Hundreds of Volunteers Help Community Gardens Prep for Spring

Hands On Nashville, Starbucks Engage Youth Leaders and Volunteers in Global Youth Service Day

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – From Bordeaux to Whites Creek, 350 volunteers fanned out across Nashville today to help 12 different community gardens prepare for spring planting. (View photos of the day here.)

Nashville’s annual observance of Global Youth Service Day and Starbucks Global Month of Service was spearheaded by Hands On Nashville in collaboration with Starbucks. Today’s effort is one of 2,000 projects taking place around the world throughout the month of April as part of Starbucks Global Month of Service, and one of 1,400 projects taking place this weekend as part of Global Youth Service Day.

3175131727_global youth service day-107Youth volunteers ages 15 to 18 teamed up with Starbucks partners (employees) to provide all project leadership throughout the day. In preparation for the service event, each youth leader went through a special leadership training facilitated by local Starbucks management and Hands On Nashville’s Youth Volunteer Corps.

“I am proud of the partnership between Hands On Nashville and Starbucks to empower the next generation of leaders and community servants,” said Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. “Today’s youth-led volunteer effort to support Nashville’s community gardens demonstrates that young people have the energy and ideas needed to address community challenges.”

3175140647_global youth service day-121The 12 community garden sites ranged from those facilitated by nonprofits and schools to gardens organized by passionate neighborhood groups. All of the gardens play an important role in serving communities with limited access to fresh and healthy food. They also create learning and community-building opportunities for youth and adults.

A junior at Harpeth Hall, Laurel Cunningham served as one of the youth leaders in today’s effort, and is an ongoing youth leader with Hands On Nashville’s Youth Volunteer Corps.

“Global Youth Service Day is an amazing day of service because you can see the impact you’ve made on a local level, but feel this international connection because youth all around the world are participating in service, too,” said Cunningham. “Getting the chance to lead a project today with a Starbucks partner, and knowing that our work will help these gardens feed those in need and teach youth about where our food comes from, I feel like I’ve made a real difference.”global youth service day-111

This program is part of Starbucks larger commitment to developing young people into extraordinary leaders. Through Hands On Nashville’s year-round work with Starbucks, youth are empowered to leverage opportunities with integrity and innovation; make good decisions and achieve results; value the impact an individual and enterprise can have on the community; engage others in an inclusive manner across teams, functions and cultures; and leverage new and creative ways of communication.

3175148626_global youth service day-132“At Starbucks, we look for innovative ways to help communities thrive,” said June Nwabara, regional director of operations for Starbucks Coffee Company. “We believe youth are important contributors to this success. By working with Hands On Nashville, young people engage, lead and create positive solutions that better our neighborhoods.”

“Starbucks commitment to Hands On Nashville’s youth programming and many other service efforts throughout the year makes so much possible for our community,” said Brian Williams, president and CEO of Hands On Nashville. “We appreciate all of the Starbucks partners, customers and young people who participated in today’s effort to support the important work of Nashville’s community gardens and to celebrate our city’s youth leaders.”

About Global Youth Service Day

Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning. Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth. GYSD is celebrated each year in more than 100 countries. For more information, visit www.gysd.org.

About Hands On Nashville

Hands On Nashville’s mission is to meet community needs through volunteerism. For more than 20 years, Hands On Nashville (HON) volunteers have been addressing critical issues facing the Middle Tennessee community such as hunger, homelessness and environmental protection. In 2013, HON connected or referred more than 123,000 volunteers to service opportunities, making it one of the largest volunteer resource centers of its kind in the world. Offering more than 300 volunteer opportunities to the community each month at HON.org, Hands On Nashville challenges everyone to find a way to give back and to … Be the Change. Volunteer. For more information, visit www.HON.org or call (615) 298-1108.

Media Contacts:
Becca Wilson, Hands On Nashville, (615) 426-1428, becca@hon.org
Alisha Damodaran, Starbucks, (206) 318-7100, press@starbucks.com
Eric Tieles, McNeely Pigott & Fox, (615) 259-4000, etieles@mpf.com

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Hands On Nashville Announces 2014 Strobel Awards Finalists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 26, 2014

Middle Tennessee Volunteers To Be Recognized For Outstanding Community Service

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Hands On Nashville will honor Middle Tennesseans for outstanding volunteer work during the 28th annual Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards Presented by HCA/TriStar Health.

