The Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards seeks to recognize outstanding individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations from across Tennessee.   One business from each of Tennessee’s three Grand Regions will be selected for their outstanding community involvement and service. 

Nominations are due on December 1, 2020 3pm CDT. Additional information on eligibility and selection criteria can be found below.
Nomination Process

To nominate a business, complete the business profile information (address, location, and contact info) and submit a nomination narrative (500 words or less) that answers the below questions.  One photo of volunteers is required. There is also a space to upload two additional photos and/or documents. 

Address the following questions in the narrative:
1. What organizations or individuals benefit from the business’ volunteer service?
2. What cities, towns and/or geographic areas does your volunteer service area cover?
3. What types of volunteer service do these corporate volunteers perform?
4. How does the employees’ volunteer service address or solve a local community need?
5. What is the extent to which the nominee’s service goes above the call of duty?
6. What makes the business’ volunteer service(s) and volunteer program unique or creative?
7. What is the degree to which the employee volunteer program have made a lasting contribution or meaningful impact on their community?


WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

*Any business whose volunteer service in Tennessee benefits the communities or the State of Tennessee in a substantial, important, or unique way.  Nominations will be reviewed and the final selected honorees will be invited to be honored at the 2020 Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards to be held virtually in February 2021.

WHO IS NOT ELIGIBLE?

*Non-profit organizations or individuals.
 
ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES

*Businesses may be nominated by anyone or may nominate themselves.

*The nomination narrative should specifically be formatted for the Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards according to the judging criteria listed below. If it is written as a nomination for another award, it will not be given to the judges for consideration of this award.

*In the event that a business is nominated multiple times, the review panel will consider only the first nomination form submitted.
 
JUDGING CRITERIA

*Need: Service addressed a specific need or needs in the community (i.e. poverty).
*Action: Nominee actively involved its employees in the service.
*Innovation: The business used creative method(s) to solve community problems.    
*Impact: The activity or service produced positive changes and provided an example to others.



Please email Volunteer.Tennessee@tn.gov with any submission questions.
 
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