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Champion of Service Certificate Program

The Volunteer Tennessee Champion of Service certificate program is intended to provide ongoing recognition for individuals and groups engaged in volunteerism and service outside of the Governor's Volunteer Stars
Awards.  This program, supported by Volunteer Tennessee, is an opportunity for Volunteer Tennessee board members to recognize outstanding service and volunteerism in communities across the State. 

Categories: Volunteer Tennessee board members may award a Champion of Service certificate to an individual or an organization/group for the following categories:

  • Outstanding Service:  Recognizes dedication to service and volunteerism as evidenced by a large number of service hours or a particularly impressive service outcome.
  •  Leadership in Service: Recognizes leadership in service and volunteerism as evidenced by organizing others through new or existing programs to achieve service outcomes.
  • Spirit of Collaboration: Recognizes collaboration in service and volunteerism as evidenced by two or more distinct organizations/groups coming together to achieve service outcomes.
  • Innovations in Service: Recognizes innovations in service and volunteerism as evidenced by development of a new and effective program to achieve service outcomes that would not have otherwise been achieved.

Commissioner Amy Walter presented a Champion of Service award for Outstanding Service to the Community to:

  •  Geri Franske, Cheekwood Docent and Volunteer

Commissioner Terry Silver presented Champion of Service awards for Outstanding Service to the Community to:

  • Richard Barlow, Regional Inter-Faith Association (RIFA) volunteer
  • Susan McFarland,  Regional Inter-Faith Association (RIFA) volunteer
  • Dan Ward, Regional Inter-Faith Association (RIFA) volunteer

Commissioner Leon Shields presented Champion of Service awards for Leadership in Service to:

  •  Sasha Benjamin, Oak Ridge Utility District
  • Jennifer Downer, State Farm
  •  Amparo José , Sevier Co
  • Shell Lohmann, U.S. Cellular
  • Maggie McNally,  YWCA Knoxville & the Tennessee Valley