HCA_TriStar_Health_Logo_CompsThe annual event, founded by Ford Motor Company, recognizes volunteers who were nominated by the community in six categories for their outstanding contributions to Middle Tennessee. In addition, Hands On Nashville will recognize adult and youth volunteers in a new seventh category. More than 700 volunteers and agency representatives will attend the luncheon and ceremony at the Marriott Cool Springs Conference Center in Franklin on Tuesday, April 22. Tickets to the luncheon are available at www.HON.org.

The eight award recipients will be selected from 24 finalists and a record 139 nominations. The following finalists have been named for 2014:

Civic Volunteer Group Award Presented by U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company

The Civic Volunteer Group Award recognizes representatives of civic, membership, congregation or noncorporate groups that volunteer together for a cause.

Capacity-building Volunteerism Award Presented by c3/consulting

The Capacity-building Volunteerism Award honors individuals who provide significant operational or administrative support to a nonprofit agency, faith-based ministry or community organization.

Corporate Volunteerism Award Presented by Emdeon

The Corporate Volunteerism Award pays tribute to businesses that have robust employee volunteer programs with high levels of participation and impact.

Direct Service Volunteer Award Presented by McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations

The Direct Service Volunteer Award recognizes individuals who have participated in hands-on, direct service with an agency’s constituents.

Volunteer Innovator Award Presented by TN Media

The Volunteer Innovator Award honors individuals or groups that have responded creatively to an unmet community need by designing a volunteer program, practice or response or by adding innovation to an existing program or agency.

Youth Volunteer Award Presented by Baptist Healing Trust

The Youth Volunteer Award recognizes youth, teens and young adults ages 5 to 22 who serve as an inspiration to others through significant volunteerism.

Hands On Nashville Volunteer Award Presented by Tennessee Valley Authority

The Hands On Nashville Volunteer Award recognizes HON adult and youth volunteers who demonstrate a deep commitment to improving our community.

  • Finalists are: Dean Graber, Lauren Levy, Arthur Liu, Alexis Shelton, Julian Turner and Lisa Wagar

The Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards are a program of Hands On Nashville. Event sponsors include: presenting sponsor, HCA/TriStar Health; founding sponsor, Ford Motor Company; award sponsors, Baptist Healing Trust, c3/consulting, Emdeon, McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations, TN Media, Tennessee Valley Authority, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company, Volunteer Tennessee and Jive! Digital Print Factory;and table and event sponsors,12th & Broad, Advance Financial,Butler Snow, Cat Financial, Cummins, Deloitte, FirstBank, Fleet Feet Sports, Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, The Dorothy Cate and Thomas F. Frist Foundation, Go To Team, Hands On Nashville board of directors, Jewel Box Platinum, Nashville Predators, NewsChannel 5, Piedmont Natural Gas, Regions, Riff’s Catering, and Seigenthaler Public Relations.

About the Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards

The Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards are named in memory of the late Mary Catherine Strobel, known for her extensive and charitable efforts toward improving the lives of Middle Tennessee’s homeless, impoverished and less fortunate populations. The annual awards ceremony celebrates Strobel’s service and recognizes those who continue her legacy.

About Hands On Nashville

Since 1991, Hands On Nashville has been connecting volunteers to critical needs facing the Middle Tennessee community, such as hunger, homelessness and environmental protection. Offering more than 400 volunteer opportunities to the community each month at HON.org, Hands On Nashville challenges everyone to find a way to give back and to … Be the Change. Volunteer.

Media contact:
Becca Wilson
becca@hon.org
(615) 298-1108 Ext. 406

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Through music, Jenny Sai shows the world to neighborhood youth

Written by Audrey Jackson, YVC Outreach AmeriCorps Member, Hands On Nashville

This first appeared in Be More, a publication that promotes intercession opportunities for Metro Nashville Public Schools families.

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Jenny Sai, a Hume-Fogg student, serves as a Hands On Nashville YVC Intern. She teaches kids at McFerrin Park Community Center about music, art, and different world cultures.

