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Make The Volunteer State Proud By Volunteering For Hands On Nashville Day 2016
by TJ Anderson
Story goes that Tennessee earned its nickname, The Volunteer State, back during the War of 1812, with thousands of volunteer soldiers from our state answering our then-Governor’s call to enlist. Almost 200 years later, the 2010 Nashville flood showed us all that we’re still the same eager and generous volunteers, with Nashvillians from all around the city quickly pitching in to literally and figuratively bail out their neighbors.
It doesn’t tend to take crises to bring out our generous spirit, though, and the organization Hands on Nashville underlines that fact regularly. Each year, HON brings together thousands of volunteers to pitch in on projects ranging from bringing food to those in need to giving our young people an education boost and helping animals.
If you haven’t gotten familiar with Hands on Nashville’s work yet, a perfect excuse is coming up on Sept. 24, 2016: Hands on Nashville Day, an annual event that focuses on pitching in to help 25 Metro Schools, spanning across the city.
What you’ll be doing as a volunteer isn’t complicated, but it’ll make a big difference in the school-day-to-school-day lives of kids in our community.
Folks will be planting trees and landscaping playgrounds, repainting hallways and gymnasiums, even adding some bright and uplifting mural art to school walls. And if you have teens in your family that you want to get in the volunteer spirit young, ages 13 and older are welcome, alongside an adult.
Last year, more than 1,600 volunteers pitched in at 31 schools across Davidson County, and all tallied up, the work they did made an estimated $110,736 economic impact for our schools and our city. Hands together for Hands On Nashville volunteers.
Just a few of the schools you can help improve this year, on Sept. 24:
Here’s the full run of school opportunities available on Hands on Nashville Day — you can sign up through the site for the one you’d like to take part in.
This year is something of a milestone, too: September marks Hands on Nashville’s 25th year of bringing Nashvillians together to do good work, so after a day of volunteering, everyone’s going to be celebrating with some HON-provided birthday cake. Works out, since you’ll burn off the calories beforehand.
Can’t make it that day but still wanna support local schools? You can always drop a Hands on Nashville birthday-special $25 donation.
There are tons of other non-Hands on Nashville Day things to get into now and in the weeks and months to come — helping with a food pantry in East Nashville, putting your website skills to use to benefit Nashville pets, and lots more. Explore Hands on Nashville’s Volunteer Opportunities page to get a better look.
Here’s a heartfelt congrats to Hands on Nashville on 25 years of making Nashville a better place. And here’s a heartfelt thanks to our Nashville neighbors, too, for being the hands and feet that make those worthwhile projects happen.
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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