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Helping Others Help Others: Center for Nonprofit Management

Once on the north side of town, after perusing the varied sights and sounds of Jefferson Street, you find yourself thinking not just outside the box but also outside yourself. You think about making a difference in the lives of others. Luckily, opportunities for getting involved abound in Nashville, and the north end of town is home to one of the driving forces in the city’s nonprofit scene.


With more than 2,500 nonprofit agencies in this abundantly generous city, someone’s got to help keep everyone on task, motivated and up to speed on how best to serve so many important causes. The Center for Nonprofit Management does just that, by matching charitable agencies and their leaders, staff and volunteers with opportunities for professional development, networking, consulting services, recognition and research. Since jumping head-first into Nashville’s nonprofit world—whether as a board member, staff member or volunteer—can leave a person reeling, CNM provides resources and training on topics like fund raising, event planning, cross-cultural understanding, grant-writing, board governance and more. Classes are open to all, and some local companies prepare their employees for community service by holding tailored board-training classes.CNM’s library, open to the public, offers a grant database that is updated every two weeks, means to search foundations, samples of bylaws and nonprofit job descriptions, reference books and local periodicals, how-to videos and an online catalog. CNM’s website,, hosts a comprehensive database of nonprofit job and board listings. CNM’s annual Salute to Excellence event recognizes the community heroes—often unsung—of local service organizations. The inspiring banquet resounds with tearful speeches and big checks made out to the winning organizations. In addition, CNM now oversees “Where to Be Scene,” an exhaustive quarterly community calendar that is a critical tool for anyone planning an event or just looking for something to do. The list costs $160 for non-members and $60 for CNM members. To purchase “Where to Be Scene,” call Anna Gonzales at 259-3911, ext. 15. 44 Vantage Way, Ste. 230, 259-0100, you choose to seek out philanthropy with a twist, click here.If you choose to find more ways to get involved, read on.Get Involved Animal ServicesMETRO ANIMAL CONTROL FACILITY5125 Harding Place 862-7928Metro’s facility promotes proper animal care; investigates claims of animal bites, nuisance/dangerous animals and animal cruelty; and enforces leash laws and other regulations through the impoundment of dogs running at large. To see animals available for adoption, visit NASHVILLE HUMANE ASSOCIATION213 Oceola Ave. 352-1010 nashvillehumane.orgAn organization dedicated to promoting the humane treatment of animals, pet population control and pet adoption. Volunteers are needed to help in walking dogs and socializing cats, serve as adoption or kennel aides, and help with fund-raising events and foster care. Arts and CultureCHEEKWOOD MUSEUM OF ART AND BOTANICAL GARDEN1200 Forrest Park Drive 356-8000 cheekwood.orgWithin its 55 acres, Cheekwood is a complex institution rich with history, beautiful gardens and fine art. The Botanical Garden showcases fine horticultural collections, acclaimed for their diversity and quality. The Museum of Art presents American and European art and is recognized as a center for contemporary art in the Southeast.CHINESE ARTS ALLIANCE OF NASHVILLE292-6204 CAAN provides programs related to Chinese arts and culture. Volunteers are needed for accounting, graphic designing, fund raising and ushering.FRIST CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS919 Broadway 244-3340 Frist Center volunteers assist visitors and staff in a wide variety of areas, including ArtQuest, Visitors Services, gift shop, gallery assistants, docents and more. Contact the Volunteer Services Manager at 744-3349 or PUBLIC TELEVISION161 Rains Ave. 259-9325, ext. 235 Get involved in the local affiliate of PBS by working in production or fund raising—on camera, behind a camera or behind the scenes.NASHVILLE SYMPHONYSchermerhorn Symphony CenterOne Symphony Place 687-6400 The Nashville Symphony Orchestra League offers volunteer opportunities for all interests and schedules, including docents, ushers, administrative help, and education volunteers.TENNESSEE ART LEAGUE808 Broadway 736-5000 tennesseeartleague.orgThe Tennessee Art League (TAL) is one of the state’s largest and oldest nonprofit visual arts organizations, providing art gallery space, classes, workshops and connectivity. Volunteers give tours of the three galleries, host at receptions and help with meetings, programs and classes.TENNESSEE ASSOCIATION OF CRAFT ARTISTS385-1904 The Tennessee Association of Craft Artists (TACA) is a