Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question in, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
On Saturday Jan. 16, and Monday, Jan. 18, 90 young people helped answer Dr. King’s question with Hands On Nashville’s Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC)! Here’s a recap of their service-learning projects benefiting Nashville students and nonprofits:
Saturday, Jan. 16 – YVC Coat Sorting
Throughout December and January, HON’s YVC volunteers hosted a special Coats For Kids donation drive to collect coats for students served by Metro Schools’ H.E.R.O. Programs for Families in Transition. In December, dozens of volunteers decorated donation boxes and helped create signage for donation locations at seven Regional Metro Parks Community Centers.
On Saturday, Jan. 16, a group of 35 young volunteers, including a youth group from Atlanta, brought the project full circle by sorting and organizing 115 donated coats! Thanks to generous donors and these youth volunteers, the coats are now ready to be distributed to support local students and families.
In addition to the coat sorting, the group also assembled two benches, and folded 150 Site Words packets, which will support student learning at a nearby elementary school.
To complete the project, the participants reflected on how giving their time would support others throughout the community. They wrote down their dreams and future aspirations while discussing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of service
Monday, Jan. 18 – YVC Pack & Paint Project
On Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 55 volunteers, including students and teachers from Pearl-Cohn High School, STEM Prep, and University School of Nashville, arrived at the Hands On Nashville office ready to make their day off school a day “on” for their community.
The group set out to work on a multitude of projects, including assembling about 300 Winter Warmer Kits. The kits, which will support students and families experiencing homelessness, include care items like gloves, lip balm, lotion, and hand sanitizer.
Some volunteers also helped paint murals for Operation Stand Down Tennessee, and local schools, while others continued assembling Site Word booklets for classrooms.
Nashvillians Resolve to Serve
Dozens of volunteers took part in additional service projects throughout the weekend, including the 53 volunteers who spent Monday morning cleaning up hundreds of pounds of trash around a local waterway. During the project, the group cleared approximately a ton of trash and debris, including nearly 50 tires, from areas surrounding the Mill Creek watershed.
Sincere thanks to all of the volunteers who served with Hands On Nashville this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!