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Celebrate outstanding volunteers during the 2021 Strobel Volunteer Awards!

Nashville is powered by helpers who give their time and talents to make our community a better place to live and work. As Middle Tennessee's largest celebration of volunteerism, the Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards celebrates those who go above and beyond to give back to their communities.

This year's Strobel Volunteer Awards will honor 2020's volunteer heroes in an online campaign rather than an in-person luncheon. We'll announce the finalists on June 1, and you'll have a chance to vote for your favorite story of service until June 15. The award recipients will be announced July 1 here, on our social media channels, in our email newsletter, and on Lightning 100.


Congratulations to this year's Strobel Volunteer Awards finalists!


View all of this year's nominees

Strobel Awards Frequently Asked Questions




All about this year's awards

We've added a couple of categories and added some fun prizes for the finalists and recipients — and the first 25 nominees!


2021 Strobel Volunteer Awards Categories

Direct Service — Youth: Recognizes individuals who contributed significant volunteer time, energy, and/or resources in 2020 to help the community. Volunteers ages 5-20 are eligible for this award.  

Direct Service — Adult: Recognizes individuals who contributed significant volunteer time, energy, and/or resources in 2020 to help the community. Volunteers ages 21-49 are eligible for this award.  

Direct Service — Older Adult: Recognizes individuals who contributed significant volunteer time, energy, and/or resources in 2020 to help the community. Volunteers ages 50 and up are eligible for this award.  

Group Volunteer Service: Recognizes any group of two or more individuals who volunteered together in 2020 for a specific issue or cause. Some group examples are faith-based, civic, membership, and corporate.   

Capacity-building: Recognizes individuals who provided significant operational or administrative support in 2020 to a nonprofit agency, faith-based ministry or community organization, or developed an innovative approach to significantly improve an existing program.

NEW! Social Justice Impact: Recognizes individuals whose volunteer work in 2020 was centered on dismantling or calling out systemic injustice or oppression and lifting up disenfranchised communities. 

NEW! Disaster Relief: Recognizes individuals who made a significant contribution to helping Nashville recover from the tornado, pandemic, or bombing in 2020. 


What do nominees, finalists, and recipients receive?

The award recipient in each category will receive a $1,000 gift card from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee that they can donate to the charity of their choice. Finalists will receive a $250 Community Foundation gift card to give to the charity of their choice. The first 25 nominees will get a $50 gift card to Hattie B's. HON will celebrate nominees, finalists, and recipients on our website, blog, email newsletters, and social media channels — anywhere we can spread the word about these amazing volunteers. 



Thank you to our amazing sponsors!

Thank you to our great sponsors!



Strobel Volunteer Awards Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for a 2021 Strobel Award? The 35th Annual Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards celebrates Nashville-area volunteer service performed during 2020. Individual volunteers and volunteer groups are eligible to be nominated. 

How many nominations can I or my nonprofit/company/group make? As many as you'd like! Just make sure you're nominating in the best category for the service described.

Can I nominate myself or my group? No, but you can lobby a friend or loved one to nominate you or your group. 

I volunteer with my spouse or partner. Can we be nominated together? We love couples who volunteer! Couples should be nominated either individually in one of the categories for individual volunteers, or they can be entered in the Group Volunteer Service category. 

What about volunteers who receive payment or benefits for their service? Award nominations are open only to volunteers who do not receive payment or benefits in exchange for their service. Employees who began the year as volunteers for their organization and were hired on later are eligible to be nominated for the portion of their service that was voluntary, and not considered employment. Please be sure to clearly explain the situation in the nomination form!

What if I'm not sure what category a nomination should be in or I have a question not answered on this page? We are happy to help talk you through it! Email

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