Mayor Announces Nine ‘Excellence in Volunteer Engagement’ Recipients

63 Nashville Nonprofits Now Recognized for High-Quality Volunteer Management

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean today announced the nine nonprofit organizations that received a renewal or new certification in Excellence in Volunteer Engagement (EVE), an initiative to recognize high-quality volunteer management by nonprofits and to help increase the number of volunteers in Davidson County. It is the first such certification effort in the nation.

Excellence in Volunteer Engagement 2014-2016“The spirit of volunteerism in Nashville is outstanding,” Mayor Dean said. “I applaud the efforts of these nonprofits to make our city a better place, and I thank them 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 our community. They deserve our congratulations for achieving Excellence in Volunteer Engagement certification.”

Excellence in Volunteer Engagement was developed in 2011 by the Mayor’s Office, in partnership with Hands On Nashville and the Center for Nonprofit Management. The initiative seeks to recognize nonprofit agencies with effective volunteer programs and to encourage other organizations to join them in improving their volunteer opportunities so they can maximize their resources and provide the best quality services possible. Mayor Dean recognized the recipients at an event this morning at the Center for Nonprofit Management at the Trolley Barns.

Four organizations are being certified for the first time, including American Cancer Society – Nashville Chapter, Bellevue Edible Learning Lab – Bell Garden, Nashville Sports Council and Open Table Nashville. Five of the organizations renewed their certification: Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee, Dispensary of Hope, Hospital Hospitality House of Nashville, Operation Stand Down Nashville and Project Return. Sixty-three Nashville nonprofits are currently certified in the program.

Mayor Karl Dean; Lewis Lavine, President of the Center for Nonprofit Management; and Laurel Creech, Chief Service Officer in the Mayor’s Office were joined on Friday, Aug. 29 by representatives of the nine 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.
Mayor Karl Dean; Lewis Lavine, President of the Center for Nonprofit Management; and Laurel Creech, Chief Service Officer in the Mayor’s Office were joined on Friday, Aug. 29 by representatives of the nine 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. (Photo: Metro Photographic Services)

“Volunteers are invaluable in helping to address critical community needs,” said Brian Williams, president and CEO of Hands On Nashville. “Nonprofits that lead outstanding volunteer programs empower community members to maximize their impact and achieve greater service delivery. The EVE-certified nonprofits recognized today serve as a shining example.”

A panel of judges representing the community determined which agencies qualified 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.

“These nonprofits are accomplishing their missions by providing first-rate volunteer opportunities and experiences,” said Lewis Lavine, President of the Center for Nonprofit Management. “We are pleased to recognize them today for achieving Excellence in Volunteer Engagement.”

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 due twice annually, and the next application period will begin in the spring of 2015. Applications can be found on the Center for Nonprofit Management’s website, www.cnm.org, or Hands On Nashville’s website, www.HON.org.

Excellence in Volunteer Engagement is part of the Mayor’s Office “Impact Nashville” initiative, which Mayor 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.

The 63 nonprofits currently certified for Excellence in Volunteer Engagement are the following:

• Alive Hospice Inc.
• American Cancer Society – Nashville Chapter
• American Red Cross
• Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville
• Bellevue Edible Learning Lab – Bell Garden
• Book’em
• CASA, Inc. of Davidson County
• Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee
• Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
• Christian Community Services, Inc.
• Christian Women’s Job Corps of Middle TN
• Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum
• Dispensary of Hope
• Fannie Battle Day Home for Children
• FiftyForward
• Friends Life Community, Inc.
• Friends of Warner Parks
• Frist Center for the Visual Arts
• Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville
• Hospital Hospitality House of Nashville
• Interfaith Dental Clinic
• Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee, Inc.
• Junior League of Nashville
• Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee
• Martha O’Bryan Center
• Nashville Adult Literacy Council
• Nashville CARES
• Nashville Conflict Resolution Center
• Nashville Humane Association
• Nashville International Center for Empowerment
• Nashville Public Library
• Nashville Sports Council
• Nashville Wine Auction
• Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
• Noah’s Ark Society
• Open Table Nashville
• Operation Stand Down Nashville, Inc.
• PENCIL Foundation
• Preston Taylor Ministries
• Project C.U.R.E.
• Project Reflect
• Project Return, Inc.
• Room In The Inn
• Safe Haven Family Shelter
• Salama Urban Ministries
• Salvation Army – Nashville
• Scarritt-Bennett Center
• Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
• Sexual Assault Center
• Siloam Family Health Center
• St. Luke’s Community House
• Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Nashville
• Ten Thousand Villages
• Tennessee Performing Arts Center
• Tennessee Voices for Children
• The Nashville Food Project
• The Next Door
• Thriftsmart
• W.O. Smith Music School
• Your Heart On Art
• Youth Encouragement Services
• Youth Villages
• YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Bonna Johnson
(615) 862-6461 direct
(615) 389-3405 cell
bonna.johnson@nashville.gov

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