Court-ordered Community Service

Hands On Nashville serves as a resource for volunteers needing to complete court-ordered service – helping to connect individuals with meaningful opportunities that contribute to the community.




We ask that inquiring volunteers please keep the following in mind:

  • HON does not directly provide court-ordered volunteer opportunities or verify hours. Many of our community partners do offer this service.
  • Individuals MUST directly contact the organization with which they serve to begin the volunteer process. Contact information is provided below.
  • HON’s partner organizations may accept or reject court-ordered volunteers. Type of offense or volunteer age may prevent acceptance. Most organizations will only provide service hours for minor offenses. Exceptions are noted below.
  • It can take time to get connected with an organization and complete court-ordered hours. Our partners do NOT accept walk-in volunteers. Please keep this in mind and start well ahead of any deadlines.



Review the list below for partner organizations that accept court-ordered volunteers. These organizations address a wide variety of causes, so we encourage you to find one that is important to you.


2nd Chance 4 Pets has volunteer opportunities for individuals with advanced skills and experience in writing, editing, grant research, internet research, or creative design. All volunteer opportunities are virtual. Community service volunteers are required to submit weekly timecards and meet realistic project deadlines. A 4-week, 40-hour minimum commitment is required of all community service volunteers. Signed court letters are provided after the total number of hours agreed to are completed successfully. For more information or to apply to volunteer, please contact

AA Friendship House is located on 202 23rd Avenue North. Contact Lisa at (615) 327-3909. (No juvenile volunteers.)

Arthritis Foundation has opportunities available. Please contact Heather Watts at (615) 4260-0645.

Discovery Place is located 35 miles west of Nashville in Burns, TN. and has the most need for volunteers in the fall. Contact Christie Guire at (615) 740-8600 or

Domestic Violence Program and Sexual Assault Services is located in Murfreesboro, TN. Contact Kara Mischke at (No volunteers with theft charges or violent offenses).

Habitat for Humanity ReStores of Greater Nashville provides opportunities for court/school/housing ordered community service. They do not accept any form of theft/predatory service hours. Truancy, curfew, school ordered, housing ordered, DUI, and traffic violations are all accepted. To be considered, one must complete a meeting at the Habitat ReStore and provide court paperwork before starting. Contact Dave Jaeger at or call (615) 942-1276. ReStore hours are 9:00am - 5:30pm Monday - Saturday.

Hope Clinic for Women is located near the West End neighborhood in Nashville. Contact Missi Mitchell at (615) 627-2790.

Insight Counseling Center is located near St. Thomas West Hospital. Contact Abbie Culbertson at (615) 383-2115 ext. 21.

Luke 14:12 is located in in the dining room of Room In The Inn. Contact Alec Miller

Matthew 25 is located on Benton Ave in South Nashville, near Wedgewood Avenue. You must be 21 years old to volunteer and be able to clean and fold laundry. They do not accept former sex offenders. Volunteer opportunities take place on weekdays only. Contact Jamie Hodge at 615-383-9577.

Metro Nashville Beautification & Environmental Commission has opportunities throughout Nashville. Contact Adrienne Russell at 615-862-8418.

NAMI Davidson County is located on Kermit Drive in Nashville. Volunteers opportunities are only available on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers must make an appointment in order to complete service hours. Contact Robin Nobling at (615) 891-4724.

Open Table Nashville ​works across Davidson County. Contact .  

Penuel Ridge Retreat Center is located in Ashland City (Cheatham County). Evening hours are not available. Contact Laura Valentine at (615) 792-3734.

Percy Priest Lake (US Army Corps of Engineers) is located in the Donelson/Hermitage area. Opportunities are available Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Work is generally outdoors consisting of minor maintenance. Volunteers must be 18 or older. No violent or sexual offenders. Contact Park Ranger Luke Navarro at (615) 889-1975.

Pet Community Center is located in East Nashville. Opportunities may be limited. Volunteers must call to discuss community service opportunities. No volunteers with theft charges or violent offenses. Contact Courtney at or (615) 512-5001.

Radnor Lake State Natural Area is located on Otter Creek Rd. Contact Steve Ward at or (615) 636-5460.

Second Harvest Food Bank is located in MetroCenter. Volunteers must be 18 years old. Volunteers with any kind of the following charges (past or present) are not eligible to complete their hours at Second Harvest: theft, sexual assault or misconduct, violent crime. Court-ordered community service is available Monday through Friday. Shifts are from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Sign up online here.

Shower The People is a mobile shower bus for the homeless that operates all over the Metro area. Contact Meredith MacLeod at (704)338-2845.

Tennessee Valley Healthcare System Voluntary Service is located near Vanderbilt University. No violent or sexual offenders.  Contact Thomas Gallagher at (615) 873-7477.

The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring is located in Murfreesboro, TN. Volunteers must be over 18 years old and call to make an appointment to serve. No volunteers with theft charges or violent offenses. Contact Eric Talbot at (615) 890-2300 ext. 242.

The Family Center is located in Davidson and Rutherford counties. Opportunities may be limited and volunteers must call to make an appointment to serve. Contact Christian Anda at (615) 333-2644.

The Little Pantry That Could​ is located in North Nashville, and accepts all levels of court ordered volunteers. Contact Stacy Downey at (615) 260-5769.

ThriftSmart is located on Nolensville Road. Court ordered service workers must attend an orientation prior to volunteering. Forty-five minute orientations are held Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. at the store. Service letters will not be provided if you do not attend an orientation. Contact Bruce Krapf at (615) 833-8200 to schedule an orientation.