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115 bikes donated on #GivingTuesday!

Warmer weather and lots of wonderful people in Nashville made #GivingTuesday here at Hands On Nashville a glowing success. Thanks to everyone who came out to support this fun day. Special thanks to Dozen Bakery and Tennessee Cheesecake for providing treats, and Wannado for volunteering with us.

This donor brought by a whole truckload of bikes!
This donor brought by a whole truckload of bikes!

Hands On Nashville received 115 bikes during our #BikesAndBakedGoods bike drive on #GivingTuesday, bringing our total so far to 325 bikes (our goal is to reach 500 bikes by Dec. 20 – read more about how you can help here). All of these donations will support our ReCYCLE for Kids program presented by Jackson. Volunteers will restore the bikes to like-new condition with expert guidance from the Oasis Center’s Bike Workshop. Then in the spring, we’ll give them to 400 underserved youth along with new helmets and safety training.

During our #GivingTuesday bike drive, we heard all sorts of fun stories from donors as they parted ways with their wheels.

Instagram user BroccoliCupcake used the day (picture featured below) as a teaching moment with her two boys. She remarks, “The boys donated their bikes to Hands On Nashville today and were pretty excited to get brownies as a thank you.”

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One father took a “last photo” of his daughter’s bike before handing it over to us, and then sent his daughter – who just went off to college – the photo as a memento. He also picked up a few baked goods to ship to her in the mail.

Jerilyn told us about using her childhood bike at her first job on the paper route. The banana seat was just *so* comfortable.

Jerilyn drops off her childhood bike.
Jerilyn drops off her childhood bike.

Another donor came up with a pick-up truck piled high with over eight bikes he collected from his neighborhood. He saw a story on the news and was intent on helping out a good cause.

Thanks to everyone who donated their bikes or gave monetary donations to support ReCYCLE for Kids and Hands On Nashville. We absolutely love this community and are sincerely thankful for your giving hearts.

If you missed out on the designated day of giving, we’ve extended our collection. And yes, we still need your help. Up until December 20, we’re collecting new and used children’s bikes at the Hands On Nashville office, located at 37 Peabody Street, Suite 206 (in the downtown Trolley Barns), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Go ahead and dust off those bikes sitting in your garage or basement – they could make a kid’s year, helping them enjoy the excitement of riding and exercising, just like you did as a child.

Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 3.21.43 PMOur goal is to collect 500 used children’s bikes, and with your help we will get there!

Don’t have a bike but still want to help? We’re also accepting monetary donations to help buy new helmets for the kids. $10 will buy one helmet. Help us keep their noggins safe!

> Click here to make a monetary donation. (Be sure to include the note “for bike helmets” in the Special Instructions field upon checkout.)

 > Click here to read more information about ReCYCLE for Kids.  

Look at all these bikes that will get a second life, thanks to YOU, Nashville!
Look at all these bikes that will get a second life, thanks to YOU, Nashville!

We’ve Moved!

Hands On Nashville Joins Center for Nonprofit Management at the Trolley Barns at Rolling Mill Hill
It’s official: Middle Tennessee’s volunteer resource center has moved to the Trolley Barns at Rolling Mill Hill, joining the Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) in one of six historic buildings that have been renovated for commercial use. We are thrilled to join CNM to provide innovative capacity-building services to nonprofit organizations – from professional development and education to volunteerism – under one roof!

The beautiful downtown view from the new HON office in the Historic Trolley Barns.

The buildings, constructed circa 1940 as a New Deal project, served the city of Nashville as office and maintenance shops for the city public works department. An example of early twentieth-century industrial architecture, the buildings have been renovated to meet the guidelines of the National Register, and an application has been submitted to list the buildings in the National Register of Historic Places. Other organizations that will be moving into the development include Emma, the Entrepreneur Center, Centric Architecture, the Metropolitan Department and Housing Agency, and Baker, Sullivan & Hoover PLC. In addition to the exciting synergy between CNM and HON, the historic character of the buildings, and our innovative and thoughtful neighbors, the HON and CNM building is seeking LEED Silver certification (read more about the sustainable features of the building below.)

Caroline, Jaclyn, Becca and Elizabeth enjoy a little jump rope to break the place in.

Please make note of our new address, and stop by and say hello if you are in the neighborhood!

Hands On Nashville
37 Peabody Street, Suite 206
Nashville, TN 37210

While our office has moved, our phone number is the same – (615) 298-1108. And, of course, you can still find 300+ volunteer opportunities every month on our Opportunity Calendar at HON.org.

More About Our New “Green” Office
A core HON value is sustainability – from offering volunteer opportunities that improve the environment to our internal office practices, we strive to be aware of the impact we have not just on our community, but also on the environment. And our new office is no exception! The developer of our building is seeking LEED Silver Certification, a green rating system for buildings that stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The building provides a healthy and environmentally friendly office for our staff, which boosts staff productivity and morale so we can have a bigger impact on our community while keeping a smaller impact on our earth.

For a building to become LEED certified, the project has to achieve points in five categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality.  A few interesting LEED features of our building:
· It is a brownfield redevelopment, which means the site soil was originally contaminated. The developer used soil remediation to remove the toxins and improve the site.
· Through low impact stormwater design, more stormwater remains onsite so it   does not run off and overburden the city’s stormwater infrastructure.
· During construction, 60% of the existing building shell  was reused, which diverted 50% of construction waste from the landfill.
· Inside our office doors, most of the office equipment is Energy Star. We sourced regional and recycled furniture as much as possible.

Adams, HON's Urban Farm Program VISTA, enjoys the new lounge.

To become more involved in Hands On Nashville’s sustainable initiatives, sign up to  volunteer with one of our three environmentally-focused programs: Urban Farming, Waterway Restoration (more info coming soon on this one!), or Home Energy Savings.  We look forward to seeing you at a project soon!