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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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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

1/20/20 1:00 PM + more

Volunteer Orientation

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 TGCR! Attend our Volunteer Orientation and get ready for some reuse magic at Turnip Green Creative Reuse! At the Volunteer Orientation interested volunteers will meet at TGCR and will get a full tour of the shop! Volunteers will also become familiar with the various volunteer tasks available to them. They will learn how to sign in and out upon arrival, how to sign up for shifts, and work alongside staff to provide a welcoming and inclusive experience for all. Hands-on demonstrations of different processing needs will be provided so all volunteers will be comfortable with tasks. Volunteers will be able to sign up for their first volunteer shift/opportunity and ask any questions. This opportunity is available to those with young children and teens as well!

Nashville, TN

1/19/20 2:00 PM + more

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

1/19/20 2:00 PM + more

Vanderbilt Commodores Basketball

Be a champion and bounce in with our organization at the Vanderbilt Commodores Basketball Games. Working at a concession stand can be lots of fun. It's more the serving hot dogs and peanuts: it's being a part of the crowed and cheering the team on.

Nashville, TN

1/19/20 3:00 PM + more

MLK Day Furniture Assembly for McGruder Family Resource Center

Join Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps members in service benefiting McGruder Family Resource Center! Volunteers will assemble beautiful lounge/rocking chairs, side tables and storage units to help McGruder Family Resource Center spruce up their patio and computer lab areas. These items will allow for easy organization of supplies and offer families that frequent McGruder comfortable places to relax and work! Volunteers should wear close-toed shoes and dress comfortably. Water will be provided, but volunteers are welcome to bring a water bottle!

Nashville, TN

1/20/20 9:00 AM

MLK Day Tree Planting with the Cumberland River Compact

Come join us for a volunteer tree planting this MLK Day to help benefit an assisted living center! When: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 20th, 2020 9:00am - 12:00pm What to bring: a reusable water bottle. Closed-toe shoes are required, and boots are recommended. Please dress in warm layers that you don't mind getting dirty. What we provide: Work gloves, tools, water, and snacks If you have any questions, please email Gray Perry by clicking "email this contact" below. Thank you for volunteering with us, and check us out online! Cumberland River Compact OR Root Nashville

Nashville, TN

1/20/20 9:00 AM

MLK Jr. Day of Service with The Nashville Food Project

Join The Nashville Food Project for a special day of service in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr! Participants will join us at our headquarters for coffee and a short program featuring Simba the Poet before being assigned to one of three service opportunities in the area (either garden service or meal prep tasks). Participants will engage in service opportunities led by TNFP staff. All activities support TNFP's mission of community food security. This day of service is open to people of all abilities. Please contact Elizabeth below for accommodation information and arrangements! Following service opportunities, all participants will share in a community meal prepared by the kitchens of The Nashville Food Project. Day of Service Schedule: 9-10 AM Coffee, Welcome and Opening Program with a performance by Simba the Poet 10 AM-Noon Meal Prep and Garden Service Noon-1:00 PM Lunch and Closing Reflections We ask that participants plan to be available for the entirety of the time listed. All participants should wear closed-toed shoes, comfortable work clothing and bring a water bottle. Any long hair should be pulled back throughout the day of service for health and safety. We look forward to having you join us for this special event!

Nashville, TN

1/20/20 9:00 AM

Recycle Roundup Team Member

The Tennessee Environmental Council is working with the City of Oak Hill to spread recycling awareness through our Recycle Right Oak Hill program. In partnership with Unity of Nashville we are hosting a recycle round up. Through this event we will help residents of Oak Hill understand the recycling policies of their community and will help residents sort their hard to recycle recyclables (like computers, clothes, and phones). We need volunteers to assist people who are dropping off their recyclables; there will be two different volunteer roles, please email Ezra Schley if you have a preference for a certain role. Recycling Guard- We need at least 2 volunteers to monitor what goes into the recycling bins to ensure that there are no contaminants--also help educate participants how to recycle right Moving Assistant- These 3-4 volunteers will help participants unload their recyclables from their vehicles and help carry them to the drop off location

Nashville, TN

1/20/20 9:30 AM

Assemble Care Packages for Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness

Join Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps members in celebrating MLK Day 2020 by engaging in service! Volunteers will assemble care packages for young adults experiencing homelessness in the Nashville area. Volunteers will also write encouraging notes to be included in each care package. All materials will be provided, but community members are encouraged to donate needed items before January 20 by contacting Hands On Nashville or emailing the opportunity coordinator. This project will be led by Mary and Ellen, two of Hands On Nashville's AmeriCorps members. AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs. Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps members build capacity for Nashville nonprofits and strengthen the Nashville community. About our partner: Nashville Launch Pad's mission is to create a network of temporary safer sleeping shelters for homeless youth 18-24 years of age, which are open and affirming to LGBTQ youth. Thanks to our sponsors, Little Seed Farm and Publix, for their support of the Nashville community.

Nashville, TN

1/20/20 10:00 AM

Grab the Litter and Keep our Waterways Clean!

Do you want to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with service to your community? Are you looking to extend your impact beyond MLK Day? Come volunteer with Richland Creek Watershed Alliance (RCWA) and learn about how you can grab litter in your neighborhoods to prevent it from washing into our streams, creeks, and rivers! Litter is one of the most critical issues for urban waterways, as everything that that is dripped, dropped, or spilled on the pavement is washed through the storm sewer system into the waterways. Each volunteer will get a #grabthelitter bag to take home and reuse many times, as well as facts and tips about our #grabthelitter campaign so they can continue this practice beyond MLKI day and make a lasting collective impact on our waterways. Volunteers will then independently fill their #grabthelitter bag by collecting litter along the Richland Creek Greenway (or wherever they choose). With volunteer's help, RCWA will then sort the litter into trash and recycling and take it to the proper disposal location. For more information, please visit https://richlandcreek.org/event/mlk-day/

Nashville, TN

1/20/20 11:00 AM

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

1/21/20 5:30 PM + more

Rise Against Hunger - Warehouse Volunteering (easy and fun!)

Behind the Scenes Warehouse Help! Our fun and exciting meal packaging experience isn't the only fun way to help Rise Against Hunger. Join one of our team members at our Nashville warehouse where we clean, organize and prepare our supplies and equipment for the next event. This involves washing and wiping down equipment, stacking and arranging bins and bags of ingredients, and on occasion counting or stickering supplies. We will have a few tasks for individuals with limited physical abilities, but we always need people who are capable of lift up to 50lbs on occasion. This is a warehouse so volunteers will want to wear closed-toe shoes and dress casually. We offer this most Mondays, please sign up (express interest) and come ready to have some fun with our crew! Someone will confirm shortly as sometimes we need to cancel an evening due to a holiday or if we have events at the same time. GROUPS: Currently, we're offering this on Monday nights, but if you have a group of 10-20 and have another day of the week or time that you'd like to volunteer let us know and we'd love to work with you.

Nashville, TN

1/20/20 6:00 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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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.