Category Archives: AmeriCorps

How can you serve your community on MLK Day?

MLK Day is a holiday dedicated to the remembrance and celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Making time to volunteer for this Day of Service is a great way to engage with your community while honoring the legacy of Dr. King. Whether you plan on cleaning up a public space, mentoring a young person, or assisting those who are food insecure, what you do makes a world of difference.

Below we have rounded up a list of MLK Day service projects for the week of Jan. 17-24. To view a full list of HON’s January opportunities, click  here.

If you serve on MLK Day, we want to know! Share your stories on social media using the hashtags #MLKDay and #DayON. 

Collect books for donation with the Safe Haven Black Book Drive 
Safe Haven Family Shelter 
Minimum age: 15+
When: Ongoing until Jan. 31 

Want to support two causes at the same time? Safe Haven Family Shelter is collecting books that feature a civil rights leader and/or about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Volunteer by donating books to children experiencing homelessness and by supporting a Black-owned business!

Pick up debris at the West Nashville Encampment Clean Up 
Shower The People 
Minimum age: 16+
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24

Help Shower the People pick up litter and remove debris from the West Nashville/Brookemeade encampment shelter.  This is an important opportunity to help keep trash out of our local waterways and help our unhoused companions maintain a more suitable living space.

Read books with kids at the McNeilly Book Fair 
McNeilly Center for Children  
Minimum age: 10+
When: 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18

McNeilly Center for Children will need a few volunteers to assist staff during the book fair. Volunteers will help students pick books that interest them, and engage by reading and coloring together.

Remove invasive plants at Shelby Park
Friends of Shelby Park 
Minimum age: 14+
When: 1 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17

Help Friends of Shelby Park eliminate obtrusive plants that are harmful to the environment, human wealth, and/or the economy. Join other volunteers in investing energy and time while removing invasive plants. Snacks, water, and gloves will be provided. 

Maintain trains and keep visitors safe at the ‘Trains!’ exhibit
Adventure Science Center  
Minimum age: 14+
When: Jan. 13 – Jan. 31 

Bring joy to the community by helping the Adventure Science Center with their train exhibit! As a volunteer you will help staff clean and rotate engines, troubleshoot any faulty trains, and monitor the exhibit for safety and cleanliness. No experience necessary!

Beautify the McNeilly Center while learning more about Dr. King
McNeilly Center for Children
Minimum age: 5+
When: 9 a.m. – noon Monday, Jan. 17

Help get the center ready for spring by helping remove graffiti and other markings from the building, and getting the center’s flower planters ready for spring! This event will also include a discussion for volunteers about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s thoughts and teachings about education and childcare with McNeilly Executive Director, Alyssa Dituro. 

Deliver Food to Afghan Refugees
The Branch of Nashville
Minimum age: 12+
When: 5:30-6p.m. on Mondays

Volunteers are needed to pick up pre-made meals from the food bank and deliver them to Afghan families in the Nashville areas. The Branch is partnering with refugee resettlement agencies in Tennessee, and helping provide weekly food support to many of the 400 Afghan allies arriving in the area. 

Virtual Opportunities:

Tutor students through the accelerating scholars program
PENCIL 
Minimum age: 18+
When: Ongoing through Jan. 31

PENCIL is looking for volunteers to assist with reinforcing students’ learning capacities in various subject areas. Since the pandemic progress has slowed for many students, and with this transformative educational tool educators are hoping to get students back on track!

Teach English to adult learners with Conexión Américas!
Conexiόn Amѐricas 
Minimum age: 18+
When: Ongoing through April 20

Conexiόn Amѐricas is enlisting volunteer teachers for the Spring 2022 term for adult English students. Volunteers will provide 1-hour lessons two nights a week for a 12-week term. Educating experience is suggested, but not required for this rewarding experience.  

Hope for the Holidays

By Sophia Bobrowsky, AmeriCorps Volunteer Project Leader with Hands On Nashville 

Once recovery began following the March 2021 flooding, Hands On Nashville and our disaster partners set a goal — rebuilding 30 homes within a year of the flood. On Nov. 5, we celebrated another milestone toward that goal by completing our latest home rebuild, just in time for the holidays!  

It wouldn’t have been possible without The Inspiritus team, HON volunteers, the Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT), and service members from the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) who came together to aid the hundreds of families affected by the flooding. My name is Sophia Bobrowsky, the AmeriCorps Volunteer Project Leader with Hands On Nashville. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with the recovery teams on this home, and was able to visit on the final day of construction.  

