Outstanding volunteer program lands award for Tennessee HRC Steering Committee


by Amos Gott

The Human Rights Campaign–Tennessee Steering Committee was recently honored by the national HRC organization with the Volunteer Outreach Award for having the most outstanding volunteer program in the United States. 

On March 12, 2005, members of the steering committee attended the annual awards and recognition dinner in Washington, DC to receive this award that recognizes the Nashville-based state committee for its recruitment efforts and for the ways it utilizes its volunteers.  Maria Salas, Abby Rubenfeld, Barb Neligan, Keith Merrill, Bryan Curtis, Deidre Duvall, Brian Copeland and Billy Leslie represented the Tennessee steering committee at the dinner in accepting the award. 

“HRC volunteers and steering committees are this organization’s (HRC’s) heart and soul; the inspiration and the fuel that moves HRC forward every single day,” said Kevin Anderson, steering committee manager for the national organization. 

“We would like to recognize (the Tennessee) steering committee for their extraordinary efforts in reaching out to and organizing volunteers.  This community grew their volunteer list by over 300% during FY05 and has established innovative techniques to recruit and engage volunteers.”

The Nashville steering committee was also recognized along with several other cities for meeting goals in fundraising for its annual dinner, its federal club, and a general 34% increase over its fundraising goals.

The HRC-TN volunteer committee co-chairs are Peter Nielson and Jeneen Preciose.