Mayor Barry and nonprofit partnership celebrate 41 successful volunteer programs

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Mayor Barry and representatives of Nashville nonprofits celebrating the ninth round of Excellence in Volunteer Engagement at the Center for Nonprofit Management on May 23, 2016.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM), Hands On Nashville and the Mayor’s Office partnered to honor 41 nonprofits achieving Excellence in Volunteer Engagement (EVE) certification today at CNM.

Founded in 2011 by Mayor Karl Dean, CNM and Hands On Nashville, the new administration under Mayor Megan Barry renewed this unique cross-sector partnership recognizing nonprofits with high-quality volunteer management for the first time this year.

“Volunteers perform such amazing work in our city, and our nonprofits make this work possible,” said Mayor Barry. “We are excited to continue the EVE collaboration to honor nonprofits leading excellence volunteer management programs. These programs make the volunteer commitment successful. I am so proud of the nonprofits being recognized here today for working hard to ensure that volunteers’ time is utilized for the greatest possible return.”

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Mayor Barry congratulating 41 nonprofits achieving Excellence in Volunteer Engagement certification at the Center for Nonprofit Management on May 23, 2016.

To be certified with EVE honors, nonprofits must adhere to certain volunteer management best practices: conducting volunteer orientations, distributing training materials, designating a staff member as a volunteer coordinator, including a volunteer program component in the organization’s strategic plan and more.

Today, 41 organizations received EVE certification, as determined by a panel of community leaders, and all of them are re-certifications. A nonprofit’s certification lasts two years and is then eligible for renewal. In total, 64 organizations are currently EVE certified.

“Volunteers are an invaluable part of our community and play a significant role in meeting critical needs,” said Hands On Nashville’s Vice President of Operations and Interim Executive Director Lori Shinton. “History has shown that when nonprofits combine effective strategy and purpose to engage volunteers, greater impacts and outcomes are possible for all.”

The next round of EVE applications will be accepted in the fall via Hands On Nashville’s website, Any nonprofit agency in Davidson County may apply.

“We look forward to continuing the EVE initiative and we are grateful to the Mayor’s Office for continuing this partnership,” said CNM President Lewis Lavine.

The 41 nonprofits with renewed EVE certification are:

  • Alive Hospice
  • The American Red Cross of Tennessee
  • Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville
  • Begin Anew
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee
  • Book’em
  • CASA Nashville
  • Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
  • Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum
  • FiftyForward
  • Friends Life Community
  • Friends of Warner Parks
  • Frist Center for the Visual Arts
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville
  • Interfaith Dental Clinic
  • Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee
  • Martha O’Bryan Center
  • Nashville Adult Literacy Council
  • Nashville CARES
  • Nashville Public Library
  • Nashville Zoo
  • PENCIL Foundation
  • Project Reflect Inc.
  • Project Return
  • Room In The Inn
  • Safe Haven Family Shelter
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
  • Siloam Family Health Center
  • St. Luke’s Community House
  • Susan G. Komen Greater Nashville
  • Tennessee Performing Arts Center
  • Tennessee Voices for Children
  • The Nashville Food Project
  • The Next Door Nashville
  • The Salvation Army – Nashville
  • ThriftSmart
  • W.O. Smith Music School
  • Your Heart on Art
  • Youth Encouragement Services
  • Youth Villages
  • YWCA Nashville and Middle Tennessee


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