Since 1796, Tennesseans have played major roles in serving not only their state and nation, but also the world, leaving Tennessee with the well deserved nickname, " The Volunteer State." The time has come to honor outstanding volunteers in Tennessee through a book entitled Tennessee Volunteer Heroes 2001 created by the Volunteer Tennessee (formerly the TN Commission on National and Community Service) and the Council of Community Services as a part of the United Nation International Year of the Volunteer 2001.
Tennessee Volunteer Heroes 2001 is a book featuring stories and who's who information on outstanding Tennessee volunteers. This quality book will feature vignettes of 30-50 modern day Tennessee volunteer heroes, and will recognize 2001 or more individuals, organizations, and corporations through a who's who section. It will also include "how to" or "where to go" volunteer information such as key phone numbers, addresses, and web sites. A broad-based selection committee will identify outstanding volunteers to be included based on the Eligibility Criteria: outstanding volunteerism, significant impact on other's lives, and a demonstrating caring concern for fellow Tennesseans through volunteerism.
Volunteer Tennessee is a bipartisan citizen board appointed by the Governor whose mission is to encourage volunteerism and community service. Volunteer Tennessee oversees AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve grants, trainings, and partnerships with the Department of Education, Lions-Quest International, 4-H, Volunteer Centers, the TN National Guard and dozens of local non-profits. Its vision for Tennessee is that "The State of Tennessee is the national leader in the promotion of volunteerism, community service initiatives and partnerships in which its citizens of all ages and backgrounds engage in services addressing the educational, public safety, environmental and other human needs of the state and nation."
This project would not be possible without support from underwriters. A large thank you is extended to Bellsouth and BellSouth Pioneers, Write Together Publishing Company and RJ Young Company, Ingram Industries Inc., Ingram Book Group and Lighting Source, J.C.Penney and the J.C.Penney Golden Rule Awards, The Tennessee Cable Telecommunications Association, The Renaissance Center of Dickson, Trane, C.B. Ragland Co., AGAPE, Belmont University, Lee Company, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, and WSMV Channel 4 for their dedication to promote volunteerism in the State of Tennessee. Additional underwriters are welcomed and will be featured in the publication.