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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

10/18/19 8:30 AM + more

Digital Inclusion Outreach Assistant - Hadley Park Community Center

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 at Hadley Park Community Center. The volunteer will work with a staffer to assist adults at the Center learn how to use an Android Tablet. Our staffer needs help assisting adults learn 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.

Nashville, TN

10/18/19 8:45 AM + more

ELL One-on-One Tutor Training

We are looking for volunteer tutors to work with our adult immigrant learners to improve their English reading, writing, and conversational fluency. One-on-One tutors meet with their learner two to three hours per week at a public location (such as a library, community center, coffee shop, etc.) at a time of their choosing. One-on-One Tutors are required to commit to meet with their learner for at least six months. This of course doesn’t mean that a week cannot be missed; we understand people go out of town and things come up. No prior teaching or tutoring experience is required. Please click the express interest button to start the conversation or to get more information. The Nashville Adult Literacy Council helps adults to improve their reading and English skills, thereby improving our community. Currently one in eight Nashville adults is unable to read. The NALC is essential to the educational gains of adults across Nashville and will help build a community of adults empowered through literacy.

Nashville, TN

10/18/19 9:00 AM + more

Grow Gardens with The Nashville Food Project (Haywood, South Nash)

The Nashville Food Project’s Haywood Lane garden supports Growing Together, TNFP’s market garden program, which expands access and opportunity to growers from agrarian backgrounds. Through this program, farmers gain access to land, inputs, seeds and training, building upon their existing skills to earn personal income through the sale of their produce. This garden space is multipurpose as it functions as a classroom and experiential learning space for the farmers and their families, a space to reconnect with the land and cultural traditions, and a community space to connect with each other and build relationships. By helping TNFP's staff maintain the communal spaces and ongoing projects, volunteers play an integral role in the success of the market garden program. Garden tasks at Haywood Lane vary with the seasons and often include site management tasks such as weeding, mulching, mowing, as well as planting, weeding, composting and harvesting in our demonstration plot. 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 or sunscreen and hats when it is warm. 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! Whether you have never stepped foot in a garden or are an experienced farmer, we welcome and encourage all skill levels to join us in working 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

10/18/19 9:00 AM + 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

10/18/19 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

10/18/19 9:00 AM + more

Future Dolphins 2019: Learn-to-Swim Classes (Friday afternoon)

This group is our most basic learn to swim program. These kids have little to no swimming ability and are in the water working one on one with volunteers. Each child is working on individualized skills and classes are 30 minutes long. Volunteers will be in the water working with the swimmers. Volunteers are not required to have a swimming background. There are multiple lead instructors in the water to train and assist the volunteers. Please watch this short introductory training video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2iKQdi_Wlg and express interest below. 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

10/18/19 4:00 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

10/25/19 4:00 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

10/18/19 6:00 PM

Tennessee School for the Blind Goalball Invitational

The Tennessee School for the Blind will be hosting a Goalball tournament the weekend of October 18th and 19th. Games will be played Friday from 6p - 8:30p, and Saturday from 8am - 8p. Goalball is a blind specific sport and is always a lot of fun. Check it out on youtube if you are unfamiliar with the game. Volunteers need not have any experience. We will need help with retrieving out of bounds balls, keeping time, and marking high balls. Come help when you can for as long as you can!

Nashville, TN

10/19/19 8:00 AM

Junior Dolphins 2019: Intermediate Swim Classes (Saturday Mornings)

The Junior Dolphin swim classes are for our intermediate swimmers. This group requires volunteers to be in the water and we work both one on one with the swimmers and as a group. There are 2-3 lead instructors at these practices helping assist volunteers in the water as well. These swimmers can swim some distances on their own but still need help with their stroke, endurance, and following directions. There will be a specific skill each week that volunteers will work with the swimmers on. The Nashville Dolphins provide FREE swim programs to children and adults with special needs. Please watch this short introductory training video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2iKQdi_Wlg and express interest below.

Nashville, TN

10/19/19 8:45 AM + more

Join The Little Pantry Family

Join us each Saturday to assist our guests who come to shop at The Little Pantry. You will be able to work one-on-one with our shoppers and truly make a difference. Each week we provide groceries, free of charge, to approximately 200 families. Prepare to have fun and become a part of the LP Family! **ALL VOLUNTEER PARKING IS 1 BLOCK AWAY SO PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE EARLY** See your reminder email or team captain (if coming as a group) for exact parking location. Please understand that the volunteer shift is 9-1 so please plan to arrive on time for orientation and stay the whole shift. Without YOU we aren't able to assist our families.

Nashville, TN

11/9/19 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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