Tangerine Zielinski is dressed in pink — bright pink.
Bright pink wide-brimmed hat with lace. Bright pink glasses with pink lenses. Bright pink patterned tunic. She stands in dazzling contrast to the drizzly, gray October day outside.
“By dressing up, it seems to brighten up people’s days one way or another somehow,” she says.
Zielinski is a 14-year volunteer with the American Cancer Society’s Nashville Hope Lodge. The Hope Lodge, located just outside downtown, provides a home away from home for cancer patients and their caregivers while they are in town receiving treatment. The Hope Lodge provides lodging, transportation, and activities for its guests free of charge. Volunteer groups provide meals throughout the month.
Zielinski got started as a volunteer at the Hope Lodge when the facility opened in 2004. She says her own battle with lymphoma of the intestines in 2001 led her to want to volunteer with cancer patients.
“Cancer … awakened me to the value of life,” she says. “Having been through cancer, I know how rough it can be. I know what it can do to you and your body. I know some of the emotional sides to it.”
Zielinski says it’s important to make guests feel as relaxed as possible while they’re staying at the Hope Lodge. As a shuttle driver, she takes guests to and from appointments at hospitals, treatment centers, and imaging centers. When there’s time, she says, she will take them to the grocery store.
When a guest gets into her shuttle, Zielinski will often ask what kind of music they’d like to hear. She keeps nearly 3,000 songs on her phone.
“To get their minds off of cancer for but even a few minutes is, for me, very gratifying,” she says. “It makes my heart sing when I hear them hum in the backseat or sing along with a song.”
Michele Ryan, senior manager of the Hope Lodge, says that volunteer shuttle drivers are a crucial part of making a Hope Lodge guest’s stay more comfortable, as many of them come from out of town and are unfamiliar with how to get around Nashville.
“After a long day of treatment,” Ryan says, “no one wants to tackle traffic. They just want a comfortable and safe ride back.”
Zielinski says that throughout her 14 years as a Hope Lodge volunteer, what has really sustained her is knowing that she’s having an impact in the lives of people going through the most difficult challenge of their lives.
“Just to see the gratefulness that comes from the guests that come through the Hope Lodge is what really keeps me coming back,” she says.
The American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge program mission is to provide a free home away from home for cancer patients and their caregivers. Browse all volunteer opportunities with the Hope Lodge here.
For Mark Czuba and many of his colleagues, giving back is part of the job description at Altria.
Czuba, a business unit leader at the company, has led groups of Altria’s HON Day volunteers for several years. Czuba said he enjoys watching his colleagues take on different and sometimes surprising roles during volunteer projects.
“A lot of people who don’t normally get to be in a leadership role, you’ll get to see them step up … and say, ‘Hey, here’s what we should do,’” Czuba said. He recalled watching one of his quieter co-workers, who rarely did much socializing on the clock, jump right in to a volunteer project along with the team.
Czuba said that Altria, the presenting sponsor for Hands On Nashville Day 2018, strives to foster a culture of service.
“The giving aspect is huge at Altria,” he said. The company, where Czuba has worked for 15 years, encourages employees to donate to charities by offering matching funds. And volunteers from Altria support HON and other local nonprofits during their service events — big and small — throughout the year.
Even though Czuba and many of his colleagues work nights, Czuba said, it’s important to them to make time for service. That often involves clocking out from an overnight shift and going straight to a volunteer project early in the morning.
“It’s challenging for some of them,” Czuba said, “but they want to put time in.”
Thank you to all the volunteers from Altria who came out for HON Day 2018! We are so grateful for your support and partnership.
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.”
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.
“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.”
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.”
Community 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.
“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.”
Many 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.
63 Nashville Nonprofits Now Recognized for High-Quality Volunteer Management
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean today announced the nine nonprofit organizations that received a renewal or new certification in Excellence in Volunteer Engagement (EVE), an initiative to recognize high-quality volunteer management by nonprofits and to help increase the number of volunteers in Davidson County. It is the first such certification effort in the nation.
“The spirit of volunteerism in Nashville is outstanding,” Mayor Dean said. “I applaud the efforts of these nonprofits to make our city a better place, and I thank them for providing the types of meaningful volunteer experiences that engage the passion of our volunteers and put their skills to the best use in serving our community. They deserve our congratulations for achieving Excellence in Volunteer Engagement certification.”
Excellence in Volunteer Engagement was developed in 2011 by the Mayor’s Office, in partnership with Hands On Nashville and the Center for Nonprofit Management. The initiative seeks to recognize nonprofit agencies with effective volunteer programs and to encourage other organizations to join them in improving their volunteer opportunities so they can maximize their resources and provide the best quality services possible. Mayor Dean recognized the recipients at an event this morning at the Center for Nonprofit Management at the Trolley Barns.
Four organizations are being certified for the first time, including American Cancer Society – Nashville Chapter, Bellevue Edible Learning Lab – Bell Garden, Nashville Sports Council and Open Table Nashville. Five of the organizations renewed their certification: Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee, Dispensary of Hope, Hospital Hospitality House of Nashville, Operation Stand Down Nashville and Project Return. Sixty-three Nashville nonprofits are currently certified in the program.
“Volunteers are invaluable in helping to address critical community needs,” said Brian Williams, president and CEO of Hands On Nashville. “Nonprofits that lead outstanding volunteer programs empower community members to maximize their impact and achieve greater service delivery. The EVE-certified nonprofits recognized today serve as a shining example.”