Here’s what I saw. 

Walking up to the Inspiritus construction site for the last time, I was greeted by Robert Zavala, the contractor who has overseen the home construction for the past three months. He’s contracted through Inspiritus, a nonprofit that offers disaster relief and long-term recovery solutions to people in need.  

An AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps member assists in renovating a flood-damaged home.

I stood in the kitchen of the newly remodeled home in awe as NCCC members  steadily cleaned around me. A dozen or so members were busy wiping dust from the trim, and putting the final screws in kitchen cabinets.  

Robert chuckled at my excitement, and was quick to credit all the volunteers for their hard work.  

“NCCC is absolutely wonderful, I love them to death,” Robert said. “They come with a big crew and get everything knocked out very fast. It’s nice to have a crew you can train, and that works together for a longer period of time.” 

Robert explained NCCC didn’t come with formal training, but like volunteers who sign up for Inspiritus projects, they’re excited to learn, and always give 100 percent. Together, volunteer teams rebuilt this home from the ground up — the walls were gutted, the flooring torn out, and the HVAC system had to be completely cleaned and repaired.  

Of the projects, the flooring took the longest, Robert said. From ripping up the flooring to repairing the subfloor and then laying new tile — it’s a tedious process that takes time to be done right.  

Robert is the only Inspiritus construction manager in Tennessee, and he assists in matching volunteers with projects that are safe , sources and purchases materials for home repairs, and trains the volunteers completing the work.  

A NCCC member paints the trim of a home damaged by the March 2021 flooding.

Following my talk with Robert, I continued to explore the house and see what my fellow AmeriCorps members were working on. I spoke with Marisa Switzman, a Team Lead with Americorps NCCC. 

NCCC is different than the traditional Americorps program I am currently participating in, as this cohort travels the country for 10 months, spending no more than a few weeks in each city they visit. NCCC members meet community needs in the areas of energy conservation, infrastructure improvement, natural and other disaster services, and urban and rural development. 

Marisa said she said she really enjoys the hands-on experience of NCCC, and learning so many different life and teambuilding skills. 

“It’s been super rewarding to give back to the community and to specific people like this homeowner,” Marisa said. “That’s why we joined NCCC because it’s all about that:, giving back. The most challenging part is making mistakes — but that’s part of the learning process, and Robert has shown us mistakes are really easy to fix.” 

Zach King, also an NCCC member, was serving alongside Marisa, and agreed about the construction skills. This is the first construction project he’s attempted during his term, and said so far each site has presented a different set of challenges.  

“In terms of the whole year — Mammoth Cave was the most physically demanding, but NOLA was emotionally demanding,” Zach said.  

A group of NCCC members post for a photo while working on site in Nashville.

His cohort spent the first month of their term rebuilding hiking trails at Mammoth Cave, Ky., and the following few weeks offering relief to survivors of Hurricane Ida in New Orleans. For the next few weeks Zach and his team will stay in Davidson County continuing to support disaster relief efforts in South Nashville.  

“So far my term has been super good — in NOLA everyone was super thankful, and the people were very vocal about that. In Mammoth [Cave] our work was lasting as the trails will be used by hikers for a while. However, here it’s massive for this homeowner to have a house to get into by Thanksgiving,” Zach said. “That’s incredible, and a really cool goal to have someone in their house by the holidays.” 

We are extremely grateful to VOAD and CFMT for providing the funding to HON and our partnering organizations to assist in flood-relief efforts. To read more about their impact, click here.

NCCC is a federally-funded program that Hands On Nashville applied for and was granted following the March flooding. For more information about NCCC, click here. To volunteer for a disaster relief project, click here 

Honor. Serve. Unite.

The September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance (9/11 Day), is a chance to help others in tribute to those killed and injured on September 11, 2001, first responders, and the countless others who serve to defend the nation’s freedom at home and around the globe.

We’re honored to be an Americorps host site that builds nonprofit capacity across Middle Tennessee as members receive skills training, professional development, and networking opportunities throughout their yearlong term.

This #911Day we’re encouraging our members, family, friends, and followers to serve in a remarkable spirit of unity, honor, and compassion.

We would love to share your stories of service. Please feel free to tag us on social media at @HONashville and use the #911Day hashtag.

Remember, even a small act of service is a giant act of patriotism. 

