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Nonprofit Partner Spotlight: Nashville Humane Association

NHAlogoThey eat your homework, snuggle with you when it’s cold outside, burrow in spaces you didn’t think possible, make you giggle, accompany you on that morning run, and follow you around like you’re better than bacon. They don’t have much of a voice, but could certainly use your support. Feeling the nudge to help out these lovable, loyal, and sometimes silly, tail-wagging friends?


Betsy Warren and Emily Warren pose with Critter Campers.
Betsy Warren and Emily Warren pose with Critter Campers.

The Nashville Humane Association (NHA) could use your assistance. Committed to finding responsible homes, controlling pet overpopulation, and promoting the humane treatment of animals, NHA makes the animal world a bit brighter.

Of course, volunteers play a key role in helping NHA fulfill its mission, from hands-on work with the shelter residents to keep them happy, healthy, and adoptable, to clerical assistance. NHA volunteers serve as ambassadors in the community and fill various roles during special events. Volunteer roles include staffing Teddy’s Wagon mobile adoption unit, promoting the healthy people-pet connection via Pet Visitation at various facilities, operating the Community Pet Food Bank for pet owners in need, and much more. Callie Jennings, a current NHA volunteer comments, “NHA is the purest form of service. Though animals can only show you love, the volunteer usually leaves feeling richer from giving one hour than taking a day’s pay.”

Jennifer Ford pets this furry friend at 12 South Farmers Market.
Jennifer Ford pets this furry friend at 12 South Farmers Market.

Jennifer Ford, another NHA volunteer says, “Deciding to volunteer at NHA has been one of the best decisions I made in my life. It is such a joy to work with the animals, staff, and other volunteers. I am happy to make a difference.”

Here are some upcoming opportunities for you to join in and make a difference:

Critter Care
Come help out on a Sunday morning (8:30-11 a.m.) and encourage animal socialization and do some deep cleaning prior to the shelter opening to the public.
> Learn more and sign up.

Drive NHA’s Mobile Adoption Unit
One Saturday each month, drive large vehicles, work with customers, and handle dogs. This is a To-Be-Scheduled opportunity (offering more scheduling flexibility), until filled.
> Learn more and sign up.

> See all opportunities with NHA. 

Tell us a few of your favorite things, and enter to win a dinner at Burger Up

When we asked our staff what they love most about summer, we got some great answers: homegrown tomato/basil sandwiches (yum), reading by the pool, hanging out at the lake, cookouts, cold watermelon on a hot day, long days of sunshine. We then asked ourselves – Is it possible to find volunteer projects that align with these things? Check out this magic:

HON volunteers harvesting vegetables in a community garden.

> Tomato/basil sandwich and cold watermelon = HON Urban Farm and Richland Urban Farm

> Reading by the pool = Reading Buddies

> Hanging out at the lake = Radnor Lake Work Day

> Cookouts = Dinner at Hope Lodge

> Long days of sunshine = Blackberry Jam Music Festival

In the spirit of chasing the ice cream man (or woman) and running through the sprinkler, we’re curious if this same experiment works for you. What’s your favorite thing about summer? When you look at our Opportunity Calendar, can you find a volunteer project that somehow involves this thing? Let us know!

Post your answers* on our Facebook page by Friday, June 8, and enter a chance to win a dinner for four at Burger Up in Nashville. Ready, set, go!

*Answers must include both a favorite thing about summer AND the volunteer opportunity this aligns with. (Be sure to include the hyperlink to the project!) For example, “My favorite thing about summer is taking walks with my dog. I can help the Nashville community by volunteering with the Nashville Humane Association’s Critter Care project.” The winner will be chosen at random by HON staff.