Tag Archives: 2022

Volunteer to support student success this school year!

Davidson County students are heading back to school next week, and our education partners could use your help! Mentor students, lead field trips, or organize classrooms — there are all kinds of ways to help! Keep scrolling for just a few of our suggestions, and learn how you can help make this school year the best one yet!

Read with preschoolers during a weekly storytime
King’s Daughters Child Development Center

When: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays through November

Visit preschoolers at a local child development center and read them stories! This quick volunteer opportunity only takes about 30 minutes. Volunteers can spend a quick visit with the kids, or read for multiple classes.

Create informative videos to educate students virtually
PENCIL
When:
Ongoing through December

Pick a topic surrounding elementary-level reading, middle school STEAM classes, or high school career readiness and preparation, and using your cell phone create a short, informative video for students! Videos can be between five and 15 minutes, and be simple and fun. Help PENCIL keep students engaged through virtual learning.

Educate kids during field study visits to the farm
The Land Trust for Tennessee
When:
9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13

Attend orientation with The Land Trust for Tennessee to begin hosting field trips when kids visit the farm! Volunteers will lead activities stations about trees, the history of the farm, gardening, the animals, and how to compost.

Offer field trip support to school groups visiting the museum
National Museum of African American Music
(NMAAM)
When: Ongoing through December

NMAAM volunteers will assist with chaperoning school-age students during field trips to the museum. Volunteers will engage with students and support logistics, group management, and enforcing safety protocols. Field trip support volunteers may help with facilitating school lunches and providing cleanup after.  

Provide academic and social-emotional support to elementary school students
FiftyForward
When:
Ongoing through December

FiftyForward is looking for adult volunteers age 55 and older to assist with their Friends Learning in Pairs (FLIP) tutoring program. Volunteers will serve as tutors and lunch buddies at partner schools and are an important part of helping students succeed.  FLIP tutors serve once or twice a week for approximately two hours at a time, meeting one-on-one with up to four students. 

Oversee play time and help with children’s homework
Begin Anew
When:
Ongoing through November

Volunteer as a children’s program volunteer and help children with their homework when needed; oversee playtime and facilitate enrichment activities, and lead bible study programming. Volunteers are needed at the Franklin and Nashville locations.

Tutor students through an accelerated scholars program
PENCIL
When:
Ongoing through December

The Accelerating Scholars program is recruiting community volunteers to tutor more than 7,000 MNPS students who need a little extra help and personalized support, especially in elementary reading or middle school and high school math. Volunteers provide support in three, 30-minute-long virtual tutoring sessions every week ​​during the fall semester beginning September 19.

Help with light maintenance and storage organization projects at a local center
YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee
When: Ongoing through January 2023

Help the YWCA with cleaning, maintaining the grounds, storage organization, donation sorting, and more! The YWCA helps families leave abusive households and start new lives. We provide free HiSET education to men and women and mentor middle & high school girls and boys in some of Nashville’s toughest neighborhoods. 

Tutor students to take the GED
Begin Anew
When:
Ongoing through November

Begin Anew is looking for volunteers to commit to a one-hour weekly tutoring session with adult learners preparing to take their GED! Subjects include math, reading, writing, social studies, and science.  Instruction is offered one-on-one or in small groups. 

Work in the gardens at Glencliff High School
Metro Nashville Public Schools
When: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, Aug. 27, Sept. 10, and Sept. 24

Learn techniques for growing tomatoes, cucumbers, and other common vegetables, install drip irrigation, sow and harvest the plants, and more at Glencliff High School. All produce is harvested and distributed to local families or marketed and sold by students as part of their school-based enterprise. Proceeds benefit activities and trips for the school’s FFA chapter.

Become a volunteer reading tutor for students grades K-5
Y-CAP YMCA
When:
Ongoing through December

Virtually tutor young readers who are currently reading below their grade level. Volunteers will work with children in kindergarten through fifth grade to improve their literacy and comprehension skills. The YMCA offers a straightforward training process to ensure volunteers are ready to get reading.

