The Trew Neighbor Award

The Trew Neighbor Award

DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS: Friday, March 13, 2020 (5 pm)


The Trew Neighbor Award is given in memory of Frank Trew, a lifelong resident of the Lincoya Hills neighborhood and a tireless advocate for his neighborhood. Frank generously contributed his time, talent and gifts to improve the quality of life for his neighbors and all Nashville residents. The Trew Neighbor Award is presented to an individual who exemplifies those same characteristics.

The Awards program identifies and honors neighbors in our community who have gone above and beyond in their demonstration of leadership with a commitment to building, preserving, maintaining and improving the quality of life within their own neighborhoods. The focus of this award is primarily on the recipient's involvement in her/his local neighborhood.


Eligible nominees must have meet the following criteria: 

Be a resident of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County


Demonstrated her/his efforts beyond the scope of general citizenship responsibilities for a period of no less than five (5) years


Past nominees who did not receive the Trew Neighbor Award are eligible to be nominated again


Nomination Process

Neighborhood organizations (such as a neighborhood association, crime watch program, homeowners association, resident/condo association, and coalition of neighborhood organizations) may nominate one candidate for consideration annually.


Signed and completed Nomination Form must be received by 5 pm on Friday, March 13, 2020.


Nominate online at


Mail signed and completed form to:

Neighbor 2 Neighbor

PO Box 100941

Nashville, TN 37224


Hand-deliver signed and completed form to our offices and training center at 240 Great Circle Road (Suite 318), Nashville, TN 37228

Selection and Announcement


Up to five (5) individuals will be selected as award finalists, and will be notified in advance of the awards luncheon on Saturday, March 28, 2020.


The recipient will be announced and honored during the awards luncheon.


(615) 782-8212

Previous Recipients

2019 Recipient

Ellen Britton

Ellen Britton, a Resident of South Nashville's Caldwell Abbay Hall Neighborhood is Recognized for Her Contribution in Making Her Neighborhood a Great Place to Live


Ellen Britton (Center Right) with N2N Board Chair Ronald Douglas, Jr. (Left), Leadership Development Specialist Valeri Otey-Nellis (Center Left) and Executive Director Jim Hawk (Right).

When you meet Ellen, it is impossible not to be lifted up by her warmth and sense of humor. Ellen sets a wonderful example of service by being the first to volunteer. She walks the walk and talks that talk.

Ellen is one of the first people to volunteer for anything in the neighborhood -- clean-ups, cooking for progressive dinners, opening her home for meetings, her driveway for "Drinks in the Driveway," and serenading us at holiday parties. She donates her time, talent, imagination, and money to help make Caldwell Abbay Hall a great place to live.

2018 Recipient

Ms. Sedora Johnson

Sedora Johnson, A 60 Year Resident of North Nashville’s Osage Neighborhood is Recognized for Demonstrated Leadership and Exemplary Community Engagement


Ms. Sedora Johnson (Center) with N2N Executive Director Jim Hawk (Left) and N2N Board Chair Jessica Lee (Right)

Over sixty years ago, Sedora Johnson and her family moved into her house in North Nashville’s Osage Neighborhood. Twenty-four years ago, Ms. Johnson joined the Osage Neighborhood Watch. She chaired the organization off and on for over seven years. During her many years with the neighborhood watch, she has led and organized multiple neighborhood cleanups and Night Out Against Crime events. She loves her neighborhood.

Her concern for the safety and welfare of her neighbors was evidenced in her professional life as well. She served the Nashville area for over thirty-five years as a nurse, retiring from Meharry Hospital and Metro General Hospital.

Sedora has been a member and leader of her neighborhood’s Friendship Missionary Baptist Church for over fifty years; a supporter and past board chair of her the 18th Avenue Enrichment Center; and, has been an active member and leader of the North Nashville Organization for Community Improvement (NNOCI) for over twenty years. She is a founding member of the North Nashville Leadership Council (NNLC). She has graciously given of her time, talents, and money to enrich the quality of life for her Osage neighbors and the larger community.