Volunteer Memphis Celebrates Exceptional Volunteers at 4th Annual Volunteer Memphis Awards

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – June 28, 2021 – Volunteer Memphis recognized some of the Mid-South’s outstanding volunteers, nonprofits, and corporations during its 4th annual Volunteer Memphis Awards. Anyone interested in seeing the winners and finalists can watch the full event on the Volunteer Memphis website at https://volunteermemphis.org/volunteer-memphis-awards/.

“The Mid-South is known for the selfless service of its volunteers, and we were honored to be able to celebrate some of the exceptional individuals and groups impacting their communities in a positive way,” said Reggie Crenshaw, President and CEO of Leadership Memphis and Volunteer Memphis.

The Volunteer Memphis Awards are a thank you to the more than 300,000 volunteers and hundreds of organizations that serve their communities across the Mid-South each year. Organizers honored their Volunteer of the Year, Nonprofit of the Year, Corporation of the Year, IMPACT award winners, and the 2021 Community Champion during the ceremony.

“This year we opened up not only the nominations, but also the voting to the public so these finalists and winners weren’t just being honored by Volunteer Memphis, they earned this recognition from the people whose lives they impact every day,” said Andrea Hill, Director of Volunteer Memphis.

Volunteer Memphis partnered with presenting sponsors Memphis Tourism and International Paper to host the virtual event this year. You can find a full list of the winners below and you can watch the full program on the Volunteer Memphis website at https://volunteermemphis.org/volunteer-memphis-awards/.


2021 Volunteer Memphis Awards Winners

Non-Profit of the Year                                                          IMPACT Non-Profit

A Betor Way                                                                                      Mid-South Food Bank

Corporation of the Year                                                        IMPACT Corporation           

Blue Cross Blue Shield                                                                      MLGW

Volunteer of the Year                                                           IMPACT Community Advocate

Shirley Senko                                                                                     Molly Polatty

Community Champion

Employees of the Shelby County Health Department




IMPACT Community Advocate winner Molly Polatty


Volunteer of the Year Shirley Senko


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. For more information, please visit VolunteerMemphis.org.

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. Originally founded in 1979 as The Memphis Institute of Public Responsibility, Leadership Memphis has graduated more than 3,900 leaders from its programs. For more information, please visit LeadershipMemphis.org.