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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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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

2/24/20 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

2/24/20 11:00 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

2/24/20 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 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

2/24/20 9:00 AM + more

Diaper Bank Volunteer

The mission of Nashville Diaper Connection is to ensure that every baby in Nashville has enough diapers to remain clean, dry and healthy. Our diaper bank provides emergency and supplemental supplies of infant/toddler diapers for our most vulnerable neighbors. Volunteers are needed to help with several projects. Projects include: Counting diapers Wrapping diapers Packaging wrapped diapers Labeling and organizing packages for distribution to our community partners Some warehouse opportunities Comfortable clothes and closed toe shoes are suggested. Most opportunities take place inside, so no need to worry about the weather.

Nashville, TN

3/9/20 10:00 AM + more

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

2/24/20 10:00 AM + more

Kid's Café at Martha O'Bryan Center

Martha O'Bryan's Family Resource Center hosts Kid's Café every Monday and needs volunteers weekly. The café offers and serves a hot meal to children and families who are in the middle of a food desert located in the heart of James Cayce Homes. Kid's Café not only provides a free meal but it also serves as a space for members of the community to come together and have positive social interactions. We are seeking volunteers who are culturally sensitive, compassionate, and have a heart for service. Kid's Café hours are 4:00pm-5:15pm (including clean up). Volunteers are to arrive at 3:30pm to meet and greet the Family Engagement Program Manager, Anna Herring, at the front desk. All volunteers will sign in and will receive a volunteer badge and an apron. Below is the list of volunteers’ responsibilities: Assisting with Kid's Café setup - Move kitchen equipment, wipe tables, and gather kitchen utensils Setting up food serving station Serving food, snacks, and beverages Having positive interactions with the community members Prior to volunteering, you must complete a background check. We will provide more information once you have signed up. We would love for you to come join us and share in a moment of service and gratitude!

Nashville, TN

2/24/20 3:30 PM + more

Special Needs Swim Lessons Spring 2020

These swim classes are designed to teach basic swimming skills to people with special needs who need assistance in the water. Nashville Dolphins Lead Instructors are in the water conducting swim lessons, and volunteers are in the water assisting the instructors. The Lead Instructors will demonstrate the best ways to communicate and work with each particular swimmer, then give direction to the volunteers on how to work hands-on with the participant. No previous swimming or teaching experience is required. We just ask that you help us keep the energy high and the experience a positive one for all who are present. The mission of Nashville Dolphins is to bring the physical and emotional benefits of swimming to people with special needs regardless of age, ability, or financial circumstances.

Nashville, TN

2/24/20 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

3/3/20 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

2/24/20 6:00 PM

Digital Inclusion Outreach Assistant - Hickory Hollow Towers

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

2/25/20 1:30 PM + more

Grow Gardens with The Nashville Food Project - Community Farm at Mill Ridge

The Nashville Food Project gardens are vibrant growing spaces that supply organic produce for our meal programs and host community-garden plots. 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. We are a full-circle organization; growing, cooking, and serving 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. High quality produce from these gardens goes to those with little or no access to fresh, healthy foods. Garden tasks vary with the seasons and may include planting, weeding, composting or 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

2/25/20 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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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.