It’s time to say goodbye to another Americorps cohort!

We are so proud of our 2020-2021 AmeriCorps cohort as they near the end of their term and begin their next adventure. This is a cohort that has problem solved like no other — they got out and met their communities, made all kinds of new friends, and have forever changed our organization for the better. The Hands On Nashville team and all our partnering host sites are so grateful for their hard work, amazing attitudes, and that they chose Nashville as their home for a year of service!  

The most rewarding part of my service year was how valued my team and supervisors made me feel. It allowed me to really flourish, both personally and professionally, and gave me the space to try new approaches to how things are done and see what worked and didn’t work to help make Nashville Diaper Connection a more effective non-profit.

— Heidi hayne, americorps volunteer and partner engagement leader at nashville diaper connection

While completing their term, AmeriCorps members said they discovered how to self motivate, their ability to take initiative, unknown writing skills, that they’re more adaptable than they thought, and mostly — that they get stuff done!

Reflecting on these members’ growth at the end of each is year is a rewarding moment, and while we’re sad to see them go, we’re so excited to see what else they achieve moving forward.

Americorps members receive their certificates of completion and thank you gifts at a closing reception in July.

Thank you to all our 2020-2021 host sites for taking such good care of our Americorps members!

Community Resource Center

Cumberland River Compact

The Family Center

Hands On Nashville

Harpeth Conservancy

Nashville Diaper Connection

Nashville Food Project

Nashville Tree Foundation

The Pencil Foundation

Shower The People

Turnip Green Creative Reuse

Workers’ Dignity — Dignidad Obrera

To learn more about the HON Americorps program, click here.

Join the 2021-2022 HON AmeriCorps cohort

Applications are officially open for our upcoming cohort! The 2021-2022 Program Year runs from August 2021 to July 2022. AmeriCorps members spend a year at a local nonprofit, government department, or civic agency, where they build program capacity and receive skills and professional development training, an education award, a living stipend, and more. 

Nashville is powered by people of all ages, races, ethnicities, skin tones, sexes, genders, sexualities, religions, abilities, and socioeconomic statuses engaging in service together. This is a city where YOU matter and YOU make a difference. Join us as we tackle the community’s most pressing challenges through service by becoming a Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps Program member.

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Join us in celebrating AmeriCorps Week!

“This program is changing lives. These members are creating a greener and more equitable city. They are so passionate and we are so fortunate to have them here loving on our community.”

Nicki Avila, Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps Program Manager

It’s officially AmeriCorps Week! In the past year our AmeriCorps members have faced challenges we could never have predicted, but they continue to astound us with their positivity, ingenuity, and most importantly their commitment to service. This #AmeriCorpsWeek we’ll be featuring outstanding servant leaders from across Middle Tennessee, and showing what it’s like to #ServeLikeMe.  

Join us on Instagram Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week, when three AmeriCorps members will take over our stories and give you a behind-the-scenes peek at how they serve Nashville. 

Tuesday: Dalia from The Nashville Food Project 

Wednesday: Kelsea from Shower The People 

Thursday: Rachel from Turnip Green Creative Reuse 

Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn any time to see what the HON AmeriCorps cohort is up to, and how you can get involved today.  

Getting to know the 2020-2021 AmeriCorps cohort — Part 5

We are so excited to welcome this year’s AmeriCorps cohort — 23 civic-minded individuals who are committed to spending the next year at area nonprofits working hard to make Nashville a better place to live. Here’s a little bit of insight into these amazing individuals who are helping Nashville nonprofits serve the community in a variety of ways.

Meredith Cohen
Emergency Response Coordinator
Community Resource Center

Q: What drew you to serve with AmeriCorps?
A: I was motivated by a desire to help a community get through the current pandemic and any cascading crises. I also wanted to explore the field of emergency response and disaster management!

Q: What are you most excited to do in your new service position?
A:
I am most excited to meet members of the community and learn about resource distribution!

Q: What is a silly/random fact about you
?
A: I used to volunteer at an animal shelter and ended up adopting an outrageous number of cats!

Q: How do you spend your time when you’re not serving or volunteering?

A: Jump rope, ultimate Frisbee, and spending time outside!


Quinn Garrett
Mobile Distribution and Volunteer Leader
PENCIL

Q: What drew you to serve with AmeriCorps?
A: I saw it as a great opportunity to serve and better my community.

Q: What are you most excited to do in your new service position?
A:
Meet new people in the Nashville nonprofit scene.

