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Jackson empowers its team to give back and strengthen the community

Since 2007, employees at Jackson National Life Insurance Company (Jackson®) have donated more than 290,000 volunteer hours to improving their communities. Their philanthropy program is engrained in their company’s values, and has continued to grow since the company’s inception nearly 60 years ago.

Jackson’s employee-engagement program, Jackson in Action, empowers team members to donate their skills and time through volunteer opportunities each month. Their volunteers are regulars with Hands On Nashville, whether it’s individually led projects or groups of volunteers assisting through our Corporate Partner Program.

A group of Jackson volunteers assist in a community painting project.

“We work with organizations to help strengthen families and create economic opportunities in areas where we operate,” says Niya Moon, the manager of Corporate Philanthropy at Jackson. “Popular volunteer activities range from assisting with meal preparation and distribution to address food insecurity to teaching financial literacy principles and offering career exploration opportunities to youth.”

Jackson has partnered with HON as the Presenting Sponsor for the annual Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards for multiple years, a role they have graciously accepted to assist in honoring some of Middle Tennessee’s greatest volunteers.

“One of Jackson’s core values is to positively impact our community, and we believe our corporate culture and employees should contribute to the greater good of society,” Moon says. “We are honored to be among so many other businesses, foundations, groups, and individuals who give generously to make this community great.”

Like so many companies last year, Jackson was forced to limit its volunteer engagement when COVID-19 struck. But the company pivoted its resources, and began pursuing virtual opportunities to fundraise and conduct donation drives to support local organizations during the pandemic.

Jackson awarded grants to programs providing financial coaching and direct assistance to people facing unemployment and other economic hardship intensified by the pandemic. They also offered support to organizations that were forced to postpone or cancel significant fundraising events.

But Jackson’s generosity extends further than their fundraising. Mid-pandemic, when food insecurity was at its highest, Jackson partnered with the Nashville Food Project by opening their dining center kitchen and utilizing staff to prepare meals while following social distancing protocols. Together, they served 6,075 meals for underserved youth and seniors in the community.

Jackson volunteers cut and prepare flash cards for local schools.

“One thing I love about Nashville is how the community works together to help each other during a crisis,” Moon says. “There were so many inspiring stories of the nonprofit sector meeting critical needs of our community reeling after two concurrent disasters—a tornado and the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Following the tornado, Jackson employees volunteered 181 hours and contributed $19,620 toward recovery efforts. As the pandemic continues, Jackson has continued to extend its kindness across the community to aid wherever possible.

For more information about Jackson and their commitment to service, click here.

About Jackson

Jackson National Life Insurance Company® (Jackson®) is committed to helping clarify the complexity of retirement planning for its customers. Jackson’s range of annuity products, financial know-how, history of award-winning service, and streamlined experiences strive to reduce the confusion that complicates retirement plans. As part of their award-winning Corporate Philanthropy program, Jackson invests nearly $1.2 million annually in nonprofit and community causes in Middle Tennessee.

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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Volunteers Give Refurbished Bikes to Nashville Youth

200 Youth Benefit From Hands On Nashville’s Third ReCYCLE for Kids Giveaway 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On Sunday, two hundred youth served by Metro Parks community centers took home “like-new” bicycles, and brand new helmets and locks as part of Hands On Nashville’s third ReCYCLE for Kids Giveaway event. Continue reading Volunteers Give Refurbished Bikes to Nashville Youth

Volunteers Give Refurbished Bikes to Underserved Youth

200 Children Benefit From Hands On Nashville’s ReCYCLE for Kids Program

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Two hundred elementary school students served by Metro Parks community centers took home their very own bicycles and bike helmets today, as part of Hands On Nashville’s ReCYCLE for Kids presented by Jackson.

ReCYCLE for Kids engages community volunteers in providing refurbished bikes, new helmets and basic safety education for underserved children.

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Two hundred elementary school students served by Metro Parks community centers took home their very own bicycles and bike helmets today, as part of Hands On Nashville’s ReCYCLE for Kids presented by Jackson.

“This is truly a volunteer-driven effort, from the donations of used bikes to financial contributions we received during The Big Payback to support the cost of new helmets for the kids,” said Hands On Nashville President and CEO Brian Williams. “ReCYCLE for Kids harnesses the volunteer spirit of this community and puts it to action.”

To kick off Hands On Nashville’s ReCYCLE for Kids effort, nearly 150 individuals and businesses donated used children’s bikes to Hands On Nashville last fall. Throughout the past several months, more than 300 volunteers refurbished those bikes at the Oasis Center’s Bike Workshop – cleaning, repairing and returning the bikes to like-new condition.

Saturday’s grand giveaway event at McFerrin Park Community Center was the culmination of these efforts. After receiving a free bike and helmet, each child completed a skills course and took part in road safety activities. Seventy-five volunteers helped to facilitate the event.

“Metro Parks is proud to partner with Hands On Nashville to put like-new bicycles in the hands of deserving young people who may not otherwise have the opportunity to own a bike,” said Tommy Lynch, director of Metro Parks.

Overall, the effort engaged more than 450 community volunteers, including many volunteers from Nashville’s business community such as Jackson, Emma, UBS, Starbucks, Cassidy Turley and Cummins.

“Jackson employees really value the opportunity to volunteer together, especially when it comes to projects such as ReCYCLE for Kids,” said Corinne Bergeron, corporate social responsibility manager for Jackson. “Not only are we bringing joy to these kids, but we’re also promoting healthy lifestyle activities and giving kids the opportunity to learn responsibility through bike ownership.”

About Hands On Nashville
Hands On Nashville’s mission is to meet community needs through volunteerism. For more than 20 years, Hands On Nashville (HON) volunteers have been addressing critical issues facing the Middle Tennessee community such as hunger, homelessness and environmental protection. In 2013, HON connected or referred more than 124,000 volunteers to service opportunities, making it one of the largest volunteer resource centers of its kind in the world. Offering more than 300 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. For more information, visit www.HON.org or call (615) 298-1108.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Becca Wilson
Hands On Nashville
(615) 298-1108, Ext. 406
(615) 426-1428
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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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Thank you for voting us #1 Best Nonprofit!

We are feeling the love this week in a big way. What great enthusiasm our city has for volunteerism!

FIRST: Thank you, Nashville, for voting us “Best Nonprofit” in the 2013 Nashville Scene Readers’ Poll. We are honored to share this recognition with two great organizations, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Thistle Farms. A special thank you to the Nashville Scene and Jackson National Life Insurance for awarding us $5,000 – this money will go to support our work to meet critical community needs through volunteerism.

This city sure is proud of its culture of service, and we are truly honored to play a part in making volunteerism something that Nashvillians value. All of our good work is made possible by the remarkable gifts of time and talent provided by selfless volunteers and community partners.

LAST (but certainly not least!): We were also honored this week when our fearless leader and CEO, Brian Williams, received The Bank of America CEO of the Year Award at the 2013 Salute to Excellence awards dinner. This award highlights the importance of executive leadership in an organization’s achievement of mission-related results. Thanks to the Center for Nonprofit Management and Bank of America for this wonderful recognition!

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