For 18-year-old Jenny Sai, music is a way to show younger youth how vast and diverse the world really is.

A senior at Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet in Nashville, Jenny first began devoting her time to volunteering in the community after participating in a seventh-grade fundraising event. “We were trying to keep my tennis team’s program from shutting down,” says Jenny. “We hosted a parade to raise funds, and there were a ton of people. The atmosphere was just special. It felt like what we were doing was for a good cause.”

This experience inspired her to find other ways to donate her time, energy, and talents. Shortly after entering high school, Jenny discovered ways to volunteer with Hands On Nashville’s Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) and began serving as a YVC Intern during her sophomore year.

For Jenny, volunteering is an opportunity to share her passion for music and the arts with younger youth. In her role as a YVC Intern, she designs and facilitates educational and skill-building lessons for youth served by area nonprofits. During her three years as a YVC Intern, she has volunteered at The Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, and is now serving at McFerrin Park Community Center.

Having played the flute and piano since elementary school, she sees music as a way for kids to connect to something bigger than themselves. Jenny’s lessons have included everything from creating homemade instruments to sharing music and traditions from other cultures.

HONphoto2“One of my favorite lessons was making henna hand tattoos with the girls [at Catholic Charities] and listening to Bollywood music to learn about the culture of India. While Indians use henna for celebrations, some of the Ethiopian girls I was working with use henna to dye hair or clothing. The girls thought it was so cool; it connected them to another culture.”

With only a few months until graduation, Jenny is savoring the rewarding moments she’s experienced at McFerrin Park Community Center this school year. Located in East Nashville, the center offers after-school activities for neighborhood youth. Jenny hopes to expose the kids to the diversity of other cultures.

On a recent visit to the center, Jenny spread out a colorful map on the floor and pointed out different Latin American countries. She talked about the different types of music that can be found across Latin America. “This was one of my favorite volunteer days,” says Jenny. “The kids and I talked about how big the world really is. They began to understand that while people are all different, really, we’re all the same. Volunteering has opened my eyes to what goes on in our communities and in our world.”

Are you interested in getting more involved in your community? Hands On Nashville offers a variety of youth leadership opportunities that empower young people to learn, grow, and become effective community leaders. Applications are now being accepted! Learn more and apply today at www.HON.org/youthleaders.

Introducing Go Green Home Services: An innovative social enterprise

It’s here: Nashville’s first-ever home energy solutions company that gives back to the community with every dollar it earns.

Go Green Home Services logoHands On Nashville is proud to partner with Village Real Estate Services to launch Go Green Home Services, an innovative social enterprise that provides high-quality home energy improvements for an affordable fee.

All of the company’s profit is reinvested in Hands On Nashville’s Home Energy Savings (HES) program. This nonprofit program engages volunteers to make energy and safety improvements in low-income homes at no cost to qualifying Nashvillians. Since 2011, HES has completed improvements on more than 160 homes and saved each homeowner an average of 16 percent on their utility bills.

All proceeds from the services provided by Go Green Home Services go to help low-income Nashvillians like the Norfleet family (pictured here) through Hands On Nashville's Home Energy Savings program.

All proceeds from the services provided by Go Green Home Services go to help low-income Nashvillians like the Norfleet family (pictured here) through Hands On Nashville’s Home Energy Savings program. http://www.gogreennashville.com

When you choose Go Green Home Services, you will feel good in your home, and help someone in need feel good in theirs.

Go Green Home Services’ process is simple:

The first step is to schedule an affordable home energy audit.Go Green will perform a thorough home inspection to pinpoint areas of your home that waste energy and leak air.

From there, Go Green will provide you with a selection of improvement suggestions based on the inspection findings, along with a quote for each service and anticipated return on investment.

To celebrate the launch of Go Green Home Services, the first 25 homeowners who sign up to receive an energy audit (normally priced at $150) will receive $25 off.

> Learn more about Go Green Home Services at www.gogreennashville.com.

VIDEO: A glimpse into a Home Energy Savings project

Announcing HON’s new partnership with Verified Volunteers

As the largest volunteer resource center in Middle Tennessee, Hands On Nashville is proud to be a strategic partner of Verified Volunteers, the only background check platform tailored to the specific needs of the service sector.