statewide, independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1965 to encourage, develop and promote crafts and craftspeople in Tennessee. TACA puts on two craft fairs each year in Centennial Park, one in the spring and one in the fall. TACA uses volunteers in the office and on site at the fairs. TENNESSEE REPERTORY THEATRE161 Rains Ave. 349-3224 tennesseerep.orgVolunteers serve as greeters at each performance, prepare food and help with educational and outreach activities and the annual fundraiser The Cast Party.Education and LiteracyBOOK’EM412 Metroplex Drive 834-READ (7323) bookem-kids.orgBook’em provides volunteer readers and free books to children in need. Volunteers are needed to host book drives as well as to read in English and bilingual Spanish/English classrooms.BOOKS FROM BIRTH OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE2200 Children’s Way, Ste. 2410, 936-3554 From Birth of Middle Tennessee (BFBMT) is the umbrella organization for literacy programs at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. It administers Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library for Davidson, Williamson and Sumner counties. Volunteer opportunities include: reading to children as they await their doctor’s appointment, database entry, serving as monthly postal liaison, assisting with office projects, etc.HOMEWORK HOTLINE4805 Park Ave. 298-6636 or toll-free (888) 868-5777 Homework Hotline provides free, one-on-one academic assistance by phone to students or their parents. Help is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Kurdish and Somali. Volunteer tutors are always needed.JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE120 Powell Place 383-9500 JA partners businesses and educators to provide young people in grades K-12 the tools and understanding to succeed in today’s economy. JA uses classroom-based programs, experiential learning facility and job shadowing activities. Volunteers act as facilitators and role models in the classroom.NASHVILLE ADULT LITERACY COUNCIL Cohn Adult Learning Center4805 Park Ave. 298-8060 nashvilleliteracy.orgAbout one in five Nashville adults has difficulty with everyday tasks that involve reading, such as filling out applications, reading to children, decoding a bus schedule. The mission of the Nashville Adult Literacy Council is to teach reading to U.S.-born adults and English skills to adult immigrants. Instruction is provided by volunteer tutors, who are asked to make a six-month commitment of three hours per week. Volunteers need only a willingness to help and the ability to write, speak and read English fluently. Cohn Adult Learning Center, 4805 Park Ave. 298-8060, FOREIGN LANGUAGE INSTITUTE227 French Landing Drive, Ste. 100, 741-7579 Offers language classes, including ESL, and provides interpretation and translation services in more than 50 languages. Volunteer needs include clerical/phone assistance during weekdays and evenings and Saturday mornings. Special skills such as marketing and website development also desired. Volunteers may receive credit toward free classes for hours worked.EnvironmentCUMBERLAND RIVER COMPACT837-1151cumberlandrivercompact.orgThrough stream clean-ups, restoration projects and special events such as the annual Catfish Rodeo, the Compact works to enhance the Cumberland River and its tributaries through education.THE NATURE CONSERVANCY TENNESSEE CHAPTER2021 21st Ave. S. Ste. C-400, 383-9909 Tennesse chapter of the international organization that seeks to preserve plants, animals and natural communities by protecting lands and waters has helped to protect more than 220,000 acres in the state.TENNESSEE PARKS AND GREENWAYS1205-A Linden Ave. 386-3171tenngreen.orgA statewide conservation organization dedicated to preserving Tennessee’s waterfalls, green spaces, working farms, forests and wildlife areas. Volunteer opportunities include general office assistance, leading hikes, and assisting with special events, public relations and marketing.TENNESSEE ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL FOUNDATIONOne Vantage Way, Ste. D-105, 248-6500 Educates and advocates for the protection of Tennessee’s environment and public health. Membership ensures that voices are heard and respected every day during legislative debates and by policy makers.Food and ShelterMEALS ON WHEELSSenior Citizens Inc. at Second Presbyterian Church on Belmont Boulevard463-2264 Delivers hot, diet-specific meals Monday through Saturday and on Thanksgiving and Christmas days to homebound senior citizens. Volunteers can commit to delivering as often as one day a week; once-a-month slots are available.SAFE HAVEN FAMILY SHELTER1234 Third Ave. S. 256-8195 safehaven.orgSafe Haven Family Shelter is the only Middle Tennessee shelter that houses homeless families as a unit. SHFS puts families back into mainstream living by providing goal monitoring, program