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Hands On Nashville's programs, partnerships and services maximize volunteer impact in greater Nashville. By supporting those who help others, we meet community needs through volunteerism.

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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

2/27/20 8:30 AM + more

Donations Sorting and Organizing

Volunteers are needed to assist Nurses for Newborns (NFN) with sorting infant and toddler clothing, diapers, and infant formula donations. By having clothing and supplies presorted and prepared, nurses are able to spend more time where it counts - with their clients. Your assistance with this project helps to ensure the organization can continue providing efficient services to eight Middle TN counties. Nurses for Newborns of Tennessee provides a safety net for families most at-risk in order to prevent infant mortality, child abuse and neglect by providing in-home nursing visits which promote healthcare, education, and positive parenting skills. Volunteer Requirements: Please note that this volunteer opportunity is not suitable for children 9 and under. Ages 10 to 15 must be accompanied by an adult and have a waiver signed by his/her legal guardian Ages 16 to 17 can volunteer without an adult but must have a waiver signed by his/her legal guardian Ages 18+ must have a signed waiver Please download the waiver for each person volunteering, complete, and bring with you on your chosen day to volunteer. Waivers will also be available to complete upon arrival the day of volunteering but please note, anyone ages 17 and under must have his/her legal guardian sign the form.

Nashville, TN

2/26/20 12:30 PM + 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

2/26/20 1:00 PM + more

Digital Inclusion Outreach Assistant - Cumberland View Towers

Do you enjoy working with technology? Are you interested in helping senior adults learn how to use a mobile device? We are seeking volunteers to help with Nashville Public Library’s Senior Tech Academy. The volunteer will work with a staffer to assist adults at the Center learning how to use an Android Tablet. Our staffer needs help assisting adults learning basic digital skills, such as how to use a mouse and connecting to wi-fi. Classes will consist of primarily seniors, with 5-10 students per class. Patience is a must for anyone who is interested in helping. The Nashville Public Library system consists of 20 branch libraries and a Main Library. Special features include: a collection of more than 1.3 million circulating items for all ages, and access to other libraries' collections through InterLibrary Loan; approximately 600 public-use computers, and Internet access; several special collections, including business, local history, and periodicals indexes; reference assistance available by telephone; on-going classes and programming for all ages; Metropolitan Government Archives; Special Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing; and the Talking Library, a radio reading service for the print disabled.

Nashville, TN

2/26/20 1:15 PM

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

2/26/20 2:00 PM + more

Special Needs Swim Team Practice 2019-2020

This is a swim team practice for people with special needs. During practice, participants will be swimming laps as instructed by designated Nashville Dolphins coaches. Volunteers will be on deck cheering for the swimmers and helping deliver instruction with the help of the coaches. For the best experience, wear a swimsuit (and bring a towel) to jump in and join the fun! No previous swim team experience is required. We just ask that you help us keep the energy high and the experience a positive one for all who are present. The mission of Dolphin Aquatics is to provide year-round swim instruction, training, competition, social activities, and travel at no cost to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them life-long opportunities to develop physical fitness, build confidence, develop friendships, and experience the joy and pride of being part of a team.

Nashville, TN

2/26/20 3:00 PM + more

Connect with Napier Elementary

Napier Elementary is a school that serves two public housing communities. The school serves 300 students whereby 98% of those students are minority and 90% of those students are economically disadvantaged. Our 2nd-4th grade students have an awesome opportunity to receive a free laptop and two years FREE internet sponsored by MDHA. The MDHA's connect home project is committed to narrowing the digital divide for the students and families in the Napier Place and Tony Sudekum Apartments. WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!!!!! The students receiving the computer must complete a 2 day computer workshop. We need volunteers to help assist our students and families work with their brand new computers. Volunteers DO NOT have to be computer experts; however, assisting them through the startup, passwords sections, and downloading the information that is recommended by the Facilitator are some the reasons we need volunteers.

Nashville, TN

2/26/20 3:30 PM + more

Special Needs Swim Lessons Spring 2020

These swim classes are designed to teach basic swimming skills to people with special needs who need assistance in the water. Nashville Dolphins Lead Instructors are in the water conducting swim lessons, and volunteers are in the water assisting the instructors. The Lead Instructors will demonstrate the best ways to communicate and work with each particular swimmer, then give direction to the volunteers on how to work hands-on with the participant. No previous swimming or teaching experience is required. We just ask that you help us keep the energy high and the experience a positive one for all who are present. The mission of Nashville Dolphins is to bring the physical and emotional benefits of swimming to people with special needs regardless of age, ability, or financial circumstances.

Nashville, TN

2/26/20 5:00 PM + more

Vanderbilt Commodores Baseball

Come on, play like a champion, and slide into play with Living Development Concepts, Inc as we serve the baseball fans hotdogs, popcorn and more. Volunteering at a concessions stand is more than serving refreshments; it's team work and victory comes to those who play. Let’s get into play and cheer the fans on.

Nashville, TN

2/26/20 5:30 PM

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

2/26/20 5:30 PM + more

Food Bank delivery and stocking

Inspiritus food bank receives a delivery of canned goods and food every Thursday. Volunteer are needed to help move these items inside and stock them on shelves. This requires lifting up to 25lbs.

Nashville, TN

2/27/20 8:00 AM + more

Food Bank Volunteer

St. Luke’s Community House's mission is to create a community where children, families, and seniors from different backgrounds can easily access the resources needed to live fulfilling lives. St. Luke’s five core values are Community, Dignity, Respect, Integrity and Sustainability. St. Luke's serves as a Food Bank site for Second Harvest Food Bank here in West Nashville. We are Second Harvest Food Bank's largest food distribution, which means we are also in need of volunteers! Volunteers help pack food boxes during our hours of operation, sort the food items and help keep the food bank organized and running efficiently. Lunch is provided for each volunteer. We especially need volunteers every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, as well as the fourth Friday of the month. We could also utilize support from volunteers who can be available to substitute when regularly-scheduled volunteers cannot come in. If you plan on volunteering as a Corporate entity or individual, wearing company-branded materials is prohibited unless otherwise approved by St. Luke's Community House. With the delicate nature of the clients we serve, we want to make sure they are comfortable and not put at risk.

Nashville, TN

3/4/20 9:00 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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