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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!)

HONDay 2018 brings together nearly 1,000 volunteers for school improvement projects

Dr. Kimberly Fowler, principal at Hickman Elementary School, addresses the group of volunteers as Hands On Nashville Day 2018 kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Nearly 1,000 volunteers came together on Saturday, Sept. 22, for the 27th Annual Hands On Nashville Day, a citywide day of service supporting Metro Nashville Public Schools. At 15 schools, volunteers created inspirational murals, landscaped playgrounds and school gardens, painted hallways and gymnasiums, and more.

“The volunteers out here today are showing how much they support MNPS students and families,” said Dr. Kimberly Fowler, principal of Hickman Elementary School. “Their efforts are about more than a coat of paint or a wheelbarrow of mulch. They’re spending their time to show just how important our schools and our children are to the whole community.”

Continue reading HONDay 2018 brings together nearly 1,000 volunteers for school improvement projects

24th Annual Hands On Nashville Day Results in More than 1,600 Volunteers Serving 31 Metro Schools

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During Hands On Nashville 2015, volunteers created a rain garden at J.E. Moss Elementary School in Antioch.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – More than 1,600 volunteers participated in today’s Hands On Nashville Day, the community’s largest annual day of service benefiting Metro Nashville Public Schools. Continue reading 24th Annual Hands On Nashville Day Results in More than 1,600 Volunteers Serving 31 Metro Schools

Hands On Nashville Named an MNPS Academy Partner of the Year

MNPS Academies 2015
Hands On Nashville received the award for Academy Partnership of the Year: Engineering, Manufacturing, and Industrial Technology for its partnership with Glencliff High School at the 2015 Academies of Nashville Awards.

For the last five years, Hands On Nashville has worked to engage and advance the Academy of Environmental and Urban Planning at Glencliff High School.

On Monday, May 18, the partnership was recognized as Academy Partnership of the Year: Engineering, Manufacturing, and Industrial Technology during the 2015 Academies of Nashville Awards! Continue reading Hands On Nashville Named an MNPS Academy Partner of the Year

Hands On Nashville Announces 2015 Strobel Awards Recipients

Middle Tennessee Volunteers Recognized for Outstanding Community Service 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Middle Tennesseans were honored for outstanding volunteer work today at Hands On Nashville’s 29th annual Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards presented by HCA/TriStar Health.

  • Bob Bredensteiner– Capacity-building Volunteer Award
  • Julie Davis and Cheryl Hays – Volunteer Innovator Award
  • Conexión Américas’ Parents as Partners Facilitator Team – Civic Volunteer Group Award
  • Asurion – Corporate Volunteerism Award
  • Samantha Ponder – Direct Service Volunteer Award (Youth; ages 5-20 category)
  • Maurice Curry – Direct Service Volunteer Award (Adult; ages 21-49 category)
  • Amy Shever – Direct Service Volunteer Award (Adult 50+category)
  • Andy Myers– Hands On Nashville Volunteer of the Year Award (Adult)
  • Camryn Magsby– Hands On Nashville Volunteer of the Year Award (Youth)

Continue reading Hands On Nashville Announces 2015 Strobel Awards Recipients

23rd Annual Hands On Nashville Day Results in More Than 2,100 Volunteers Serving 52 Metro Schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – 2,000 volunteers participated in today’s Hands On Nashville Day, the community’s largest day of service benefiting Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Hands On Nashville Day 2014
A volunteer brings mulch to the playground at Hattie Cotton STEM Magnet Elementary School for Hands On Nashville Day 2014.

This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the organization’s signature volunteer event, which resulted in more than 8,400 donated hours of service through landscaping, painting and cleaning projects at 52 schools throughout Davidson County.

Each year, the volunteer resource center hosts Hands On Nashville Day, bringing together residents of Middle Tennessee to donate their time to help make Metro Schools brighter, safer places for Davidson County children to learn and play.

