Partner Spotlight: Hands On Nashville
Posted Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 by Verified Volunteers Staff
Today we want to take a moment and introduce you to one of our regional partners: Hands On Nashville. This amazing organization is part of the Points of Light network and has been dedicated to changing the face of volunteering in and around Nashville since 1991.
Hands On Nashville’s innovative programs and approach to volunteering are truly inspirational, and our hope is that their fresh perspective on service will spark some ideas for your organization.
As in any industry, but perhaps especially within the service sector, comparing notes and learning from others can promote positive, breakthrough success within your own organization. In the spirit of continued improvement and innovation, let’s take a deeper look into who Hands On Nashville is and how they’re fostering positive change through volunteering in Nashville.
Hands On Nashville’s Focus on Serving Sustainably
Hands On Nashville commits a significant amount of program time to the issue of sustainability. As an organization, and in partnership with the City of Nashville, they offer a variety of service opportunities – and resources for serving – focused on improving the environment: (click on the titles below to learn more about each initiative)
- Home Energy Savings Program (HES)
- Urban Agriculture Program
- Nashville Waterway Recovery and Restoration Project
Nashville Energy Works (NEW)
Specifically, the Urban Agriculture Program empowers volunteers to learn about sustainability through gardening and farming while providing fresh produce to lower-income families. Volunteers have the opportunity to garden and expand their knowledge through producing a tangible resource that is later shared with the surrounding communities in need.
Hands On Nashville: Empowering a Culture of Service in Nashville
Since inception, Hands On Nashville has been dedicated to service and today, they offer more than 400 service projects each month with programs addressing specific community needs like poverty, malnutrition and education.
In 2013, Nashville ranked 12th of the 51 largest cities in the category of volunteering, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service.
As one of the largest volunteer resource centers worldwide, Hands On Nashville challenges everyone to find a way to give back with the mission to “Be the Change.” Last year, they connected or referred more than 123,000 volunteers to service opportunities.
If you’re in the Nashville area or if you want to stay informed, click here to sign up for Hands On Nashville’s free e-newsletter.
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Do you have an organization in your community that takes a creative or innovative approach to volunteering? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider them for a future blog post feature.Tom Klein founded Verified Volunteers and leads their mission to propel service organizations and nonprofits by empowering volunteers. Connect with Tom on LinkedIn or Google+.