Governor's Volunteer Star Awards

Do you know an adult or youth volunteer who goes above and beyond for the community? If so, you should consider nominating the individual for the Governor’s Volunteer Star Award.

The awards are presented to individuals whose volunteer activities in Tennessee benefit the community or the State of Tennessee in a substantial, important or unique way. Students receiving course credits are eligible, only if the volunteer service extends beyond course requirements. National Service program participants – AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA, RSVP, Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions – are encouraged to apply based on their volunteer involvement in their national service assignment.

Volunteers may be nominated by anyone or may nominate themselves. The nomination letter should specifically be formatted for the Governor’s Volunteer Star Awards, according to the following criteria: the service addressed a specific need in the community, such as poverty; the nominee was actively involved and took initiative; the nominee used creative methods to solve community problems; and the activity or service produced positive changes and provided an example to others.

Nomination narrative must be no more than 500 words, single-spaced on 8 ½ x 11 paper with one-inch margins and typed in 12-point font. The narrative must answer the following questions: What makes the honoree an outstanding volunteer? What agency(s) do they serve with, and how long have they served with this agency? What type of service do they perform? How does their service impact their community? What makes the honoree unique?

Those nominating volunteers are encouraged to include additional photographs, pamphlets or newspaper clippings.

Nomination forms are available at the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau, the county coordinating agency, for both the adult honoree recipient and the youth honoree recipient, which is a volunteer under age 25. You can drop by the Chamber on South Elk Avenue or email the office at to have a form emailed to you. Call the Chamber at 433-1234 if you have questions.

Deadline to return the forms to the Chamber is Friday, Nov. 22.

A banquet will be held Feb. 9, 2020 in Franklin to recognize award recipients from across the state.

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