Q: What is a silly/random fact about you
?
A: Once ate an entire Taco Bell taco 12-pack in one sitting.

Q: How do you spend your time when you’re not serving or volunteering?

A: Kayaking with my pals!

Rachel Flores
Economic and Racial Justice Community Coordinator
Workers’ Dignity

Q: What drew you to serve with AmeriCorps?
A: I was excited by the opportunity to work closely with Workers’ Dignity, an organization that I greatly admire, while also getting to know my fellow AmeriCorps members.

Q: What are you most excited to do in your new service position?
A: I am excited to get involved with Workers’ Dignity’s construction campaign.

Q: What is a silly/random fact about you?
A: I learned how to ride a unicycle in high school, and still own one. I can still ride it but not for very long.

Q: How do you spend your time when you’re not serving or volunteering?

A: Hiking, reading, cooking, and crafting.

Getting to know the 2020-2021 AmeriCorps cohort — Part 4

We are so excited to welcome this year’s AmeriCorps cohort — 23 civic-minded individuals who are committed to spending the next year at area nonprofits working hard to make Nashville a better place to live. Here’s a little bit of insight into these amazing individuals who are helping Nashville nonprofits serve the community in a variety of ways.

Elizabeth Serrano
Environmental Outreach and Communication Coordinator
Harpeth Conservancy

Q: What drew you to serve with AmeriCorps?
A: It felt like the perfect opportunity to give back while simultaneously developing professionally.

Q: What are you most excited to do in your new service position?
A:
I am most excited to help others find a passion for the environment!

Q: What is a silly/random fact about you
?
A: I can nap anywhere, anytime.

Q: How do you spend your time when you’re not serving or volunteering?

A: I love spending time with friends, running, making Spotify playlists, collaging, and eating yummy food!

Mikelle Benfield
Environmental Outreach and Communication Coordinator
Harpeth Conservancy

Q: What drew you to serve with AmeriCorps?
A: Being able to work with local communities on environmental education and stewardship.

Q: What are you most excited to do in your new service position?
A: Applying my nonprofit experience to the community in Nashville and being able to really develop those skills in a new setting.


Q: What is a silly/random fact about you
?
A: I played roller hockey growing up.

Q: How do you spend your time when you’re not serving or volunteering?

A: I enjoy playing the piano.

Kelsea Comb
Homeless Community Shower Bus Coordinator
Shower the People

Q: What drew you to serve with AmeriCorps?
A: Service is one of your guiding principles and up until this point in my life service has also been mine, whether working at the Office of Disability Services, Urban Ministries, or in Ecuador with Ubeci. When I see myself, I always see myself doing something that helps and elevates others.

Q: What are you most excited to do in your new service position?

A: I am most excited to meet the individuals in the population I am working with. I know how much this work means, so I am excited to see the growth I believe will occur from the beginning of my service to the end.

Q: What is a silly/random fact about you
?
A: I am fascinated with deep blue holes and scuba diving!

Q: How do you spend your time when you’re not serving or volunteering?

A: I like to read, listen to audiobooks, and write Spoken Word.


Heidi Hayne
Volunteer and Partner Engagement Leader
Nashville Diaper Connection

Q: What drew you to serve with AmeriCorps?
A: Serving my community has always been a large part of my life. For the past two summers in my hometown of New Orleans, I worked as an intern at Eden House, a nonprofit that houses and brokers wrap-around services for female victims of human trafficking. My experience here, along with my community service experience at Sewanee, inspired me to continue working toward bettering my community through collective action. AmeriCorps offered an exciting opportunity for me to use my educational background in art, religion, and environmental studies and my strong leadership and service experiences both to begin my career and build and better my newly adopted home of Nashville.

Q: What are you most excited to do in your new service position?
A: I have loved serving at the Nashville Diaper Connection. Everyday, I learn something new and have really found it interesting how diaper need is linked to a variety of other necessities among poverty-stricken families and individuals in the Nashville area. It has been great to work towards ending diaper need with our volunteers and partner agencies to ensure that every baby in the Nashville area is clean, dry, and healthy.

Q: What is a silly/random fact about you
?
A: I have given communion to Drew Brees, the quarterback for the New Orleans Saints.

Q: How do you spend your time when you’re not serving or volunteering?

A: I love going on walks in all of the parks and gardens around Nashville. I am part of of a dinner club and book club and love painting and photography.


