Hamblen County winners named in statewide volunteering initiative

     The Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards (GVSA) is an initiative from Volunteer Tennessee that seeks to recognize outstanding volunteers from each of Tennessee’s 95 counties.  With the program now in its 14th year, participating counties conduct a call for nominations and recognize one outstanding youth and one outstanding adult volunteer.   

     Held recently at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs in Franklin, Tennessee The Annual Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards celebrated the efforts of 115 volunteers statewide, who have strived to improve their communities through service.

     In Hamblen County, Ashley Long was selected as the 2021 Adult Volunteer honoree. She is heavily involved with the MATS Shelter, CAC Americorps, among other endeavors.

     Mikalyn Hunt was named the Hamblen County Youth Volunteer of the Year – spending her many hours with MATS, and also assisting through the year at Central Services, in the Head Start program and with Morristown Parks and Rec.

     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 Tennessee.