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Age Minimum (with Adult): 8+, Minimum Age:18+, Court Ordered Volunteer - Allowed

Friends of Shelby - Second Saturday Volunteering

It's been 5 months since the March 3rd tornado ripped through East Nashville and Shelby Park and Bottoms. The trails in Shelby Bottoms are now clear of trees, but a lot of tornado debris remains. 

Join Friends of Shelby as we pick up debris throughout the Bottoms. We will bag small trash and pile larger pieces to be picked up by truck. We will send out small groups to work in areas where plenty of distance can be maintained. We encourage families to come to work together. 

Due to COVID-19 we will taking the following precautions:

  • Each timeslot will be limited to 25 volunteers at one time.
  • Fresh gloves will be provided. If you prefer, you are welcome to bring your own. 
  • Volunteers should bring their own water/water bottle. We will have individual, disposable water bottles as well.  
  • We will be working to spread volunteers out across the trails, but volunteers working within 10 feet of others must wear masks. 

 This activity will take place outdoors. We will work primarily on primitive trails and in wooded areas. Long pants and long sleeves are suggested and closed-toed shoes are a must.  We will have clean gloves but always feel free to bring your own.
Water and snacks will be provided.
Founded in 2008, the Friends of Shelby is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation, protection, enhancement and stewardship of Shelby Park and Shelby Bottoms. It works to protect the natural and historical integrity of the area by supporting appropriate recreational activities, maintaining and enhancing its features, promoting programs that inspire appreciation and conservation of Park and Bottoms, and advocating for a level playing field for the various user groups.


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 hon.org 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 hon@hon.org 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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