Volunteering is a great way to enjoy local fall events while giving back to your community! We’re highlighting just a few of our fall opportunities with our nonprofit partners all across Middle Tennessee! Whether you’re a college student home for Fall Break or a family looking for new experiences with your littles, there’s something for everyone! To see our full opportunity calendar, click here!
Also, mark your calendar for Nashville Volunteer Week! This inaugural event begins Oct. 17! Learn more here!
Bartend during a NightLight615 movie night
The Fort Houston/The Forge/NightLight615
Minimum age: 21+
When: 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, or Friday, Oct. 21
Serve drinks at the bar and attend to guests at the NightLight615 movie event series! Volunteers will receive food and drinks in addition to free parking during the event.
Teach swim lessons to children and adults
Minimum age: 14+ with adult
When: This is an ongoing opportunity from Oct. 7 to Dec. 10
The Nashville Dolphins is looking for volunteers to help teach children and adults with special needs learn water safety and how to swim! Experience is not necessary, and training will be provided.
Unload and give away trees during Tree Fest 2022
Nashville Tree Foundation
Minimum age: 16+, 13+ (with adult)
When: Times vary, Oct. 21, 23, 25 and 29
Unload trees from trucks, assist with registration, hand out container trees, and clean up after the event with the Nashville Tree Foundation. Heads up: If you volunteer, you may be able to take a tree home!
Fly A Kite and attend to guests at Kite Fest
Friends of Mill Ridge Park
Minimum age: 18+
When: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 15, 22, or 29
Friends of Mill Ridge Park is looking for volunteers to welcome park visitors, assemble kites, demonstrate proper kite flying, facilitate lawn games for event attendees, replenish snacks and drinks as needed, and help with cleaning up after the event. Various shifts are available!
Prepare community gardens for the next season
Minimum age: 18+
When: 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, Oct. 8, 15, 22, or 29
Volunteer with BELL Garden as they prepare their garden for the upcoming season! Volunteers will harvest vegetables for the food bank, deadhead flowers, weed beds and paths, and more.
Prepare meals for local families in need
The Branch of Nashville
Minimum age: 15+, 8+ (with adult)
When: Varying times, Oct. 5 through Oct. 29
Are you an advocate for food insecurity? Help The Branch of Nashville pack food bags, check for food freshness, clean their facility, and distribute food to guests.
Check in guests and offer support at the annual Hike for Safe Haven
Safe Haven Family Shelter
Minimum age: 18+, 12+ (with adult)
When: Various times, Saturday, Nov. 12
Support Safe Haven Family Shelter as they host their annual Hike for Save Haven event. Volunteers are needed to set up, check in guests, distribute refreshments, assist at the photo booth, monitor the children’s area, and help pack up supplies.
Support foster animals at the Nashville Humane Association
Nashville Humane Association
Minimum age: 16+, 13 (with adult)
When: This opportunity is ongoing until the end of the year
Are you passionate about animals? The Nashville Humane Association is looking for volunteers to serve in their foster program by preparing food and supplies for new foster pets as they prepare to be placed in their homes! Volunteers will fill foster bags and food containers, empty returned foster bins after pets are adopted, and more. This is a great ongoing opportunity looking for return volunteers!
Socialize with older adults during Friends Adult Days Services
Minimum age: 18+, 16 (with adult)
Date: Ongoing until Nov. 18
FiftyForward is looking for volunteers interested in reoccurring shifts with their day program! Volunteers will welcome participants, assist during meal service, and provide one-on-one support with the older adults during their activities. Being engaged allows these adults to thrive and live a more happy and more active life.