management, job training, family counseling and budgeting courses. There are many opportunities to volunteer at the shelter, including preparing and delivering an evening meal and coordinating special activities.ROOM IN THE INNCampus for Human Development532 Eighth Ave. S. 251-7019 winter shelter and food for the homeless from Nov. 1-March 31 at congregations throughout Nashville. Call for information on volunteering individually or as a group.SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE331 Great Circle Road 329-3491 secondharvestnashville.orgSecond Harvest Food Bank gathers and distributes 10 million pounds of food annually to the hungry in Middle Tennessee. The food bank offers many volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups of all ages, including inspecting and sorting food, organizing food drives or serving children at the Kids’ Cafe program. Nashville’s Table, the food rescue program that has been collecting and distributing excess prepared and perishable food since 1989, is now under the same roof and management as Second Harvest.MUSIC CITY MISSION413 Veritis St. 333-9377 Provides emergency food boxes and shelter for those in need.NASHVILLE RESCUE MISSIONMen’s Facilities—639 Lafayette St. 255-2475Women’s Facilities—617 Eighth Ave. N. 312-1574nashvillerescuemission.orgOffers food, clothing and shelter to the poor and hungry men, women and children of Middle Tennessee, as well as recovery programs. Volunteer opportunities range from serving meals to tutoring and mentoring.General Services100 BLACK MEN OF MIDDLE TN INC.1 Vantage Way, Ste. E200, 248-2721 A member-based organization whose mission is “to nurture and enhance the growth, development and opportunities for young, black males of Middle Tennessee” through academic training and career development. The organization provides resources associated with developing academically sound students, preparing them for roles of leadership, and working to improve social behaviors.BETHLEHEM CENTERS OF NASHVILLE1417 Charlotte Ave. 329-3386 bcnash.orgBethlehem Centers of Nashville promotes self-reliance and positive life choices for children, teens, adults, seniors and families in Middle Tennessee.CAMPUS FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT532 Eighth Ave. S. 251-7019 chd-nashville.orgVolunteers are needed to provide day services, teach classes, work at Room in the Inn (Nov. 1-March 31), assist in communication with the Hispanic population and organize activities for the Guest House program.CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF TENNESSEE30 White Bridge Road 352-3087 cctenn.orgSocial services including adult day care, counseling and programs for refugees. Catholic Charities also offers many opportunities for volunteers, including working with the elderly, translating, tutoring and mentoring youth who’ve been affected by homicide.CONEXION AMERICAS800 18th Ave. S., Ste. A 320-5152, Spanish Help Line: 269-6900 conamericas.comPromotes the social, economic and civic integration of Hispanic families into the Middle Tennessee community. Conexión offers a wide range of support services for Hispanic families, as well as services for the host community. Volunteer needs include translation and interpretation and clerical help. COUNCIL ON AGING OF GREATER NASHVILLE95 White Bridge Road, Ste. 114, 353-4235 COA finds comprehensive solutions for the unmet needs of seniors and their caregivers. Volunteers are welcome to serve on all committees.DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INTERVENTION CENTER1608 Woodmont Blvd. 255-0711 dvictn.orgPromotes the health and healing of individuals and families affected by domestic violence. Services include counseling, community referrals, educational outreach, intervention with batterers with court-ordered group counseling, limited material assistance and more.FAMILY & CHILDREN’S SERVICECentral Office: 201 23rd Ave. N. 320-0591Williamson Co. Office: 131 Third Ave. N., Franklin 340-9731fcsnashville.orgProvides individual and family counseling services in 26 Middle Tennessee counties. Programs include the Crisis Intervention Center, Davidson County Relative Caregiver Program, Family Resource Centers, Family Service Counseling, LifeWork Counseling Practice, Partners in Permanence, Tennessee Collaborative Attachment Network (TN CAN), and Trauma Intervention Center for Children and Adolescents. Volunteers are needed to answer crisis lines.HOSPITAL HOSPITALITY HOUSE214 Reidhurst Ave. 329-0477 HHH provides a “home away from home” for patients and caregivers who have traveled to Nashville to receive medical treatment. Volunteer opportunities include bringing dinner once a month, providing administrative support, donating items to the Wish List or helping with the Waiting Room Outreach Program. DAVIDSON COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD226-0462A provider of onsite