Three ‘Excellence in Volunteer Engagement’ Recipients Renew Certification

 EVElogo-2015-201760 Nashville Nonprofits Now Recognized for High-Quality Volunteer Management 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean today announced the nonprofit organizations that received renewal 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. Christian Community Services, Inc., Nashville Conflict Resolution Center and Sexual Assault Center each renewed their two-year certifications for the seventh round of EVE. Currently, there are 60 Nashville certified nonprofits.

“Volunteerism is core to Nashville’s vibrant culture,” Mayor Dean said. “I thank each of these nonprofits for continuing to deliver volunteer experiences that engage the passion of community volunteers and align their talents to best serve our community. Each deserves our congratulations for renewing certification in Excellence in Volunteer Engagement.”

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. It is the first such certification effort in the nation. Each organization recognized today was first certified in May 2013.

“Volunteers provide vital services, advocacy, and innovation to help address critical community needs,” said Brian Williams, president and CEO of Hands On Nashville. “Nonprofits that work with passion and purpose to deliver outstanding volunteer programs empower community members to make a difference and achieve greater service delivery. The programs realized by these EVE-certified nonprofits serve as guiding examples.”

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 employing high-quality volunteer management practices,” said Lewis Lavine, president of the Center for Nonprofit Management. “They exemplify Excellence in Volunteer Engagement, and we are pleased to recognize them today.”

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 June 2015. 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 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 60 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.
  • Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee
  • Martha O’Bryan Center
  • Nashville Adult Literacy Council
  • Nashville CARES
  • Nashville Conflict Resolution Center
  • 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 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

For more information:

Kealie Williams, Hands On Nashville

About Hands On Nashville

Hands On Nashville (HON) works to address critical issues facing the Middle Tennessee community through volunteer-centric programming. Annually, HON connects thousands of volunteers to service opportunities supporting area nonprofits as well as its programs in urban agriculture, home energy savings, youth leadership development and support of public education.

Hands On Nashville challenges everyone to find a way to make a difference. For more information, visit or call (615) 298-1108.


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