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Volunteers play a critical role in the success of communities across Tennessee. Through nonprofit organizations, national service programs, faith-based organizations, and neighbor-helping-neighbor, outstanding volunteer service is part of our state heritage. 

In partnership with Volunteer Tennessee, local volunteer centers honor outstanding volunteers through a statewide volunteer recognition program, the Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards. Each year one adult and one youth (up to age 25) in each county is honored for his or her exemplary volunteer service. This award is the highest honor a volunteer can receive in the state of Tennessee. 

Please click here to view more information, including eligibility, guidelines and judging criteria

Volunteer East Tennessee will accept nominations until Thursday, January 11, 2018 for the following counties: Anderson, Blount, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Roane and Sevier. 

Nominations will be reviewed by a committee who will select the top adult and youth from each above county. While these volunteers will be invited to the ceremony in Nashville, all nominees will be honored at the East Tennessee Volunteer Recognition Awards. 


2018 GVSA Winners

Thanks to your nominations, these adult and youth winners will be recognized at the 2018 Governor's Volunteer Stars Awards in Nashville, TN on March 11, 2018.

                        Anderson County Youth - Sam McFarland                          Anderson County Adult - Thomas Proffen

                        Blount County Youth - Trevor McClannahan                      Blount County Adult - Pat Goan

                        Cocke County Youth - Josh Jarnigan                                 Claiborne County Adult - Jane Miniard

                        Jefferson County Youth - Caleb Collins                              Cocke County Adult - Newell 'Hop' Byrd

                        Knox County Youth - Morgan Steele                                  Jefferson County Adult - Chad Rogers

                        Loudon County Youth - Camden Reed                                Knox County Adult - Mac Post

                        Monroe County Youth - Alexis Stamey                               Loudon County Adult - Kim Reed

                        Roane County Youth - Anna Grace Meadows                    Monroe County Adult - Brandy Gentry

                        Sevier County Youth - Kestrel Troutman                            Roane County Adult - Joni Morgan

                                                                                                                     Sevier County Adult - Robert W. Blaesing


Volunteer East Tennessee
P.O. Box 1229
Knoxville, TN 37901

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