VV_LogoVerified Volunteers is designed to make background screening of volunteers faster, easier and less costly for nonprofits and volunteers themselves.

For Nonprofit Organizations:

  • Verified Volunteers saves money by allowing volunteers to share their status with multiple organizations at no additional cost to the nonprofit or the volunteer.
  • Verified Volunteers provides a consistent standard for volunteer background screening that can be recognized and accepted by volunteer managers everywhere.
  • Verified Volunteers offers paperless administration and secure storage to eliminate paperwork and reduce administrative time.
  • Verified Volunteers updates background checks automatically for a year, giving nonprofits the added security of monitoring their volunteer corps for new criminal records and empowering the volunteer to share an up-to-date background check report with other organizations.
  • Verified Volunteers is compliant with the Fair Credit Reporting Act and state laws.

Benefits for Your Volunteers:

  • Verified Volunteers saves time and money by eliminating the need for multiple background checks. Once you complete an online background check with Verified Volunteers, your screening status is current and you have the option of reusing it with any other Verified Volunteer member organization.
  • Verified Volunteers allows you to own, control, maintain and share your background check through Verified Volunteers self-service online platform.

Verified Volunteers has been rolled out in partnership with a growing number of Points of Light HandsOn Network volunteer action centers around the country and will expand to additional volunteer centers and other nonprofits throughout 2014. Learn more about Verified Volunteers.

Nominations Now Open for 2014 Strobel Volunteer Awards

Hands On Nashville Asks Community To Nominate Volunteer Heroes by Feb. 14

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 27, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Hands On Nashville is asking the community to nominate individuals and groups for the 2014 Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards presented by HCA/TriStar Health.

“We all know incredible people – everyday heroes – who give of their time and talents to make our community better,” said Brian Williams, Hands On Nashville president and CEO. “Each spring, the Strobel Awards luncheon gives our community an opportunity to lift up these inspiring stories of volunteerism that happen around us every day.”

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The nomination deadline is Feb. 14, and nomination forms can be found at www.HON.org/strobel_awards. Nashvillians are encouraged to nominate outstanding volunteers within six categories of service:

  • Civic Volunteer Group Award recognizes representatives of civic, membership, faith-based or noncorporate groups that volunteer together for a specific cause or issue.
  • Capacity-building Volunteer Award honors individuals who provide significant operational or administrative support to a nonprofit agency, faith-based ministry or community organization.
  • Corporate Volunteerism Award pays tribute to businesses that have robust employee volunteer programs with high levels of participation and impact.
  • Direct Service Volunteer Award recognizes individuals who have participated in hands-on, direct service with a nonprofit agency, faith-based ministry or community organization.
  • Volunteer Innovator Award honors individuals or groups that have directly identified a community need and responded to it by developing and implementing an innovative solution, or improved an existing program or effort through creative problem-solving.
  • Youth Volunteer Award recognizes youth, teens and young adults ages 5 to 22 who have gone above and beyond to incorporate volunteerism into their lives.

Three finalists for five of the six categories will be selected by two groups of independent assessors, composed of community volunteers, volunteer administrators, business leaders and civic leaders. The exception is the Volunteer Innovator Award category. Finalists in this category will be selected by a panel of judges convened by TN Media. To encourage broad community participation, volunteers in this category will be invited to vote for an award recipient via the Tennessean.com website.  All award recipients will be announced at the luncheon.

The Awards luncheon, now in its 28th year, will be held on April 22 at the Marriott Cool Springs Conference Center. All nominees receive special recognition and a complimentary seat at the luncheon.

More than 700 volunteers and agency representatives are expected to attend the luncheon. Award luncheon tickets will be available for purchase at HON.org in March.

About the Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards
The Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards are named in memory of the late Mary Catherine Strobel, known for her extensive and charitable efforts toward improving the lives of Middle Tennessee’s homeless, impoverished and less fortunate populations. The annual awards ceremony celebrates Strobel’s service and recognizes those who continue her legacy.

