CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (April 26, 2023) – United Way of Greater Chattanooga is excited to announce the finalists across five award categories for the third annual nonprofit Celebrate Awards! The Celebrate Awards spotlight the hardworking nonprofit organizations, volunteer leaders, and community change-makers in Greater Chattanooga. This year, a new Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion award will recognize an organization that has made significant and intentional strides by building deeper community connections and taking direct action. The awards ceremony  will take place on May 9th at 5:30 PM at Common House Chattanooga.  

“We are proud to recognize and collaborate with those who drive meaningful change in our community,” said Lesley Scearce, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Chattanooga. “These finalists represent the hard work that has taken place in the last year, and we can’t wait to celebrate them at the ceremony!” 

Here are the awards and their finalists:  

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Award Finalists:  

Cempa Community Care 

The Bethlehem Center 

The Enterprise Center 

Nonprofit Organization of the Year Award Finalists: 

Chattanooga Area Food Bank 

First Things First 

MetMin- Metropolitan Ministries 

Nonprofit Leader of the Year Award Finalists: 

Sponsored by Roper Corporation  

Jessica Whatley 

Kristen Pavlik McCallie 

Reginald Smith 

Innovation in Action Award Finalists:  

A Step Ahead 

Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer: Industrial Arts Therapy Program 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chattanooga 

Volunteer of the Year Award Finalists: 

Sponsored by Elder’s Ace Hardware  

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee TeamBlue 

Lamar Selcer 

Linda Cooper 

Do you want to be a part of celebrating the meaningful work happening in our community? Purchase your tickets here!  

If you’d like to learn more or see full award descriptions, please visit unitedwaycha.org/celebrate. Thank you to our additional sponsors for helping celebrate our nonprofit organizations and leaders!  


About United Way of Greater Chattanooga  

At United Way of Greater Chattanooga, we envision a community where all people achieve their full human potential through education, stability, and health & well-being. Our mission is to unite people and resources in building a stronger, healthier community. Together, we drive measurable, lasting impact for our community. None of us can do it alone. UNITED, we can. For more information, visit our website www.unitedwaycha.org.