Tennessee Justice Center asks for nominations

Staff Reports • Mar 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM

For anyone who knows a mother who works hard, speaks up and keeps asking until her children receive the health care they need, the Tennessee Justice Center asks for nominations for “Mother of the Year.” 

Any mother, foster mother, or grandmother can be nominated. It can be someone’s mom, neighbor, friend or other mother. Mothers from across Tennessee will be selected for recognition as a “Mother of the Year,” and will receive a framed certificate of recognition and appear on the Tennessee Justice Center’s website and blog.

It is easy to nominate someone as “Mother of the Year.” Anyone ages 3-9 can submit a picture that shows why the nominee is a health care hero. For those past age 10, a 300-word or less essay, saying why the nominee is a special health care hero can be submitted. For those unable able to submit a nomination, center officials will take nominations from others who can tell the story in a way that includes the nominee.

Submissions should also include a photo of the child and their nominee with the nominee’s name, the child’s name, phone number,and address. Photos cannot be returned. Submissions should be mailed to Tennessee Justice Center, 301 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37201. Nominations may also be emailed to info@tnjustice.org and include a digital picture of the child and the nominee. Nominations must be received by April 11.  

Michele Johnson, executive director of the Tennessee Justice Center, said, “Our annual ‘Mother of the Year’ recognition acknowledges the struggles, sacrifices and devotion of mothers across Tennessee. These women are inspiring examples of how Tennessee parents bravely persist and overcome obstacles to obtain care that their children need and should receive.

 “This is the sixth year that we have invited Tennessee children, teens and community members to nominate their mothers. Our office gets calls every day from mothers who inspire us with their dedication to their children’s future. We want to celebrate these mothers and other moms like them; they are real heroes.”

The Tennessee Justice Center is a nonprofit public interest law and advocacy firm serving Tennessee’s families. It gives priority to policy issues and civil cases in which the most basic necessities of life are at stake and where advocacy can benefit needy families statewide. TJC works to empower its clients by holding government accountable for its policies and actions.  TJC was established in 1996 and is located at 301 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, TN. For additional information about the Tennessee Justice Center and its services, visit tnjustice.org or call 615-255-0331.

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