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Join the 2023-2024 HON AmeriCorps Cohort

Are you passionate about Nashville and forging connections between people and their community? Be a part of Hands On Nashville (HON) 30-member cohort serving across the Nashville metro area as Community Engagement and Volunteer Leaders. You will be placed with local Nashville nonprofits to meet community needs through outreach and volunteerism.

Community Engagement and Volunteer Leaders will develop outreach skills through training and active service in the community through a partnership between Hands On Nashville and area nonprofit organizations. Members will gain marketable experience and grow their professional networks while making a meaningful difference in their communities. Nashville students are encouraged to apply!

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Serve with HON AmeriCorps

Community Outreach and Volunteer Leaders will serve at local nonprofits to recruit and engage a wide variety of volunteers to bolster the work of Hands On Nashville's community partners. Leaders will build relationships with volunteers to improve recruitment and retention and inspire a lifelong commitment of service.

Member duties may include:

  • Developing resources for recruitment, training, and retaining volunteers
  • Cultivating relationships with the local community
  • Organizing and leading volunteer projects
  • Serving as a knowledgeable, friendly resource
  • Increasing awareness of community needs
  • Being an active and enthusiastic advocate for the organization you represent








The Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps Program is designed for college students from the Nashville area who are interested in making our city a better place. You have amazing skills. We will teach you how to put them to work for the greater good. Ideal candidates are dedicated to community work and will help foster community engagement. Therefore, they must be confident taking initiative, enjoy working with people, have strong interpersonal and customer-service skills, and be comfortable with public speaking. Proficiency in a second language is a plus.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Enrolled in Nashville area college
  • Valid driver’s license 
  • Reliable transportation
  • U.S. Citizen, National, or Lawful Permanent Resident 
  • National Service Criminal History Check clearance







Members will receive hands on experience working in the Nashville non-profit sector; obtaining training and professional development skills in volunteer and community engagement, professional experience in a supportive environment, and leave a lasting impact on the community.

Member Benefits:

  • Segal Education Award of $3,447.50 education award, upon completion of service contract
  • Federal student loan forbearance and accrued interest payment
  • $10,000 living allowance, paid out biweekly at approximately $400












Application Process

Step 1: Apply

Tell us about yourself and why you want to be an AmeriCorps member by applying here.  


Step 2: Interview

If selected, you will be invited to interview with a HON AmeriCorps staff member to learn more about your interest in service.


Step 3: Program Commitment

Promising candidates will receive a tentative offer to join the HON AmeriCorps Program and complete the federal AmeriCorps application at


Step 4: Host Site Matching

Each candidate and host site will complete a detailed matching survey to learn about areas of interest, weekly availability, communication styles, and more to create an ideal AmeriCorps placement experience.


Step 5: Program Selection or Waiting List

If you are matched with a host site, you will receive a selection notification from AmeriCorps by August 15. If you don’t match in the first round, you may be selected from the waiting list any time before December 1.


Step 6: Enrollment

Once you are matched, you will complete a National Service Criminal History Check, work authorization review, and payroll information prior to orientation. Member Orientation will begin on September 8, 2023.


AmeriCorps logoThe HON AmeriCorps Program is made possible through generous support from Volunteer Tennessee, The Dan and Margaret Maddox Fund, and AmeriCorps, the federal agency connecting individuals and organizations through service and volunteering to tackle the nation's most pressing challenges.

Each AmeriCorps participant is part of a National Service cohort that builds nonprofit capacity through a partnership between Hands On Nashville and participating AmeriCorps host sites. Members receive skills training, professional development, and networking opportunities throughout their yearlong term. HON does not discriminate based on age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, or other factors which deny the essential humanity of all people.

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