Hands on Nashville Asks Community to Nominate Inspiring Volunteers by January 31

Hands On Nashville is inviting the community to nominate outstanding individuals and groups for the 31st Annual Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards. Nominations are due at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 31, and can be submitted at HON.org.

The Strobel Awards recognize volunteers of all ages and backgrounds for significant community service achievements. Middle Tennesseans are encouraged to nominate volunteers within the following six categories of service:

Direct Service Volunteer (three categories: ages 5-20; ages 21-49; ages 50+) recognizes individuals who have participated in hands-on, direct service with a nonprofit agency, faith-based ministry or community organization.

Capacity-building Volunteer honors individuals or groups who have provided 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 or service agency’s work.

Civic Volunteer Group recognizes representatives of civic, membership, faith-based or noncorporate groups that volunteer together for a specific cause or issue.

Corporate Volunteerism pays tribute to businesses that have robust employee volunteer programs with high levels of participation and impact.

“Volunteers build stronger communities through their service,” said Hands On Nashville President and CEO Lori Shinton. “The Strobel Awards provides a platform to lift up those giving their time for the benefit of others, and to let them know just how grateful we are for their service.”

Independent assessors, composed of community volunteers, volunteer administrators, business leaders, and civic leaders, will select three finalists for each of the six categories.

All nominees and recipients will be recognized at the awards luncheon on Wednesday, April 19 at the Music City Center. The event has grown to become Middle Tennessee’s largest annual celebration of volunteerism with more than 600 volunteers and agency representatives expected to attend the event.

The Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards are named in memory of the late Mary Catherine Strobel, known for her extensive 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.

Hands On Nashville (HON) meets community needs through volunteerism. For more information, visit HON.org or call (615) 298-1108.