LongHorn to “Raise the Steaks” for Hands On Nashville on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

Dining for Dollars to benefit Hands On Nashville

On Tuesday, Oct. 28, Middle Tennessee LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants will host a “Dining for Dollars” fundraising event to benefit Hands On Nashville. Simply dine at LongHorn on October 28, bring in a Dining for Dollars Voucher, and 10% of your check will support our work!

Download a Dining for Dollars Voucher

LongHorn Employees volunteered at 5 different Hands On Nashville Day 2014 schools. Thank you for your support!

LongHorn Employees volunteered at 5 different Hands On Nashville Day 2014 schools. Thank you for your support!

Participating LongHorn Locations:

1175 Murfreesboro Road
Nashville, Tenn. 37217
(615) 361-0457

2021 North Gallatin Road #296
Madison, Tenn. 37115
(615) 859-2202

774 Old Hickory Blvd.
Brentwood, Tenn. 37027
(615) 376-5555

1003 Nashville Pike
Gallatin, Tenn. 37066
(615) 206-9063

2821 Medical Center Parkway
Murfreesboro, Tenn. 37129
(615) 890-4187

355 Pleasant Grove Road
Mount Juliet, Tenn. 37122
(615) 773-5221

975 Industrial Blvd.
Smyrna, Tenn. 37167
(615) 220-6262

In addition to their generous financial support, more than 100 Longhorn employees volunteered to paint, landscape and beautify Metro Nashville Public Schools during Hands On Nashville Day 2014. Thank you, LongHorn Steakhouse, for your support of Hands On Nashville and volunteerism in Middle Tennessee!

Please Join us in Welcoming our Newest Team Members!

Over the last few months, we’ve welcomed three new AmeriCorps members to the Hands On Nashville team! Charlotte, Nicholas, and Ashleigh will all play leading roles in supporting Hands On Nashville’s Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC), which offers year-round service-learning opportunities to inspire and empower youth ages 11 to 18 to create meaningful community change.

Please join us in welcoming them!


Charlotte Pate, YVC Urban Agriculture AmeriCorps Member

“I serve because everyone deserves good food.” – Charlotte Pate,
YVC Urban Agriculture AmeriCorps Member

Charlotte Pate
YVC Urban Agriculture AmeriCorps Member

Charlotte is excited to join the HON team as the YVC Urban Agriculture AmeriCorps Member. A graduate of UNC Asheville, Charlotte served her first AmeriCorps term in the mountains of Western North Carolina working for a farm-to-table program. She loves getting her hands in the dirt, strange-looking vegetables, and bad puns! She is excited to be lending her skills to the Hands On Nashville Urban Farm.

Fun Facts:

Q: If you could have any super power, what would it be?
A: Ability to control plant growth with the touch of my hand.

Q: What’s your favorite hobby and why do you love it?
A: Baking. I love making things for people to enjoy, and it is really meditative.


Nicolas Weaver, YVC Special Events AmeriCorps Member

“I serve because I deeply care for others.” – Nicolas Weaver, YVC Special Events AmeriCorps Member

Nicholas Weaver
YVC Special Events AmeriCorps Member

Nicholas Weaver joins us as the YVC Special Events AmeriCorps Member and is very excited about all of the great service projects he will be leading this fall. Nicholas recently graduated from Tennessee State University, with his Bachelors in Sociology and minor in NonProfit Management and Leadership. He loves nature, working with at-risk youth, and learning about new cultures and meeting new people. Nicholas one day hopes to operate his own nonprofit geared towards aiding people who are homeless.

Fun Facts:

Q: If you could have any super power, what would it be?
A: The power of controlling weather, because then I could technically have many powers.

Q: If you could be any cartoon character, which one would you be and why?
A: Samurai Jack. He was just so level-headed and cool.


Ashleigh Barker YVC Outreach AmeriCorps Member

“I serve because it increases empathy.” – Ashleigh Barker
YVC Outreach AmeriCorps Member

Ashleigh Barker
YVC Outreach AmeriCorps Member

Ashleigh Barker is HON’s new YVC Outreach AmeriCorps Member. She was born and raised in Nashville, and recently graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a degree in Psychology. Ashleigh has always loved volunteering and trying new things and is excited about reaching out to youth to share the many benefits of service-learning!

Fun Facts:

Q: If you could only listen to one album forever, which one would it be?
A: Stevie Wonder’s “Innervisions” puts me in a happy mood.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do in Nashville?
A: Going to Titans games is always fun, and the fans make the experience funny and enjoyable whether we win or lose.

If you are a high school teacher, parent, or youth leader and would like more information about the Youth Volunteer Corps program or are interested in having someone from YVC speak to your group about youth service opportunities, please call (615) 298-1108 ext. 416 or email Ashleigh@hon.org.

