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Governor's Volunteer Stars Awards

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The Governor's Volunteer Stars Awards (GVSA) is an initiative from Volunteer Tennessee that seeks to recognize outstanding volunteers from each of Tennessee's 95 counties.  With the program now in its twelfth year, participating counties conduct a call for nominations and recognize one outstanding youth and one outstanding adult volunteer.   The Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards also recognizes one business and one non-profit from each of Tennessee’s three Grand Regions for their outstanding community involvement and service. 

The  2019 Governor's Volunteer Stars Awards took place in  Franklin, TN on February 9, 2020 to honor and celebrate volunteerism in Tennessee.  Photos of the event and honorees can be found below.

Get Involved

You can help support service in the state and Tennessee's volunteers through any of the the following:

  • Become a GVSA sponsor or reserve an ad in the GVSA Award Booklet. Email volunteer.tennessee@tn.gov for more info and to receive a sponsorship packet
  • Reach out to your local county coordinator to learn more about nominating a volunteer- Click here for the 2019 Directory of County Coordinators.
  • Nominate a Business or Nonprofit that has impacted your community through their volunteer efforts.  Nominations for the 2019 Governor's Volunteer Stars Awards are now closed. Check back in 2020 for opportunities for the next GVSA.

Governor's Volunteer Stars Awards Honorees and Ceremonies

Those named a 2019 Governor's Volunteer Star gathered in Franklin, TN on February 9, 2020 to honor and celebrate volunteerism in Tennessee.

Those named a 2018 Governor's Volunteer Star gathered in Franklin, TN on February 10, 2019 to honor and celebrate volunteerism in Tennessee.

Those named a 2017 Governor's Volunteer Star gathered in Franklin, TN on March 11, 2018 to honor and celebrate volunteerism in Tennessee.


Information for County Coordinators 

 Download the County Resource Guide and Forms.