About Hands On Nashville
Since 1991, Hands On Nashville has been connecting volunteers to critical needs facing the Middle Tennessee community, such as hunger, homelessness and environmental protection. Offering more than 400 volunteer opportunities to the community each month at HON.org, Hands On Nashville challenges everyone to find a way to give back and to … Be the Change. Volunteer.

Media Contact: 
Becca Wilson
becca@hon.org
(615) 298-1108 Ext. 406

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Cut-A-Thon at Salon Nfuse Benefiting HON

Saturday, January 25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Make your appointment today… Spots will fill fast!

Screen Shot 2013-12-23 at 10.30.24 AMFor the fourth year running, our talented friends at Salon Nfuse will host an all-day Cut-A-Thon, with 100% of proceeds benefiting Hands On Nashville. For one day only, Salon Nfuse is offering:

  • haircuts at $30 and up (appointments only)
  • event styling at $30 and up (appointments only), and
  • blow-outs and braids at $20 and up (appointments and walk-ins welcome).

Call (615) 649-0501 to make an appointment (please specify desired price point when making your appointment). Salon Nfuse is located at 2535 Franklin Pike, Suite 106, Nashville, 37204 (just south of downtown Nashville near where 8th turns into Franklin Rd).

Red Earth Trading Co. will also be on hand selling high-quality, fair trade jewelry and Necklacesaccessories created by artisans in Uganda and Kenya. Red Earth Trading Co. exists to create hope and opportunity through fashion by giving these talented artisans in developing countries access to the global market. They also donate 5% of every sale to their nonprofit partner Know Think Act to further their mission of empowering local leaders in East Africa to end extreme poverty in their retco_logo_cross (2)own communities.

salon2Bonus! Salon Nfuse will also give $20 toward any future hair service to all HON volunteers who bring in proof of volunteer service in 2013 or 2014. (One per person. To print off proof of service, volunteers should login to their accounts at www.HON.org and print off their account homepage.) Thank you to our talented friends at Salon Nfuse for their generous support of Hands On Nashville.

Nashville youth conduct coat drive to help homeless community

mlkNashville teens are heading up a community coat drive this winter to help women and children experiencing homelessness, and they need your help. The goal is to collect 200 coats by January 17. The coats will be given to women and children who are participating in the Life Recovery program at the Nashville Rescue Mission on Monday, Jan. 20, as part of Hands On Nashville’s Youth Volunteer Corps MLK Day of Service effort.

During MLK Day of Service 2013, Hands On Nashville youth volunteers worked with women and children experiencing homelessness, including doing fun crafts projects with the kids.

During MLK Day of Service 2013, Hands On Nashville youth volunteers worked with women and children experiencing homelessness, including doing fun crafts projects with the kids.

Several local high school students are coordinating coat drives at their schools, including Zack Grady, a senior at Hunters Lane High School.

“The coat drive is a small way we can reach out to the homeless community and show them we care,” said Grady. “It’s also a great opportunity to raise awareness around homelessness and to get more students involved in volunteering.”

In addition to giving the coats to the women and children, Hands On Nashville’s teen volunteers will spend Martin Luther King Day at the Rescue Mission and nearby Morgan Park Community Center getting to know each other and helping to facilitate enriching activities with the women and their children. These activities will include completing arts and craft projects; serving lunches; treating women and their children to haircuts – offered at no cost by salon professionals who will volunteer alongside the teens; and creating resumes. The teens will also have the opportunity to dialogue about the issues surrounding homelessness in Nashville.

A volunteer works with a participant of the Nashville Rescue Mission’s Life Recovery program to create a resume during Hands On Nashville’s youth MLK Day of Service in 2013.

A volunteer works with a participant of the Nashville Rescue Mission’s Life Recovery program to create a resume during Hands On Nashville’s youth MLK Day of Service in 2013.

This is the second year Hands On Nashville’s Youth Volunteer Corps has rallied the community around giving coats to help women and children experiencing homelessness during the winter season.

Interested in donating a coat?

  • New and pre-loved coats are accepted.
  • All coats should be clean.
  • This is a wonderful opportunity for families, individuals, or school groups to conduct a coat drive to support this effort.
  • Drop coats off at: Hands On Nashville (37 Peabody Street, Suite 206) during the weeks of January 6-10 and 13-17, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Questions? Contact Audrey at Audrey@hon.org or (615) 298-1108 Ext. 416, or visit www.hon.org/YVCmlk.