Clear Your Yard & Help Our Farm!

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Bring your leaves to the Hands On Nashville Urban Farm!

Fall is here! While the trees are definitely beautiful as they change colors, that also means it’s leaf raking time. This year, instead of pushing leaves to the side or putting them out to be collected, consider dropping them by the Hands On Nashville Urban Farm! We collect leaves all fall and use them to help mulch our gardens in the spring and summer.

We’re now accepting leaf drops at the Urban Farm (361 Wimpole Dr, 37211). Once you arrive, look for the gravel drive with the “Leaf Drop Entrance” sign. (Be sure not to confuse this with the exit or the parking lot entrance just a couple hundred feet away.) The signs will lead you through our Leaf Hall where you can deposit your leaves into one of our many leaf bins — bagged or loose leaves are accepted and greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions, contact our Urban Farm Coordinator Adam Curtis at adam@hon.org.

Thank you for supporting Hands On Nashville’s Urban Farm!

23rd Annual Hands On Nashville Day Results in More Than 2,100 Volunteers Serving 52 Metro Schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – More than 2,100 volunteers participated in today’s Hands On Nashville Day, the community’s largest day of service benefiting Metro Nashville Public Schools.

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A volunteer brings mulch to the playground at Hattie Cotton STEM Magnet Elementary School for Hands On Nashville Day 2014.

This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the organization’s signature volunteer event, which resulted in more than 8,400 donated hours of service through landscaping, painting and cleaning projects at 52 schools throughout Davidson County.

Each year, the volunteer resource center hosts Hands On Nashville Day, bringing together residents of Middle Tennessee to donate their time to help make Metro Schools brighter, safer places for Davidson County children to learn and play.

“Hands On Nashville Day showcases the volunteer spirit that makes this city special,” said Congressman Jim Cooper. “It’s inspiring to see thousands of volunteers unite each year in support of public education, our children and our community.

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Shelly Mayes of Grainger builds a new picnic table at Hattie Cotton STEM Magnet Elementary School.

For the seventh consecutive year, employees from Grainger industrial supply company and The Grainger Foundation came together as the lead supporters of Hands On Nashville Day. Their commitment to the event made it possible for volunteers to complete done-in-a-day improvement projects at schools, and a team of 50 Grainger employees furthered the cause by tackling a host of improvement projects at Hattie Cotton STEM Magnet Elementary.

“Grainger has been proud to call Nashville home for more than 50 years, and we’re honored to once again be a part of Hands On Nashville Day,” said Dax Jeter, Grainger market manager in Nashville. “Our team members always look forward to this event, and we’re happy to support the Nashville community and work together to improve our public schools and impact the future of our students.”

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Volunteers paint a cafeteria at Hattie Cotton STEM Magnet Elementary School.

According to Independent Sector research, the time volunteers donated made an estimated $189,000 economic impact, saving Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools significant resources. Hands On Nashville has partnered with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools on this event for more than a decade.

“Every year, Hands On Nashville Day is one more way Nashville’s volunteers prove their commitment to this city and a strong community,” said Brian N. Williams, president and CEO of Hands On Nashville. “Whether volunteers spent their morning painting cafeterias, cleaning hallways or beautifying school grounds, their efforts toward making a difference for local students always amazes and inspires me.”

Metro Nashville School Board Vice-Chair Elissa Kim, U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper, Hands On Nashville President & CEO Brian Williams, Hattie Cotton STEM Magnet Elementary School Principal Jay Adams, and Dax Jeter of Grainger add mulch to the playground at Hattie Cotton Elementary School for Hands On Nashville Day 2014.

Metro Nashville School Board Vice-Chair Elissa Kim, U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper, Hands On Nashville President & CEO Brian Williams, Hattie Cotton STEM Magnet Elementary School Principal Jay Adams, and Dax Jeter of Grainger add mulch to the playground at Hattie Cotton Elementary School for Hands On Nashville Day 2014.

“This annual outpouring of community members’ generously giving up their Saturday mornings to help our schools is always remarkable,” said Director of Metro Schools Dr. Jesse Register. “The community is really making a difference for the students, teachers and staff who will return to their schools on Monday and see the results of today’s work.”

For More Information:

Hands On Nashville – Tara Tenorio, (615) 298-1108 (o); (615) 828-3777 (c); tara@hon.org

McNeely Pigott & Fox – Eric Tieles, (615) 259-4000 (o); (678) 773-9768 (c); etieles@mpf.com

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 education. 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.

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Introducing our 2014-15 Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) Interns!

From August through May, these 10 outstanding teens will serve as a leadership team that works with Hands On Nashville staff to develop and lead youth projects that impact the community. Each has chosen a concentration – Arts, Fitness and Nutrition, or Technology – and will design and facilitate educational and skill-building lessons for youth served by area nonprofits.

