Deadline is July 15 for nominations for Aug. 17 event

The call for nominations for the 10th annual Franklin Tomorrow Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards has gone out, according to Franklin Tomorrow Board President Tim Murphy.

Untitled-1The awards will be presented August 17 during an event open to the public at the Franklin Theatre, with support from Vanderbilt University’s Office of Community, Neighborhood and Government Relations, FirstBank at FivePoints, The TMA Group, state Rep. Charles Sargent, and state Sen. Jack Johnson, among others.

“Through these awards, Franklin Tomorrow hopes to show what can happen when volunteers come together to make an impact on our community,” Murphy said. “Nominations are accepted in a variety of categories from individuals, nonprofit organizations and other entities, such as schools and businesses.”

In 2007, Franklin Tomorrow established the Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards to honor the decades of service and tremendous impact of Anne T. Rutherford, a founding member of Franklin Tomorrow and an active volunteer for many community organizations. The award recognizes the collective effort of an individual’s work and the impact on the agencies themselves and the community at large. One award is given annually.

The Volunteer Spirit and the Youth Initiative Awards were created to allow more people to be honored for selflessly supporting local non-profit organizations or agencies. The Ned Lea Lifetime Achievement Award was created in 2011 to posthumously honor an exemplary volunteer. While not presented annually, nominations are accepted each year. Other awards may be created by the Board of Franklin Tomorrow to recognize significant achievement.

In its third year, the Civic Group Award will honor representatives of civic, membership, congregation or non-corporate groups that volunteer together for a cause, while the Corporate Team Award will recognize companies that see the value of giving back to their community through successful volunteer programs with high levels of participation and impact.

Finally, the Corporate Volunteer Award will recognize an individual who as part of a company-sponsored volunteer program or event has made a significant contribution to one or more organizations.

A $500 grant to the winner’s non-profit of choice accompanies the Anne T. Rutherford Award, while a $250 grant accompanies the other awards.

To download a nomination packet, please follow this link:

2016 Volunteer Awards nomination packet

If you have questions, please email Mindy Tate, Franklin Tomorrow Executive Director.