VOLUNTEER MEMPHIS AWARDS 2020

Our 3rd Annual Volunteer Memphis Awards celebrated excellence in volunteerism by individuals, civic groups, nonprofits, and businesses across the Mid-South. Volunteer Memphis recognized finalists and winners during a virtual award ceremony  June 25, 2020.  

The Volunteer Memphis Awards is a “thank you” to the 300,000 volunteers who give so tirelessly of themselves each year, as well as an opportunity to put a spotlight on many of the most passionate, dedicated, and caring.  

Special thanks to WREG TV for being our media sponsor for the Volunteer Memphis Awards! 

Millennial Volunteer Award: Brittney Block, MEMYPACS and ThyCa

Rising Star Award: Asia Bigsbee-Chatman, Beautiful Spirited Cupcakes

Lifetime Service Award: Larry Abramson, Make-A-Wish Mid-South

Volunteer Administrator of the Year Award: LaKeisha Gomes, Youth Villages

Volunteer of the Year Award: Vera Milam Johnson, Mid-South Transplant Foundation (MSTF)

Community Advocate of the Year Award: Rosalyn Brown, The Pink House

Board Member of the Year Award: Courtney Smith, Volunteer Memphis

Civic Group of the Year Award: Raleigh Chicks

Non-Profit Impact Volunteer Project Award: 901 Pledge

Corporate Impact Volunteer Project Award: MLGW

Non-Profit Innovative Volunteer Program Award: Beautiful Spirited Women, Girls Mentoring Program

Corporate Innovative Volunteer Program Award: Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance

Non-Profit Innovative Volunteer Organization: Sisters in Service Foundation, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Beta Epsilon Omega Chapter

Corporate Philanthropic Initiatives Award: Triumph Bank

NOMINATIONS

You know people who deserve to be recognized for what they give back to the community.  In addition to individuals who serve, there are civic groups, nonprofits, and businesses that make a difference in the community every day of the year.  Please take just a few moments of your day to nominate those who give so much year-round.

Nominees must be active in service between January 2019- April 2020.  

Note, that when we talk about community, we are talking across the Mid-South.  To nominate individuals, civic groups, nonprofits, and businesses in Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby and Tipton counties in TN – DeSoto, Tate, and Tunica counties in MS – Crittenden County in AR, please, complete this nomination form.

NOMINATION GUIDELINES

  • Nominations were submitted between March 1- May 1, 2020 at 11:59pm.
  • Self-nominations were accepted.
  • Nominations in the individual category were for non-paid volunteers, or students earning school credit.  This did not include interns.
  • Only fully completed submissions were accepted. All fields on the nomination form must have been completed.
  • Please print a copy of your nomination for your records. Also, you may be contacted if the nominee is a finalist or winner.
  • Every nominee will receive a certificate of appreciation.
  • The top 3 finalists in each category will be notified no later than Friday, June 5, 2020. 
  • All finalists will be recognized at the Volunteer Memphis Awards and receive complimentary admission.
  • Winners in each award category will be presented their award at the Volunteer Memphis Awards.

VOLUNTEER MEMPHIS AWARD CATEGORIES

Individuals

Rising Star Award: 
For energetic volunteers ages 10 to 24 who have served at least 60 plus hours during the past 12 months with one or more nonprofit, civic or faith-based organization.

Board Member of the Year:
For nonprofit or civic board members who have demonstrated a commitment to the organization’s mission, supported the organization above and beyond expectations, and become an outstanding example to others of what a great board member should be.  

Millennial Volunteer Award: 
For volunteers ages 25 to 40 who have served at least 100 plus hours of service during the past 12 months with one or more nonprofit, civic or faith-based organization.

Community Advocate of the Year: 
For an individual who tirelessly steps up, speaks out and champions a nonprofit agency or cause that results in a positive, tangible result.

Lifetime Service Award: 
For an individual who has served at least 500 hours a year for multiple years with one or more nonprofit, civic or faith-based organization.