This group is #hypedonhelp and we’re hyped to introduce them to you! Please meet out 2014-15 Youth Volunteer Corp Interns…

YVC Intern Alex Alexcee

“I serve because somebody served me.” – YVC Intern Alex Alexcee

Sarah Alexcee is a senior at Glencliff High School where she is proud to be “the voice of Glencliff High School in Newspaper Club.”  Sarah says if there is an issue or topic that needs to be addressed at her school, she is the one who authors the story. Sarah’s goal is to help the community while further enhancing her leadership skills in working with other students and adults who are committed to helping others.

Fun Fact: If Sarah could only listen to one CD/album forever, she would listen to Artpop by Lady Gaga.

Internship Concentration: Fitness/Nutrition

 

YVC Intern Anagha Ashokan

“I serve because I want to make a difference.” – YVC Intern Anagha Ashokan

Anagha Ashokan, a sophomore at Hume-Fogg Academic High School, has served as a delegate at Model United Nations, a Volunteer Mentor for the 2014 PACE (Pencil Academic & Career Enrichment) Summer Camp for Middle School students, and is the class officer in her school’s Student Government Association. Angagha says she is excited to take on this new leadership role by giving back to the community.

Fun Fact: If Anagha could have any superpower, it would be the ability to travel through time.

Internship Concentration: Arts

 

YVC Intern Michael Canonico

“I serve because I learn most through service.” – YVC Intern Michael Canonico

Michael Canonico is a senior at Father Ryan High School where he has been an officer on the student council for the past two years and is a student ambassador. As a YVC Intern this school year, Michael hopes to learn from the youth he will be working with and broaden his perspectives. His goal is to improve his leadership skills.

Fun Fact: If Michael could travel to anywhere in the world, he would go to Rome. “Rome is a center of faith, history, art, and culture,” He says.”All that is truly human can be seen in Rome and in her history.”

Internship Concentration: Fitness/Nutrition

 

 YVC Intern Kara Cobb

“I serve because I want to change the world.” – YVC Intern Kara Cobb

Kara Cobb, a senior at Hume-Fogg Academic High School, is excited to be returning for a second consecutive year as a YVC Intern. During this internship, Kara says she wishes to learn how to better enrich service projects and to become a better leader.

Fun Fact: If Kara could travel anywhere in the world, she would pick the Maldives. “It seems like a perfect paradise,” she says.

Internship Concentration: Fitness/Nutrition

 

 

 

YVC intern Angelica Flores

“I serve because it makes me and other people happy.” – YVC intern Angelica Flores

Angelica Flores is a junior at Father Ryan High School where she organizes shows and fundraising opportunities for the Theater Club, is a member of the Relay For Life committee, and also serves on the Veteran’s 5k Leadership committee. Angelica has also attended a national Youth Leadership Conference, and her goal for this internship is to learn how to organize intriguing service events for her peers.

Fun Fact: If Angelica could eat only one food forever, she would choose smoothies – “I’m more than a little obsessed with them, and they’re good for you,” she says.

Internship Concentration: Arts

 

YVC Intern Hannah Levy

“I serve because I love helping the community.” – YVC Intern Hannah Levy

Hannah Levy, a sophomore at Brentwood High School, hopes to achieve a greater connection with her community through this internship. Hannah is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, where she tutors other students in math, and is also a member of her school’s student council and Peer Leadership Team.

Fun Fact: If Hannah could do anything, she would travel. “I would love to observe culture in different regions, as well as visit many of the iconic sites spread across the world,” she says.

Internship Concentration: Arts

 

 

 YVC Intern Camryn Magsby

“I serve because I love to give back.” – YVC Intern Camryn Magsby

Camryn Magsby is a sophomore at Hume-Fogg Academic High School. Last summer, Camryn  taught youth about nutrition and health while serving as an Urban Agriculture Intern. Through the YVC internship, Camry hopes to gain knowledge and skills that she can apply to a future career in community organization.

Fun Fact: If Camryn could travel anywhere, she would go to Spain, Costa Rica, and Dominican Republic. “I am very fascinated with Spanish language, so traveling to different countries and learning more about their rich culture [would be] a very fun way to meet new people and experience new opportunities,” she says.

Internship Concentration: Fitness/Nutrition

YVC Intern Karthik Pradeep

“I serve because it is fun and rewarding.” – YVC Intern Karthik Pradeep

Karthik Pradeep is a sophomore at Centennial High School. Last summer, he helped teachers lead summer encore programs at Lipscomb Elementary and Clovercroft Elementary schools. As a YVC Intern, Karthik says he hope to spread as much of his knowledge in the realm of computer science to others as he can, and in the process, learn something new through the enrichment of others.

