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Food Pantry

The Martha O'Bryan Food Pantry is a crucial resource for the food insecure individuals and families in the greater Nashville area. Working in communities like Cayce Place, our primary area of service, we know we cannot defeat intergenerational poverty alone. We need volunteers to act as "personal shoppers" with clients as they shop in our food pantry. Since 1894, the Martha O’Bryan Center has focused on providing education, employment, and social-emotional services to residents in our city’s most distressed communities. Programs fill gaps in resources across a cradle-to-career continuum of interconnected services.

Nashville, TN

12/13/19 2:00 PM + more

Stock The Shelves

Help us unload trucks and bring in food to stock our shelves for our families in need! Some lifting required, but only 10 - 15 pounds. Shift is from 9-1 as it takes that long to bring everything in and get set up for our Saturday guests seeking food assistance. Casual, fun atmosphere. The Little Pantry That Could provides produce and shelf stable items free of charge on a weekly basis to anyone in need. There are no questions asked – there is no judgment.

Nashville, TN

12/27/19 9:00 AM + more

Thriftsmart Nashville

Volunteers are needed to help sort, code, hang, and organize clothing, household goods, and miscellaneous items at the ThriftSmart location in Nashville. If you have donations of clothing or shoes, ThriftSmart certainly welcomes your donation. All volunteers under the age of 18 are required to bring a signed Volunteer Release Form with them to each project. Dress Code: Please wear clothing that is appropriate for a family oriented store. For your safety shoes must be closed toe and closed heel. Make sure to sign in when you arrive in order to receive credit. We take our volunteering opportunities very seriously. We expect the same from you. Therefore we have set some guidelines in place for all who wish to volunteer: Please arrive on time. We will not accept late volunteers. If you are late, you will be asked to sign up for another day and time slot. We encourage minimal use of cell phones while volunteering. Should an emergency arise, please step away from your volunteering duties to use your cell phone. Please arrive ready to work as though you are attending a regular paid job. If, for some reason, you are unable to perform the tasks that are assigned to you, we will place you in another area with a different task if available. If you are unwilling to perform the tasks that are asked of you, you may be dismissed. We expect you to take your volunteer duties seriously. We look forward to seeing you! This project does not qualify for court ordered community service hours.

Nashville, TN

12/13/19 9:00 AM + more

Meal Prep with The Nashville Food Project at St. Luke's

Did you know that The Nashville Food Project stewards a second commercial kitchen? We'd love to have you join us! Each weekday, staff are supported by volunteers who assist in washing and chopping fruits and vegetables, putting together salads, sandwiches, portioning out hot dishes and other kitchen tasks that help TNFP provide over 5,000 meals weekly to be served alongside the programming of partner non-profits! On-site staff lead each meal prep session and provide gloves, aprons, and all instructions. As you will be working in a commercial kitchen setting, we ask that all participants wear closed-toed shoes and have any long hair pulled back throughout their time with us. Participants will have access to an All-Gender restroom during their service time and the kitchen is accessible by a ramp for those with mobility limitations. If you need special accommodations to participate, please reach out to elizabeth@thenashvillefoodproject.org prior to your service experience so we can make appropriate arrangements! Stools and cut gloves are available upon request. TNFP strives to create a welcoming environment for all people. Our mission, values, and statement of anti-racism can be found here: https://www.thenashvillefoodproject.org/learn-more

Nashville, TN

1/6/20 1:00 PM + more

Model Train Engineer

Hear that whistle off in the distance? It's coming from the Adventure Science Center and it sounds like the kickoff to our Trains exhibition! The Science Center will transform into a train enthusiast's paradise as incredible train displays from the community fill spaces within the building. We are actively seeking volunteers to act as train engineers and help operate our model trains. This exhibit will run through January 5th, 2020! Date: Now through January 5th Time: 9:30 am -12:30 pm or 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Nashville, TN

12/13/19 9:30 AM + more

Food Pantry Southside

The Martha O'Bryan Food Pantry is a crucial resource for the food insecure individuals and families in the greater Nashville area. Working in communities like Napier-Sudekum, we know we cannot defeat intergenerational poverty alone. We need volunteers to act as "personal shoppers" with clients as they shop in our food pantry. Volunteers will also help first-time clients fill out a one-sheet form. Since 1894, the Martha O’Bryan Center has focused on providing education, employment, and social-emotional services to residents in our city’s most distressed communities. Programs fill gaps in resources across a cradle-to-career continuum of interconnected services.

