Volunteer Spotlight: Will Hedgecock

Will Hedgecock has a new philosophy in life. “Wake up early on a Saturday, give four or five hours of service to your community, and be back by noon to lay out by the pool, and feel good about having helped out with the added bonus of knowing you’ve gotten at least two days’ worth of exercise under your belt!”

This 26-year-old achiever isn’t all about pool time, though. Working on his Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering at Vanderbilt, he is all about challenging himself to take on new adventures. In addition to loving the outdoors (he can often be found on a trail, riding a bike, or navigating a river in a canoe), Will is not afraid to experiment when it comes to choosing service projects on the HON Opportunity Calendar. “I’ve been very active within the organization, trying out various opportunities – some of which I knew I’d enjoy and some which were outside of my comfort zone,” says Will. From Urban Farm projects to helping with benefit concerts like the “Moograss” Festival, he’s excited to make a positive difference in the community.

Will encourages others looking to get involved to first start with some issue or place that has meaning to them. “I was excited to see a Radnor Lake volunteer day,” Will says. “This is a park several of my friends and I have visited many times, and I thought it’d be not only fun to help out there, but also to give back to a resource that I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy. Since then, I’ve found a number of Nashville non-profits that I really enjoy volunteering for that I never would have even known about without Hands On Nashville.”

Once you volunteer with something familiar, Will encourages you to “branch out and try something new. You just might find a hidden interest you never knew you had!”

“I’m definitely glad I started volunteering with HON, and I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had with the organization so far. Looking forward to many more volunteer opportunities in the near future!”

Do you have an interest in volunteering and trying out something new? Try working on the Urban Farm, helping with the Clay Shoot Fundraiser, or how about Blind Golfing?

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4 thoughts on “Volunteer Spotlight: Will Hedgecock

  1. Will was one of our volunteers at the SideShow Fringe Festival and he was wonderful. He showed up with a smile that was infectious and gladly did anything we asked of him. His upbeat mood and can do attitude was a welcome addition to our team. He is an inspiring individual and HandsOn is lucky to have him as is any organization.

    1. Kat, thank you for your note! We are always thrilled to feature the amazing volunteers that make Nashville such a great place to live, and Will is no exception. What a guy! Thanks for all that you and Actors Bridge do for the community – we appreciate your partnership!

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