Hands On Nashville’s Youth Volunteer Corps offers year-round service-learning opportunities to inspire and empower youth ages 11 to 18 to create meaningful community change. Learn more at www.hon.org/teen

Media contact:
Becca Wilson
Becca@hon.org
(615) 426-1428

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115 bikes donated on #GivingTuesday!

Warmer weather and lots of wonderful people in Nashville made #GivingTuesday here at Hands On Nashville a glowing success. Thanks to everyone who came out to support this fun day. Special thanks to Dozen Bakery and Tennessee Cheesecake for providing treats, and Wannado for volunteering with us.

This donor brought by a whole truckload of bikes!

This donor brought by a whole truckload of bikes!

Hands On Nashville received 115 bikes during our #BikesAndBakedGoods bike drive on #GivingTuesday, bringing our total so far to 325 bikes (our goal is to reach 500 bikes by Dec. 20 – read more about how you can help here). All of these donations will support our ReCYCLE for Kids program presented by Jackson. Volunteers will restore the bikes to like-new condition with expert guidance from the Oasis Center’s Bike Workshop. Then in the spring, we’ll give them to 400 underserved youth along with new helmets and safety training.

During our #GivingTuesday bike drive, we heard all sorts of fun stories from donors as they parted ways with their wheels.

Instagram user BroccoliCupcake used the day (picture featured below) as a teaching moment with her two boys. She remarks, “The boys donated their bikes to Hands On Nashville today and were pretty excited to get brownies as a thank you.”

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One father took a “last photo” of his daughter’s bike before handing it over to us, and then sent his daughter – who just went off to college – the photo as a memento. He also picked up a few baked goods to ship to her in the mail.

Jerilyn told us about using her childhood bike at her first job on the paper route. The banana seat was just *so* comfortable.

Jerilyn drops off her childhood bike.

Jerilyn drops off her childhood bike.

Another donor came up with a pick-up truck piled high with over eight bikes he collected from his neighborhood. He saw a story on the news and was intent on helping out a good cause.

Thanks to everyone who donated their bikes or gave monetary donations to support ReCYCLE for Kids and Hands On Nashville. We absolutely love this community and are sincerely thankful for your giving hearts.

If you missed out on the designated day of giving, we’ve extended our collection. And yes, we still need your help. Up until December 20, we’re collecting new and used children’s bikes at the Hands On Nashville office, located at 37 Peabody Street, Suite 206 (in the downtown Trolley Barns), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Go ahead and dust off those bikes sitting in your garage or basement – they could make a kid’s year, helping them enjoy the excitement of riding and exercising, just like you did as a child.

Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 3.21.43 PMOur goal is to collect 500 used children’s bikes, and with your help we will get there!

Don’t have a bike but still want to help? We’re also accepting monetary donations to help buy new helmets for the kids. $10 will buy one helmet. Help us keep their noggins safe!

> Click here to make a monetary donation. (Be sure to include the note “for bike helmets” in the Special Instructions field upon checkout.)

 > Click here to read more information about ReCYCLE for Kids.  

Look at all these bikes that will get a second life, thanks to YOU, Nashville!

Look at all these bikes that will get a second life, thanks to YOU, Nashville!

The silver lining of coming in second.

During this week of thanks, we at Hands On Nashville are feeling particularly grateful for everyone who voted for HON in the recent Claris Cloud Giveaway contest to win $200,000 in IT services. We were honored to be a finalist and to receive so many votes from our friends locally and nationally.

We came in a close second to Operation Stand Down Nashville – a wonderful organization that provides many life changing social services to veterans in Middle Tennessee. Claris’ significant investment in Operation Stand Down Nashville is a win-win for the Nashville community. You can read Claris’ announcement about the winner here.

To our friends and incredible community volunteers: Thank you for your support of Hands On Nashville in this effort, and throughout the year. To EVERYONE who voted in this contest no matter which organization you voted for: thank you. We can’t wait to see what Operation Stand Down does with their new IT support, and know it will go a long way to serving those who have bravely served our country.