A panel of judges representing the community determined which agencies qualified for a two-year certification. Certified organizations showed effectiveness in specific areas of volunteer management, including a defined volunteer program with an identified, dedicated and trained manager; a screening process that aligns volunteers’ skills and abilities with appropriate tasks; orientation for all volunteers; and an evaluation process to affirm a volunteer’s impact on the community and agency.
“These nonprofits are accomplishing their missions by providing first-rate volunteer opportunities and experiences,” said Lewis Lavine, President of the Center for Nonprofit Management. “We are pleased to recognize them today for achieving Excellence in Volunteer Engagement.”
Application is open to all nonprofit agencies in Davidson County with no restrictions on the size or budget of the organization and no application fee. EVE applications are due twice annually, and the next application period will begin in the spring of 2015. Applications can be found on the Center for Nonprofit Management’s website, www.cnm.org, or Hands On Nashville’s website, www.HON.org.
Excellence in Volunteer Engagement is part of the Mayor’s Office “Impact Nashville” initiative, which Mayor Dean launched on Sept. 30, 2010, as part of the national Cities of Service movement. Impact Nashville directs volunteerism toward two top priorities, public education and the environment. Aligned with the goals of the Cities of Service national coalition, Impact Nashville strives to improve the impact of volunteerism across our city in four areas: the impact for those being served, the impact for the volunteer, the impact on the agency’s mission and the impact on our community.
The 63 nonprofits currently certified for Excellence in Volunteer Engagement are the following:
• Alive Hospice Inc.
• American Cancer Society – Nashville Chapter
• American Red Cross
• Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville
• Bellevue Edible Learning Lab – Bell Garden
• CASA, Inc. of Davidson County
• Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee
• Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
• Christian Community Services, Inc.
• Christian Women’s Job Corps of Middle TN
• Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum
• Dispensary of Hope
• Fannie Battle Day Home for Children
• Friends Life Community, Inc.
• Friends of Warner Parks
• Frist Center for the Visual Arts
• Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville
• Hospital Hospitality House of Nashville
• Interfaith Dental Clinic
• Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee, Inc.
• Junior League of Nashville
• Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee
• Martha O’Bryan Center
• Nashville Adult Literacy Council
• Nashville CARES
• Nashville Conflict Resolution Center
• Nashville Humane Association
• Nashville International Center for Empowerment
• Nashville Public Library
• Nashville Sports Council
• Nashville Wine Auction
• Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
• Noah’s Ark Society
• Open Table Nashville
• Operation Stand Down Nashville, Inc.
• PENCIL Foundation
• Preston Taylor Ministries
• Project C.U.R.E.
• Project Reflect
• Project Return, Inc.
• Room In The Inn
• Safe Haven Family Shelter
• Salama Urban Ministries
• Salvation Army – Nashville
• Scarritt-Bennett Center
• Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
• Sexual Assault Center
• Siloam Family Health Center
• St. Luke’s Community House
• Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Nashville
• Ten Thousand Villages
• Tennessee Performing Arts Center
• Tennessee Voices for Children
• The Nashville Food Project
• The Next Door
• W.O. Smith Music School
• Your Heart On Art
• Youth Encouragement Services
• Youth Villages
• YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee
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Hands On Nashville earns top grant of $50,000 through innovative competition
supported by JPMorgan Chase
ATLANTA (June 17, 2014) – Volunteer service organizations from across America are leaving Points of Light’s Conference on Volunteering and Service this week with $100,000 to implement innovative, high-impact programs, thanks to an ongoing commitment to volunteer service by JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Four volunteer organizations participated in the first-ever HandsOn Network Innovation and Social Impact Forum, supported by JPMorgan Chase, where they competed before a panel of service leaders for a top grant of $50,000. The remaining three organizations shared $50,000 in grants to enhance their volunteer programs.
Hands On Nashville was awarded a $50,000 grant to continue growing its Home Energy Savings Program, which engages volunteers in improving the energy efficiency, comfort and safety of Nashville homes owned and occupied by low-income homeowners. Other volunteer service organizations receiving grants included the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County (CA), HandsOn Twin Cities (MN) and HandsOn Genesee (MI).
“The passion and creativity that these finalists utilized to solve important problems in our communities was impressive,” said Lois Backon, head of corporate partner marketing for JPMorgan Chase. “JPMorgan Chase is committed to investing in service innovation because we know that when we harness what our best and brightest have to offer, we can make a tangible difference in every local community we touch.”
The Innovation and Social Impact Forum was part of the Business Track at Points of Light’s Conference on Volunteering and Service, which unites thousands of volunteer and service leaders from around the world each year. At the forum, candidates each had 10 minutes to promote their organization and answer questions before a panel of judges including Lamman Rucker from Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns; Laura Turner Seydel of Captain Planet Foundation; Taproot Foundation President and CEO Liz Hamburg; and Coxe Curry & Associates Senior Consultant Ann Cramer. Moderating the panel was Joe Sibilia, CEO of CSRWire.
JPMorgan Chase and Points of Light, the world’s largest organization devoted to volunteer service, have a history of collaborating to find new ways to support and facilitate volunteer service. At last year’s Conference on Volunteering and Service, JPMorgan Chase and Points of Light kicked off a nationwide One America tour focused on uniting unlikely allies to help students succeed, tackle food insecurity and improve the environment.
“The key to strengthening America’s communities is inspiring, equipping and mobilizing people to take action,” said Points of Light President Tracy Hoover. “We’re proud to work with corporate partners like JPMorgan Chase who are providing the resources and commitment needed to spark innovative approaches to service.”
About Points of Light
Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service – mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages more than 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. We put people at the center of change. For more information, go to http://www.pointsoflight.org.
About JPMorgan Chase
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.5 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.
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.
“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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