Volunteer Memphis is Seeking Nominations by May 17 Recognizing Excellence in Volunteerism

May 16, 2019

Celebrate the Impact of Volunteer Service Nominating Volunteers who Make the Mid-South a Better Place before May 17

 MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 16, 2019 – Volunteer Memphis is asking the public to reflect on those that give of themselves to make the Mid-South a better place and nominate them for a Volunteer Memphis award before May 17. Anyone can nominate individuals, civic groups, non-profits, and companies who represent excellence in volunteerism for a Volunteer Memphis award. Nominations should be submitted on the Volunteer Memphis website at www.volunteermemphis.org.

The annual Volunteer Memphis Awards recognize outstanding individuals and organizations throughout the Mid-South whose unselfish dedication to service has made a significant difference in the community. The awards seek to illustrate the power of volunteerism to raise awareness and inspire others to give back. Winners will be announced at the annual Volunteer Memphis Awards Luncheon on June 27, 2019, at the Memphis Botanic Garden.

“We expect our 2019 Annual Awards to continue highlighting the power of volunteerism, enlighten the public, and inspire individuals and organizations to strive for new levels of giving back throughout the Mid-South,” said Andrea Hill, director for Volunteer Memphis. “We invite nominations of volunteers or volunteer administrators, civic groups, nonprofits, and companies in Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby, and Tipton counties in Tennessee, DeSoto, Tate, and Tunica counties in Mississippi, and Crittenden County in Arkansas.”

The Volunteer Memphis Awards are available to individuals and groups in the following categories:


  • Rising Star Award – For volunteers ages 10 to 19. Volunteer must have served at least 50 – 90 hours of service.
  • Millennial Volunteer Award – For volunteers ages 20 to 35. Volunteer must have served at least 100 – 200 hours of service.
  • Lifetime Service Award – Volunteer must have served at least 200 – 500 hours of service a year.
  • Volunteer of the Year Award – Volunteer has demonstrated significant hours of service for 2018.
  • Volunteer Administrator of the Year Award – Volunteer administrator has demonstrated exemplary leadership and management skills in the volunteerism field in 2018. Volunteer Administrator must have at least two years of Volunteerism experience.
  • Civic Group of the Year Award – Civic Group that has given year-round community service support to an agency or cause. This group demonstrated the spirit of volunteerism in 2018.


These awards recognize companies that have positively influenced and impacted the local community. Each award highlights a corporation that has demonstrated a strong concentration of service in the community through outreach and employee engagement.

  • Small Companies (Less than 100 employees)
  • Medium Companies (Between 100 and 500 employees)
  • Large Companies (More than 500 employees)


These awards recognize organizations that advocate, support and mobilize the local community in meaningful service. Each award highlights a non-profit that has demonstrated outstanding management practices while making a tremendous impact in the community.

  • Small Organizations (Budget under $1M)
  • Medium Organizations (Budget between $1M and $5M)
  • Large Organizations (Budget over $5M)

The 2019 Annual Volunteer Memphis Awards are presented by Central BBQ and International Paper and sponsored by FedEx, Memphis Tourism, First Tennessee Foundation, Buckman, ServiceMaster, Comcast, and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.

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Teresa Dickerson (Kroger), Devin Simmons, Andrea Hill

2018 Rising Star Award Winner, Devin Simmons (center), accepts his award from Theresa Dickerson (Kroger-left) and Andrea Hill (Volunteer Memphis-right)

Elizabeth Blondis (Central BBQ), Brandy Ward (Junior League of Memphis), Andrea Hill

Left to Right: Elizabeth Blondis (Central BBQ), 2018 Award Winner Brandy Ward (Junior League of Memphis), and Andrea Hill (Volunteer Memphis)

 Submit nominations for the 2019 Volunteer Memphis Awards at www.volunteermemphis.org.

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About Volunteer Memphis:

Volunteer Memphis builds capacity for effective volunteering and connecting people with opportunities to serve throughout Memphis and Shelby County. The organization helps individuals, families, corporate teams and community groups strengthen Memphis and the Mid-South through service at more than 300 nonprofit organizations and schools. Our volunteers are at work every day of the year tutoring and mentoring children, helping individuals and families make pathways out of poverty, improving our Memphis and Shelby County environment and more. Volunteer Memphis is an affiliate of the Hands On Network, an association of 250 volunteer service organizations across 16 countries and an action Initiative of Leadership Memphis.

 About Leadership Memphis:

Leadership Memphis is a non-profit, community leadership development organization. Its mission is to prepare and mobilize leaders to work together for the good of the whole community. Founded in 1977 as The Memphis Institute of Public Responsibility, the organization has trained and graduated more than 3,000 leaders from its signature programs: Executive, FastTrack, Criminal/Juvenile Justice, and Grassroots. Its Action Initiatives are Volunteer Memphis and Graduate Memphis.

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