Shirley Holt has a smile that leaves a lasting impression, according to United Way of Hamblen County Executive Director Gary Matthews.

Holt was honored as the winner of the 2019 John Q. Dougherty Volunteer of the Year Award at Tuesday’s United Way Annual Meeting at Rose Center.

Holt was described by Matthews as “very committed and dedicated, an awesome individual, wonderful and warm, a tireless volunteer, works quietly behind the scenes, embodies the community, extremely energetic, gives more than 100 percent, helps every age group and has a smile that leaves a lasting impression.”

In receiving the award, Holt was humbled.

“This is a wonderful, wonderful community,” Holt said. “You touched my heart. It’s a team effort. I’m so happy for the results today. It’s just such a blessing and it’s so good to be part of this community. The best we can do is to touch the life of someone else in positive ways and I think that what all of you do. Thank you so much, I’ve got tears flowing.”

As a board member at the Senior Citizens Center, Holt has chaired the by-laws committee, chaired the strategic planning committee, is active on the fundraising committee and creator of the Senior Center’s Facebook page.

She is also on the board of Girls Inc. Holt has co-chaired the Taste of Morristown committee, chaired the by-laws committee and has been a member of the nominating committee. Holt has served as a volunteer at Girls Inc. for 30 years.

As a board member of United Way of Hamblen County, Holt has been a long-time member of the budget and allocations committee, served as board president, board secretary, served on numerous campaign cabinets as major firms, large firms, business and F.I.R.E. division chair. In back-to-back years as campaign chair, raising more than $3 million in back-to-back years.

The Joe Q. Dougherty Volunteer of the Year Award is sponsored by the United Way of Hamblen County, in memory of the long-time United Way volunteer. This award was initiated by American Enka Corporation in 1976 and honors a person who voluntarily gives time above and beyond normal expectations to a participating United Way Agency or to the United Way itself.