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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

9/19/19 9:00 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

9/19/19 11:00 AM + more

Musicians Corner Concert Volunteer

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: Musicians Corner is a program of the non-profit organization The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park, which supports emerging artists, and provides inclusive arts enrichment and educational programming for adults and youth. Musicians Corner presents free music events in Nashville’s downtown Centennial Park in partnership with the City of Nashville and local music industry, showcasing over 1,000 artists since its inception in 2010, and presenting legends like Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. As part of the Centennial Park Restoration, a permanent home was built for Musicians Corner, as a cultural meeting place of community engagement that promotes arts education, supports artists, and fosters a love of the arts among adults and children. OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION: Musicians Corner is seeking eager volunteers to assist with their 2019 concert events. These concerts are free to the community and we can’t make them happen without your help! There are many opportunities to lend a hand throughout the 2019 Musicians Corner season. Volunteers work alongside our interns and full-time staff to assist with: Audience Surveys Parking Lot Monitoring Merchandise Station(s) Water and Beverage Station(s) Specific roles will be assigned on-site the day of the event. Training and assistance will be given when you arrive. All volunteers are required to bring a Volunteer Release Form with them to each event. Dress Code: Please wear comfortable clothing that is appropriate for a family-friendly event. Keep in mind that this is an outdoor event. Shoes must be closed toe. Be sure to sign in when you arrive in order to receive credit. We take our volunteer opportunities seriously, and we expect the same from our volunteers. Please review the below guidelines if you wish to volunteer: Please arrive on time. Plan to be on-site early so that you have time to locate parking and walk to the predetermined meeting location. We encourage minimal cell phone use while volunteering. If you must take an emergency call, please make sure that someone is covering your area before stepping away to answer. Please arrive ready to work as though you were attending a regular paid job. If, for some reason, you are unable to perform the task assigned to you, we will place you in another area with a different task available. If you are unwilling to perform the tasks asked of you, you may be dismissed. We expect you to take your volunteer duties seriously. Volunteers that are new to the organization will receive a free Musicians Corner t-shirt. By signing up, you are assisting the local nonprofit The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park, your community, and the preservation of Centennial Park, all while enjoying great live music! This project does not qualify for court-ordered community service.

Nashville, TN

9/19/19 1:00 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

9/19/19 1:00 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

9/19/19 4:00 PM + more

Feeding the Hungry

At the Thursday Night Community Meals at St. Johns UMC, we host a free nutritious meal in a safe, friendly, and caring environment to a diverse group of clients at-risk of hunger and some who are suffering from homelessness. Most of the diners live along the West Nashville corridor and Charlotte Avenue, although some regularly travel across town from other neighborhoods. Volunteers help with last minute preparations, serve the meal, help clean up and hopefully, chat with our guests. Please wear comfortable, casual clothing.

Nashville, TN

9/19/19 4:30 PM + 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

9/23/19 9:00 AM + more

Blind Bowling Night- Donelson Bowling Center

Join our weekly fellowship with Blind Bowling on Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 P.M.! Volunteers will assist sight impaired bowlers during the evening to help guide MTCB members around the bowling alley, help them on their lane, to restrooms, concessions, and transportation; and maybe even enjoy a few games themselves. Come have a good night of fun and enjoyment!

Nashville, TN

10/10/19 5:30 PM + more

Bilingual Spanish - Digital Inclusion Outreach Assistant - Conexión Americas

***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! 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

9/19/19 5:45 PM + more

Special Needs Swim Team Practice 2019-2020 (Tuesday/Thursday Evenings)

Volunteers stay on deck and ensure that the swimmers keep moving, know what they are supposed to be doing, that they are having fun, etc. There will always be a head coach at practice leading it, and volunteers will assist the head coach. No swim team or swim coach experience is required! 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

9/19/19 6:30 PM + more

Mobile Shower Volunteer

Help us provide mobile showers and hygiene supplies to individuals in need by becoming a mobile shower volunteer! Volunteer tasks: Check-in guests. Hand out hygiene supplies. Clean showers between guests. Enjoy spending time with our shower guests! Any questions about this opportunity please use the link next to Meredith’s name below. Shower The People’s primary purpose is to show love by providing mobile shower facilities to homeless individuals in the community. We believe that a shower is an essential part of a person’s well-being and self-worth. Our focus will be on the homeless community of Nashville, TN. However, we may also be available for disaster relief assistance and other outreach efforts.

Nashville, TN

9/19/19 7:00 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

9/20/19 8:45 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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