Fun Fact: If Karthik could only listen to one song forever, it would be
“A Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay.

Internship Concentration: Technology

 

YVC Intern Caroline Rivers

“I serve because it make me feel alive.” – YVC Intern Caroline Rivers

Caroline Rivers is a senior at Hume-Fogg Academic High school. She says she hopes to learn the best ways to work with children in our community through her YVC Internship. Last year, Caroline started her own tutoring business last year, and she is a member of the senior dance company at Bellevue Dance Center.

Fun Fact: If Caroline could travel anywhere, she would go to India. “I want to be immersed in the beautiful culture,” she says.

Internship Concentration: Arts

 

 

YVC Intern Raffi Yang

“I serve because I enjoy helping others.” – YVC Intern Raffi Yang

Raffi Yang is a senior at Hume-Fogg Academic High School where he is a senior member and building coordinator of the school’s Science Olympiad team. Besides having fun, Raffi says he hopes to meet a diverse group of people through his involvement in this internship.

Fun Fact: If Raffi could have one superpower, it would to be able to predict the future. “I like knowing what comes in the future,” he says.

Internship Concentration: Technology

Introducing our 2014-15 Urban Agriculture Communities & Food Interns!

We’d like to introduce you to a group of nine outstanding Urban Agriculture Communities & Food Interns who will be serving with us throughout the 2014-15 school year!

The Urban Agriculture Communities & Food internship is a service-learning opportunity for high school students who want to gain sustainable gardening and community development skills while working to address social justice. After a highly competitive application process, these youth were selected to serve.

We’re excited to introduce them to you now….

"I serve because I believe in the power of youth!" - Grace Bryant, HON Urban Agriculture Intern

“I serve because I believe in the power of youth!” – Grace Bryant, HON Communities & Food Intern

Grace Bryant is a junior at Glencliff High School where she is a leader on the Garden Club each year. As a Communities & Food Intern this summer, Grace led the “Growing Station” at Hands On Nashville’s Crop City Youth Development Program. Through this internship, Grace’s goal is to learn more about food insecurity issues facing our community and how to help.

Fun Fact: Grace’s favorite hobby is knitting. She says she loves that she can make things for others.

 
"I serve because we've got work to do." - Simon Cooper,, HON Urban Agriculture Intern

“I serve because we’ve got work to do.” – Simon Cooper, HON Communities & Food Intern

Simon Cooper is junior at Hume-Fogg  Academic High School where he is Class Vice President, a member of the environmental club, and is co-president of debate club. Simon is returning for his second consecutive year as a Communities & Food Intern. “I would like to learn as much about the food system as possible, so that I will be armed with the knowledge necessary to help remedy it,” he says.

Fun Fact: Simon’s favorite hobby is reading because, as he says, “one can learn anything” by reading.”

 
"I serve because it makes me happy!" - Emily Dunn, HON Urban Agriculture Intern

“I serve because it makes me happy!” – Emily Dunn, HON Communities & Food Intern

Emily Dunn, a senior at Hume-Fogg Academic High School, has spent the past two summers making a difference as a Teaching Intern at Hands On Nashville’s Crop City Youth Development Program. Emily is also a Volunteer Leader at HON’s Urban Farm, and says she would like to gain more knowledge about food deserts so that she can better understand how the community can help resolve them.

Fun Fact: If Emily could have superpowers, she would be able to fly or breathe under water. “Just think about all the exploring you could do,” she says.

 
Emma Fischer, HON Urban Agriculture Intern

“I serve because through service comes greatness.” – Emma Fischer, HON Communities & Food Intern

Emma Fischer is a senior at Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Magnet School who is no stranger to the Hands On Nashville team. Emma is currently a Volunteer Leader at Hands On Nashville’s Urban Farm, has helped lead youth community service events, like Global Youth Service Day 2014, and served as a Communities & Food Intern during the 2013-14 school year.

Fun Fact: If Emma could travel anywhere, she would go to the moon.

 
"I serve because I enoy the feeling of helping others!" - Cameron Jackson, HON Urban Agriculture Intern

“I serve because I enjoy the feeling of helping others!” – Cameron Jackson, HON Communities & Food Intern

Cameron Jackson is a junior at Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Magnet School. Cameron’s goal for this internship is to improve the food system in her community while working with people who want to do the same. Cameron is currently a member of Mayor’s Youth Council, is on the Board of Directors at Epicenter Nashville, and is a Student Government Association representative at her school.

Fun Fact: If Cameron could only listen to one CD/album forever, it would be My Everything by Ariana Grande. “It has a song for every emotion,” she says.

