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Resources from Hands On Nashville

Volunteer Management Certification Program
Hands On Nashville teaches a four-part class at the Center for Nonprofit Management on how to design and maintain effective volunteer management programs.

Excellence in Volunteer Engagement (EVE)
In partnership with the Mayor's Office and Center for Nonprofit Management, Hands On Nashville recognizes nonprofits that employ high quality volunteer management practices.

GeekCause matches Nashville’s most talented techies with community partners in need of their services. From web design to app development, GeekCause provides a low-cost platform for agencies to solve tech-based challenges through the support of skilled volunteers. Click the GeekCause link to learn how to submit a project or to sign up as a GeekCause volunteer.

In partnership with Center for Nonprofit Management, Hands On Nashville connects its community partners with qualified board member candidates who may offer significant support.

Corporate Volunteer Events
Through its Corporate Partner Program, Hands On Nashville creates custom volunteer events that build capacity for community partners.  

Community Partner Consulting
Using Points of Light's Service Enterprise certification, HON offers one-on-one consulting to help nonprofits leverage volunteers across all aspects of their organizations.

Verified Volunteers
Background screening from Verified Volunteers, a trusted nonprofit industry resource, helps organizations save time and money while mitigating risk. The platform’s self-service features, sharing capabilities and management tools simplify background checks.


Volunteer Administrators Network

VAN is a network of Nashville’s volunteer managers who meet monthly to share best practices, learn about the most effective strategies for supporting those who serve, and inspire each other to grow professionally and personally. VAN is guided by the VAN Council, a leadership team of peers within the group. VAN members collaborate and exchange resources to enhance their careers and ensure robust nonprofits that engage volunteers in meaningful ways. Established in 1974, VAN successfully transitioned into a program of Hands On Nashville in January 2013. 


VAN Leadership Series’ events are open to members only. Membership is based on a January-through-December year and is renewable annually.  All VAN members are required to pay a $60 annual membership fee, regardless of their organization’s HON-Partnership status.  The dues are used to cover programming and food.  

Joining or renewing members may pay online here or via a check made out to Hands On Nashville (please include “VAN Membership” in the memo line).


Ronny Criss, Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Kristin Dillard Kim, Interfaith Dental Clinic

C. Renee Jenkins, American Red Cross Blood Service​

Mariah Ragland, The Nashville Food Project

Leah Susi, Monroe Harding


Verified Volunteers

All background checks are not created equal. Through a partnership between Hands On Nashville and Verified Volunteers, your organization can access the below benefits.

  • Make informed decisions: Verified Volunteers background checks include the Department of Justice Sex Offender Registry, the only current and complete source of sex-offender information.
  • Receive free monthly updates: Access updated background checks, free of charge, each month for the first year of Verified Volunteers' membership.
  • Reduce screening costs: Through Verified Volunteers, nonprofits can allow or require volunteers to pay for background checks. Existing clients save an average of 40 percent on background checks due to volunteer contributions.
  • Eliminate administrative burdens: Volunteers order background checks online, using a secure portal, and nonprofits automatically receive copies of the records.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please contact Bryan Noller, senior executive at Verified Volunteers: (216) 685-7166 or


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