Hands On Nashville
Build stronger communities through service
Build stronger communities through service
Build stronger communities through service

Volunteer Programs

Here at Hands On Nashville, we believe it is important to be stewards of the environment in our efforts to engage volunteers in service. Our volunteer-driven programs and initiatives aim to promote healthy and sustainable communities. Click below to learn more.

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. 

URBAN AGRICULTURE volunteers gain gardening skills, learn about sustainable agriculture, healthy eating choices, and help address our city's food access issues. Much of the Urban Agriculture Program's activity occurs at HON's five-acre Urban Farm in South Nashville, where harvested produce is donated to local nonprofits that serve low-income communities. In 2017, Hands On Nashville and Metro Nashville Public Schools opened the Humana Greenhouse at Glencliff High School, a shared urban agricultural resource benefiting the surrounding community.

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

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.

MAYOR’S WORKPLACE CHALLENGE: In April 2015, Hands On Nashville was named a Hall of Fame recipient for the Mayor's Workplace Challenge. The Challenge, started in 2012, is a city initiative to recognize and encourage places of work in three areas that contribute to a high quality of life: being green, healthy and involved in the community. It is the first citywide challenge of its kind in the nation. Learn more and register your organization for the Mayor's Workplace Challenge here.

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. 

Sustainability Report Card:*

$390 :: Average annual economic savings per HES homeowner  

    275+:: Homes received energy upgrades

$275,000:: Estimated combined savings of HES Homeowners

2,300 :: Pounds of produce grown and  harvested at the HON Urban Farm in 2014

200+ :: Miles of waterway assessed through our Waterway Restoration Program

30.6 :: Miles of waterway cleaned up and improved through our Waterway Restoration Program

294.2 :: Tons (588,400 pounds) of debris and trash removed through our Waterway Restoration Program

7,237+ :: Trees planted through our Waterway Restoration Program

59 :: Rain gardens planted within our Waterway Restoration Program

  * The above metrics reflect the work completed by volunteers participating in HON programs to date.


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