Hands On Nashville’s 2021 Guide to Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for ways to give back to the community this holiday season? We’ve got you covered with great opportunities for your family, or to do with friends! Thank you for your support of Middle Tennessee’s nonprofits, and from the HON family to yours, we hope you have a very happy holiday.

To view even more volunteer opportunities, visit our calendar.

Distribute gifts to Angel Tree families
Salvation Army Nashville

Minimum age: 12
When: Dec. 17-22

The Salvation Army needs volunteers to assist in distributing gifts to the Angel Tree families. The families will come to the warehouse beginning Dec. 17. Volunteer are needed to help locate gifts and take them to family’s cars.

Create postcards supporting the Build Back Better campaign
Tennessee Justice Center
Minimum age: 13 
When: December 20 

Join the Tennessee Justice Center for their holiday party on Zoom, where volunteers will be writing letters to congress as part of the Build Back Better Postcard Campaign.  During the festivities guests will be able to win raffle prizes, listen to Christmas music, and sit in on a Q&A about this latest campaign.

Guide guests through the magical world of Holiday Lights
Cheekwood Estates & Gardens 
Minimum age:
16
When:
Dec. 16 – Jan. 9

Greet guests and offer directions as folks explore the winter wonderland of Cheekwood’s Holiday Lights! Volunteers are stationed at major traffic areas throughout the gardens, and given an orientation to answer frequently-asked questions. Volunteers must be able to show COVID-19 vaccine care or image of card, and wear a mask indoors.

Wrap diapers for new families in need
Nashville Diaper Connection
Minimum age: 12
When: Dec. 30

Count and wrap diapers before they are packaged and distributed to families in need. Volunteers will help with labeling and organization of the diapers, and assist with other warehouse tasks as needed. Masks are required for all volunteers.

Cook a meal with the residents of Dismas House
Dismas House of Nashville
Minimum age: 12
When: Dec. 16 – 30

Dismas House is always looking for volunteers interested in preparing a meal (or ordering something in to share) with their residents! Volunteers can prepare meals in a state-of-the-art kitchen, with plenty of sous chefs for help! Each night has a culinary theme to help give you an idea of what to prepare. Italian, Asian, Mexican, and Breakfast for Dinner are just a few of the menu options!

Create Love Your Neighbor Notes to help spread cheer
Community Resource Center
Minimum age: 4
When: Ongoing (Virtual!)

Create notes, cards, and drawings from the comfort of your home with your little ones. The CRC uses these drawings to include in their hygiene and relief packages for neighbors in need. (Like those impacted by the Dec. 10-11 severe storms!) Creativity and color is always encouraged, and volunteers are asked to complete their cards within two weeks of signing up.

Foster a pet for a family in crisis
Pawster Nashville
Minimum age: 18
When: Ongoing

Pawster Nashville provides “Crisis Foster Care” for dogs and cats. When a pet owner is temporarily unable to care for their animal due to crisis, a volunteer foster is asked to care for the animal until their owner is back on their feet. Sign up to be a Pawster Foster, and you help keep a pet and their person together.

Help make improvements to Mill Ridge Park
Friends of Mill Ridge Park
Minimum age: 18
When: Dec. 21

Volunteer to improve primitive hiking trails at the forthcoming Mill Ridge Park in Antioch. Volunteering consists of a variety of instructed tasks, including brush clearing, digging and regrading, trash and debris removal, marking and signing trails on the natural parkland.

Prepare food totes for the community
Nashville General Hospital
Minimum age: 15
When: Dec. 16 – Jan. 27

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, volunteers package 30 to 60 food totes to be delivered to households that experience food insecurity. The food pharmacy is on the lower level of the hospital, so volunteers will be away from any patient areas. This is a great for individuals and small groups!

Get in a workout while helping the local community garden
BELL Garden
Minimum age: 18
When: Dec. 18

Some strong volunteers are needed to help prep the garden for the 2022 growing season! Volunteers will be asked to lift 50 pounds of mulch and soil and help spread it across the garden beds. The BELL Garden serves as a teaching and learning lab for volunteers, students of Bellevue Middle Prep, and the community.  

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