Category Archives: Corporate volunteerism

Community Partnership Brings Public Art to Educational Spaces

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This August,  Hands On Nashville and Dollar General joined the Nashville Public Library to unveil murals at six library branches, each of which were completed by Dollar General volunteers this summer! Continue reading Community Partnership Brings Public Art to Educational Spaces

Hands On Nashville Day Volunteer Spotlight: Stephanie Jensen

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Hands On Nashville Day 2016 is made possible in part by generous supporters like Dell and their volunteers, like Stephanie Jensen. Stephanie plays a leading role in connecting its Nashville team to service opportunities. Continue reading Hands On Nashville Day Volunteer Spotlight: Stephanie Jensen

2016 Sarah Cannon Days of Service Recap

On June 16 and 22, dozens of volunteers from Sarah Cannon Research Institute gave their of time and talents over two days of service. Volunteers supported nine Nashville nonprofit organizations and programs, giving 231 hours of their time to the Nashville community.

Projects included:

Sarah Cannon, thank you for your elbow grease and dedication to service!

Here are a few pieces of volunteer feedback we keep reading over, and over:

“This was absolutely amazing and something we totally need to get more involved in.”

“We had an AMAZING time at the YWCA Resale Boutique! From steaming “Dress for Success” suits to sorting the clothes that would be stored for winter, it was a great opportunity to help prepare the store for so many women who can benefit from this resource!”

“We had a great time together!! Look forward to more opportunities to be in service!”

“This was absolutely amazing and something we totally need to get more involved in.”

“We had so much fun at the different Sarah Cannon Community Day activities. We are so grateful to work for a company that supports community service. I’m so proud to be a part of such a great team!”

Ready to get involved? Sign up for a volunteer project at HON.org.

Volunteer Spotlight: TiAndrea Watkins

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TiAndrea Watkins (left) volunteering with her colleagues at Kirkpatrick Community Center, a place with special significance for her.

Before Hands On Nashville partnered with Change Healthcare volunteers to install acoustic paneling in the Kirkpatrick Community Center gymnasium in April, the reverberating noise level often became so loud it limited the programming and activities in the space.

Games became difficult to follow. Conversations and coaching lessons were strained.

Volunteer TiAndrea Watkins, who volunteered that day in April, knew all too well how the volume affected the programming –thats because she is also a dedicated coach at the center.

TiAndrea is part of a team of ten Change Healthcare employees and family members who spent a Tuesday afternoon working to improve the acoustics of the space, which she says has made a significant difference.

After the project wrapped up, we caught up with TiAndrea about what the center means to her, her memories of visiting the center as a child, and her experience supporting Kirkpatrick as a coach and a volunteer. Continue reading Volunteer Spotlight: TiAndrea Watkins

Cummins Home Energy Savings Project Recap!

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On Thursday, June 16, a group of 12 Cummins volunteers arrived at Ms. York-Waters’ home for a special Home Energy Savings “Plus” project.

Hands On Nashville’s Home Energy Savings (HES) Program engages volunteers to improve the energy efficiency of homes, which on average saves homeowners $390 annually on their utility bills.

During this special, HES “Plus” project, Cummins volunteers not only set to work on improving the energy efficiency inside the home, but made tremendous improvements to Ms. York-Waters yard, as well.

Before the project, the house was “leaking” a significant amount of air, meaning cool was air escaping into warm places, and warm air escaping to cold areas. This is in large part due to an addition to the house made many years ago. Leaking air is one of the main causes of high energy bills, as it requires HVAC units to work harder throughout the year to maintain temperatures.

To remedy this issue, volunteers caulked around each window, and added weatherstripping around windows and doors. As soon as the volunteer set to work, they could tell the impact was going to be immense.

“It’s definitely going to help them out,” said volunteer Todd Browning. “Their house needs some TLC.”

 

Beyond the Home Energy Savings scope of work completed inside, Cummins volunteers set out to improve an outdoor portion of her home. After rain storms, large amounts of water pooled in one low-point in her yard, eventually leaking right into the lower level of the home. To remedy this issue, volunteers built a beautiful rain garden complete with native grasses and plants that will absorb water before it can reach the home.

