HONDay 2018 brings together nearly 1,000 volunteers for school improvement projects

Dr. Kimberly Fowler, principal at Hickman Elementary School, addresses the group of volunteers as Hands On Nashville Day 2018 kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Nearly 1,000 volunteers came together on Saturday, Sept. 22, for the 27th Annual Hands On Nashville Day, a citywide day of service supporting Metro Nashville Public Schools. At 15 schools, volunteers created inspirational murals, landscaped playgrounds and school gardens, painted hallways and gymnasiums, and more.

“The volunteers out here today are showing how much they support MNPS students and families,” said Dr. Kimberly Fowler, principal of Hickman Elementary School. “Their efforts are about more than a coat of paint or a wheelbarrow of mulch. They’re spending their time to show just how important our schools and our children are to the whole community.”

Hands On Nashville partnered with numerous community organizations and businesses in support of the day of service. A team of employee volunteers from Altria, the presenting sponsor, completed projects at Hickman.

“Hands On Nashville Day is a great way to connect with the community,” said Altria’s Mark Czuba. “This is our third year as a sponsor, and each year we get to collaborate with co-workers, friends — even total strangers. We’re honored to be a part.”

Environmental projects are an important part of the HON Day effort. This year, Metro Public Works sponsored 96 tree plantings. Funding was provided through a Community Partner Grant from Lowe’s/Keep America Beautiful (KAB), a national nonprofit. The trees were planted by Nashville Tree Foundation’s Green Shirt volunteers.

“Events like Hands On Nashville Day show the incredible impact volunteerism has on a community,” said Lori Shinton, president and CEO of Hands On Nashville. “We are so appreciative of the more than 1,000 community members who came together to serve and truly make a difference for their Nashville neighbors.”

Throughout Hands On Nashville’s 27 years, more than 26,000 volunteers have engaged in 75,000 hours of Hands On Nashville Day service, creating an economic impact valued at nearly $2 million, according to Independent Sector research.

Those wanting to support the Hands On Nashville mission can donate $25 and receive a commemorative 2018 Hands On Nashville Day T-shirt. Learn more here.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Altria, Emma, MP&F, HCA Physicians Services Group, Macy’s, KPMG, CMT, Deloitte, Aetna. And much gratitude to our community partners: Metro Nashville Public Schools, the Office of Mayor David Briley, Nashville Tree Foundation, Metro Nashville Public Works, and Keep America Beautiful.

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