Dalia McCoy
Garden Programs Coordinator
The Nashville Food Project

Q: What drew you to serve with AmeriCorps?
A: I have always been passionate about service and working alongside nonprofits. After graduating during a global pandemic, I knew I wanted my “next step” to be doing work that created a positive impact, and AmeriCorps offers an opportunity to do this!

Q: What are you most excited to do in your new service position?
A: I have never worked with an organization whose focus is food justice — I am so excited to learn more about this issue and work to alleviate food insecurity in the Nashville community.

Q: What is a silly/random fact about you?
A: I have traveled to six of the seven continents!

Q: How do you spend your time when you’re not serving or volunteering?

A: I love cooking and baking! I also love music — I sing and play a little piano!

Getting to know the 2020-2021 AmeriCorps cohort — Part 3

We are so excited to welcome this year’s AmeriCorps cohort — 23 civic-minded individuals who are committed to spending the next year at area nonprofits working hard to make Nashville a better place to live. Here’s a little bit of insight into these amazing individuals who are helping Nashville nonprofits serve the community in a variety of ways.

Ashley Leon
First 3! Coordinator
The Family Center

Q: What drew you to serve with AmeriCorps?
A: I wanted to serve with AmeriCorps to improve the lives of others and offer my time to help disadvantaged communities. I was interested in an organization that would allow me to give back to the community while partaking in leadership development, which is what drew me to AmeriCorps.

Q: What are you most excited to do in your new service position?
A:  I am most excited to collaborate with the Family Center staff to improve the health and wellbeing of young children and expand parents’ early childhood knowledge through the First 3! Parent Seminar.

Q: What is a silly/random fact about you?
A: I am a major foodie; I love trying different food options.

Q: How do you spend your time when you’re not serving or volunteering?
A: I spend my time watching movies, painting, and dancing when I’m not serving or volunteering.


C. McNutt
Urban Tree Education Coordinator
Nashville Tree Foundation

Q: What drew you to serve with AmeriCorps?
A: It’s truly a unique experience that allows one to connect with the community and develop professional skills while working side by side with a multitude of nonprofits.

Q: What are you most excited to do in your new service position?
A: Getting my hands in the soil and planting trees to help restore the tree canopy after the devastating tornado and powerful storms blew through Nashville.

Q: What is a silly/random fact about you?
A: My biggest childhood fear was butterflies. I was convinced if it got too close to them I’d either hurt or kill them on accident, so I’d run away every time they came near me.

Q: How do you spend your time when you’re not serving or volunteering?
A: When I’m not serving or volunteering, I’m probably out on a hiking trail, at a park slacklining, or rolling down some hills on my longboard.

Hannah Mathis
Creative Sustainability Volunteer Engagement Leader
Turnip Green Creative Reuse

Q: What drew you to serve with AmeriCorps?
A: I wanted to learn more about working in a nonprofit, and to dedicate my time to helping others.

Q: What are you most excited to do in your new service position?
A: Gaining experience working in a nonprofit setting and meeting awesome people.

Q: What is a silly/random fact about you?
A: I am obsessed with mushrooms — house decor, clothing, drawings of them, reading about them, and observing them in nature!

Q: How do you spend your time when you’re not serving or volunteering?
A: Hiking, biking, taking photos, drawing, going to concerts, listening to true crime podcasts, and cooking.


Maddy Johnson
Community Trees Outreach Coordinator
Nashville Tree Foundation

Q: What drew you to serve with AmeriCorps?
A: It is a great opportunity to make a positive impact in the surrounding community and gain hands-on experience in my field.

Q: What are you most excited to do in your new service position?
A: I am excited to meet new people and learn about the Nashville Tree Foundation’s work and projects.

Q: What is a silly/random fact about you?
A: I know how to juggle! Limes and clementines are the easiest.

Q: How do you spend your time when you’re not serving or volunteering?
A: Making art, biking, playing guitar, or cooking.

Rachel Geiger
Community Education Coordinator
Turnip Green Creative Reuse

Q: What drew you to serve with AmeriCorps?
A: I had previously been working with a for-profit company and got a chance to reevaluate my path when COVID hit. I realized I hadn’t been happy in what I was doing and decided to look into positions with the nonprofit sector. AmeriCorps gave me the chance to reorient my life to align with my values.

Q: What are you most excited to do in your new service position?
A: I am most excited to make a difference in the lives of the kids served by the education program at Turnip Green.