One of the volunteers who helped build the garden was Kathy Pessefall, a Cummins employee who has helped on multiple HES projects now. When asked why she enjoys the process, Kathy simply said planting rain gardens is one of her favorite project activities.

“I like helping people, for one,” Kathy said. “But [i} also [volunteer] for my own selfish reasons. Since learning about rain gardens, I’ve taught multiple other people what I’ve learned!”

As the project drew to a close, Ms. York- Waters expressed sincere gratitude for all of Cummins hard work.

“I’m so glad you’re here, “Ms. York-Waters said. “I’ve learned a lot about my house, especially cobwebs and how they develop when there’s a lot of air coming into the home from outside; just last week we were discussing how they get there.”

“I learned a lot about how much air leakage we have and much about what we never knew about our home before today,” she said.

To learn more about the Home Energy Savings Program and how you can get involved, please visit HON.org/hes.

Nominations Now Open for 2014 Strobel Volunteer Awards

Hands On Nashville Asks Community To Nominate Volunteer Heroes by Feb. 14

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 27, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Hands On Nashville is asking the community to nominate individuals and groups for the 2014 Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards presented by HCA/TriStar Health.

“We all know incredible people – everyday heroes – who give of their time and talents to make our community better,” said Brian Williams, Hands On Nashville president and CEO. “Each spring, the Strobel Awards luncheon gives our community an opportunity to lift up these inspiring stories of volunteerism that happen around us every day.”

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The nomination deadline is Feb. 14, and nomination forms can be found at www.HON.org/strobel_awards. Nashvillians are encouraged to nominate outstanding volunteers within six categories of service:

  • Civic Volunteer Group Award recognizes representatives of civic, membership, faith-based or noncorporate groups that volunteer together for a specific cause or issue.
  • Capacity-building Volunteer Award honors individuals who provide significant operational or administrative support to a nonprofit agency, faith-based ministry or community organization.
  • Corporate Volunteerism Award pays tribute to businesses that have robust employee volunteer programs with high levels of participation and impact.
  • Direct Service Volunteer Award recognizes individuals who have participated in hands-on, direct service with a nonprofit agency, faith-based ministry or community organization.
  • Volunteer Innovator Award honors individuals or groups that have directly identified a community need and responded to it by developing and implementing an innovative solution, or improved an existing program or effort through creative problem-solving.
  • Youth Volunteer Award recognizes youth, teens and young adults ages 5 to 22 who have gone above and beyond to incorporate volunteerism into their lives.

Three finalists for five of the six categories will be selected by two groups of independent assessors, composed of community volunteers, volunteer administrators, business leaders and civic leaders. The exception is the Volunteer Innovator Award category. Finalists in this category will be selected by a panel of judges convened by TN Media. To encourage broad community participation, volunteers in this category will be invited to vote for an award recipient via the Tennessean.com website.  All award recipients will be announced at the luncheon.

The Awards luncheon, now in its 28th year, will be held on April 22 at the Marriott Cool Springs Conference Center. All nominees receive special recognition and a complimentary seat at the luncheon.

More than 700 volunteers and agency representatives are expected to attend the luncheon. Award luncheon tickets will be available for purchase at HON.org in March.

About the Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards
The Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards are named in memory of the late Mary Catherine Strobel, known for her extensive and charitable efforts toward improving the lives of Middle Tennessee’s homeless, impoverished and less fortunate populations. The annual awards ceremony celebrates Strobel’s service and recognizes those who continue her legacy.

About Hands On Nashville
Since 1991, Hands On Nashville has been connecting volunteers to critical needs facing the Middle Tennessee community, such as hunger, homelessness and environmental protection. Offering more than 400 volunteer opportunities to the community each month at HON.org, Hands On Nashville challenges everyone to find a way to give back and to … Be the Change. Volunteer.

Media Contact: 
Becca Wilson
becca@hon.org
(615) 298-1108 Ext. 406

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Donate a bike to underserved kids on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3

Dec. 3 is Giving Tuesday. Think the opposite of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s a national day of giving, and we at Hands On Nashville are offering the Nashville community an easy way to help local kids — and feed your sweet tooth with local goodies — at our Bikes and Baked Goods bike drive.

