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.

GeekCause matches Nashville’s most talented techies with community partners in need of their services. From project consultation to solution implementation, 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.

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


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. 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 individual 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).


Not able to attend all VAN events, or just want to check one out? You can pay $15 for a guest pass at the link above.

All meetings are from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

March 20 — Comparing and Tracking Volunteer Management Systems
April 17 — Volunteer Appreciation
May 15 — Diversity in Volunteerism
June 19 — Nashville: A Changing Landscape
July 17 — Engaging College Students
September 18 — Risk Management
October 16 — Volunteer Feedback/Surveys
November 20 — Year-end Networking Event


Jena Altstatt, Nashville CARES

Jasmyn Alvarez, Park Center

Kristin Dillard Kim, Interfaith Dental Clinic

Tamara Kriegh, United Way  

Meagan Smith, Vanderbilt Office of Citizenship and Active Service

Sterling Volunteers


All background checks are not created equal. Through a partnership between Hands On Nashville and Sterling Volunteers, your organization can access these benefits:

  • Make informed decisions: Sterling 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 Sterling Volunteers' membership.
  • Reduce screening costs: Through Sterling 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 Andrew Spicher: (216) 685-7013 or


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