Hands On Nashville Announces 2022 Strobel Awards 


Hands On Nashville has announced this year’s recipients of the Mary Catherine Strobel Awards, presented by Jackson National Life Insurance Company. These annual awards honor community members of Middle Tennessee for their exemplary volunteer work.

Hands On Nashville has been connecting area volunteers with over 200 different nonprofits, schools, and other civic organizations; helping these partners reimagine volunteer potential; and bringing awareness to the challenges facing the people and places in our community since 1991. This year marks the 36th Annual Mary Catherine Strobel Awards. Mary Catherine Strobel is remembered for her extensive and charitable efforts toward improving the lives of Middle Tennessee’s unhoused, underserved, and disenfranchised communities. 

Over 140 outstanding community members received nominations this year. Initial nominations were narrowed down by public vote before a panel of judges selected the seven award recipients. Here are the seven finalists for the 2022 Mary Catherine Strobel Awards:  

Direct Service – Youth Volunteer: JohnThomas Atema – Best Buddies

Direct Service – Adult Volunteer: Kimberly Webb –  Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) 

Direct Service – Older Adult Volunteer: Vera Coleman – Fifty Forward

Group Volunteer Service Award: Congregation of Alameda Christian Church

Capacity-Building Volunteer Award: Susanne Shepherd Post –  Shear Haven with YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee

Social Justice Impact Award: Linda McFadyen-Ketchum –  Moms Demand Action Tennessee

Disaster Relief Volunteer Award: Hispanic Outreach Task Force

Lightning 100 is honored to share the incredible stories from this year’s finalists. Listen to their testimonials here: 

Strobel Award Recipient JohnThomas Atema
Strobel Award Recipient Kimberly Webb
Strobel Award Recipient Vera Coleman
Strobel Award Recipient Congregation of Alameda Christian Church
Strobel Award Recipient Susanne Shepherd Post
Strobel Award Recipient Hispanic Outreach Task Force


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