Welcome to the HON team, Alison and Adrianna!

Both Alison (left) and Adrianna (right) smile after their first month at Hands On Nashville. We're thrilled to have them here!
Both Alison (left) and Adrianna (right) smile after their first month at Hands On Nashville. We’re thrilled to have them here!

Holiday gifts arrived early at Hands On Nashville with two new faces joining our special Hands On Nashville team in November. Both Alison Duncan and Adrianna Silver have entered as AmeriCorps VISTAS, a program designed to specifically fight poverty that is supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Tennessee Literacy Coalition. In this program, Alison and Adrianna are provided with very small stipends for one year of learning through service. We are honored to have them on our team.

Alison is a born and bred Tar Heel, having lived in North Carolina for most of her life. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she spent a year working on organic farms across the country, developing her passion for farming and

Allison teaches kids about garlic at the BELL gardens.
Allison teaches kids about garlic at the BELL gardens volunteer project. She’ll be very active in doing similar teaching at the HON Urban Farm this spring and summer.

youth education. She moved to Nashville in January 2012, soon after completing a program in sustainable agriculture. Alison is super pumped to be a part of HON’s Urban Agriculture Program and is looking forward to working with some of Nashville’s inspiring young people.

As an AmeriCorps VISTA, Alison will work to build the capacity of the Urban Agriculture Program primarily through youth programming at the Urban Farm. She oversees the curriculum development, planning, and implementation of the new Urban Agriculture Internship Program, the Summer Apprenticeship Program, and the Summer Youth Service Camp. If you want to know more about the Urban Agriculture Program and/or get involved, please visit HON.org/urban_agriculture.

This shot show's Adrianna's first day on the job as she helps lead volunteers to apply energy-efficient upgrades  in an East Nashville home.
Adrianna leads volunteers to apply energy-efficient upgrades in an East Nashville home.

Adrianna, also passionate about sustainable programming, joins us as the Home Energy Savings Program‘s new VISTA. Adrianna graduated from Western Kentucky University (WKU) with a BA in Philosophy and English in 2011. While attending WKU she worked for the Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility (ICSR), where she was involved with both sustainability and community development efforts across her community and campus. Finally working as an assistant to WKU’s Sustainability Coordinator, she was able to put her degree to good work while continuing to learn about the latest environmental efforts. After graduating, Adrianna landed in Nashville where she has worked for several local businesses, most notably as the manager of the Green Wagon of East Nashville. She hopes to continue her relationship with the Nashville community through her work with HON. If you are a homeowner who has questions about the Home Energy Savings Program, please feel free to contact Adrianna at (615) 298.1108, Ext. 422 or email her at adrianna@hon.org.

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