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Volunteers Resolve to Serve on MLK Day Weekend!

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question in, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

On Saturday Jan. 16, and Monday, Jan. 18, 90 young people helped answer Dr. King’s question with Hands On Nashville’s Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC)!   Continue reading Volunteers Resolve to Serve on MLK Day Weekend!

Serving Those Who’ve Served: Home Energy Savings Event Supports Veterans

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In honor of Veterans Day, Hands On Nashville partnered with Operation Stand Down Tennessee (OSDTN) to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of homes in which Veterans live.

During each of the four projects, Veterans volunteered their time to support their fellow servicemen and servicewomen.

Continue reading Serving Those Who’ve Served: Home Energy Savings Event Supports Veterans

Guest Post: Reuniting in Service and Leadership at Cameron Middle School

image2Angel is a ninth grade student at LEAD Academy High School. She was among a group of 20 student leaders in the Cameron College Prep eighth grade class who planned and executed an extensive volunteer project with fellow students, Hands On Nashville, HCA, Teach For America and other community partners to revive the Cameron courtyard during the 2014-2015 school year.

On Saturday, Oct. 24, Angel will travel back to the courtyard with her peers to continue her service to Cameron on Make A Difference Day. Before the project, she shared her excitement with us. Continue reading Guest Post: Reuniting in Service and Leadership at Cameron Middle School

Hands On Nashville’s Urban Agriculture Program Earns International Award!

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We’re pleased to announce Hands On Nashville’s Urban Agriculture Program earned third place in the teaching youth category for the 2015 INUAg Innovators in Urban Agriculture Prize! This award recognizes schools or youth focused programs working with children and teens to teach them urban farming.

To learn more about this international honor and view other recipients working to improve urban agriculture across the globe, click here.

Introducing the 2015-2016 Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps Members

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Introducing Hands On Nashville’s newest team members.

This spring, Hands On Nashville welcomed a new class of AmeriCorps members to serve in key impact areas. From supporting school gardens in Nashville, to engaging youth in service-learning opportunities year-round, each of these fine folks will support Hands On Nashville in its mission to meet community needs through volunteerism.  Continue reading Introducing the 2015-2016 Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps Members

24th Annual Hands On Nashville Day Results in More than 1,600 Volunteers Serving 31 Metro Schools

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During Hands On Nashville 2015, volunteers created a rain garden at J.E. Moss Elementary School in Antioch.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – More than 1,600 volunteers participated in today’s Hands On Nashville Day, the community’s largest annual day of service benefiting Metro Nashville Public Schools. Continue reading 24th Annual Hands On Nashville Day Results in More than 1,600 Volunteers Serving 31 Metro Schools

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