“Hands On Nashville Day showcases the volunteer spirit that makes this city special,” said Congressman Jim Cooper. “It’s inspiring to see thousands of volunteers unite each year in support of public education, our children and our community. Continue reading 23rd Annual Hands On Nashville Day Results in More Than 2,100 Volunteers Serving 52 Metro Schools

Hands On Nashville 2014: Big impact, small footprint.

Ready to make a BIG impact on Hands On Nashville Day? Us too! Hands On Nashville

See no, Hear no, Do no harm, on the environment this year  at #HONDay2014. Find out how to help at HON.org/GreenAmbassador.
See no, Hear no, Do no harm, on the environment this year at #HONDay2014. Find out how to help at HON.org/GreenAmbassador.

Day is our largest annual day service to public schools, and we’re working to make sure our projects have the smallest impact on our environment as possible.

Here are a few exciting ways that we are making HON Day 2014 green!

We’re recruiting Green Ambassadors: We’re recruiting rock star volunteers to lead green initiatives at each HON Day school site! GAs will lead recycling efforts, set up comprehensive cleaning stations, and tally leftover supplies to ensure we’re being good stewards of our project resources.(Want to join us as a Green Ambassador? Jump down to the bottom of the page for more info.)

Our project supplies are reusable: All latex paint brushes and paint pans will be cleaned so they can be re-used for future projects.

We’ll be painting with non-toxic paint: We’ll be using indoor latex paint, which is zero VOC to ensure a healthy indoor learning environment and no-off gassing.

All oil paint will be disposed of responsibly: All oil paint cans will be properly recycled at Metro Recycling locations by Metro Nashville Public Schools.

We’re throwing a low-waste after party: Be sure to join us for the CMT One Celebration at Hands On Nashville from Noon to 2 p.m. after all of your projects are complete. The celebration will be complete with compostable flatware and onsite composting and recycling

We’ll cover green topics before we get started: Volunteers will be encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle to their project site. Water coolers will be provided when needed and recycling will be provided onsite. We’ll cover all this in our talking points during morning orientation to raise awareness about sustainability initiatives this year.

Sign up to be a Green Ambassador! Ready to take on a fun and engaging leadership opportunity as a GA? Contact jaclyn@hon.org or call 298.1108 ext 405. All instructions and guidance are provided, no experience necessary! For more information, visit HON.org/GreenAmbassador.

Hands On Nashville Day 2014 Team Captain Toolkit!

Interested in rallying your friends, coworkers and neighbors for Hands On Nashville Day 2014? Ready to sign up to be a Team Captain?

2013 Hands On Nashville Day volunteers!


Thanks to Team Captains like you, more than 1,500 volunteers will makeover 50-plus Metro Nashville Public Schools on September 20.

Here’s how you can create a team on our website, register for Hands On Nashville Day, and get your team pumped up for a FUN day of service!

You can always contact honday@hon.org  or call 615-298-1108 ext. 301 if you run into any trouble throughout this sign up process!

 Step 1 – Create an account at HON.org 

Already have an account? Great! Log in to your account at HON.org and jump to Step 2.)

  • Image of account creation page at HON.orgTo create an account, fill out the form above, click Submit, and you will be logged in and ready to go!

Step 2 – Create a new team.

  • Now that you are logged in, locate the top blue menu and click My Account.
  • Then, to the left, click on Create a New Team. 

Account page at HON.org

A new page will appear.

Image of Creating a Team Page at HON.org

  • Enter info about your team (No lie detectors, we promise).
  • Go ahead and add your team members to the list along with their contact info, too. You will need an email address and/or phone number for each team member.

(We highly recommend including email addresses whenever possible!)

  • Since you’re creating the team, you’re automatically Team Captain!

TIP: You can always add and remove team members later (We’ll show you how in Step 3).

Create Team Button

  • When ready, click the green Create Team button at the bottom of the page and wait for the hamsters in the wheel to do their work…
  • You’ll see a team confirmation page (NICELY DONE). All of your team members with email addresses listed will receive an email with instructions for how to accept the invitation to officially join your team.

Great job — you’re almost finished! 

