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 thirteenth 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. 

Get Involved 

The 2022 GVSA will take  place on April 2, 2023 at the Franklin Marriott in Franklin, TN.  Please be sure to sign up for our newsletter or check this page often for updates for the 2022 GVSA.

The GVSA provides an opportunity for individuals and organizations to support service in the state and Tennessee's volunteers through any of the the following:

  • Find your County Coordinator in our GVSA Directory and nominate a volunteer! 
  • Become a County Coordinator and facilitate the local nomination process . Click here for the list of counties that need coordinators.
  • Nominate a Business or Nonprofit that has impacted your community through their volunteer efforts. The application will re-open during the Fall 2022.
  •  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.

Governor's Volunteer Stars Awards Honorees and Ceremonies

Those named a 2021 Governor's Volunteer Star gathered in Franklin, TN on February 13, 2022 to honor and celebrate volunteerism in Tennessee.  You can view the awards ceremony here.  You can view photos from the awards ceremony by clicking one of the links below.

Those named a 2020 Governor's Volunteer Star were celebrated through virtual ceremonies that premiered on February 7, 2021 to honor and celebrate volunteerism in Tennessee.

Honorees

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.