Mayor Dean Announces Seven Excellence in Volunteer Engagement (EVE) Recipients

57 Nashville-area Nonprofits Now Formally Recognized for High-quality Volunteer Management

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Mayor Karl Dean announced that seven nonprofit organizations have been formally recognized for their high-quality volunteer management programs, and have received Excellence in Volunteer Engagement (EVE) certification. This brings the number of Middle Tennessee nonprofits that are EVE-certified to 57.

EVElogo-2012-2014Excellence in Volunteer Engagement, the first such certification effort in the nation, was developed in 2011 by the Mayor’s Office, in partnership with Hands On Nashville and the Center for Nonprofit Management. The program seeks to recognize nonprofit agencies with effective volunteer programs and to encourage other organizations to join them in improving volunteer opportunities for the community. Dean recognized the recipients at an event this morning at the Center for Nonprofit Management’s office in the Trolley Barns/Rolling Mill Hill.

Mayor Dean commends the newly EVE-certified nonprofit organizations on May 2.

“I have always been proud of the strong volunteer spirit that Nashville has,” Dean said. “I commend these nonprofits for providing the types of meaningful volunteer experiences that engage the passion of our volunteers and put their skills to the best use in serving those in need. These organizations have also been important in increasing the number of volunteers in our city, helping Nashville achieve its highest-ever volunteer ranking.”

In early 2013, it was announced that Nashville ranks No. 14 of the 51 largest cities in the United States in terms of volunteerism, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Volunteering and Civic Life in America 2012 report.

Jennifer Ford pets this furry friend at 12 South Farmers Market.
A Nashville Humane Association volunteer working an information booth at a local Farmers’ Market.

The seven organizations that achieved certification include Christian Community Services, Inc., Coalition for Healthy Aging at Vanderbilt, Nashville Conflict Resolution Center, Nashville Humane Association, Project C.U.R.E., Sexual Assault Center, and The Junior League of Nashville.

A panel of judges representing the community determine which agencies qualify for a two-year certification. Certified organizations showed effectiveness in specific areas of volunteer management, including a defined volunteer program with an identified, dedicated and trained manager; a screening process that aligns volunteers’ skills and abilities with appropriate tasks; orientation for all volunteers; and an evaluation process to affirm a volunteer’s impact on the community and agency.

Application is open to all nonprofit agencies in Davidson County with no restrictions on the size or budget of the organization and no application fee. EVE applications are accepted twice a year, and the next application period will begin June 4 with certifications being awarded in August 2013. Applications can be found on the Center for Nonprofit Management’s website,, or Hands On Nashville’s website,

Excellence in Volunteer Engagement is part of the Mayor’s Office “Impact Nashville” initiative, which Dean launched on Sept. 30, 2010, as part of the national Cities of Service movement. Impact Nashville directs volunteerism toward two top priorities, public education and the environment. Aligned with the goals of the Cities of Service national coalition, Impact Nashville strives to improve the impact of volunteerism across our city in four areas: the impact for those being served, the impact for the volunteer, the impact on the agency’s mission and the impact on our community.

About Hands On Nashville

Hands On Nashville’s mission is to meet community needs through volunteerism. For more than 20 years, Hands On Nashville (HON) volunteers have been addressing critical issues facing the Middle Tennessee community such as hunger, homelessness and environmental protection. In 2012, HON connected or referred more than 117,000 volunteers to service opportunities, making it one of the largest volunteer resource centers of its kind in the world. Offering more than 400 volunteer opportunities to the community each month at, Hands On Nashville challenges everyone to find a way to give back and to … Be the Change. Volunteer. For more information, visit or call (615) 298-1108.

Media Contact: 
Becca Wilson, Hands On Nashville
(615) 298-1108 Ext. 406,


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