Creating a team is a great first step, but it does NOT mean your team is signed up for Hands On Nashville Day. You must also register your team for a specific HON Day school site when registration opens on Thursday, Aug. 28. We’ll show you how in Step 4.

Step 3 – Update team information.

If you find yourself wanting to add additional team members (because you’re incredibly popular, charming, or just plain awesome) or update your roster, follow these steps:

  • While logged in to your account, click My Account.
  • To the left, click My Teams.

Image of Manage Team page at HON.org

  • Identify which volunteer team you would like to update, and click the plus sign (+) next to that team name.
  • Click Manage Team.
  • To add new members, click Add New Members.
  • To remove a team member, select the box next to the individual’s name and click Remove Member.

TIP: To make another member a Team Captain, select the individual and click Make A Captain. They will then be able to manage the roster and pump up the group. We’ll communicate directly with everyone you list as a Team Captain, so please think twice before assigning everyone that role!

Ready to move on? Now it’s time to sign up your team for a school site!

Step 4 – Sign your team up for Hands On Nashville Day!

To take part in Hands On Nashville Day, Team Captains must sign up their team for a specific Hands On Nashville Day school site once registration opens on Thursday, August 28. Schools fill up fast and the early bird gets the worm! To sign up your team:

  • Log in to your account at HON.org.
  • Click on the Hands On Nashville Day link on the HON.org homepage.
  • Click on the blue Volunteer buttonA new page will appear.

Image of volunteer button

  • Browse through the list of schools and find the perfect opportunity for your team.

Screen Shot for Sign up

  • When you’ve found the school where you would like to volunteer, click Or sign up with a team.

TIP: If you accidentally click the green “Sign up”  button and register as an individual, you won’t be able to sign up your team. If this happens, don’t worry! You can always cancel your reservation from the “My Account” section of the site and try again (or send us an email if you have any issues).

Image of Choose your Team Page at HON.org

  • A new page will open where you can select your team.
  • In the “Option 1” box use the scroll-down menu to select your volunteer team that will take part. Then click SELECT.
  • A pop-up window with your team members will then appear.

Image of Selecting Teammates Page at HON.org

  • Check the box next to the name of each team member who you want to sign up for Hands On Nashville Day.

(Team members that are “pending” on your team roster can be added like any one else. No worries! Jump down to the tip section below for more information.)

  • When you are ready, click SUBMIT!


Your team is now registered for Hands On Nashville Day! You and your teammates (with email addresses) will receive an email confirmation with additional details about where to go for your project, etc. Now is a great time to personally tell your team members the good news. Jump to the last step to see how!

HONft2011_388 TIP: If you do not have 100% commitments from each team member you’ve invited to be on your team, that’s OK. You can still go ahead and select these team members as shown in Step 4 and sign up your team for HON Day.

Team members who are shown as “pending” on your team roster will still get a slot if you select them when you sign up your team.

If for any reason team members are not going to be able to volunteer on September 20,  it is important you remove them from the school your team is signed for so that other volunteers can fill in those slots. The sooner you remove the team members who can’t make it, the better!

Here’s how:

  • Sign in.
  • Go to My Account.
  • In the main section of the page you will see your Upcoming Opportunities.
  • Find the opportunity your team is registered for.
  • Click on Manage My Team.
  • A pop-up window with team member names will appear.
  • Unselect the people who will NOT be joining you for HON Day.
  • Click SUBMIT to finalize your roster.

Step 5 – Communicate with your team.

Pumped to tell your team about this awesome event and plan your matching outfits for the day? You are able to send out mass messages to your members. Here’s how:

  • Log in to your account.
  • In the My Account section, click on My Teams.
  • Click the plus sign (+) next to your team name.
  • Click Manage Team and select which members you’d like to email.

Image of Emailing Team Members Page at HON.org

  • Click Email Members.
  • Write your message and hit SUBMIT to send!

Tip: This is another great reason to include email addresses for as many team members as you can! Only team members with emails listed will receive these messages. 


