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Volunteer at Nissan Stadium Concession Stand

Unite with other 16:10 Now & Then, Inc. volunteers to share in this unique experience! Volunteers will be serving food and refreshments in a concession stand at a Titans Game inside Nissan Stadium. Dress code: black pants, plain white shirt (does NOT have to be dress shirt) and tennis shoes. A chef’s jacket will be provided which should be worn throughout the entire game. Free Parking is available for volunteers at a secured lot off-site. Shuttle service is provided to and from the stadium. Team lead will contact volunteers prior to game day with specific area of parking lot to meet.

Nashville, TN

8/25/19 4:00 PM + more

Dinner at Safe Haven Family Shelter

Prepare your favorite dish and share it with the families at Safe Haven Family Shelter, a facility where families in transition can find housing together. Your gift of time and food has a tremendous impact on the people in the shelter. Safe Haven Family Shelter empowers Middle Tennessee homeless families with children to achieve lasting self-sufficiency. Safe Haven is the only shelter-to-housing program of its kind in Middle Tennessee that accepts the entire homeless family. We keep the family together and provide comprehensive services that empower them to achieve lasting self-sufficiency. As our name implies, we have an emergency shelter program, but we also offer a Transitional Housing Program and Rapid Rehousing Program. Safe Haven Family Shelter’s comprehensive approach is one of service, compassion, trauma-informed care and evidenced-bases practices.

Nashville, TN

11/24/19 5:30 PM + more

Waiting Room Attendant

This opportunity gives volunteers a chance to learn about NeedLink, engaging with our clients and helping the application intake process run smoothly. Tasks will include: signing clients in, answering questions, handing out applications, sending clients back to see social worker and may include some light office work (stapling, organizing, shredding). Court ordered volunteers are accepted for the 8 to 10 a.m. shifts only.

Nashville, TN

8/26/19 8:00 AM + more

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

8/26/19 8:30 AM + more

Grow Production Gardens with The Nashville Food Project (Wedgewood)

The Nashville Food Project gardens are vibrant growing spaces that supply organic produce for our meal programs and growing spaces for numerous families that are part of our Community Garden programs. Whether you are an experienced farmer or have never stepped foot in a garden, we welcome and encourage all skill levels to join us in working our gardens. We are a full-circle organization; growing, cooking, and sharing meals allows us to get food from local soil to local people, and your help in our gardens is the first step in making the whole process possible. The produce you help us grow and harvest will go into delicious meals shared with more than 23 nonprofit partners and community organizations throughout Nashville. Garden tasks vary with the seasons and may include planting, weeding, composting and harvesting. We love to share all sorts of gardening knowledge while we work. You will have the chance to get your hands (and everything else) dirty, so dress for the occasion. We recommend boots or closed toe shoes and layers if the weather is chilly. Garden projects will occur rain or shine (with the exception of lightning!) so bring a rain jacket and hat. We’ll provide the gloves, but you’re always welcome to bring your own. We can’t wait to welcome you to one of our gardens! Please note that due to the natural setting of our garden plots, there is uneven terrain that may be difficult to navigate for folks with mobility limitations. Additionally, while there are port-a-pot facilities for participant use, they are not ADA accessible at this site. If you need special accommodations to participate, please don't hesitate to reach out to elizabeth@thenashvillefoodproject.org prior to your volunteer time and our team will do our best to make necessary arrangements. 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

8/26/19 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

8/26/19 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 longer 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 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

8/26/19 9:00 AM + more

Meal Prep at The Nashville Food Project, California Ave

Located at TNFP's new headquarters, our California Ave kitchen is a bustling of activity as our team works to create countless meals and snacks weekly to be shared along the programming of our partner non-profits! With over 3,000 pounds of donated, rescued, and high quality locally grown food coming into our kitchens every week we need energetic and creative volunteers to help process it all for our meals program! During meal prep volunteers can expect tasks such as washing and chopping fruits and vegetables, making salads, homemade salad dressings and creative healthy snacks. We work in partnership with 30+ organizations to provide 5500 nutritious meals to children, seniors, veterans, and families every week. Each meal prep session will be led by enthusiastic staff and all gloves, aprons, and instructions are provided. As you will be working in a commercial kitchen setting, we ask that all participants wear closed toed shoes and plan to have any longer hair pulled back throughout their volunteer time. Participants will have access to an All Gender restrooms during their service time and our headquarters is ADA accessible for folks 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

