Post a Volunteer Opportunity
Interested in recruiting community members to serve at volunteer projects? Hands On Nashville provides two options for posting projects to the volunteer opportunity calendar.
- Community Partner Program: HON's fee-based community partner program is designed to serve the needs of organizations with year-round volunteer opportunities, or those needing to track attendance, email volunteers, and use other volunteer management features. Learn more about partner benefits and membership, and contact HON to become a partner.
- One-Time Posting: Community organizations with one-time or intermittent volunteer needs may post their projects on HON.org for a fee.
One-Time Posting for Volunteer Projects
Follow the below steps to post intermittent and one-time volunteer needs on the Hands On Nashville calendar. Continue reading below for walkthrough instructions for the posting process.
- Fill out an "Intent to Post" form.
- Submit your agency’s certificate of liability insurance (which covers volunteers) to email@example.com.
- Submit payment online.
How To Post a One-Time Opportunity
Choose from two types of posts:
1. Date-and-time-specific opportunities
- Take 1 to 3 hours to complete
- Are meaningful “hands on” volunteer work supporting day-today operations and ongoing needs
- Require no advance training of volunteers
- Are “done in a day” and does not require any additional commitment from volunteers
Successful group volunteer projects include:
- Passing out water at a race
- Playing bingo with seniors
- Walking dogs
- Serving a meal
- Volunteers sign up directly at HON.org.
- The cost is $25 for one project with up to three shifts; $40 for up to six shifts.
- All shifts must be based around the same event, and must happen within 90 days.
2. Long-term scheduled or individually scheduled opportunities
- Flexible scheduling or long-term commitments
- Skilled volunteer support
- Training and/or a background check required
- Flexible start and end times
- Allows for conversations to take place before organization and volunteers commit
Successful long-term scheduled projects include:
- Reception area volunteers
- Event photographers
- Interested volunteers express interest about details of the volunteer posting.
- Cost is $25 for up to three projects.
- Each project will be listed for 90 days.
More information about one-time posting
Recruitment process: Volunteers must find your listed opportunities online, and then click the "sign up" button to indicate they are committed to attending.
Assigning an opportunity coordinator: When a volunteer signs up for your project, the person you list as the opportunity coordinator will receive an automated email with the volunteer’s name and email address. The opportunity coordinator will also receive an email if volunteers cancel or become waitlisted.
Editing policy: We all make mistakes. With that in mind, community organizations may email firstname.lastname@example.org to request edits to their submission. Changes to the project time or location are included in this editing policy.
Cancellation policy: Should you need to cancel a project, email email@example.com as soon as possible to remove the opportunity from HON.org. We will leave it to you to notify your volunteers.
- The partner organization agrees to accept all liability for volunteer events and activities hosted by the partner. Volunteer injuries, property damage, or any other damages arising from volunteer engagement through the Hands On Nashville website is the sole responsibility of the partner agency, and the partner agency agrees to waive related all liability for Hands On Nashville.
- The partner organization must carry at least $1 million in liability insurance. Volunteer accident insurance is inexpensive, and Hands On Nashville recommends that partners also carry this insurance coverage.
- The partner organization agrees to provide adequate safety training and proper tools and equipment. The partner must ensure that volunteers have sufficient personal protective equipment, either by providing such or requiring volunteers to bring required equipment.
- Hands On Nashville makes no warranties or guarantees that volunteers who express interest in a project fit the partner’s criteria for service. Partners should provide any screening necessary to ensure the safety of other volunteers and program participants.
- Hands On Nashville makes no warranties or guarantees that postings on its website will result in volunteer signups. HON will gladly assist you in crafting a compelling service opportunity and provide relevant advice on methods to increase recruitment.
Hands On Nashville reserves the right to remove projects from its site. If your project is removed, the opportunity coordinator will be notified via email.
In order to post a volunteer project on HON.org, your organization must:
- Be designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or faith-based organization with a profile on GivingMatters.com; or be a school, government agency, hospital, hospice or senior living facility.
- Have liability insurance that covers volunteers.
- Not withhold services based on membership or religious affiliation/participation.
- Not be not a political campaign.
Hands On Nashville does not recruit or refer volunteers to:
- Work with private individuals independent of an agency.
- Engage in political campaigns and partisan activities.
- Handle money or make direct financial asks as part of fundraising activities.
- Take part in direct religious activity or proselytizing.
When HON receives your form, liability insurance, and payment, the person you list as the primary contact on the "Intent to Post" form will receive an email confirmation with a secure link to post their volunteer needs. Please allow up to three business days upon receipt for processing.