Benton County to honor volunteers

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Nominations for the 13th Annual Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards are now being accepted for Benton County. The awards will celebrate the efforts of county volunteers who strive to improve our community through service.

“Volunteers are the heartbeat of our community – they are what makes Benton County a great place to live!” said UT-TSU Extension Director Heather D. Smith. “Without volunteers our community would not be able to reach and help the many Benton County residents who need help. Whether they give through churches, schools, community organizations, or simply their own initiative, volunteers are key players in our community.” 

One youth and one adult volunteer will be selected in Benton County to receive this prestigious award. Nominees will be reviewed 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.

Nomination forms can be picked up at the Benton County UT-TSU Extension office in Camden, downloaded from Extension’s Facebook page, or accessed online at Applications must be returned by Saturday, Oct. 15.

Recipients of the Benton County Volunteer Awards will be honored at the Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards ceremony to be held in Franklin on April 2, 2023. 

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

For more information about Volunteer Tennessee and the Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards, please visit For more information about nominations in Benton County, contact Smith at 731-584-4601 or [email protected].

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