 
Rachel Langley, HON Urban Agriculture Intern

Rachel Langley, HON Communities & Food Intern

Rachel Langley is a junior at Nashville School of the Arts. As a Communities & Food Intern, Rachel’s goal is to help other people achieve their goals of growing their own food and making better food choices to enhance positive lifestyles. She says raising and caring for her nephew and cousin has been an important leadership role in her life, and she looks to apply her knowledge throughout this internship.

Fun Fact: If Rachel could have any superpower it would be to fly so she could go anywhere at any time.

 
"I serve because I believe I can make a difference in the world." Rachel Tuggle, HON Urban Agriculture Intern

“I serve because I believe I can make a difference in the world.” – Rachel Tuggle, HON Communities & Food Intern

Rachel Tuggle is a senior at Donelson Christian Academy where she is the President of Interact Club, a Student Ambassador, and helps lead the school’s Chemistry Club. As a Communities & Food Intern, Rachel wants to learn ways to help integrate better methods of food production and distribution into the community.

Fun Fact: Rachel’s favorite hobby is painting. “It helps me relax and makes me feel better,” she says.

 
"I serve because it makes people happy!" Destiny Rainer, HON Urban Agriculture Intern

“I serve because it makes people happy!” – Destiny Rainer, HON Communities & Food Intern

Destiny Rainer is a junior at Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Magnet School. As a Communities & Food Intern, Destiny’s goal is to learn more about the community food system, and become a better leader.
Fun Fact: If Destiny could eat only one food forever, she would eat peaches – “they’re healthy and taste great,” she says!

 
"I serve because I love to help people." - Iyana Rainer, HON Urban Agriculture Intern

“I serve because I love to help people.” – Iyana Rainer, HON Communities & Food Intern

Iyana Rainer is a freshman at Nashville School of the Arts where she is in the Beta Club, and has served on the Student Council. As a Communities & Food Intern, Iyana’s goal is to try new and healthy foods, and bolster her communications skills.
Fun Fact: If Iyana could eat only one food forever, she would eat watermelon – it’s healthy!

Hands On Nashville 2014: Big impact, small footprint.

Ready to make a BIG impact on Hands On Nashville Day? Us too! Hands On Nashville

See no, Hear no, Do no harm, on the environment this year  at #HONDay2014. Find out how to help at HON.org/GreenAmbassador.

See no, Hear no, Do no harm, on the environment this year at #HONDay2014. Find out how to help at HON.org/GreenAmbassador.

Day is our largest annual day service to public schools, and we’re working to make sure our projects have the smallest impact on our environment as possible.

Here are a few exciting ways that we are making HON Day 2014 green!

We’re recruiting Green Ambassadors: We’re recruiting rock star volunteers to lead green initiatives at each HON Day school site! GAs will lead recycling efforts, set up comprehensive cleaning stations, and tally leftover supplies to ensure we’re being good stewards of our project resources.(Want to join us as a Green Ambassador? Jump down to the bottom of the page for more info.)

Our project supplies are reusable: All latex paint brushes and paint pans will be cleaned so they can be re-used for future projects.

We’ll be painting with non-toxic paint: We’ll be using indoor latex paint, which is zero VOC to ensure a healthy indoor learning environment and no-off gassing.

All oil paint will be disposed of responsibly: All oil paint cans will be properly recycled at Metro Recycling locations by Metro Nashville Public Schools.

We’re throwing a low-waste after party: Be sure to join us for the CMT One Celebration at Hands On Nashville from Noon to 2 p.m. after all of your projects are complete. The celebration will be complete with compostable flatware and onsite composting and recycling

We’ll cover green topics before we get started: Volunteers will be encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle to their project site. Water coolers will be provided when needed and recycling will be provided onsite. We’ll cover all this in our talking points during morning orientation to raise awareness about sustainability initiatives this year.

Sign up to be a Green Ambassador! Ready to take on a fun and engaging leadership opportunity as a GA? Contact jaclyn@hon.org or call 298.1108 ext 405. All instructions and guidance are provided, no experience necessary! For more information, visit HON.org/GreenAmbassador.

Mayor Announces Nine ‘Excellence in Volunteer Engagement’ Recipients

63 Nashville Nonprofits Now Recognized for High-Quality Volunteer Management

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean today announced the nine nonprofit organizations that received a renewal or new certification in Excellence in Volunteer Engagement (EVE), an initiative to recognize high-quality volunteer management by nonprofits and to help increase the number of volunteers in Davidson County. It is the first such certification effort in the nation.

Excellence in Volunteer Engagement 2014-2016“The spirit of volunteerism in Nashville is outstanding,” Mayor Dean said. “I applaud the efforts of these nonprofits to make our city a better place, and I thank them for providing the types of meaningful volunteer experiences that engage the passion of our volunteers and put their skills to the best use in serving our community. They deserve our congratulations for achieving Excellence in Volunteer Engagement certification.”

