Category Archives: Volunteer Opportunities

Check out these family-friendly Fall Break volunteer opportunities

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Whether you’re a college student home for Fall Break, or a parent looking for a wholesome (and free!) way for your kiddos to pass the time, we’re here to connect you to volunteer opportunities at lots of great Nashville organizations. The opportunities highlighted below fall between Oct. 5-13, but many agencies have opportunities available all season long. Click the title of each opportunity to learn more and sign up.

Also: look for ways to give back to your community year-round on our calendar.

1. Learn to garden while prepping for the upcoming harvest

Bellevue Edible Learning Lab Inc.
Minimum age: 16, or 4 with an adult
When: Saturdays, Oct. 5 and Oct. 12

The Bell Garden serves as a teaching and learning lab for volunteers, students of Bellevue Middle Prep, and the community. Volunteers can do a variety of things, including sow seeds and harvest plants, water and weed, work in the greenhouse, tend the chicken flock, and can and preserve fruits and veggies. The garden runs on volunteer power, and no experience is necessary.

2. Serve meals to nourish those in need

St. John’s United Methodist Church
Minimum age: 18, or 13 with an adult
When: Thursday, Oct. 10

Thursday Night Community Meals at St. Johns UMC offer free, nutritious meals in a safe, friendly, and caring environment to a diverse group of clients at risk of hunger and some experiencing homelessness. Volunteers help with last-minute preparations, serving the meal, helping clean up, and socializing with diners.

3. Maintain a Nashville treasure while learning about history

The Nashville City Cemetery Association
Minimum age: 18, or 16 with an adult
When: Saturday, Oct. 12

Enjoy the peacefulness of the Nashville City Cemetery while working to restore the grounds and prepare for winter. By clearing brush, weeding, and raking leaves, volunteers will help preserve a historical landmark, and show respect to an important piece of Nashville history. The Nashville City Cemetery Association, Inc., was formed in 1998 to protect, preserve, restore, and raise public awareness of the Nashville City Cemetery. Bring drinking water, gloves, and any gardening tools you have!

4. Take tickets at the Nashville Film Festival

The Nashville Film Festival
Minimum age: 16
When: Thursday, Oct. 3, through Saturday, Oct. 12

Lights, camera, action! The Nashville Film Festival is casting A-list volunteers to assist at its annual festival. Volunteers will usher guests to their seats, collect and distribute ballots for film judging, set up and tear down, check credentials for VIP areas and ticketed events, and provide light cleaning of theaters and VIP areas. Plus: Volunteers receive festival vouchers.

 5. Feed and socialize with school-aged children

Martha O’Bryan Center
Minimum age: 18, or 12 with an adult
When: Mondays, Oct. 7 through Nov. 18

Interact with children and families while serving a hot meal to those in the middle of a food desert. Martha O’Bryan’s Family Resource Center hosts Kid’s Café every Monday for those in need. Volunteers will help set up, serve food, and try and make the community comfortable while they share a meal together.

6. Advocate for recycling at the Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Party

Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Party
Minimum age: 15, or 12 with an adult
When: Saturday, Oct. 5

Help make the Pickin’ Party waste free by assisting attendees in correctly sorting their food waste into the compost bin, and all recyclables into the recycling bin. With volunteers’ help,  80 percent of waste can be recycled into new materials. Training will be provided prior to the event. The Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Party combines the tastes and talents of East Nashville to help preserve one of the city’s most unique landmarks, the Cornelia Fort AirPark.

7. Cheer on cyclists with Bike MS

Bike MS
Minimum age: 12
When: Saturday, Oct. 5

Smiling faces and encouragement are needed for the Bike to Jack & Back bicycle ride. Volunteers will also help with setup, teardown, and food service. Bike MS is the fundraising cycling series of the National MS Society, and to date, has raised more than $1.3 billion to end Multiple Sclerosis.

8. Offer support at the Nashville AIDS Walk

Nashville CARES
Minimum age: 18, or 5 with an adult
When: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4 and 5

Offering a full day of activities, the 28th annual Nashville AIDS Walk needs event volunteers. In addition to celebrating the amazing work of Nashville CARES, volunteers are asked to help set up, register walkers, hand out water, and offer assistance as hundreds of supporters come out to bring awareness to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Middle Tennessee. The Nashville AIDS walk is a family-friendly event that has raised more than $3 million for the cause. Pre-registered volunteers receive a T-shirt and lunch.

9. Create crafts with The Family Center

The Family Center
Minimum age: 18, or 1 with an adult
When: Saturday, Oct. 5

Grab your glitter and start crafting with The Family Center to make calm-down bottles for their clients. Volunteers will fill bottles with water and glitter to act as a calming mechanism. The Family Center works to break multi-generational cycles of child abuse, neglect, and trauma by providing a safe, supportive space where parents and/or their children can connect and grow.

