HON Earns Hall of Fame Status for Mayor’s Workplace Challenge

Mayor's Workplace Challenge 2015On April 10, 2015, Mayor Karl Dean recognized 20 workplaces for earning distinction in the Mayor’s Workplace Challenge Hall of Fame, including Hands On Nashville!

The Mayor’s Workplace Challenge encourages and recognizes places of work to excel in three areas that contribute to a high quality of life: being green, healthy and involved in the community. It is the first three-tiered challenge of its kind in the country, and other cities are replicating this initiative in their own communities.

 “I applaud the continued success of these workplaces in being environmentally friendly, promoting healthy choices among its employees and encouraging a culture of service through volunteerism,” Mayor Dean said. “The responses to the Workplace Challenge continue to be impressive and further exemplify why Nashville is such a great city to live and work.”

The third round of the Mayor’s Workplace Challenge concluded last month with total participation of over 235 workplaces representing more than 105,000 employees in Nashville.

Thank you, Mayor Dean, for this honor!

Youth Volunteer Corps of Nashville Receives Top Honor

NASHVILLE NAMED ONE OF THE TOP YVC PROGRAMS IN NORTH AMERICA

Hands On Nashville's Youth Volunteer Corp was named a Gold Level Aff
Hands On Nashville’s Youth Volunteer Corps was named a 2015 Gold Level Affiliate. #hypedonhelp

Nashville, Tenn. – Hands On Nashville’s Youth Volunteer Corps was named a 2015 Gold Level YVC Affiliate, one of only nine throughout the U.S. and Canada. The youth service program, hosted by Hands On Nashville, offers volunteer opportunities for more than 800 youth who serve more than 4,000 volunteer hours every year. Continue reading Youth Volunteer Corps of Nashville Receives Top Honor

Volunteer Spotlight: Daniel McDonell

Hands On Nashville Volunteer Daniel McDonald blowing insulation during a Home Energy Savings Project in January 2015.
Hands On Nashville Volunteer Daniel McDonell blowing insulation during a Home Energy Savings Project in January 2015.

It wasn’t long after Daniel McDonell moved to Nashville that he began volunteering. In his first year as a HON volunteer, Daniel has made a significant impact during sustainability-focused projects. We recently caught up with the Memphis native about his passion for the environment, favorite projects, and why he thinks volunteering is one way to keep the civic character of thriving town. Continue reading Volunteer Spotlight: Daniel McDonell

Hands On Nashville Announces 2015 Strobel Awards Recipients

Middle Tennessee Volunteers Recognized for Outstanding Community Service 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Middle Tennesseans were honored for outstanding volunteer work today at Hands On Nashville’s 29th annual Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards presented by HCA/TriStar Health.

  • Bob Bredensteiner– Capacity-building Volunteer Award
  • Julie Davis and Cheryl Hays – Volunteer Innovator Award
  • Conexión Américas’ Parents as Partners Facilitator Team – Civic Volunteer Group Award
  • Asurion – Corporate Volunteerism Award
  • Samantha Ponder – Direct Service Volunteer Award (Youth; ages 5-20 category)
  • Maurice Curry – Direct Service Volunteer Award (Adult; ages 21-49 category)
  • Amy Shever – Direct Service Volunteer Award (Adult 50+category)
  • Andy Myers– Hands On Nashville Volunteer of the Year Award (Adult)
  • Camryn Magsby– Hands On Nashville Volunteer of the Year Award (Youth)

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Hands On Nashville Announces 2015 Strobel Volunteer Awards Finalists

Meet the 2015 Strobel Volunteer Awards Finalists

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Hands On Nashville announced finalists for the 29th annual Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards presented by HCA/TriStar Health. The event recognizes outstanding Middle Tennessee volunteers who were nominated by the community in seven categories. Continue reading Hands On Nashville Announces 2015 Strobel Volunteer Awards Finalists

Mayor Announces City’s First Green Alley Project

Volunteers Needed to Plant Rain Gardens to Help Restore, Sustain the Health of Flood-Impacted Waterways.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean announced today that Nashville is undertaking its first Green Alley, a project where volunteers will plant rain gardens along alleyways to help restore and sustain the health of waterways that were damaged with debris and erosion during historic flooding in May, 2010. The project also makes alleyways more walkable and safe.

Renderings created by Landscape Solutions — LandscapeTN.com
Renderings created by Landscape Solutions — LandscapeTN.com

The project will take place in The Nations, which was one of the neighborhoods heavily impacted by the May 2010 flood, and will be completely free to participating households. Partners for Nashville’s first Green Alley Project include the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods and Impact Nashville, Hands On Nashville, Cumberland River Compact and Metro Water Services. Continue reading Mayor Announces City’s First Green Alley Project

Volunteer Spotlight: Andy Myers

Hands On Nashville Volunteer, Andy Myers, volunteering at the Hands On Nashville Urban Farm.
Hands On Nashville volunteer, Andy Myers, volunteering at the Hands On Nashville Urban Farm.

From helping edit curriculum taught to youth at the Hands On Nashville Urban Farm to leading volunteers in garden projects, Andy Myers has served with the Hands On Nashville Urban Agriculture Program for more than a year.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Jackie Hansom

Hands On Nashville Volunteer Jackie Hansom
Jackie Hamson (center) volunteering with friends on MLK Day of Service 2015.

From leading hundreds of volunteers on MLK Day to helping perform energy retrofits with the Home Energy Savings Program, Jackie Hansom has long been a standout Hands On Nashville volunteer! Continue reading Volunteer Spotlight: Jackie Hansom

Nominations Now Open for Strobel Volunteer Awards

Hands On Nashville Asks Community to Nominate Volunteer Heroes by Feb. 17

Nominations for the 2015 Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards are now being accepted through Feb. 17, 2015.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Hands On Nashville is asking the community to nominate outstanding individuals and groups for the 2015 Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards presented by HCA/TriStar Health. The Strobel Volunteers Awards are Middle Tennessee’s largest annual luncheon celebrating service in our community.

“Each year, the Strobel Awards present a great opportunity for us all to take a moment to celebrate the volunteer heroes in our lives,” said Brian Williams, Hands On Nashville president and CEO. “The stories of service we see in the nominations are a testament to the powerful role volunteers play in our community.”

Award nominations are being accepted at HON.org through Tuesday, Feb. 17, Hands On Nashville announced today. Continue reading Nominations Now Open for Strobel Volunteer Awards

800+ Volunteers Transform Community Centers on MLK Day

Hands On Nashville Coordinates 800+ Volunteers at Four Community Centers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – An estimated 800+ volunteers celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by participating in Hands On Nashville’s MLK Days of Service: Protecting & Serving Our Neighbors. During this two-day event, volunteers completed large-scale painting and facility improvement projects at four Metro Parks and Recreation community centers: Cleveland, Coleman Park, Hadley Park, and Looby.

Volunteers paint the halls at Cleveland Community Center in east Nashville on Saturday, Jan. 17 in celebration of the MLK Days of Service with Hands On Nashville.
Volunteers painting the halls at Cleveland Community Center in east Nashville on Saturday, Jan. 17 in celebration of the MLK Days of Service with Hands On Nashville.

> View photos from MLK Days of Service: Protecting & Serving Our Neighbors.
> View social media posts surrounding the event.

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