On Wednesday, Hands On Nashville hosted the Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards.
TN Media is proud to be a part of celebrating the spirit of volunteerism. At this year’s awards, we were honored to present the Volunteer Innovator Award to Dee Ann Hodge.
What makes this award even more special is that our readers determined the winner. A team of TN Media employees narrowed the field down to three and then we asked our readers to vote for the volunteer who had made the most impact and was true to the spirit of the award.
Hodge helps at-risk girls served by Preston Taylor Ministries through the day camp she hosts called Camp Wonderfully Made. Since she began the camp in 2012, 30 girls have participated in the camp, 18 will participate this summer and eight have started meeting for a weekly camp alumnae gathering.
Hodge personifies the spirit of the award. She has responded creatively to an unmet community need by designing a volunteer program that helps these girls in need of mentors, education and love.
At the ceremony, seven others were awarded for their commitment to the betterment of our community.
The Civic Volunteer Group Award Winner: Covenant of the Cross congregation (Serves Covenant of the Cross’ Covenant Cupboard program.
Direct Service Volunteer Award Winner: Rev. Felicity Peck (Serves CASA, Inc. of Davidson County)
Youth Volunteer Award Winner: Elise Hirt (Serves Best Buddies Tennessee)
Capacity-Building Volunteer Award Winner: Raymond White (Serves Project C.U.R.E. Nashville)
Corporate Volunteerism Award Winner: Triumph Aerostructures team (Serves The Nashville Food Project)
Hands on Nashville Volunteer Award:
Adult: Dean Graber
Youth: Lauren Levy