 

HON Community Partners: Do YOU have family-friendly volunteer opportunities during Fall Break (Oct. 5-13) that aren’t featured here? Let us know so we can add them!

Check out this summer’s family-friendly volunteer opportunities

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Whether you’re a parent looking for a wholesome (and free!) way for your kiddos to pass the time this summer, or you’re a teen looking for a way to beef up your resumé before applying for college, we’re here to connect you to volunteer opportunities at lots of great Nashville organizations. Click the title of each opportunity to learn more and sign up.

Look for ways to give back to your community year-round on our calendar.

Be a Blood Services Donor Ambassador
American Red Cross—Nashville Area Chapter
Minimum age:
13
When: Ongoing

Help save lives while honing your customer-service skills. Volunteers will promote blood donation and ensure long-term commitment for regular blood donations.

Make reading easy as a Librarian’s Assistant
Nashville Public Library (multiple locations)
Minimum age: 13
When: Ongoing

Volunteers enable the thousands of patrons who visit the library’s 21 locations each day to read, conduct research, and continue learning. Plus volunteers get easy access to the library’s amazing collections. And air conditioning!

Organize, sort, and support at the Family Store
The Salvation Army
Minimum age: 16, or 14 with an adult
When: Ongoing

The Salvation Army Family Store is looking for volunteers to hang and organize clothing, sort items in the warehouse, and assist cashiers with wrapping purchases. Bonus: Close proximity to amazing thrift finds!

Get your hands dirty to feed hungry families
Second Harvest Food Bank
Minimum age: 18, or 8 with an adult
When: Ongoing

Farm to Families volunteers support local food producers by helping care for a wide variety of crops and other plants. In return, Second Harvest partner farms donate a portion of the bounty to people who need fresh, healthy food. Volunteer projects vary and may include weeding, mulching, composting, harvesting, or gleaning. Green thumbs not required!

Cultivate professional skills on the Teen Team
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Minimum age: 17, or 13 with an adult
When: Ongoing

This youth-oriented team enables volunteers to develop their leadership, professionalism, customer service, and problem-solving skills in a fun environment. Volunteers assist staff with hands-on, fun programs and greet museum guests.

Connect with elderly residents as a wheelchair escort 
McKendree Village Inc.
Minimum age: 18, or 13 with an adult
When: Sundays and Wednesdays, multiple dates available

Cheery, physically active volunteers are needed to help push residents in wheelchairs to chapel services. This is a great opportunity to enrich the lives of older residents and build meaningful one-on-one relationships.

Beautify the Radnor Lake Area
Radnor Lake State Natural Area
Minimum age: 13, or 10 with an adult
When: Fridays, multiple dates

Every hand helps keep the Radnor Lake area beautiful for Nashville residents, visitors, and wildlife. Volunteers are needed to build out and mulch trails, remove invasive plants, clean up streams, and more. Projects happen rain or shine.

Nashville Dolphins
Minimum age: 16, or 13 with an adult
When: Thursdays through July

Stay dry while helping swimmers stay safe! Volunteers stay on deck and assist the heacd coach to help guide swimmers and ensure that they are having fun. No swim team or swim coach experience is required.

Help Musicians Corner Concert guests have a great time
The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park
Minimum age: 16, or 14 with an adult
When: Fridays and Saturdays through June (with some Thursdays)

Hear great music while helping put on a culturally rich event. Volunteers work alongside interns and full-time staff to assist with giving audience surveys, monitoring the parking lots, staffing merchandise stations, and working water and beverage stations. Volunteers will receive training and assignments on site.

Grow and harvest while learning about gardening
Bellevue Edible Learning Lab Inc.
Minimum age: 16, or 4 with an adult
When: Saturdays

The Bell Garden serves as a teaching and learning lab for volunteers, students of Bellevue Middle Prep, and the community! Volunteers can do a variety of things, including sow seeds and harvest plants, water and weed, work in the greenhouse, tend the chicken flock, can and preserve fruits and veggies. The garden runs on volunteer power, and no experience is necessary.

Make meals to nourish those fighting cancer
The Heimerdinger Foundation
Minimum age: 19, or 13 with an adult
When: Ongoing

Members of the Heimerdinger Foundation’s volunteer kitchen crew are involved in the meal-making process — from prep to delivery. Volunteers should exhibit positive energy, be dependable, and be willing to work as a team.

HON Community Partners: Do YOU have family-friendly volunteer opportunities that aren’t featured here? Let us know so we can add them!