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Congratulations to this year's Strobel Awards recipients!


Hear from the recipients themselves here at Lightning 100's site!



Sydnee Floyd

Sydnee Floyd
Jumbled Dreams Changing Lives
Learn more about Sydnee here



Teaka Jackson

Teaka Jackson
Love Thy Neighbors
Learn more about Teaka here



Dennis Caffrey

Dennis Caffrey
Siloam Health
Learn more about Dennis here



Corrie Anderson

Corrie Anderson
Community Resource Center
Learn more about Corrie here



Dennis Caffrey

Bridge Builders
Various children and families
Learn more about Bridge Builders here



Greta McClain

Greta McClain
Silent No Longer
Learn more about Greta here



Maria Amado

Maria Amado
Community Resource Center
Learn more about Maria here



Congratulations to this year's finalists! 

Nashville is full of incredible helpers and we are honored to help tell their stories. The 2021 finalists in each category are listed below (recipients are in bold), and you can read profiles of them here. View a list of all nominees here

Direct Service — Youth Volunteer: Hannah Bodoh  •  Sydnee Floyd  •  Ian Hooper

Direct Service — Adult Volunteer: Teaka Jackson  •  Laura Prechel  •  Savanna Starko

Direct Service — Older Adult Volunteer:  Dennis Caffrey  •  Kathy Halbrooks  •  Stephen Kohl

Capacity-Building Volunteer:  Jena Altstatt  •  Corrie Anderson  •  Suzanne Hartness 

Group Volunteer Service:  Bridge Builders  •  Charlotte Heights Church of Christ  •  Open Table Nashville's Winter Canvassing Team

Social Justice Impact Volunteer: Greta McClain  •  Meredith McKinney  •  Donna Pack

Disaster Relief Volunteer:  Maria Amado  •  OEM's Emergency Response Unit  •  Nicholas Renfroe


View all of this year's nominees

Strobel Awards Frequently Asked Questions



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The Strobel Awards are Middle Tennessee's largest annual celebration of volunteers.



Thank you to our generous Strobel Volunteer Awards sponsors 


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. 




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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