VOLUNT EER PROGRAM
The volunteer program builds capacity to extend the impact of GNRC’s programs and services across the region. GNRC provides resources to its members increase volunteer opportunities in local communities.
Volunteers are an important part of GNRC’s work in communities across the region. Since 2018 the agency has focused on increasing its volunteer recruitment and opportunities for engagement. FY21 saw a significant increase in program participation around COVID related support.
Annual Volunteer Appreciation Even though the volunteers could not gather in-person to be honored for their efforts an interactive virtual event was held in April to celebrate their work. Congratulations to our 2021 Volunteer Award Recipients: Volunteer of the Year Award - Nancy Parker Most Engaged New Volunteer Award - Thomas Wrenne Mentor of the Year Award - Ray Daws Most Valuable Player Award - Kathy Ramsay Three new award categories were created to better represent the level of commitment to excellence our volunteers have for the programs they support.
Commitment to Excellence Award This award recognizes outstanding volunteers who are providing services with attention to detail, always consistent in their performance, and willing to help with whatever serves the mission. This award was presented to Benjin Facer, Nuha Alaw, Carol Wirth, Dee Brown, Susan Freeman, and Maureen Brunlinger. Total active volunteers, a 1,173 160% increase over 2020. Expanded Resources for Members Through its partnership with the Tennessee Serves Network, GNRC has been able to make its Galaxy Digital online platform available to Regional Council members. Local governments and non-profits in all 13 counties can access the tool to recruit volunteers, manage volunteer opportunities, and improve tracking and reporting.
Silver Heart Award This award recognizes volunteers who are especially caring about other community members and serve for the greater good or for a specific cause. This award was presented to Mary Bryan and Angela Diaz-Valle.
Overall value of volunteer time contributed to GNRC in 2021. $471,000+ Golden Heart Award This award recognizes volunteers who have given a significant amount of time to serve their community and/or undeserved groups within it. This award was presented to Lane Dickens.
Total number of volunteer hours in 2021. 19,000+
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