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Opportunity Details

Health & Wellness

Age Minimum (with Adult): 16+, Minimum Age:16+

Making CARES Packages

​COVID UPDATE: We are still needing volunteers to pack food bags for our clients! We have made some adjustments to protect our clients, who are part of a vulnerable population:
  • We will only allow volunteers who are healthy and who have been practicing social distancing and Safer At Home.
  • We will only allow up to 2 volunteers at a time, to allow space for social distancing.
  • We will provide gloves and facemasks.
  • We have extended the shift to 4-6pm to allow more time for less volunteers to pack the bags.
  • Note that if you sign-up, PLEASE show up! With less volunteers, we have less wiggle room for absences, and we need to get food out to our clients now more than ever!
Assemble food bags for clients of Nashville CARES. This is an important service that helps people living with HIV/AIDS to manage their lives more effectively and have access to proper nutrition.
Volunteers will pack several hundred bags of dry food (canned, boxed, bagged). We are sent this food in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank, and pack it every week in order to feed our clients. The clients who receive this food are HIV +, and with limited resources. Often they are older, medically fragile, currently unable to hold a job due to medical conditions, or they have a limited food budget due to medical bills. Our weekly food bags are one of the several nutrition programs designed to keep them happy and healthy! With consistent food, clients are more likely to stay healthy in other ways, including taking their medications.
This project is open to volunteers age 16 and older.

This project does not qualify for court ordered community service hours.
In accordance with Mayor John Cooper’s Roadmap for Reopening Nashville, Hands On Nashville recommends the following guidelines for volunteering:     
Individuals belonging to the following groups should not volunteer for in-person opportunities: ages 65 and up, those with elevated health risk or compromised immune systems, anyone who is feeling unwell (or who has been exposed to/is caring for someone who is sick or has a compromised immune system).    
Volunteers who attend projects should take recommended precautions, including maintaining distances between themselves and other people; practicing hand-washing and sanitation of spaces; wearing gloves, masks, and other protective gear; etc. As always, consult a medical professional should you begin to feel unwell at any point during or after a project.    
If you decide not to attend a project, please log in to and remove yourself from the opportunity ahead of time so that another volunteer may have a chance to fill your slot. If you have any trouble with this, email and we’ll be happy to help!    
Please be aware that your project may be canceled with short notice. Projects are subject to change depending on shifting guidelines and circumstances. We appreciate your understanding
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