Volunteer Programs

Through Hands On Nashville's volunteer programs, we build capacity for our community and corporate partners, and public volunteers. By developing relationships between community organizations and those who serve, volunteers can increase their impact on the community.

COLLECTIVE VOLUNTEERISM is a collaborative, neighborhood-focused approach to meeting needs through service. Rooted in the Collective Impact model, CV brings together a diverse group of stakeholders to address a pressing issue through volunteerism by defining a desired goal, identifying shared resources and implementing a plan of action.

The COMMUNITY PARTNER PROGRAM builds capacity for its members by providing:

  • Technology - Post, manage, and track volunteer opportunities via the online calendar at HON.org, which is accessed by nearly 11,000 unique visitors per month.
  • Marketing and exposure - Increased visibility of volunteer events, in-kind donation requests and court-ordered referral needs via HON's website, social media and newsletter.
  • Volunteer management support - Volunteer program troubleshooting, brainstorming, technical training and community partner consulting sessions led by HON's volunteer management experts.

The CORPORATE PARTNER PROGRAM (CPP) is a fee-for-service model that enables community-minded businesses to give back by providing:

  • Volunteer event management - Honors the size, interests and budget of the business client through the creation of customized days of service. Designed to build capacity for the benefitting partner, projects include facility renovations, construction projects, art installations, direct service and more. 
  • Volunteer placement – Creates customized volunteer opportunity calendars for business clients that support the day-to-day operational needs of HON’s community partners.

ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION volunteers contribute to waterway cleanups, invasive species removal, and tree planting with local nonprofits and community partners. 

HOME ENERGY SAVINGS (HES) volunteers improve the energy efficiency of homes owned by Nashvillians living on low incomes. Through HES, volunteers install improvements that increase comfort and decrease utility costs, resulting in an average savings of $390 per year for HES residents. Since 2011, 275 homeowners have saved an estimated $275,000 thanks to Hands On Nashville volunteers. 

The HON URBAN FARM & GREENHOUSE serve as shared community resources and learning spaces for volunteers to grow gardening skills, learn about restorative agriculture, and help provide nutritious food for others. Starts for the HON Urban Farm, a five-acre space in South Nashville, are grown at the Humana Greenhouse, which operates through a partnership with Glencliff High School. Ultimately, harvested items are donated to The Nashville Food Project, a HON community partner that distributes produce to more than 30 Middle Tennessee agencies. 

The VOLUNTEER CATALYST, a partnership between Hands On Nashville, Center for Nonprofit Management and Points of Light, uses the Service Enterprise Initiative to build nonprofit capacity and better address community needs through volunteerism. With effective volunteer management on their side, organizations can enhance leadership, become more adaptable, sustainable and scalable.



SUSTAINABILITY FOR VOLUNTEERS: Whether you bring a reusable water bottle or carpool with friends, there are a few simple things you can do to ensure that your volunteerism has a big impact in our community, but leaves a small footprint on the environment. We strive to make as many of our volunteer projects as low-impact on the environment as possible by providing on-site recycling when possible, disposing of materials responsibly and using bottled water as seldom as possible.

LEED® SILVER CERTIFICATION: The Hands On Nashville office achieved LEED Silver for our adaptive reuse of space located in one of the historic “trolley barns” on Rolling Mill Hill. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a third-party green rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. Some of the green features of our space include low-flow water fixtures, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) with motion sensors, low volatile organic compound (VOC) paints, onsite recycling, Energy Star® appliances, and recycled content materials. 



A portion of profits from Go Green Home Services supports Hands On Nashville’s Home Energy Savings Program and its efforts to make energy-saving improvements in homes owned by Nashvillians living on a low-income. Learn more here and at www.gogreennashville.com