8/26/19 10:00 AM + more

Kid's Café at Martha O'Bryan Center

Martha O'Bryan's Family Resource Center hosts Kid's Café every Monday and needs volunteers weekly. The café offers and serves a hot meal to children and families who are in the middle of a food desert located in the heart of James Cayce Homes. Kid's Café not only provides a free meal but it also serves as a space for members of the community to come together and have positive social interactions. We are seeking volunteers who are culturally sensitive, compassionate, and have a heart for service. Kid's Café hours are 4:00pm-5:15pm (including clean up). Volunteers are to arrive at 3:30pm to meet and greet the Family Engagement Program Manager, Anna Herring, at the front desk. All volunteers will sign in and will receive a volunteer badge and an apron. Below is the list of volunteers’ responsibilities: Assisting with Kid's Café setup - Move kitchen equipment, wipe tables, and gather kitchen utensils Setting up food serving station Serving food, snacks, and beverages Having positive interactions with the community members Prior to volunteering, you must complete a background check. We will provide more information once you have signed up. We would love for you to come join us and share in a moment of service and gratitude!

Nashville, TN

8/26/19 3:30 PM + more

Volunteer at Bridgestone Arena Concession Stand

Unite with other 16:10 Now & Then, Inc. volunteers to share in the experience, while listening to hockey and fans of various events cheer with enthusiasm by helping to raise money for 16:1 Now & Then, Inc., a local 501C3 non-profit, serving food and refreshments in a concession stand at a Bridgestone Arena. This helps not only 16:10 Now& Then, but also the Nashville Predators with community service. A 4-hour training is provided on a weekly basis at the Bridgestone Arena. The next training will be on August 21st& August 29, 2019 from 4 pm. No one will be allowed to volunteer at an event until he/she has attended training, per NPO coordinator at Delaware North. Please email Antonio Miller at mantrezmiller491@gmail.com to add your name to the training list. Entrance for training is through the Bridgestone Garage (at the corner of 6th Ave and Demonbreum). There are two paid parking lots for training: church parking lot on 6th Ave (across from Bridgestone Garage) and the Music City Center Garage (between 6th Ave and 8th Ave). A food voucher will be provided during each event. Dress code is black pants, black shirt and comfortable black shoes. A chef’s jacket will be provided which should be worn throughout the entire event.

Nashville, TN

8/26/19 5:00 PM + more

Cold Food Sorting

Volunteers assist with sorting and packing frozen perishable donated food that will enable Second Harvest to provide millions of protein-rich meals each month to our hungry neighbors in middle and west Tennessee. Though the shift typically takes place in a cooler, projects are always subject to change based on current organizational needs. Each volunteer shift begins with a brief orientation about Second Harvest and project-specific training. Volunteers will spend the last 30 minutes of each shift cleaning the volunteer workspace, learning the impact of their hard work and receiving a tour of the facility if desired. Please plan on staying for the entire shift. Due to safety concerns, all volunteers must wear closed-toed shoes (no sandals or flip flops) and clothes appropriate to work in a warehouse environment. It is also recommended to bring a sweatshirt and long pants to work in the 40 degree cooler. Volunteers under the age of 18 MUST have the Youth Volunteer Application signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Nashville, TN

8/26/19 5:30 PM + more

Bilingual Spanish - Digital Inclusion Outreach Assistant - HFF

***MUST BE BILINGUAL SPANISH TO ASSIST WITH THIS OPPORTUNITY*** Do you enjoy working with technology? Are you interested in helping adults learn how to use a computer or mobile device? We are seeking volunteers to help with Nashville Public Library’s Digital Inclusion Outreach Program. The volunteer(s) will work with a staffer to assist seniors with basic digital literacy skills in classes such as Email, Intro to the Internet, Intro to Social Media, Microsoft Office products and NPL online resources for Spanish speakers. Classes will consist of primarily seniors, with 5-10 students per class. Patience is a must for anyone who is interested in helping. Location: Hispanic Family Foundation. We look forward to hearing from you! Thanks!

Nashville, TN

8/26/19 5:45 PM + 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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