Excellence in Volunteer Engagement was developed in 2011 by the Mayor’s Office, in partnership with Hands On Nashville and the Center for Nonprofit Management. The initiative seeks to recognize nonprofit agencies with effective volunteer programs and to encourage other organizations to join them in improving their volunteer opportunities so they can maximize their resources and provide the best quality services possible. Mayor Dean recognized the recipients at an event this morning at the Center for Nonprofit Management at the Trolley Barns.

Four organizations are being certified for the first time, including American Cancer Society – Nashville Chapter, Bellevue Edible Learning Lab – Bell Garden, Nashville Sports Council and Open Table Nashville. Five of the organizations renewed their certification: Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee, Dispensary of Hope, Hospital Hospitality House of Nashville, Operation Stand Down Nashville and Project Return. Sixty-three Nashville nonprofits are currently certified in the program.

Mayor Karl Dean; Lewis Lavine, President of the Center for Nonprofit Management; and Laurel Creech, Chief Service Officer in the Mayor’s Office were joined on Friday, Aug. 29 by representatives of the nine nonprofit organizations that received a renewal or new certification in Excellence in Volunteer Engagement, an initiative to recognize high-quality volunteer management by nonprofits and to help increase the number of volunteers in Davidson County.

Mayor Karl Dean; Lewis Lavine, President of the Center for Nonprofit Management; and Laurel Creech, Chief Service Officer in the Mayor’s Office were joined on Friday, Aug. 29 by representatives of the nine nonprofit organizations that received a renewal or new certification in Excellence in Volunteer Engagement, an initiative to recognize high-quality volunteer management by nonprofits and to help increase the number of volunteers in Davidson County. (Photo: Metro Photographic Services)

“Volunteers are invaluable in helping to address critical community needs,” said Brian Williams, president and CEO of Hands On Nashville. “Nonprofits that lead outstanding volunteer programs empower community members to maximize their impact and achieve greater service delivery. The EVE-certified nonprofits recognized today serve as a shining example.”

A panel of judges representing the community determined which agencies qualified for a two-year certification. Certified organizations showed effectiveness in specific areas of volunteer management, including a defined volunteer program with an identified, dedicated and trained manager; a screening process that aligns volunteers’ skills and abilities with appropriate tasks; orientation for all volunteers; and an evaluation process to affirm a volunteer’s impact on the community and agency.

“These nonprofits are accomplishing their missions by providing first-rate volunteer opportunities and experiences,” said Lewis Lavine, President of the Center for Nonprofit Management. “We are pleased to recognize them today for achieving Excellence in Volunteer Engagement.”

Application is open to all nonprofit agencies in Davidson County with no restrictions on the size or budget of the organization and no application fee. EVE applications are due twice annually, and the next application period will begin in the spring of 2015. Applications can be found on the Center for Nonprofit Management’s website, www.cnm.org, or Hands On Nashville’s website, www.HON.org.

Excellence in Volunteer Engagement is part of the Mayor’s Office “Impact Nashville” initiative, which Mayor Dean launched on Sept. 30, 2010, as part of the national Cities of Service movement. Impact Nashville directs volunteerism toward two top priorities, public education and the environment. Aligned with the goals of the Cities of Service national coalition, Impact Nashville strives to improve the impact of volunteerism across our city in four areas: the impact for those being served, the impact for the volunteer, the impact on the agency’s mission and the impact on our community.

The 63 nonprofits currently certified for Excellence in Volunteer Engagement are the following:

• Alive Hospice Inc.
• American Cancer Society – Nashville Chapter
• American Red Cross
• Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville
• Bellevue Edible Learning Lab – Bell Garden
• Book’em
• CASA, Inc. of Davidson County
• Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee
• Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
• Christian Community Services, Inc.
• Christian Women’s Job Corps of Middle TN
• Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum
• Dispensary of Hope
• Fannie Battle Day Home for Children
• FiftyForward
• Friends Life Community, Inc.
• Friends of Warner Parks
• Frist Center for the Visual Arts
• Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville
• Hospital Hospitality House of Nashville
• Interfaith Dental Clinic
• Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee, Inc.
• Junior League of Nashville
• Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee
• Martha O’Bryan Center
• Nashville Adult Literacy Council
• Nashville CARES
• Nashville Conflict Resolution Center
• Nashville Humane Association
• Nashville International Center for Empowerment
• Nashville Public Library
• Nashville Sports Council
• Nashville Wine Auction
• Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
• Noah’s Ark Society
• Open Table Nashville
• Operation Stand Down Nashville, Inc.
• PENCIL Foundation
• Preston Taylor Ministries
• Project C.U.R.E.
• Project Reflect
• Project Return, Inc.
• Room In The Inn
• Safe Haven Family Shelter
• Salama Urban Ministries
• Salvation Army – Nashville
• Scarritt-Bennett Center
• Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
• Sexual Assault Center
• Siloam Family Health Center
• St. Luke’s Community House
• Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Nashville
• Ten Thousand Villages
• Tennessee Performing Arts Center
• Tennessee Voices for Children
• The Nashville Food Project
• The Next Door
• Thriftsmart
• W.O. Smith Music School
• Your Heart On Art
• Youth Encouragement Services
• Youth Villages
• YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Bonna Johnson
(615) 862-6461 direct
(615) 389-3405 cell
bonna.johnson@nashville.gov

