Additonal Information

who is eligible?

  • Any individual, community organization or corporations whose volunteer activities in Upper East Tennessee benefit the community  in a substantial, important, or unique way.
  • Students receiving course credits are eligible, only if the volunteer service extends beyond course requirements. This must be clearly indicated in the nomination letter.
  • National Service program participants (AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA, RSVP, Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, etc.) are encouraged to apply based on their volunteer involvement in their national service assignment.


  • Individuals involved in “court mandated community service” or those serving as “loaned executives.”
  • Persons who receive compensation for service rendered (except National Service participants noted above).

additional guidelines

  • Volunteers and organizations may be nominated by anyone or may nominate themselves.
  • The nomination letter should specifically be formatted for Awards according to the judging criteria listed below. 

Juding Criteria

  • Need: Service addressed a specific need in the community (i.e. poverty).
  • Action: The nominee was actively involved and took initiative.
  • Innovation: The nominee used creative methods to solve community problems.
  • Impact: The activity or service produced positive changes and provided an example to others.