Category Archives: Special Events

Eight Nonprofits Achieve Excellence in Volunteer Engagement

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On Oct. 27, Mayor Barry joined Hands On Nashville and the Center Nonprofit Management to celebrate eight Davidson county nonprofits achieving Excellence in Volunteer Engagement.

The gathering marked the 10th round of EVE, which recognizes nonprofits leading high-quality volunteer management programs.

“Thank you for putting volunteers at the heart of your operations,” Mayor Barry said. “There’s nothing more special about Nashville – and Nashvillians – than our desire to help.”

Today, Park Center and Hope Clinic for Women achieved Excellence in Volunteer Engagement certification for the first time, while American Cancer Society – Nashville Chapter, Bellevue Edible Learning Lab, Nashville Sports Council, and Open Table Nashville renewed their certification. Hospital Hospitality House Nashville and Operation Stand Down Tennessee each achieved certification for a third time.

To be certified with EVE honors, nonprofits must meet certain volunteer management best practices, including a volunteer program component in the organization’s strategic plan and more. In total, 64 organizations are currently EVE-certified.

Excellence in Volunteer Engagement was co-founded by Hands On Nashville, Center for Nonprofit Management and Mayor Karl Dean in November 2011. In 2016, Mayor Megan Barry renewed this unique cross-sector partnership.

Congratulations to each of the organizations recognized! To learn, more visit HON.org/EVE.

 

 

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

Marines Volunteer to Support Nashvillians during Marine Week!

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As part of Marine Week, hosted by the United States Marine Corps,  Hands On Nashville had the honor of engaging two groups of service men and women in meaningful community-focused projects.

Home Energy Savings Project 

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Marine Week is designed to be a celebration of Community, Country and Corps – providing the American public the experience of directly connecting with hundreds of Marines. And for one Nashville homeowner, this direct connection occurred in a very real way.

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On Sept. 8, a group of 12 Marines arrived at Ms.Galloway’s home, ready with a mission to make her home more energy efficient. After three hours of hard work, the results were transformational.

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The group first helped move old family memories from attic , which had zero insulation prior to the project. After a team effort, volunteers sprayed 15 inches of insulation throughout the attic, which will make a significant impact on keeping the home comfortable.
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The group also air-sealed windows, doors, and underneath sinks and cabinets. They added toilet tank banks, installed new light bulbs and smoke detectors, and even helped patch dry wall where air was escaping.

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When the project was complete, the effort made a 21% percent improvement in the amount of air that was leaking from her home. On average, Home Energy Savings Projects save homeowners nearly $400 a year on their utility bills.

Hands On Nashville Urban Farm 

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On Saturday, Sept. 10, members of the US Marine Corps devoted much needed support at Hands On Nashville Urban Farm.

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During their four hours of volunteerism, the Marines prepared the Urban Farm for fall vegetable planting. From mowing around orchards, to adding compost and soil to three garden field rows, to removing weeds and grasses in prepped garden rows, the Marines made tremendous headway in getting the Farm in shape for the colder months ahead.
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Our most sincere thanks to each member of the Marine Corps who volunteered their time in support of Nashvillians during Marine Week. Your service to others is an inspiration.

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

 

Team Registration: Hands On Nashville Day 2016

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This September, celebrate Hands On Nashville’s 25th birthday and take part in service events benefiting 25 Metro Nashville Public Schools! Follow this step-by-step tutorial to sign up a volunteer team for Hands On Nashville Day. Continue reading Team Registration: Hands On Nashville Day 2016

Kids Ride! Volunteers Connect Bikes with 200+ Nashville Youth.

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Hands On Nashville hosts Fourth ReCYCLE for Kids Giveaway supporting Metro Students

NASHVILLE, Tenn. –On Saturday, July 30, 200+ youth took home helmets, locks, odometers and “like-new” bicycles during Hands On Nashville’s fourth ReCYCLE for Kids presented by Jackson.

View more photos from this event.

This spring, Hands On Nashville volunteers donated and refurbished nearly 220 gently used bikes for Metro students and youth served by Metro Parks Community Centers. Saturday’s giveaway event at Coleman Park Community Center marked the culmination of a three-phase volunteer effort to support healthy youth lifestyle choices and access to community resources.073016_ReCYCLE Giveaway_WM-9

“Our summer and after-school programs are focused on keeping young people active to support healthy social and academic development,” said Coleman Center Facilities Manager Stevon Neloms. “Thanks to generous community volunteers, our kids now have another fun way to exercise and stay active here and at home.”

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During the event, volunteers helped recipients select bikes, fit riders for new helmets, and led them through a series of bike-safety activities.

“Exercise and education are true building blocks for student achievement, and we’re thrilled that many of our families now have these resources,” said Paragon Mills Principal Dr. Maria Austria. “Our community has rallied together to show our students they care.”

073016_ReCYCLE Giveaway_WM-8Community partnerships played a key role in the successes leading up to the event. In May, Metro Parks Community Centers and Middle Tennessee YMCAs served as bike collection sites. For the fourth consecutive year, the Oasis Center led refurbishment efforts at its Bike Workshop, where volunteers cleaned bikes, replaced chains, repaired seats and more.

073016_ReCYCLE Giveaway_WM-17.jpg“At the Oasis Bike Workshop, teens learn about themselves and their communities through our bike building program,” said Oasis Bike Workshop Founder Dan Furbish. “Our hope is that today’s recipients develop a passion for biking now, and someday will join our program.”