  • HON Day projects take place at 50+ school sites on Saturday, September 20 from 8 a.m. to Noon. When you’re done with the landscaping and painting, be sure and plan to attend the after party celebration including complimentary lunch ’til 2 p.m at Hands On Nashville.
  • Team Challenge  – Your team can choose to maximize its overall impact on Hands On Nashville Day by participating in the Team Challenge, which adds a team fundraising component to group volunteer efforts! If interested, click here to learn more.
  • Limited edition HON Day event t-shirts will be available beginning August 28 at HON.org.

Whew! That’s it. You now know everything you need to conquer the world… or, at least make it a better place. Still have questions? You can also call us at (615) 298-1108 ext. 301 or e-mail us at honday@hon.org. View this video for an easy walk-through:

Introducing Hands On Nashville’s 2014 Urban Agriculture Teaching Interns!

This week, Hands On Nashville is kicking off Crop City, a six-week camp where community youth will learn how to grow food and make healthy eating choices! 2014 Crop City participants are youth served by the following organizations: Watkins Park Community Center, Y-CAP, Martha O’Bryan Center, Youth Villages, Sophia’s Heart, and the Nashville International Center for Empowerment.

As we begin, we would like to introduce you to a group of outstanding Hands On Nashville Urban Agriculture Teaching Interns who will lead the farm-to-table, curriculum-based summer youth development program.

Guided by Hands On Nashville staff, these awesome interns will teach Crop City participants – who live in neighborhoods with limited access to fresh produce — how to grow healthy produce to share with their communities and useful leadership skills to foster future growth. Please join us in welcoming these young leaders who are making a difference during their summer break.


2014 Urban Agriculture Intern Grace Bryant

Grace Bryant is a rising junior at Glencliff High School where she is currently preparing for a future in biological engineering. After school, Grace can often be found researching diseases among insects in a biology lab. Grace hopes to share her knowledge of nutritious plants and food with the world this summer, and in the future.

Fun fact: If Grace could be any movie character, she’d be Michelangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – he has a lot of fun but still helps others.


2014 Urban Agriculture Intern Maria DartyMariah Darty is a rising junior at Glencliff High School. From joining the garden club and working for the newspaper to tutoring students at two different middle schools, Mariah has taken on many new activities over the last year. She is ready to continue learning and teaching others while adding an Urban Agriculture Internship to the list this summer.

Fun Fact: If Mariah could be any cartoon character, she would be Sponge Bob because he is always happy, and positive.


2014 Urban Agriculture Intern Emily DunnEmily Dunn  is a rising senior at Hume-Fogg Academic High School where she’s co-captain of the swim team; co-leads a club that raises money to fight cancer; and helps coordinate the school’s recycling effort. Emily is returning for her second year leading Crop City programming as an Urban Agriculture Intern. She’s driven to play an active role in eliminating food deserts.

Fun Fact: If Emily could be any cartoon character, she would be Phineas, from Phineas and Ferb – because they lived in an endless summer.


2014 Urban Agriculture Intern Jon EdwardsJon Edwards is a rising senior at Hume-Fogg Academic High School where he will serve as Student Body Treasurer next fall. As a volunteer, Jon has spent three Christmas holidays working at a school and orphanage in Managua, Nicaragua and has served as a tutor for elementary school students within the local community. This summer, he hopes to positively influence a child’s future out at the Farm.

Fun Fact: If Jon could only listen to one CD/album forever, he’d listen to, The Band by The Band.


2014 Urban Agriculture Intern Nikita HolbertNikita Holbert, a rising senior at Hume-Fogg Academic High School, absolutely loves to be outside. Nikita is excited to bring her gardening experience (she has planted tomatoes, squash, and peaches at her grandmother’s garden…yum), passion for helping others, and strong interest in teaching youth to the Urban Farm this summer.

Fun Fact: If Nikita could have superpowers, she would have the abilities to disappear, pause the world, and run fast.



2014 Urban Agriculture Intern Ameena KhoshnawAmeena Khoshnaw is a rising senior at Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Magnet School. As a dedicated volunteer, Ameena regularly serves at local Islamic churches and has assisted in disaster relief efforts as an ICNA Disaster Relief Group volunteer. Ameena strives to be a shining example for her younger family members and help those less fortunate take steps toward success in their lives.

