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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.

 

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.

Green Break 2016 Recap!

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This group put in a valiant effort on 50K tree day! On Feb. 27, 2016, university groups, high school students, corporate teams, and more came together to plant 378 trees during the statewide effort to plant 50,000. The 378 trees HON volunteers planted will offset an estimated 1,631.1 tons of carbon over time.

What better way to spend spring break than helping out in the great outdoors?

Over the course of the last month, Hands On Nashville had the opportunity to work with hundreds of volunteers from across the country to complete 13 meaningful projects supporting our environment. Now that’s what we like to call a “Green Break!” Continue reading Green Break 2016 Recap!

Home Energy Savings Homeowner Spotlight: Ms. Brooks

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Ms. Brooks and Hands On Nashville Volunteers following a Home Energy Savings Project in April 2015.

Ms. Brooks, now retired, is an avid churchgoer, a proud new grandmother, and a homeowner in East Nashville.

Before volunteers completed a Home Energy Savings project in her home this April, Ms. Brooks was paying as high as $400 per month for her energy bill alone. Shortly after her project was completed, Ms. Brooks called Hands On Nashville with good news.

“I’m so satisfied with the work you guys did!,” she said. “Thank you for the [energy-efficient] light bulbs! Thank you for my new fire extinguisher, the smoke alarms, all my attic insulation! Thank you, thank you, thank you! … I walked in the house and could immediately tell a big difference!” Continue reading Home Energy Savings Homeowner Spotlight: Ms. Brooks

Reflection: Chase Davenport, A Home Energy Savings VISTA

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Thank you, Chase!

Chase Davenport joined Hands On Nashville’s Home Energy Savings Program (HES) team in May 2014 as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Hailing from Humboldt, Tennessee, Chase earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Austin Peay State University in 2013 before embarking on this next chapter. The decision to serve as a VISTA, Chase said, felt like the right thing to do.

“I wanted to do something more meaningful with my life,” he said. “I’d been accepted into a Master’s program at American University in Washington, D.C., but something told me this opportunity with AmeriCorps and Hands On Nashville was important. Grad school could wait.”

Chase led many capacity-building efforts for the HES program during his term. He developed relationships with homeowners, scheduled energy audits, added insulation to homes, led 300 volunteers, and engaged the community and other nonprofits to expand the impact the projects could have on the quality of life for homeowners.

“I didn’t know how to do many of the standard tasks performed during HES,” Chase said of his start. “The challenging aspect of my term wasn’t learning a new trade; it was seeing week-to-week how Nashville homeowners who are elderly, veterans, or who have limited mobility, struggle financially to pay for things like medicine, food, transportation.”

With Hands On Nashville, Chase worked to make a difference for those community members. During Chase’s year of project leadership and community engagement, 50 homeowners received energy-efficiency upgrades. On average, homeowners experience $455 dollars in utility savings each year as result of this work.

In March, Chase was accepted to Teach for America, where he’ll be serving as a teacher with Metro Nashville Public Schools. “Really, it’s just another way I can help others. That’s what I feel strongly about, and that’s what I intend to continue doing.”

Chase’s term with Hands On Nashville ends this May. Thank you, Chase, for an outstanding year of service to Nashvillians as a Home Energy Savings VISTA – you truly made a difference. We wish you the best in your future endeavors!

Volunteer Spotlight: Daniel McDonell

Hands On Nashville Volunteer Daniel McDonald blowing insulation during a Home Energy Savings Project in January 2015.
Hands On Nashville Volunteer Daniel McDonell blowing insulation during a Home Energy Savings Project in January 2015.

It wasn’t long after Daniel McDonell moved to Nashville that he began volunteering. In his first year as a HON volunteer, Daniel has made a significant impact during sustainability-focused projects. We recently caught up with the Memphis native about his passion for the environment, favorite projects, and why he thinks volunteering is one way to keep the civic character of thriving town. Continue reading Volunteer Spotlight: Daniel McDonell

Volunteer Spotlight: Jackie Hansom

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Jackie Hamson (center) volunteering with friends on MLK Day of Service 2015.

From leading hundreds of volunteers on MLK Day to helping perform energy retrofits with the Home Energy Savings Program, Jackie Hansom has long been a standout Hands On Nashville volunteer! Continue reading Volunteer Spotlight: Jackie Hansom

Volunteer Service Organizations Awarded $100,000 in Grants at Conference on Volunteering and Service

Hands On Nashville earns top grant of $50,000 through innovative competition
supported by JPMorgan Chase

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Hands On Nashville President and CEO Brian Williams accepts grant at first-ever HandsOn Network Innovation and Social Impact Forum.


ATLANTA (June 17, 2014)
– Volunteer service organizations from across America are leaving Points of Light’s Conference on Volunteering and Service this week with $100,000 to implement innovative, high-impact programs, thanks to an ongoing commitment to volunteer service by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Four volunteer organizations participated in the first-ever HandsOn Network Innovation and Social Impact Forum, supported by JPMorgan Chase, where they competed before a panel of service leaders for a top grant of $50,000. The remaining three organizations shared $50,000 in grants to enhance their volunteer programs.

Hands On Nashville was awarded a $50,000 grant to continue growing its Home Energy Savings Program, which engages volunteers in improving the energy efficiency, comfort and safety of Nashville homes owned and occupied by low-income homeowners. Other volunteer service organizations receiving grants included the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County (CA), HandsOn Twin Cities (MN) and HandsOn Genesee (MI).