Cut out materials for teachers to use in the classroom
PENCIL
When:
Morning and afternoon shifts available on Wednesdays

Use die-cut machines to create flashcards and other resources for teachers to use this coming school year. PENCIL provides a free resource center for teachers to shop and help stock their classrooms for a year of learning.

Encourage and mentor students through multiple learning programs
Begin Anew
When:
Ongoing through November

Work with students on a weekly basis to build relationships and encourage them as they work through HSE (High School Equivalency) programs, learn English, or complete computer and job skills training.
(Mentors also needed in Madison or Franklin!)

Celebrating the life of Veronica Strobel-Seigenthaler 

“When we have joy we crave to share; We remember them.” 

Sylvan Kamens & Rabbi Jack Riemer

As the team at Hands On Nashville gears up for our favorite time of the year – Strobel Volunteer Awards Season – we are also processing the grief of losing one of our dear friends and cheerleaders, Veronica Strobel-Seigenthaler. Veronica was a beloved member of Nashville’s near and dear Strobel family. Her mother is the namesake for the annual Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards, and Veronica and her siblings carried on the legacy of joyful service.  

To say Veronica was special is to barely scratch the surface. She was a force for good in the world, and everyone who remembers her instantly mentions her light, her kind humor, and how they felt so good whenever in her presence. Just being near her was a gift – one of the many she gave in her generous life. 

Veronica, far right, converses with Teaka Jackson, left, a recipient at the 35th Annual Strobel Awards. 

When Lori Shinton became CEO of Hands On Nashville in 2016, it made local headlines. When Lori first met the Strobel siblings a few months later, Veronica surprised her by sharing the newspaper clipping with her so she could “give it to her mother.”  

This simple act of kindness touched Lori deeply and is a perfect example of how even the smallest interactions with Veronica made an indelible impression. Every year at the Strobel Volunteer Awards reception, Veronica would honor the volunteers by bringing fresh-cut fresh flowers from her garden. The kindness of this act and the vibrancy of those flowers is a metaphor for her life: she offered love, light, and a taste of sweetness to each person she encountered. 

It’s hard to imagine how we will celebrate without her this year, but we know that continuing the tradition is what she would want. As a devoted volunteer herself, we know Veronica will be smiling as we celebrate her family’s legacy and the volunteers just as she would.  

Hands On Nashville plans to further honor her memory at this year’s awards, scheduled to take place May 13.  

To read Veronica’s full obituary, please click here.  

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at marshalldonnellycombs.com for the Strobel-Seigenthaler family. 

Veronica, far right, enjoying the 35th Annual Strobel Awards celebration in 2021.

“The song is ended, but the melody lingers on.” 

Irving Berlin

Join us next week for the 36th Annual Strobel Volunteer Awards!

After a year of significant challenges, we are SO READY to hear some amazing stories of service. We’re very excited to share that the 36th Annual Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards will feature fun prizes and categories that honor the unique service of Nashville volunteers.

Plus, the public will get a chance to vote for their favorite story of service!

ACT FAST! The first 25 nominators will receive a $50 giftcard to Hattie B’s!



Award Categories 

Capacity-building Volunteer 

Disaster Relief Volunteer 

Group Volunteer Service

Social Justice Impact Volunteer

Direct Service Youth (Ages 5-20) 

Direct Service Adult (Ages 21-49)  

Direct Service Older Adult (Ages 50+)

 Learn more about categories and submission criteria.

Make a difference by nominating!

Award recipients will receive a $1,000 gift card from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and finalists will receive a $250 gift card to donate to the charity of their choice. The public will get a chance to vote on their favorite story of service before the recipients are announced May 13.


About the Awards  

The Strobel Volunteer Awards were created to honor the memory of Mary Catherine Strobel, a Nashville volunteer known for her compassion and generosity. The ceremony, now in its 36th year, has grown to become Middle Tennessee’s largest celebration of service. 
Learn more here.