Mayor Recognizes 11 “Excellence in Volunteer Engagement” Recipients, Celebrates Initiative for Promoting High-Quality Volunteer Management

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Mayor Karl Dean (center-left); Laurel Creech, Chief Service Officer in the Mayor’s Office (front, middle-right), were joined on Monday, Aug. 31 by representatives of the eleven 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.

Since 2011, 65 EVE-Certified Nonprofits Engaged Volunteers in More Than 3 Million Hours

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean, in partnership with Hands On Nashville and the Center for Nonprofit Management, today celebrated 11 nonprofits achieving Excellence in Volunteer Engagement (EVE) certification and the success of the initiative, now in its eighth round.

Founded in 2011 by Mayor Dean, Hands On Nashville and the Center for Nonprofit Management, EVE recognizes high-quality volunteer management by nonprofits and aims to increase volunteers in Davidson County.

Today, 11 organizations were recognized for their achievements: Conexión Américas, Dismas Inc., Family and Children’s Service, Fannie Battle Day Home for Children, Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, Junior League of Nashville, Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee, Nashville Humane Association, Nashville Wine Auction, Noah’s Ark Society and Project C.U.R.E. In total, 65 organizations are currently EVE-certified.

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Mayor Dean thanks the nonprofits in attendance of the Excellence in Volunteer Engagement ceremony on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015.

“As Mayor, I have witnessed time and again the unyielding passion of Nashville volunteers and their significant contribution to making our city a great place to live,” said Mayor Dean. “I am proud of each of the EVE-certified nonprofits and their continued efforts to maximize the value of our city’s dedicated volunteers. I look forward to the continued success of this initiative.

Since its inception, EVE-certified agencies have engaged more than 300,000 volunteers in more than three million hours of service. The economic value of these volunteer efforts exceeds $70 million, according to Independent Sector research.

“Successful volunteer programs are core to the mission of each nonprofit recognized today,” said Lewis Lavine, President of the Center for Nonprofit Management. “Each exemplifies how effective volunteer engagement strategies can propel a nonprofit organization toward achieving its goals.”

A panel of community leaders determined which agencies qualified for a two-year certification based on effectiveness in specific areas of volunteer management.

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On Monday, Aug. 31, representatives from dozens of EVE-certified nonprofits joined Mayor Dean, Hands On Nashville, and the Center for Nonprofit Management to recognize eleven nonprofits certified during the eighth round of Excellence in Volunteer Engagement and celebrate the initiative and its successes.

“When nonprofits invest time and resources to empower volunteers, they are able to deliver better services and achieve greater outcomes,” said Brian Williams, President and CEO of Hands On Nashville. “I thank Mayor Dean for recognizing the efforts of nonprofits achieving Excellence in Volunteer Engagement and the significance of volunteerism in Middle Tennessee.”

The next round of applications will be accepted in Spring 2016 via Hands On Nashville’s website, 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.

Excellence in Volunteer Engagement, the first certification of its kind, 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.

The 65 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
  • Conexión Américas*
  • Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum
  • Dispensary of Hope
  • Dismas Inc*
  • Family and Children’s Service*
  • Fannie Battle Day Home for Children*
  • FiftyForward
  • Friends Life Community, Inc.
  • Friends of Warner Parks
  • Frist Center for the Visual Arts
  • Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee*
  • 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
  • Project C.U.R.E.*
  • Project Reflect
  • Project Return, Inc.
  • Room In The Inn
  • Safe Haven Family Shelter
  • 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

* Recognized for achieving certification or recertification during the eighth round of Excellence in Volunteer Engagement.


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