Mayor Recognizes 11 “Excellence in Volunteer Engagement” Recipients, Celebrates Initiative for Promoting High-Quality Volunteer Management

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Mayor Karl Dean (center-left); Laurel Creech, Chief Service Officer in the Mayor’s Office (front, middle-right), were joined on Monday, Aug. 31 by representatives of the eleven 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.

Since 2011, 65 EVE-Certified Nonprofits Engaged Volunteers in More Than 3 Million Hours

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean, in partnership with Hands On Nashville and the Center for Nonprofit Management, today celebrated 11 nonprofits achieving Excellence in Volunteer Engagement (EVE) certification and the success of the initiative, now in its eighth round. Continue reading Mayor Recognizes 11 “Excellence in Volunteer Engagement” Recipients, Celebrates Initiative for Promoting High-Quality Volunteer Management

YVC Summer Camp Week 3 Recap: Health & Wellness

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Campers sorting medical supplies for patients in developing countries during week two of Hands On Nashville’s 2015 YVC Summer Camp.

What does it mean to be healthy and well? What health-related issue are others struggling with in our community? During week three of Hands On Nashville’s YVC Summer Camp, a group of twelve high school students explored these questions through a series of service-learning activities. Continue reading YVC Summer Camp Week 3 Recap: Health & Wellness

Crop City 2015 – Final Recap!

071515_Crop City-3Time flies when you are having fun (and gardening and cooking delicious fresh food!). It’s been a great summer of learning, gardening, and eating at the Hands On Nashville Urban Farm. For six weeks, our 2015 Urban Agriculture Teaching lead their peers through a hands-on curriculum that aimed to positively impact knowledge and behavior around eating. They did a wonderful job!

Here’s a few numbers that help tell the story:

  • Participants hours at Crop City : 2,800+
  • Pounds of produce harvested: 300+
  • Number of Teaching Interns: 12

And while it won’t show up in any numbers or future learning menu, we shared a lot of laughs, games, smiles, and good food with a great group of participants.

Here’s a sampling of the lessons taught in the latter half of the Crop City summer. Continue reading Crop City 2015 – Final Recap!

YVC Summer Camp Week #2 – Hunger & Homelessness

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Campers sorting food to fight hunger at Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee during week two of the 2015 YVC Summer Camp.

During week two of Hands On Nashville’s YVC Summer Camp, a group of 12 teens spent their week learning about the impacts and issues of hunger and homelessness. Through interactive discussions, documentary film viewings, and hands-on service projects, campers spent time learning and thinking about root causes and researched opportunities to positively impact these issues. Continue reading YVC Summer Camp Week #2 – Hunger & Homelessness

Reaching My True Potential: A Reflection of AmeriCorps Service

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Ashleigh Barker refurbishing a bicycle during Hands On Nashville’s 2015 YVC Spring Break at Oasis Center.

Ashleigh Barker reflects on a year as a Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps Member.

For the last year, Ashleigh Barker has served as Hands On Nashville’s YVC Outreach AmeriCorps Member. In this role, Ashleigh has poured her heart and energy into connecting Nashville youth and teens, many of whom attend Metro Nashville Public Schools, to meaningful service opportunities designed to help them grow as leaders in their own right. From guiding a team of Youth Volunteer Corps interns who develop and lead their own service projects at area nonprofits, to facilitating a dynamic service-learning Summer Camp educating young Nashvillians in multiple issue areas, to creating social-networking content and the regular youth newsletter, Ashleigh has made a lasting impact in the lives of youth leaders, and those they benefit.

During her final week at Hands On Nashville, Ashleigh offered this reflection of her time as an AmeriCorps Member. Continue reading Reaching My True Potential: A Reflection of AmeriCorps Service

YVC Summer Camp Week #1 Engages Teens in Sustainability and Service-Learning

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YVC Summer Camp participants volunteering at Bell Garden during Environment week, which occurred June 8-12.

As Nashville prepared for the Country Music Association’s annual four-day Music Festival, the high-school students attending HON’s first week-long Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) Summer Camp of 2015 gained new appreciation for sustainable living as a form of community outreach. Organized by YVC AmeriCorps Member Ashleigh Barker, and led by Stephanie, a Hands On Nashville Summer Youth Leader, youth spent the mornings building new knowledge of climate issues, food systems (local and global), and sustainable living practices through fun and engaging group-learning activities. Continue reading YVC Summer Camp Week #1 Engages Teens in Sustainability and Service-Learning

Introducing Hands On Nashville’s 2015 Urban Agriculture Teaching Interns!

Urban Ag 2015 Teaching_web_group As Crop City 2015 kicks off at the Hands On Nashville Urban Farm, we’d like to introduce you to a fantastic group of young people who will be leading the six-week, farm-to-table program for Nashville youth. These outstanding Urban Agriculture Teaching Interns will lead a curriculum that positively impacts knowledge, skills, and behaviors about healthy eating and nutrition. From leading gardening activities to preparing healthy snacks to leading games that teach about the food system, each will be play a leading role in the success of the program. Before the fun began, we caught up with each leader about why they wanted to be part of Crop City this summer. Continue reading Introducing Hands On Nashville’s 2015 Urban Agriculture Teaching Interns!

Introducing the 2015 Summer Youth Leaders!

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Hands On Nashville’s 2015 Summer Youth Leaders! From left to right: Margaret, Stephanie, Shira, and Yavin.

This June and July, Hands On Nashville’s Youth Volunteer Corps is inviting teens to spend a week of summer vacation exploring issues facing our community. Each weeklong session focuses on a different issue area – environment, hunger and homelessness, health and wellness and youth education – and is designed to encourage a deeper understanding of our community through hands-on service learning experiences.

These four Summer Youth Leaders have stepped up to guide this initiative and are using their leadership skills to do good this summer. Please join us in welcoming them! Continue reading Introducing the 2015 Summer Youth Leaders!