Hands On Nashville Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Service Projects Benefiting 25 Schools.

Nearly 1,500 volunteers serve and celebrate on Hands On Nashville Day.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, nearly 1,500 volunteers lent their helping hands to local classrooms during Hands On Nashville Day, a community-service celebration supporting 25 Metro Nashville Public Schools.

092416 Hands On Nashville Day (5 of 14).jpg“There’s no better way for us to celebrate our 25th anniversary than by serving alongside 1,500 volunteers,” said Lori Shinton, president and CEO of Hands On Nashville. “Today’s effort shows the true power volunteerism that we’ve seen make such a difference in our community over the past two decades.”

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During the event, themed “Serve & Celebrate,” volunteers painted educational murals, revitalized playgrounds, applied window weather-stripping to classrooms, and completed additional facility improvements at schools district-wide. In partnership with the Mayor’s Office and Metro Beautification and Environment Commission, volunteers also planted trees and daffodils around school grounds.

092416 Hands On Nashville Day (3 of 14).jpg“Education is paramount to the success of our city,” said Mayor Barry, who volunteered at Warner Elementary Enhanced Option School. “It’s special to live in a community where residents are willing to give their time to support the next generation of leaders through their service.”

092416 Hands On Nashville Day (7 of 14).jpgThe time volunteers donated today made an estimated economic impact valued at more than $100,000. The event marked the 15th consecutive year of Hands On Nashville Day benefiting Metro Schools. Over the course of the organization’s 25-year history, more than 25,000 volunteers have engaged in approximately 75,000 hours of service on Hands On Nashville Day, creating an economic impact valued at nearly $2 million according to Independent Sector research.

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“Hands On Nashville Day provides a tremendous platform for community members to reach and connect with our schools in a very meaningful way,” said Dennis Neal, Executive Director of Facility & Grounds Maintenance Department at Metro Nashville Public Schools. “Today’s impact extends beyond the fresh coats of paint, and new trees. It demonstrates our community’s commitment to the success of our schools. ”

092416 Hands On Nashville Day (11 of 14).jpgAt the conclusion of each project site, volunteers celebrated the day’s accomplishments and the organizations 25th anniversary with honorary birthday cake.

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Multiple businesses championed this year’s event, including anniversary sponsor Dell, who supported educational murals for schools, and presenting sponsor Altria, who organized 50 volunteers to help today.

“Our company is committed to giving back year-round,” said Altria’s Mark Czuba. “We believe in the power of volunteerism and the incredible impact that occurs when our volunteers join together with the community in service.”

Hands On Nashville is asking the community to help make every day a Hands On Nashville Day with a $25 donation to support its mission and day-to-day efforts to connect volunteers with needs. Donations of any amount can be made at HON.org/birthday.

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