“The passion and creativity that these finalists utilized to solve important problems in our communities was impressive,” said Lois Backon, head of corporate partner marketing for JPMorgan Chase. “JPMorgan Chase is committed to investing in service innovation because we know that when we harness what our best and brightest have to offer, we can make a tangible difference in every local community we touch.”

The Innovation and Social Impact Forum was part of the Business Track at Points of Light’s Conference on Volunteering and Service, which unites thousands of volunteer and service leaders from around the world each year. At the forum, candidates each had 10 minutes to promote their organization and answer questions before a panel of judges including Lamman Rucker from Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns; Laura Turner Seydel of Captain Planet Foundation; Taproot Foundation President and CEO Liz Hamburg; and Coxe Curry & Associates Senior Consultant Ann Cramer. Moderating the panel was Joe Sibilia, CEO of CSRWire.

JPMorgan Chase and Points of Light, the world’s largest organization devoted to volunteer service, have a history of collaborating to find new ways to support and facilitate volunteer service. At last year’s Conference on Volunteering and Service, JPMorgan Chase and Points of Light kicked off a nationwide One America tour focused on uniting unlikely allies to help students succeed, tackle food insecurity and improve the environment.

“The key to strengthening America’s communities is inspiring, equipping and mobilizing people to take action,” said Points of Light President Tracy Hoover. “We’re proud to work with corporate partners like JPMorgan Chase who are providing the resources and commitment needed to spark innovative approaches to service.”

For more about the Conference on Volunteering and Service, visit www.pointsoflight.org or www.volunteeringandservice.org.

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About Points of Light
Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service – mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages more than 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. We put people at the center of change. For more information, go to http://www.pointsoflight.org.

About JPMorgan Chase
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.5 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.

Welcome to the HON team, Alison and Adrianna!

Both Alison (left) and Adrianna (right) smile after their first month at Hands On Nashville. We're thrilled to have them here!
Both Alison (left) and Adrianna (right) smile after their first month at Hands On Nashville. We’re thrilled to have them here!

Holiday gifts arrived early at Hands On Nashville with two new faces joining our special Hands On Nashville team in November. Both Alison Duncan and Adrianna Silver have entered as AmeriCorps VISTAS, a program designed to specifically fight poverty that is supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Tennessee Literacy Coalition. In this program, Alison and Adrianna are provided with very small stipends for one year of learning through service. We are honored to have them on our team.

Alison is a born and bred Tar Heel, having lived in North Carolina for most of her life. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she spent a year working on organic farms across the country, developing her passion for farming and

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Allison teaches kids about garlic at the BELL gardens volunteer project. She’ll be very active in doing similar teaching at the HON Urban Farm this spring and summer.

youth education. She moved to Nashville in January 2012, soon after completing a program in sustainable agriculture. Alison is super pumped to be a part of HON’s Urban Agriculture Program and is looking forward to working with some of Nashville’s inspiring young people.

As an AmeriCorps VISTA, Alison will work to build the capacity of the Urban Agriculture Program primarily through youth programming at the Urban Farm. She oversees the curriculum development, planning, and implementation of the new Urban Agriculture Internship Program, the Summer Apprenticeship Program, and the Summer Youth Service Camp. If you want to know more about the Urban Agriculture Program and/or get involved, please visit HON.org/urban_agriculture.

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Adrianna leads volunteers to apply energy-efficient upgrades in an East Nashville home.

Adrianna, also passionate about sustainable programming, joins us as the Home Energy Savings Program‘s new VISTA. Adrianna graduated from Western Kentucky University (WKU) with a BA in Philosophy and English in 2011. While attending WKU she worked for the Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility (ICSR), where she was involved with both sustainability and community development efforts across her community and campus. Finally working as an assistant to WKU’s Sustainability Coordinator, she was able to put her degree to good work while continuing to learn about the latest environmental efforts. After graduating, Adrianna landed in Nashville where she has worked for several local businesses, most notably as the manager of the Green Wagon of East Nashville. She hopes to continue her relationship with the Nashville community through her work with HON. If you are a homeowner who has questions about the Home Energy Savings Program, please feel free to contact Adrianna at (615) 298.1108, Ext. 422 or email her at adrianna@hon.org.

Energy Efficiency Improvements Help Chestnut Hill Neighbors in Need

Volunteers NEEDED! Help make homes in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood more energy efficient and comfortable during weather extremes. Your helping hands can make the difference for someone in need.

Volunteer Opportunities:

October 4, 11, 20, & 27
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Click here to sign up
Learn more at HON.org/hes

Contact: Jaclyn@hon.org

or (615) 298-1108 Ext. 405

Our goal is to complete work in 10 homes over four days in October, and we need your help!

  • Groups and individuals encouraged to sign up. Perfect team-building opportunity (can accommodate up to 10 volunteers per home).
  • NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED! All work is supervised by a Project Leader, and all equipment and materials are provided.
  • Volunteers will install attic and basement insulation, weather stripping to doors and windows, rain gardens and shade trees, and other upgrades.
  • Volunteers should wear comfortable work clothes and closed-toe shoes. Lunch, water, and snacks will be provided.
  • Be prepared to have fun and learn simple energy savings tips for your own home!

About this Project
Chestnut Hill is a small, diverse community in South Nashville with a strong community spirit. Most homes in the neighborhood date back to the 1930s and have had very little weatherization work done on them. All homes participating in this program are owner-occupied and low-income. Community partners making this project possible include the Village Fund, LetterLogic, the Urban Land Institute, Vanderbilt University Peabody College of Education & Human Development, and 12South Neighborhood Association.