Q: What is a silly/random fact about you?
A: I’m currently on day 131 of my Duolingo streak!

Q: How do you spend your time when you’re not serving or volunteering?
A: You can often find me trying to make new vegetarian recipes, singing the songs stuck in my head, reading yet another biography, or swimming in the lake.



Getting to know the 2020-2021 AmeriCorps cohort — Part 2

We are so excited to welcome this year’s AmeriCorps cohort — 23 civic-minded individuals who are committed to spending the next year at area nonprofits working hard to make Nashville a better place to live. Here’s a little bit of insight into these amazing individuals who are helping Nashville nonprofits serve the community in a variety of ways.


Joe Chapman
Cumberland River Compact
Clean Streams Coordinator

Q: What drew you to serve with AmeriCorps?
A: I think taking a year to give back to the community and planet is such an important opportunity. I’m honored to be able to do so.

Q: What are you most excited to do in your new service position?
A: I’m excited to build my professional skills and work outdoors! I’m also excited to meet some inspiring people!

Q: What is a silly/random fact about you?
A: I play the ukulele.

Q: How do you spend your time when you’re not serving or volunteering?

A: I love to camp, hike, skateboard, play board games, and listen to music!


Liam Ulasevich
Cumberland River Compact
Urban Forestry Coordinator

Q: What drew you to serve with AmeriCorps?
A: I had completed service as a Peace Corps volunteer and enjoyed the work thoroughly. Also this position fit right in line with my interests and goals.

Q: What are you most excited to do in your new service position?
A: I am excited to spread the joy of trees and learn more about this city’s tree culture.

Q: What is a silly/random fact about you?
A: I once gave a speech to 700 people dressed as a Teletubby.

Q: How do you spend your time when you’re not serving or volunteering?

A: I love hiking, drawing, eating, and solo dance parties.


Makinsy Fitzgerald
Cumberland River Compact
Engagement and Outreach Coordinator

Q: What drew you to serve with AmeriCorps?
A: I wanted to connect with my community and make it a better place for all.

Q: What are you most excited to do in your new service position?
A: I am most excited about working with like-minded individuals that have a passion for service.

Q: What is a silly/random fact about you?
A: I went to more than 25 concerts in 2019.

Q: How do you spend your time when you’re not serving or volunteering?

A: Going to concerts, listening to podcasts, thrifting, and hiking!


Morgan Florsheim
Cumberland River Compact
Environmental Education Coordinator

Q: What drew you to serve with AmeriCorps?
A: I was drawn to serving with AmeriCorps because I wanted to do meaningful work and to be given a higher level of responsibility than your average entry-level job. I also feel like I have been privileged in my access to education and I want to pass that on to others through environmental education work.

Q: What are you most excited to do in your new service position?
A: I am really excited to get to do some curriculum development and to engage young people in environmental work. I had some amazing mentors in that field when I was younger and I would love to be able to serve in a mentorship role for other young folks.

Q: What is a silly/random fact about you that you?
A: I didn’t eat a burger until I was 20 years old.

Q: How do you spend your time when you’re not serving or volunteering?

A: I love to run, hike, bike, canoe, and generally spend time outside. I also really enjoy reading and writing and watching bad reality TV shows.


Tyrah Cobb-Davis
Cumberland River Compact
Urban Forestry Coordinator

Q: What drew you to serve with AmeriCorps?
A: Honestly, I was drawn to the AmeriCorps program after learning more about NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps). I liked that program in particular because of the opportunity to travel and see new places. I ultimately chose to serve with the HON AmeriCorps Program because I think that being in the same place for a while has a greater impact on the organization and I was really drawn to the location and being part of a larger cohort. I think that service opportunities provide unique opportunities to gain professional work and general life experiences! I am excited to see what this year has in store.

Q: What are you most excited to do in your new service position?
A: I am most excited about meeting new people and experiencing a new place! The position is also pretty interesting. I have recently taking a liking to trees and am looking forward to spending the year as an Urban Forestry Coordinator. In general, I am excited to leave my home state of Maryland for a bit to see what Nashville has in store.

Q: What is a silly/random fact about you?
A: Ice cream is my all time favorite and I oftentimes eat it for dinner. It is a must for me to find a new spot when I visit new places. 🙂

Q: How do you spend your time when you’re not serving or volunteering?

A: I enjoy the outdoors, reading, bingeing TV shows, and finding new ice cream shops and local restaurants.