org in March.
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.
Since 1991, Hands On Nashville has been connecting volunteers to critical needs facing the middle Tennessee community, such as hunger, homelessness and environmental protection.
Offering more than 400 volunteer opportunities to the community each month at