Hands On Nashville Day 2014 Team Captain Toolkit!

Interested in rallying your friends, coworkers and neighbors for Hands On Nashville Day 2014? Ready to sign up to be a Team Captain?

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2013 Hands On Nashville Day volunteers!

YOU. ROCK.

Thanks to Team Captains like you, more than 1,500 volunteers will makeover 50-plus Metro Nashville Public Schools on September 20.

Here’s how you can create a team on our website, register for Hands On Nashville Day, and get your team pumped up for a FUN day of service!

You can always contact honday@hon.org  or call 615-298-1108 ext. 301 if you run into any trouble throughout this sign up process!


 Step 1 – Create an account at HON.org 

Already have an account? Great! Log in to your account at HON.org and jump to Step 2.)

  • Image of account creation page at HON.orgTo create an account, fill out the form above, click Submit, and you will be logged in and ready to go!

Step 2 – Create a new team.

  • Now that you are logged in, locate the top blue menu and click My Account.
  • Then, to the left, click on Create a New Team. 

Account page at HON.org

A new page will appear.

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  • Enter info about your team (No lie detectors, we promise).
  • Go ahead and add your team members to the list along with their contact info, too. You will need an email address and/or phone number for each team member.

(We highly recommend including email addresses whenever possible!)

  • Since you’re creating the team, you’re automatically Team Captain!

TIP: You can always add and remove team members later (We’ll show you how in Step 3).

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  • When ready, click the green Create Team button at the bottom of the page and wait for the hamsters in the wheel to do their work…
  • You’ll see a team confirmation page (NICELY DONE). All of your team members with email addresses listed will receive an email with instructions for how to accept the invitation to officially join your team.

Great job — you’re almost finished! 

Creating a team is a great first step, but it does NOT mean your team is signed up for Hands On Nashville Day. You must also register your team for a specific HON Day school site when registration opens on Thursday, Aug. 28. We’ll show you how in Step 4.


Step 3 – Update team information.

If you find yourself wanting to add additional team members (because you’re incredibly popular, charming, or just plain awesome) or update your roster, follow these steps:

  • While logged in to your account, click My Account.
  • To the left, click My Teams.

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  • Identify which volunteer team you would like to update, and click the plus sign (+) next to that team name.
  • Click Manage Team.
  • To add new members, click Add New Members.
  • To remove a team member, select the box next to the individual’s name and click Remove Member.

TIP: To make another member a Team Captain, select the individual and click Make A Captain. They will then be able to manage the roster and pump up the group. We’ll communicate directly with everyone you list as a Team Captain, so please think twice before assigning everyone that role!

Ready to move on? Now it’s time to sign up your team for a school site!


Step 4 – Sign your team up for Hands On Nashville Day!

To take part in Hands On Nashville Day, Team Captains must sign up their team for a specific Hands On Nashville Day school site once registration opens on Thursday, August 28. Schools fill up fast and the early bird gets the worm! To sign up your team:

  • Log in to your account at HON.org.
  • Click on the Hands On Nashville Day link on the HON.org homepage.
  • Click on the blue Volunteer buttonA new page will appear.

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  • Browse through the list of schools and find the perfect opportunity for your team.

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  • When you’ve found the school where you would like to volunteer, click Or sign up with a team.

TIP: If you accidentally click the green “Sign up”  button and register as an individual, you won’t be able to sign up your team. If this happens, don’t worry! You can always cancel your reservation from the “My Account” section of the site and try again (or send us an email if you have any issues).

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  • A new page will open where you can select your team.
  • In the “Option 1″ box use the scroll-down menu to select your volunteer team that will take part. Then click SELECT.
  • A pop-up window with your team members will then appear.

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  • Check the box next to the name of each team member who you want to sign up for Hands On Nashville Day.

(Team members that are “pending” on your team roster can be added like any one else. No worries! Jump down to the tip section below for more information.)

  • When you are ready, click SUBMIT!

WOO-HOO! 