Fun Fact: Photography is Ameena’s favorite hobby – she loves capturing nature’s amazing scenes.

2014 Urban Agriculture Camryn MagsbyCamryn Magsby is a rising sophomore at Hume-Fogg Academic High School. Camryn is a strong advocate of healthy eating, and has helped fight hunger as a volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, Nashville Rescue Mission, and Mercy Ministries. Camryn aims to inspire others to see the value of growing their own food this summer.

Fun fact: If Camryn could have any superpower, it would be to read people’s minds, like professor X from X-Men.


2014 Urban Agriculture Intern Dina MikaielDina Mikaiel is a rising senior at Antioch High School where she is an essential part of the school’s Leadership Class. Dina helps fellow students through the Adopt a Freshmen program, serves as a Big Sister, and hopes to meet new people and help change lives of community youth through education this summer.

Fun Fact: If Dina could travel anywhere in the world, she would travel to Egypt.

2014 Urban Agriculture Intern Leyla Mohamed

Leyla Mohamed is a rising senior at Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Magnet School where she is a member of Beta Club, Red-Cross club and the Muslim Student Association. For the past three years, Leyla has volunteered at local mosques teaching children Arabic nearly every weekend. This summer, Lelya hopes to learn more about the agriculture system in Nashville and use her leadership skills to help improve it.

Fun Fact: If Leyla could have any superpower, she would have all of the knowledge in the world.


2014 Urban Agriculture Intern Miranda MooreMiranda Moore is a rising sophomore at Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Magnet School. She loves working with kids, and has many years of experience as a camp counselor. Miranda is looking forward to sharing her knowledge of healthy foods and nutrition with campers this summer, and is excited to learn more about urban agriculture throughout the process.

Fun Fact: If Miranda could only eat one type of food forever, she would choose Clementines.



2014 Urban Agriculture Intern Megnot Mulugeta

Megnot Mulugeta is a rising senior at Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Magnet School where for the last two school years she has helped organize fundraisers for FEED, an organization that helps feed and clothe children in Haiti. With a newfound interest in gardening, Megnot aims to help others to make healthier choices this summer.

Fun Fact: If Megnot could have any superpower, she would be able to read minds.



2014 Urban Agriculture Intern Farhiya Omar

Farhiyo Omar, a rising junior at Hillwood High School, is very excited to be spending a second consecutive summer teaching at Crop City this year. Farhiyo says that being able to watch the kids smile and grow last year was a very rewarding experience and is looking forward to again sharing her knowledge of farming with others.

Fun fact: If she could do anything she wanted, Farhiyo would travel the world.


2014 Urban Agriculture Rayan OsmanRayan Osman is a rising junior at Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Magnet School. Rayan is co-founder of her school’s Muslim-Student Association and regularly tutors elementary and middle school students. After college, Rayan plans to go to Somalia to help residents fight poverty. She hopes to gain knowledge about agriculture this summer.

Fun Fact: Reading is Rayan’s favorite hobby – it’s a really fun activity, she says.



2014 Urban Agriculture Intern Carson ThomasCarson Thomas is a rising senior at University School of Nashville where she co-leads USN’s Environmental Club, is captain of the Ultimate Frisbee Team and is involved with the Student Sustainability Initiative. Carson has served as a fellow at the Urban Farm for the last year, and is thrilled to be joining us again for her second consecutive summer as an Urban Agriculture Intern at Crop City.

Fun Fact: If Carson could only eat one type of food forever, it would be pasta.


2014 Urban Agriculture Chloe VaccaroChloe Vaccaro is a recent graduate of Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Magnet School and will attend UT Knoxville in the fall. As an Urban Farm Fellow and Urban Agriculture Intern for the past two summers, Chloe continues to make an impact at the Urban Farm. Chloe’s long-term goal is to help increase access to healthy food for families located in food deserts and hopes to continue to learn about organic farming this summer.

Fun Fact: If Chloe could only listen to one CD/album forever, it would be Live by Erykah Badu.