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TN Promise Volunteer Day

Are you trying to get your TN promise volunteer hours completed before school starts? We can help you! Join us at the Community Resource Center and help us sort back-to-school basic necessities and get them ready for our partner agencies to give to our at-risk youth throughout Middle Tennessee. We will offer several 4 hour sessions so that you can get your hours completed quickly and efficiently. We will be working in a warehouse so plan to work in cool clothing and bring a water bottle. Skills Needed Willingness to work Good Attitude The mission of the Community Resource Center is to provide basic essentials and small luxuries that improve the lives of Nashville's most vulnerable neighbors...allowing our partner agencies to maintain their focus on their core competencies and services. That is fancy for...we take in new donations from awesome corporate partners, we sort those items and display them in our 'store' so that our awesome nonprofit partners can save money and put the funds that it would costs to buy personal hygiene items, household cleaning supplies, clothing and more right back into their mission.

Nashville, TN

7/16/19 3:00 PM +more

Special Needs Learn-to-Swim Classes (Tuesday PM)

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 lead instructors in the water to train and assist the volunteers. Please watch this brief training video before volunteering with our organization https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2iKQdi_Wlg&t=27s 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

7/16/19 5:00 PM +more

Making CARES Packages

Assemble food bags for clients of Nashville CARES. This is an important service that helps people living with HIV/AIDS to manage their lives more effectively and have access to proper nutrition. Volunteers will pack several hundred bags of dry food (canned, boxed, bagged). We are sent this food in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank, and pack it every week in order to feed our clients. The clients who receive this food are HIV +, and with limited resources. Often they are older, medically fragile, currently unable to hold a job due to medical conditions, or they have a limited food budget due to medical bills. Our weekly food bags are one of the several nutrition programs designed to keep them happy and healthy! With consistent food, clients are more likely to stay healthy in other ways, including taking their medications. This project is open to volunteers age 16 and older. This project does not qualify for court ordered community service hours.

Nashville, TN

8/6/19 5:30 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

7/29/19 5:30 PM +more

Bilingual Spanish - Digital Inclusion Outreach Assistant - Casa Azafrán

***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 adults 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. We look forward to hearing from you! Thanks!

Nashville, TN

7/16/19 5:45 PM +more

Be A Backpack Hero!

Youth Villages’ Backpack Heroes program provides the youth in our Middle TN programs with new backpacks and school supplies for the upcoming school year. Without volunteer donations and support, these youth would not have any school supplies. You can be a Backpack Hero by organizing a back-to-school drive with your company, office, civic organization, place of worship, neighborhood or with your friends and family. We ask that only new backpacks and school supplies be collected and donated because we believe every child should have a new backpack to start a new school year. Everything you collect can be dropped off at the Youth Villages office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., through Monday, July 29. Please Express Interest to be a Backpack Hero and receive a list of school supplies needed for the 2019-2020 school year!

Nashville, TN

7/17/19 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

7/19/19 2:00 PM +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

7/24/19 8:45 AM +more

Summer Foot Clinic

Every Wednesday our outreach workers, interns, and volunteers provide foot clinics for our friends experiencing homelessness in downtown Nashville. Outreach Wednesdays provide a place of rest and care. Many health problems show up first in feet and many people who spend a lot of time on their feet each day need special care of their feet from aches and infections. We also provide clean socks, snacks, cold water and other supplies to our friends.

Nashville, TN

7/31/19 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

7/22/19 9:00 AM +more

Food Bank Volunteer

Help us make sure our hungry neighbors have access to the food they need. We need help packing food boxes during our hours of operation. Specifically, we 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 doing this as a Corporate entity or as individual, please contact St. Luke's regarding wearing branded materials for prior approval. With the delicate nature of the clients we serve, we want to make sure they are comfortable and not put at risk. Lunch included! Great company! Fun working environment! St. Luke’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.

Nashville, TN

7/17/19 9:00 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.

Nashville, TN

8/21/19 9:30 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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Hands On Nashville is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. No person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.