073016_ReCYCLE Giveaway_WM-1Many ReCYCLE for Kids volunteers hailed from the Nashville business community, including Change Healthcare, Cummins, Regions and Ted Sanders Moving. Jackson celebrated its third year consecutive year as ReCYCLE’s presenting sponsor.

“One of Jackson’s core pillars is to enhance the lives of children in our community,” said Susannah Berry, corporate social responsibility specialist for Jackson. “Our team has truly united around ReCYCLE for kids, and its unique approach to empowering youth.”

Since its inception in 2012, ReCYCLE for Kids has made bike ownership a reality for nearly 1,000 youth living in underserved neighborhoods. The goal of the effort is to encourage the re-use and recycling of materials. Hands On Nashville plans to distribute remaining bikes to Nashville youth this summer.

 ReCYCLE for Kids is a testament to the value of creative community partnership and volunteerism,” said Hands On Nashville Interim Executive Director Lori Shinton, “This event is an uplifting example of what we can do as a community when we come together around a common goal.”

About Hands On Nashville

Hands On Nashville (HON) works to address critical issues facing the Middle Tennessee community through volunteer-centric programming. For more information, visit www.HON.org or call (615) 298-1108.

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Edgehill Bike Club Supports ReCYCLE for Kids!

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The Edgehill Bike Club donated 40+ youth bicycles to support Hands On Nashville’s 2016 ReCYCLE for Kids!

What’s better than full circle community partnership?

This June, the Edgehill Bike Club has donated more than 40 bikes to support Hands On Nashville’s 2016 ReCYCLE for Kids effort, presented by Jackson!

“Hands On Nashville helped [Edgehill Bike Club] get on our feet three years ago when they donated 40 bikes to us,” said Edgehill Bike Club Founder Terry Key. “Now we get the chance to give back to HON by donating bikes to the ReCYCLE for Kids program.”

The Edgehill Bike Club’s mission is to change lives one child at a time by combining the refurbishing of bikes with regular bike rallies and mentoring — its relationship with Hands On Nashville goes back to the very beginning in 2013. At that time, Hands On Nashville helped Edgehill start its bike club with a donation of 40 bikes to get the wheels rolling.

For the fourth year running, Hands On Nashville is hosting a community-wide ReCYCLE for Kids drive to collect bikes to connect with community youth. As part of the initiative, volunteers help restore pre-loved bikes before they are gifted to young people, along with a new helmet, lock, safety education and more.

When Terry and his team saw Hands On Nashville’s call for a few more bike donations this summer, they reached out in support. With their own donation of 40+ bikes, Edgehill is bringing the partnership full circle.

“We love Hands On Nashville and the good works they are doing in the Nashville area,” Terry said. “Thank YOU for the opportunity to return the three year old favor!”

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Terry Key (far left) and his team at the Edgehill Bike Club.

Thank you, Edgehill Bike Club, for your support to pedal RECYCLE for Kids forward this year!

To learn more about how you can volunteer with ReCYCLE for Kids, visit HON.org/recyclebikes.

Mayor Barry and nonprofit partnership celebrate 41 successful volunteer programs

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Mayor Barry and representatives of Nashville nonprofits celebrating the ninth round of Excellence in Volunteer Engagement at the Center for Nonprofit Management on May 23, 2016.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM), Hands On Nashville and the Mayor’s Office partnered to honor 41 nonprofits achieving Excellence in Volunteer Engagement (EVE) certification today at CNM. Continue reading Mayor Barry and nonprofit partnership celebrate 41 successful volunteer programs

Hands On Nashville Announces 2016 Strobel Awards Recipients

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The 30th Annual Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards began a with special musical performance by the Tennessee School for the Blind Choir, which honored all of the Strobel Award nominees. More than 100 nominees joined on the choir for the performance.

Middle Tennessee Volunteers Recognized for Outstanding Community Service in Six Categories

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Middle Tennesseans were honored for outstanding volunteer work at Hands On Nashville’s 30th annual Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards.

  • Peggy Napier – Capacity-building Volunteer Award
  • Vanderbilt Sewing Club – Civic Volunteer Group Award
  • TechnologyAdvice – Corporate Volunteerism Award
  • Anna Grace Smith – Direct Service Volunteer Award (Ages 5–20 category)
  • Dominique Jordan – Direct Service Volunteer Award (Ages 21–49 category)
  • Donna Moffitt – Direct Service Volunteer Award (Ages 50-plus category)

Continue reading Hands On Nashville Announces 2016 Strobel Awards Recipients

Spring Break 2016 Recap!

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During their Spring Break, a group of eight completed Hands On Nashville’s students Engage. Change. service-learning training! During the week participants explored needs within the community, practiced service project planning, and learned more about their leadership skills and one another.

During their week of Spring Break, motivated groups of students chose to spend their time serving their community through projects and service leadership training with Hands On Nashville. Students gave their time prepping meals at Nashville Food Project, gardening at Salvation Army, and sorting food at Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, medical supplies at Project C.U.R.E. and clothing at Goodwill!

Continue reading Spring Break 2016 Recap!

Hands On Nashville Announces 2016 Strobel Awards Finalists

 

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Hands On Nashville announced finalists for the 30th Annual Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards. The event recognizes outstanding Middle Tennessee volunteers who were nominated by the community in six categories. Continue reading Hands On Nashville Announces 2016 Strobel Awards Finalists