Volunteer of the Year Award: 
For an individual who has demonstrated the highest level of service and commitment during the past 12 months to one or more nonprofit, civic or faith-based organization.

Volunteer Administrator of the Year Award:
This award highlights a paid or non-paid volunteer administrator, either nonprofit or corporate, with at least two years’ experience. This person should demonstrate exemplary leadership in the recruitment, management, retention and recognition of volunteers during the past 12 months.

Civic Group

Civic Group of the Year Award:
For a Civic Group that has given year-round community service and support to the community, an agency or cause, therein demonstrating the spirit of service to others during the past 12 months.

Corporate Citizen Awards


Corporate Philanthropic Initiatives Award:
A business or company with a long-standing history of philanthropic support resulting in “moving the needle” on a Mid-South community initiative.

Innovative Volunteer Program Award: 
A business or company with a year-round volunteer program that allows and encourages employees to engage in the community in meaningful ways.

Impact Memphis Volunteer Project Award:
A business or company that has created, or driven a unique volunteer project that has made a meaningful difference by mobilizing its staff. 

Non-Profit Initiative Awards

Innovative Volunteer Program Award: 
An organization with one or more dynamic volunteer program(s) that is mutually meaningful and engaging to its staff, volunteers and the community it serves.

Innovative Volunteer Organization Award: 
An organization that demonstrates a commitment to outstanding volunteer management practices that results in significant, meaningful and measurable impact in the Mid-South community.

Impact Memphis Volunteer Project Award:
An organization that has created, or driven a unique volunteer project that impacts the Mid-South community by mobilizing others to participate.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Special Thanks to the Memphis City Council and Shelby County Commission

VOLUNTEER MEMPHIS AWARDS PAST WINNERS

2019 Award Winners

Millennial Volunteer Award: Price Bullock, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital

Rising Star Award: Ja’Rell Blackburn, City of Memphis Raleigh Community Center

Lifetime Service Award: Felicia Orr, Tennessee Student Corporation

Volunteer Administrator of the Year Award: Ashley Adams, Grizzlies Preparatory Charter School

Civic Group of the Year Award: Brown Baptist Missionary Church

Corporate Citizen Award (Large): BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

Corporate Citizen Award (Medium): Southern College of Optometry

Corporate Citizen Award (Small): Minister P’s Buffalo Wings Plus

Nonprofit Initiative Award (Small): National Civil Rights Museum

Nonprofit Initiative Award (Medium): Susan G. Komen Memphis-Mid-South Mississippi

Nonprofit Initiative Award (Large): Memphis Inner City Rugby

2018 Award Winners

Millennial Volunteer Award: Britney Thornton, JUICE Orange Mound

Rising Star Award: Devin Simmons, Memphis Area Golden Retriever Rescue

Lifetime Service Award: Alene (Mimi) Fifer, Juneteenth Urban Music Festival

Volunteer Administrator of the Year Award: Tangina Sangers, Youth Villages

Volunteer of the Year: Micheal Donnell, Scouts of America

Civic Group of the Year Award: Junior League of Memphis

Corporate Citizen Award (Large): Caesars Entertainment

Corporate Citizen Award (Medium): Buckman International

Corporate Citizen Award (Small): Vaco Memphis

Nonprofit Initiative Award (Small): ARISE2Read

Nonprofit Initiative Award (Medium): Memphis City Beautiful

Nonprofit Initiative Award (Large): Boys & Girls Club of Greater Memphis

2017 Award Winners

Millennial Volunteer Award: Danielle Chandler, Impact America

Rising Star Award: Jose Ayala, STREETS Ministries

Lifetime Service Award: Stacie Feldmayer, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

Volunteer of the Year: John Lewis, Krogers Delta Division

Corporate Citizen Award (Large): ServiceMaster

Corporate Citizen Award (Medium): Buckman International

Corporate Citizen Award (Small): Vaco Memphis

Nonprofit Initiative Award (Small): Clean Memphis

Nonprofit Initiative Award (Medium): Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis

Nonprofit Initiative Award (Large): The University of Memphis