Nashville, TN

12/13/19 10:30 AM

Assist with a Shop Shift at TGCR (Full Shift)

Interested in the environment, art, or looking for ways to help promote reducing and reusing in the community? There are so many ways to get involved at the shop! The Turnip Green Creative Reuse shop is the heart of our organization with over 600,000 pounds of material diverted from the landfill to date, we process over 100 pounds of material every hour we are open! These materials are put on the shelves of our shop and into the hands of members of the community, artists, children, other creatives to live their best second life! When you assist with a shop shift you will be in the center of it all, guided by our awesome Reuse Specialists in a variety of processing tasks. From rolling and detangling materials to creating fun paper scrap packs, stocking our shelves, or processing beads and other donations, you'll be helping us give new life to these materials by keeping them out of the landfill - doing what we can to keep the environment a healthy, happy shade of green! Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes you can move around safely in. Bring a reuseable water bottle. There is a restroom on-site. Note: Half-shifts are available as well upon request. Please sign up and email the opportunity leader so we can note half-shift. We can provide volunteer opportunities for larger groups as well. *If under 18, you must have a parent/guardian present to sign the TGCR and HoN waiver form before you begin volunteering for the day. The TGCR shop closes at 6pm - all rides should be coordinated before shop closes.

Nashville, TN

12/13/19 2:00 PM + more

Retail Assistant-Happy Retales/Pet Community Center

Happy Retales in Brentwood, TN is looking for volunteers that love dogs and cats! This rewarding opportunity helps many animal non-profits, including Pet Community Center, continue their lifesaving work. Volunteers will help Happy Retales staff as needed. Jobs include: Stocking shelves Organizing merchandise Assisting with sales Assisting with Happy Retales events Interacting with customers and their pets The ideal volunteer is friendly, loves people and animals, and wants to make an impact for animals in Nashville. Sign up for a shift today!

Brentwood, TN

12/14/19 4:00 PM + more

Teen Night

Teen Night at Martha O'Bryan Center is an opportunity for community teens to share an evening of fun, food and fellowship with our Chaplain, Mike Gooch, and our volunteers. Join us for activities like open gym, games, arts and crafts, etc. and finish out the evening by sharing a meal with our youth. Duties Include: Greeting community members and directing them to programming location. Helping with program meal service. Fellowships with community members during programming. Provide floating help during programming. Engage teens through designated activities. Help with program set up and clean up. Qualifications: Pleasant manner, patience, dependability, exhibits energy and enthusiasm and an interest in working in the nonprofit sector. Previous experience with children is preferred. Prior to volunteering, you must complete a background check. We will provide more information once you have signed up. Since 1894, the Martha O’Bryan Center has focused on providing education, employment, and social-emotional services to residents in our city’s most distressed communities. Programs fill gaps in resources across a cradle-to-career continuum of interconnected services.

Nashville, TN

12/13/19 4:30 PM + more

Cheekwood-Holiday Lights 2019

Celebrate the holiday season by serving at Cheekwood's festive Holiday Lights....a winter wonderland designed to create an unforgettable, immersive and engaging experience that has become a favorite Nashville holiday tradition. Volunteers help as event guides, Santa's helper, art activity host and more! We provide treats, hot chocolate, bottled water, and hand warmers! Express interest: You will be sent a link to our online registration and volunteer agreement form....once we have your registration, you will be sent a confirmation! Groups: Each group member must register individually....there is a space on the online registration form to indicate a group name.

Nashville, TN

12/13/19 4:30 PM + more

Science of Beer: Hoppy Holidaze (21+)

Event: Science of Beer: Hoppy Holidaze Date: Friday, December 13, 2019 Time: 6pm - 11pm The Science of Beer is a one-of-a-kind annual festival that unites beer-lovers and science enthusiasts. The event takes place on Thursday, December 13th at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville, TN. By no means is this an ordinary beer festival - in addition to sampling beer, guests have access to the entire science center. This includes exciting hands-on science demonstrations and incredible interactive exhibits only the science center has to offer. We are actively seeking passionate volunteers to support this event. Volunteers will help facilitate science demonstrations, check-in guests, and assist with event clean up. On-site training will be provided. Come join the excitement and sign-up! (21+ volunteers needed). Note: To learn more about the Science of Beer event, please visit our website.

Nashville, TN

12/13/19 6:00 PM

Christmas Toy Store Volunteer

We are holding our Annual Christmas Toy Store event on Saturday, December 14th from 8 AM - 5 PM here at St. Luke's Community House! Our Christmas Toy Store provides registered families to shop brand new toys for their children at incredibly discounted prices. Our Christmas Toy Store model empowers families to remain independent while quality and dignity into their Christmas experience. We are in need of volunteers from 7:30 AM - 7 PM, with shifts from 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM, 10:30 AM - 2 PM, 2 PM - 5 PM and 5 PM - 7 PM for clean up. Activities will include assisting clients as they shop, restocking toys every hour and wrapping gifts. **We will be offering double hours during the day shifts and triple hours for clean up from 5 PM - 7 PM for all who are fulfilling mandatory volunteer hours for programs such as Tennessee Promise**

Nashville, TN

12/14/19 7:30 AM + more

We're proud to be part of a city that highly values helping others.

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service’s
2016 "Volunteering and Civic Life in America" report, Nashville has
been ranked 34th among the nation’s 51 largest cities for volunteerism – demonstrating the continued commitment of our community's culture
of service. Hands On Nashville is proud to help foster this positive
behavior and to make it easy for residents to engage in meaningful service.

 


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