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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

11/12/19 1:00 AM + more

Waiting Room Attendant

This opportunity gives volunteers a chance to learn about NeedLink, engaging with our clients and helping the application intake process run smoothly. Tasks will include: signing clients in, answering questions, handing out applications, sending clients back to see social worker and may include some light office work (stapling, organizing, shredding). Court ordered volunteers are accepted for the 8 to 10 a.m. shifts only.

Nashville, TN

11/12/19 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

11/12/19 8:30 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 long 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 a 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

11/12/19 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

11/12/19 9:00 AM + more

Digital Inclusion Outreach Assistant - Mathew Walker Comprehensive Health 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 Digital Literacy classes at Mathew Walker Comprehensive Health Center. The volunteer will work with a staffer to assist adults with learning 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

11/19/19 10:00 AM + more

Store Crew

The LP PENCIL Box is a resource center for MNPS teachers to shop for free supplies to take back to their classroom. On average, a teacher shopper leaves with around $300 in great stuff for their students. As a volunteer with The LP PENCIL Box Store Crew, you will assist teacher shoppers check in and check out. Your primary responsibilities include restocking shelves with educational goodies, loading teachers cars with free stuff, and preparing donations for re-distribution. No day at The LP PENCIL Box is ever the same! Come join our Store Crew and make a difference in the lives of public school kids across Nashville.

Nashville, TN

11/16/19 12:00 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

12/3/19 5:30 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

11/12/19 6:30 PM + 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

11/13/19 9:00 AM + more

Future Dolphins 2019: Learn-to-Swim Classes (Wednesday mornings)

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

11/13/19 10:00 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. 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

11/20/19 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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