Hands On Nashville Day FAQs

What is Hands On Nashville Day?
Now celebrating its 25th year, Hands On Nashville Day is the community’s largest annual day of service benefiting Metro Nashville Public Schools. This September, Hands On Nashville will mobilize hundreds of volunteers to complete ‘done-in-a-day’ improvement projects in 25 schools to support the places where students learn and play.

How does this event make a difference?
Hands On Nashville Day builds capacity for schools by infusing volunteers to complete projects that otherwise could not be completed. Since 2002, Hands On Nashville Day volunteers have made an economic impact valued at nearly $1.5 million to Metro Schools, according to Independent Sector Research. 

What kinds of projects are offered?
All Hands On Nashville Day projects take place at Metro Nashville Public Schools and are designed to enhance the learning environments for local students.

These include:
  • Planting trees and daffodils on school grounds 
  • Painting educational murals
  • Weatherstripping windows
  • Painting hallways and cafeterias
  • Landscaping playgrounds 
  • And more!
How/when do I register for Hands On Nashville Day?
All volunteers are required to register in order to help on HON Day. Registration will begin Thursday, Aug. 25 at HON.org. Project sites fill up quickly, so be sure to sign up early!

How do I support Hands On Nashville Day?
Your financial support makes transformative service events possible.
Make your gift here.

What is the age requirement for Hands On Nashville Day?
HON Day 2016 is a family-friendly day of service:
  • Volunteers ages 13+ are welcome to participate when accompanied by an adult.
  • Volunteers ages 18+ are welcome to participate at all sites. 
How/when do I register for Hands On Nashville Day?
All volunteers are required to register in order to help on HON Day. Registration will begin August 25, 2015 at HON.org. Project sites fill up quickly, so be sure to sign up early!

Can I volunteer with a team?
Of course! Follow these simple instructions to create a HON Day team.

Can my team work together?
In most cases, teams are able to volunteer together at a project site.
 
Can I lead a project on HON Day?
YES! Volunteer Leaders are essential to the success of Hands On Nashville Day.
Click here to learn more and sign up to be a Volunteer Leader.
 
Do I need to bring supplies? 
No. MNPS provides the supplies and tools needed to complete the projects. Your Volunteer Leader can advise if any additional supplies would be helpful at your school site, like wheelbarrows, rakes, etc.
 
What should volunteers bring/where?
We encourage you to bring a reusable water bottle and work gloves as those will not be provided. It's a good idea to dress in comfortable clothes that can tolerate water, paint, or dirt. Closed-toe shoes are required. Be sure to check to the weather and plan appropriately! 
 
What if it rains?
You'll get wet! HON Day takes place rain or shine. All projects have rain contingencies and activities may be modified. 

Where can I get a HON Day T-shirt? 
Have a different question? Please contact Jenny@hon.org or call 615-298-1108 for more information.