2017 Be More Awards Presented by Home Federal Bank

The East Tennessee PBS Be More Awards, presented by Home Federal Bank, are given monthly to leaders in our viewing area who contribute to the overall well-being of our community through education, the arts, health services or other forms of charitable giving or community involvement. The Be More Awards can be awarded to non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations or individuals that inspires us to Be More. Recipients of the Be More Awards are showcased during daily programming on East Tennessee PBS.

Join us in congratulating our 2017 winners:


Sunshine Ambassadors

Enriching the Lives of Individuals with Disabilities through Dance!







Paramount Center for the Performing Arts 

Enhance the quality of life for the people of the region by providing a variety of arts and services which educate, entertain and inspire, regardless of ethnic background, age or income level.



Keep Knoxville Beautiful 

Promote litter eradication, recycling, and beautification efforts in Knox County communities using education, events, and volunteer engagement.

Special Spaces Knoxville


We create dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening medical illnesses. This is a place that only the child can dream or imagine while addressing their medical needs. Our focus is answering one question; Where does a child go when battling a serious illness to find peace and comfort?

Jefferson Rural Clinic

Jefferson Rural Clinic is a volunteer-operated non-profit providing low-cost medical, dental and health education services to uninsured indigent adults in the Appalachian counties of Jefferson and Grainger, Tennessee.

Appalachian Voices

We envision a day when the integrity of the land, air and water of central and southern Appalachia is protected for future generations and the region is upheld as a national model of a vibrant, just and sustainable economy.

SOCM: Statewide Organizing for Community Empowerment

SOCM is a member-driven organization that encourages civic involvement and collective action so that the people of Tennessee have a greater voice in determining their future. Our mission is to empower Tennesseans to protect, defend, and improve the quality of life in their communities across the state. We are working for social, economic, and environmental justice for all. We are committed to the journey of becoming an anti-racist organization. Recognizing our interdependence, we are committed to overcoming social and institutional racism and embracing our diverse cultures.

Julia Barbara Foundation 

The Julia Barbara Foundation is fighting to cure DIPG (brain stem tumors) so that in the future DIPG children will not lose their smiles and families will no longer watch their children die a horrible death.


East Knoxville Freedom School 

The mission of the East Knoxville Freedom School is to build strong, literate, empowered children prepared to make a difference in themselves, their families, our community, the nation and the world.


Appalachian Community Fund

The Appalachian Community Fund (ACF) funds and encourages grassroots social change in Central Appalachia. ACF works to build a sustainable base of resources to support community-led organizations seeking to overcome and address issues of race, economic status, gender, sexual identity, and disability. As a community-controlled fund, ACF offers leadership to expand and strengthen the movement for social change through its practices and policies.





Home Federal Bank is the proud sponsor of East Tennessee PBS' Be More Awards