2014 Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards

Background

Screen Shot 2014-01-02 at 2.21.25 PMIn 2008, the dream of commencing a Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards program was finally realized in Tennessee. Organized by Volunteer Tennessee, this initiative annually recognizes outstanding volunteers from counties across Tennessee for their dedication to community service. Every year, honorees gather in Nashville to receive recognition from the Tennessee service community. Now in its sixth year, we hope to expand the Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards and recognize volunteers from more than 50 counties for their service.

About Volunteer Tennessee

Volunteer Tennessee, a 25 member bi-partisan commission appointed by the Governor, administers AmeriCorps and volunteer initiatives throughout the state. The agency’s mission is to encourage volunteerism and community service. For more information, visit www.volunteertennessee.net.

How can you help?

Your support of the Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards is critical to our success. Every cent of your sponsorship goes toward event costs, including venue rental, catering, printing, and awards. We also greatly encourage and appreciate in-kind donations.

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Every day, thousands of volunteers across Tennessee take time out of their busy lives to help their friends, neighbors and communities. In 2011 alone Tennessee’s 1.2 million volunteers dedicated 121.2 million hours to service, the value of which is estimated at over $2.6 billion. Volunteering in Tennessee has increased over 10.2% in the past 20 years and we hope to continue that momentum and see our current rank of 43rd in the nation for volunteering improve. After all, we are the Volunteer State!

Your sponsorship goes towards recognizing people such as Hamilton County’s Angi Lee. Believing that all human beings have the right to warmth and comfort, Angi and her sons began giving blankets to Chattanooga’s homeless in the fall of 2008. Their mission evolved into the establishment of a family-operated nonprofit organization called “Warming the World.” Angi and her family travel all over Chattanooga, their car filled with warm blankets, searching through abandoned buildings, under bridge overpasses, and around known places where the homeless congregate in order to supply free blankets to those in need.

Volunteer recognition is essential to volunteer retention. Creating a climate of warmth and appreciation motivates volunteers to dedicate their time towards making our communities better places to live, work, and play. Your support will serve to strengthen service throughout Tennessee. All donations are tax deductible.

To view sponsorship packages and levels, click here.

Past Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards

Click here to see photos from the 2011 Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards.

Click here to see photos from the 2010 Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards.

Click here to see photos from the 2009 Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards.

Click here to see photos from the 2008 Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards.