Nominations have been received for the 16th Annual Franklin Tomorrow Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards, which will be held on Tuesday, November 15 at 6 p.m. at Rolling Hills Community Church, 1810 Columbia Ave.
There will be light refreshments and a social time with doors opening at 5 p.m. Thanks to the generosity of partners, including presenting partner Williamson Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Services, there is no cost to attend this year’s event, but RSVPs are requested by following this link.
More than 20 nonprofits, other organizations and individuals submitted nominees for the awards, with the nominees to be announced Monday, Nov. 7.
Franklin and Williamson County are blessed to have community members, organizations and companies of all sizes who give unselfishly to make our community a better place.
“Franklin Tomorrow has planned since the beginning of the year to hold our annual Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards in November,” CEO Mindy Tate said. “This is a night we look forward to throughout the year as it shines the spotlight on the people who make Williamson County such a fantastic place to live, work, and play.”
Categories for the awards include the Volunteer Spirit Award, which honors up to three individuals involved in altering the environment around them simply by their service and heart for their community; the Youth Initiative Award, given to individuals under the age of 21 who are involved either in a variety of community activities or primarily in one organization as a significant volunteer; the Neighbor to Neighbor Award, given to an individual or organization that has shown extreme generosity to its neighbors in Williamson County and has exceeded expectation in terms of giving back to the community; and the Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes a young professional between 20 and 40 years of age whose professional or volunteer efforts are having a positive impact on his or her community.
Franklin Tomorrow received so many great nominees this year, Tate said, and to make sure we honor as many volunteers that we can, categories may be adjusted accordingly.
Also, a special In Memoriam program will honor community leaders, volunteers and individuals who have passed away over the last year.
Franklin Tomorrow will also present additional awards, including the Anne T. Rutherford Exemplary Community Volunteer Award and the Charles M. Sargent Leadership Award. Franklin Tomorrow Board Chair Patrick Baggett will also have awards.
Each award carries a cash prize to the nonprofit of the recipient’s choice.
In addition to Williamson Memorial, Franklin Tomorrow wishes to thank FirstBank; Buerger Moseley Carson, PLC; The TMA Group, and the following elected officials for their support — County Mayor Rogers Anderson, Sheriff Dusty Rhoades, District Attorney Kim Helper, Property Assessor Brad Coleman, County Clerk Jeff Whidby, Trustee Karen Paris, Register of Deeds Sherry Anderson, Circuit Court Clerk Debbie Barrett, and Juvenile Court Judge Sharon Guffee. It is not too late to be a sponsor and those interested can email CEO Mindy Tate at
About Franklin Tomorrow
Franklin Tomorrow is an independent, nonprofit community visioning and engagement organization founded in 2000 by a group of business and community leaders. Our mission is to engage the community, foster collaboration, and advocate for a shared vision for the future of Franklin. Learn more at

Volunteer Award Winners 2011-2021