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Here’s how it works:

STEP 1) Dig through your garage, storage room, or attic.

STEP 2) Bring any bikes your kids have outgrown or no longer use to Hands On Nashville on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at lunchtime. Here are the details:

Volunteers from Jackson - this year's ReCYCLE for Kids presenting sponsor - refurbish bikes in 2012.
Volunteers from Jackson – this year’s ReCYCLE for Kids presenting sponsor – refurbish bikes in 2012.

Bikes and Baked Goods
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Trolley Barns’ parking lot
37 Peabody Street, Nashville, 37210

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Don’t have a bike but still want to help? We’re also accepting cash donations to help buy new bike helmets for the kids. $10 will buy one helmet. Help us keep their noggins safe!

STEP 3) Receive a small token of our appreciation: a delicious treat generously donated by local bakeries Dozen and Tennessee Cheesecake (while supplies last).

Last year, we gave away bikes to 300 kids served by local nonprofits. This year, our goal is to collect 500 bikes as part of our ReCYCLE for Kids effort presented by Jackson, and to give away 400 (the remaining will be used for extra parts, recycled, or passed along to other groups).

Kids giving their new bikes a test ride at Hands On Nashville's 2012 ReCYCLE for Kids giveaway event.
Kids giving their new bikes a test ride at Hands On Nashville’s 2012 ReCYCLE for Kids giveaway event.

Here’s what will happen to the bikes you donate: Led by experts from the Oasis Center’s Bike Workshop, Hands On Nashville volunteers will fix them up over the next several months. In May, we’ll give the refurbished bikes to more than 400 underserved kids at a fun giveaway event that includes bike safety activities, a skills course, and free helmets for participants.

ReCYCLE for Kids: You give. We fix. Kids ride.

Questions? alix@hon.org or (615) 298-1108

Media inquiries? becca@hon.org or (615) 426-1428

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Celebrating Corporate Service

EmdeonComboEmdeon and its employees believe that doing good in the community is an important part of being in business. That’s why the company remains committed to providing opportunities for employees to give back through numerous charitable organizations’ events year round.  Emdeon employees lend their time and talent to schools and many charitable organizations including Hands On Nashville, American Red Cross, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

“Because Emdeon takes corporate service so seriously, we are honored to be a part of celebrating other company’s volunteer efforts,” said Susan Byrd, vice president of human resources at Emdeon. “We look forward to presenting the Corporate Service Project Award to one of three amazing companies: Advance Financial, Deloitte, and Schneider Electric.”

Emdeon is the Corporate Service Project Presenting Sponsor for the Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards.

Driving a Brighter Future in Nashville

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The Hands On Nashville Urban Farm is made possible by the helping hands of hundreds of volunteers, generous financial supporters, and… the farm truck. HON staff members spend a lot of time hauling compost, tools, materials, and more around Nashville in a truck generously donated by Ford Motor Company.

Beyond making the complex logistics of the Urban Farm Program more manageable, Ford Motor Company is also committed to engaging its employees in volunteerism. From adapting toys for kids with disabilities served through Technology Access Center to preparing new garden beds at Hands On Nashville’s Urban Farm, Ford employees are making a difference in the community.

The Hands On Nashville Ford truck helped deliver donated bikes to kids in need at the ReCycle for Kids Bike Drive this past winter.
The Hands On Nashville Ford truck (donated to HON by Ford Motor Company) helped deliver donated bikes to kids in need at the ReCycle for Kids Bike Drive this past winter, and continues to help us transport tools for volunteer projects across the city.

“In the words of our Executive Chairman Bill Ford, ‘A good company delivers excellent products and services. A great company does all that and strives to make the world a better place,’” said Evelyn Sanders, Director of Ford Motor Credit’s Nashville Business Center. “We are grateful to all the Strobel nominees for making Middle Tennessee an even better place for all of us.”

Ford Motor Company is the Founding Sponsor for the Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards.