Nashville CARES Named 2013 Middle Tennessee Nonprofit Honoree at 6th Annual Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards

Friday, March 14, 2014

(Nashville, TN)  First Lady Crissy Haslam joined Miss Tennessee 2013, Shelby Thompson, to honor volunteers from 39 counties at the Sixth Annual Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards ceremony in Franklin on March 10, 2014. The awards celebrated the efforts of 71 volunteers statewide who strive to improve their communities through service.


“I am thrilled to recognize Tennesseans who give of their time and resources to improve the community,” Mrs. Haslam said. “Setting an example for service can be one of the very best ways to be a leader.”


One youth and one adult volunteer were selected from participating counties to receive this prestigious award.  Nominees were judged based on the community’s need of the volunteer service performed, initiative taken to perform the service, creativity used to solve a community problem and impact of the volunteer service on the community.


This year, the Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards also included business and non-profit categories for the first time.  One business and one non-profit were selected from each of Tennessee’s three Grand Regions for their outstanding community involvement and service. Nashville CARES was recognized as the Middle Tennessee Non-Profit Honoree. The non-profit awards were sponsored by Friends of Volunteer Tennessee. Healthways was recognized as the Middle Tennessee Business Honoree. The business awards were sponsored by Advance Financial.


“Each year more than 400 volunteers enable us to enhance delivery of every service and education program offered by Nashville CARES and provide essential back-office and fundraising support to make these services possible ,’ said Joseph Interrante, CEO of Nashville CARES. “Providing volunteers with an opportunity to engage with HIV/AIDS is central to our mission of building a community-wide response to the disease. We are grateful to be recognized by Governor Haslam and Volunteer Tennessee for the amazing work of our dedicated volunteers.”


Nashville CARES promotes and participates in a comprehensive and compassionate response to HIV/AIDS in Middle Tennessee.  Its purpose is to educate the community for increased understanding and prevention of HIV transmission, to advocate for responsible public policy, and to provide services that improve the quality of life for people with HIV/AIDS and their families.  Nashville CARES offers services annually to more than 60,000 Middle Tennesseans infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.


“Each year, 1.27 million Tennessee volunteers give more than 171 million hours of service, contributing the equivalent of $3.3 billion to Tennessee’s economy. They are the backbone of our great state, and by giving of their time and talents to fulfill needs that would otherwise go unmet, they truly embody the spirit of giving,” said Volunteer Tennessee Executive Director, Jim Snell.


Mrs. Haslam was the featured speaker for the Awards.  Miss Tennessee 2013, Shelby Thompson, presented the awards, and NewsChannel5 weekend anchor, Jennifer Kraus, served as the emcee for the event.


About Volunteer Tennessee:

Volunteer Tennessee coordinates the Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards at the state level. Volunteer Tennessee is the 25 member bipartisan citizen board appointed by the Governor to oversee AmeriCorps and service-learning programs and to advance volunteerism and citizen service to solve community problems in the Volunteer State. For more information about Volunteer Tennessee visit


About Nashville CARES:

Nashville CARES offers services annually to more than 60,000 Middle Tennesseans infected and affected by HIV/AIDS including: HIV prevention education to over 44,000 youth and adults, 13,000 FREE confidential HIV tests, and support services to 2,500 men, women and children living with the disease. For information about Nashville CARES, visit and “like” us on Facebook at


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