Your team is now registered for Hands On Nashville Day! You and your teammates (with email addresses) will receive an email confirmation with additional details about where to go for your project, etc. Now is a great time to personally tell your team members the good news. Jump to the last step to see how!


HONft2011_388 TIP: If you do not have 100% commitments from each team member you’ve invited to be on your team, that’s OK. You can still go ahead and select these team members as shown in Step 4 and sign up your team for HON Day.

Team members who are shown as “pending” on your team roster will still get a slot if you select them when you sign up your team.

If for any reason team members are not going to be able to volunteer on September 20,  it is important you remove them from the school your team is signed for so that other volunteers can fill in those slots. The sooner you remove the team members who can’t make it, the better!

Here’s how:

  • Sign in.
  • Go to My Account.
  • In the main section of the page you will see your Upcoming Opportunities.
  • Find the opportunity your team is registered for.
  • Click on Manage My Team.
  • A pop-up window with team member names will appear.
  • Unselect the people who will NOT be joining you for HON Day.
  • Click SUBMIT to finalize your roster.

Step 5 – Communicate with your team.

Pumped to tell your team about this awesome event and plan your matching outfits for the day? You are able to send out mass messages to your members. Here’s how:

  • Log in to your account.
  • In the My Account section, click on My Teams.
  • Click the plus sign (+) next to your team name.
  • Click Manage Team and select which members you’d like to email.

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  • Click Email Members.
  • Write your message and hit SUBMIT to send!

Tip: This is another great reason to include email addresses for as many team members as you can! Only team members with emails listed will receive these messages. 

INFORMATION TO COMMUNICATE:

  • HON Day projects take place at 50+ school sites on Saturday, September 20 from 8 a.m. to Noon. When you’re done with the landscaping and painting, be sure and plan to attend the after party celebration including complimentary lunch ’til 2 p.m at Hands On Nashville.
  • Team Challenge  – Your team can choose to maximize its overall impact on Hands On Nashville Day by participating in the Team Challenge, which adds a team fundraising component to group volunteer efforts! If interested, click here to learn more.
  • Limited edition HON Day event t-shirts will be available beginning August 28 at HON.org.

Whew! That’s it. You now know everything you need to conquer the world… or, at least make it a better place. Still have questions? You can also call us at (615) 298-1108 ext. 301 or e-mail us at honday@hon.org. View this video for an easy walk-through:

A Great Summer of Youth Service!

We had a blast serving and learning with hundreds of outstanding youth this summer. We explored issues that impact our community, talked about sustainable eating and healthy food choices at the Hands On Nashville Urban Farm, and worked alongside skilled youth interns and other future leaders. What can we say? We’re already looking forward to next summer! Here’s a recap of our 2014 summer.


Crop City 2014 Youth Development Program Recap:

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Youth from Sophia’s Heart harvest materials for Squash Slaw at the Hands On Nashville Urban Farm!

Last week, Hands On Nashville’s Urban Agriculture team wrapped up its six-week youth development program, Crop City, and it was a huge success! Over the past two months, 763 youth spent a total of 1,923 hours learning about nutrition, the social and environmental impacts of our food choices, and of course, gardening, at the Hands On Nashville Urban Farm.

Each day, participants played educational games and harvested food from the garden, which they then used to create healthy, delicious snacks right at the Farm. Over the summer we harvested and ate 646 pounds of fresh fruits and veggies! This year’s partners included the Martha O’Bryan Center, Y-CAP, Nashville International Center for Empowerment, Watkins Park Community Center, Sofia’s Heart, and Youth Villages.

To see more pictures of the Crop City 2014, click here.

To learn more about our outstanding Urban Agriculture Teaching Interns who led Crop City this summer, click here.


Youth Volunteer Corps Summer Camp Recap

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Youth serving at The Nashville Food Project during week three of YVC Summer Camp.

This summer, Hands On Nashville also launched YVC Summer Camp, a brand new summer camp for youth ages 14-18. Each week, campers explored an issue that impacts our community.

During the months of June and July, campers learned about environmental issues, homelessness and hunger, health and wellness, and youth education, and served the Nashville community through experiential service-learning projects. Campers served at the Nashville Rescue Mission, gardened at BELL Garden, sorted medical supplies at Project C.U.R.E. and served and learned with many other community organizations.

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Youth serving at Fannie Battle during week four of HON’s YVC Summer Camp.

Huge thanks to our 2014 Summer Youth Leaders, Ben, Cecilia, Emily, and Conor, for helping make YVC Summer Camp a success!


Interested in serving as a youth leader? Hands On Nashville’s Youth Volunteer Corps is now recruiting passionate, dedicated youth to serve as leaders for our ongoing, monthly volunteer projects. Email Ashleigh at hon.org for more information.