Elizabeth Graham Pistole has been volunteering for as long as she can remember. “I’ve always been hands-on with what I can offer to my sister,” says Pistole, Nashville’s Volunteer of the Month. Pistole’s sister, Natalie, has Down syndrome and has always loved helping her and other individuals with special needs. Despite any challenges that she may face, Pistole says it’s always worth it when memorable experiences happen which remind her why she started volunteering in the first place. “We were at a competition one time and we had just performed, and another dance group came up. It was out of town so we had about nine dancers at this competition so not everyone can always make those,” says Pistole. “The other dance group (also) had nine dancers who had all placed first place in individual performances and all received special plaques. As a group they all presented their plaques to our dancers,” says Pistole. “It was so selfless of them to do that, and they recognized the hard work that our dancers put into the competition. That proved our mission and that what we are doing by bringing awareness is important.” The name of the nonprofit where Elizabeth volunteers is Dancing Divas and Dudes.