Mayor Barry and nonprofit partnership celebrate 41 successful volunteer programs

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Mayor Barry and representatives of Nashville nonprofits celebrating the ninth round of Excellence in Volunteer Engagement at the Center for Nonprofit Management on May 23, 2016.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM), Hands On Nashville and the Mayor’s Office partnered to honor 41 nonprofits achieving Excellence in Volunteer Engagement (EVE) certification today at CNM. Continue reading Mayor Barry and nonprofit partnership celebrate 41 successful volunteer programs

HES Homeowner Spotlight: The Arnetts

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“My hope, of course, is that people see [the work of volunteers] and they want to continue it… the hope is that it has a ripple effect.”

Meet the Arnetts, a family of four, who live in South Nashville. Volunteers brightened this young, growing family’s home in the winter of 2014 through the Home Energy Savings (HES) Program. Volunteers have made over 275 homes more energy efficient through this program, saving homeowners an estimated $275,000 since 2011.

Here is the Arnetts’ Story:

“In a city where affordable housing is getting harder and harder to come by, I think Hands On Nashville is one of those few [agencies] working from a different angle in trying to make living in Nashville more affordable,” observed Ryan, a father, husband, and HES homeowner. He explains how saving energy ultimately leads to saving money.

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Saving money is crucial for HES homeowners, who earn an average of 50% below the city’s median family income. Metro Social Services reports that utility cost assistance is the most frequently identified unmet community need in Nashville. Hands On Nashville’s HES Program seeks to address that need through volunteerism.

Hands On Nashville’s HES program is made possible by hundreds of volunteers each year, many of whom come from local businesses. During the Arnett project, employees from Cummins blew in attic insulation, caulked windows and doors, and upgraded lighting and plumbing fixtures in just four short hours. “It’s cool to see folks that work together on a regular basis come together to do something beneficial for their immediate community,” Ryan adds. “Their heart was in it, which is the most important part.”

Being a self-employed contractor at the time of the project, Ryan was able to share some of his own knowledge with the volunteers: “It was fun to share a little bit of know-how with folks who wanted to do something good for someone else.” If it were not for the volunteers, Ryan notes, installing insulation and air sealing would still be on his to-do list today. “If I could say anything to the volunteers, it would be thank you.”

Keep the Energy Flowing!

As Ryan reflected on the impact of this project, he made it clear that this is only the beginning. “My hope, of course, is that people see [the work of volunteers] and they want to continue it… the hope is that it has a ripple effect.”

Be a part of that ripple.

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Hands On Nashville Announces 2016 Strobel Awards Recipients

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The 30th Annual Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards began a with special musical performance by the Tennessee School for the Blind Choir, which honored all of the Strobel Award nominees. More than 100 nominees joined on the choir for the performance.

Middle Tennessee Volunteers Recognized for Outstanding Community Service in Six Categories

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Middle Tennesseans were honored for outstanding volunteer work at Hands On Nashville’s 30th annual Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards.

  • Peggy Napier – Capacity-building Volunteer Award
  • Vanderbilt Sewing Club – Civic Volunteer Group Award
  • TechnologyAdvice – Corporate Volunteerism Award
  • Anna Grace Smith – Direct Service Volunteer Award (Ages 5–20 category)
  • Dominique Jordan – Direct Service Volunteer Award (Ages 21–49 category)
  • Donna Moffitt – Direct Service Volunteer Award (Ages 50-plus category)

Continue reading Hands On Nashville Announces 2016 Strobel Awards Recipients

Spring Break 2016 Recap!

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During their Spring Break, a group of eight completed Hands On Nashville’s students Engage. Change. service-learning training! During the week participants explored needs within the community, practiced service project planning, and learned more about their leadership skills and one another.

During their week of Spring Break, motivated groups of students chose to spend their time serving their community through projects and service leadership training with Hands On Nashville. Students gave their time prepping meals at Nashville Food Project, gardening at Salvation Army, and sorting food at Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, medical supplies at Project C.U.R.E. and clothing at Goodwill!

Continue reading Spring Break 2016 Recap!

Hands On Nashville Announces 2016 Strobel Awards Finalists

 

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Hands On Nashville announced finalists for the 30th Annual Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards. The event recognizes outstanding Middle Tennessee volunteers who were nominated by the community in six categories. Continue reading Hands On Nashville Announces 2016 Strobel Awards Finalists

Green Break 2016 Recap!

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This group put in a valiant effort on 50K tree day! On Feb. 27, 2016, university groups, high school students, corporate teams, and more came together to plant 378 trees during the statewide effort to plant 50,000. The 378 trees HON volunteers planted will offset an estimated 1,631.1 tons of carbon over time.

What better way to spend spring break than helping out in the great outdoors?

Over the course of the last month, Hands On Nashville had the opportunity to work with hundreds of volunteers from across the country to complete 13 meaningful projects supporting our environment. Now that’s what we like to call a “Green Break!” Continue reading Green Break 2016 Recap!

Hands On Nashville’s Youth Volunteer Corps Receives Top Honor

NASHVILLE NAMED OF THE TOP YVC PROGRAMS IN NORTH AMERICA

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Nashville, Tenn. – Youth Volunteer Corps of Nashville was named a 2016 Gold Level YVC Affiliate, one of less than 15 YVC programs throughout the U.S. and Canada awarded this honor. The youth service program, hosted by Hands On Nashville, offers volunteer opportunities for nearly 1,000 youth who serve nearly 4,000 volunteer hours every year. Continue reading Hands On Nashville’s Youth Volunteer Corps Receives Top Honor

On Saturday, Feb. 13, volunteers sorted 3,700 books to support youth literacy! Thanks to each of our student volunteers, teachers, and partners for making the 2016 Hands On Nashville, Book 'em Book Drive for kids a success!

3,700 Books Donated through 6th Annual YVC, Book ’em Drive for Kids!

Throughout the month of January and February, nine schools participated in the 6th annual Hands On Nashville and Book ’em Book Drive for Kids! Continue reading 3,700 Books Donated through 6th Annual YVC, Book ’em Drive for Kids!

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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!