first aid and ambulance transport services. Volunteer EMTs, paramedics and RNs (preferably with ER and/or Critical Care certification) are always needed.MARTHA O’BRYAN CENTER711 S. Seventh St. 254-1791 marthaobryan.orgThis center, dedicated to helping families in need living in East Nashville, offers volunteer opportunities in programs such as Meals on Wheels, mentoring and tutoring services of children (preschool through high school), tutoring in GED classes and special events and group projects.RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF NASHVILLE INC.2144 Fairfax Ave. 343-4000 Mission is to “keep families close” by providing essential resources and a “home away from home” for families of critically ill children receiving inpatient or outpatient care at Nashville-area hospitals. Volunteers help to efficiently run the House and the organization’s programs.THE SALVATION ARMY242-0411 salarmy-nashville.orgA faith-based nonprofit helping individuals and families in greatest need to lift themselves from crisis to stability and independence. Volunteer opportunities are always available.SENIOR CITIZENS INC.174 Rains Ave. 743-3400 scitn.orgServes persons 55 and older through life enrichment programs, helping seniors to live fuller, more productive lives. With five centers in Davidson County and two in Williamson, the organization offers hundreds of educational and wellness programs. Also offers volunteer opportunities and provides assistance to those wanting to live independently in their homes.ST. LUKE’S COMMUNITY HOUSE5601 New York Ave. 350-7893 stlukescommunityhouse.orgHelps low-income working families, seniors and individuals in West Nashville achieve their potential and prevent problems that threaten the stability of families and communities. Services include an infant-through-pre-K preschool, mobile meals delivery and emergency food assistance. Offers wide-ranging volunteer opportunities.TENNESSEE EDEN ALTERNATIVE COALITION1504 Riverwood Drive 289-3928 Helping change nursing homes from mini-hospitals and “health prisons” into human habitats. Volunteers with fund-raising experience, organizational skills and networking connections needed.YMCA OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE900 Church St. 259-9622 ymcamidtn.orgOffers a broad range of health and wellness services, community outreach, youth sports, teen development, senior programs, child care and much more. Sliding-fee scale ensures availability of Y programs and services to all members of the community.URBAN LEAGUE OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE1219 Ninth Ave. N. 354-0525 The Urban League movement works to enable African Americans and other minorities to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights. The agency operates several employment and education programs offering computer software training, job search assistance, adult basic education, résumé preparation, interviewing techniques, etc.Health ServicesAUTISM SOCIETY OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE480 Craighead St., Ste. 200, 385-2077 ASMT is an information and referral organization dedicated to promoting autism awareness and helping to ensure individuals in Middle Tennessee with autism and their families receive appropriate, effective services. Volunteers are needed for a variety of committees and events.BETHANY CHRISTIAN SERVICES OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE220 Athens Way, Ste. 405, 242-0909 service for birthparents, adoptive parents and adoptees. Services include domestic, international and embryo adoption; adoption training, family assessments and infertility counseling.ALIVE HOSPICE1718 Patterson St. 327-1085 alivehospice.orgAlive Hospice provides compassionate end-of-life care, grief support and education to patients, their families and the community. Volunteers may assist with patient care in homes or in The Residence at Alive Hospice, provide bereavement support or assist in the administrative office.AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY2000 Charlotte Ave. 327-0991 cancer.orgDedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem, the American Cancer Society offers programs and services to help improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their families. Volunteer needs include Road to Recovery, Hope Lodge and the call-back program.ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION421 Great Circle Road, Ste. 104, 254-6795 The Arthritis Foundation is a volunteer-based organization, providing programs and services for adults and children with arthritis, their families and the general public.EASTER SEALS TENNESSEE2001 Woodmont Blvd. 292-6640 Easter Seals creates solutions that change the lives of children and adults with disabilities and other special needs and their families. Volunteer opportunities exist at the Turner Family Center, serving the senior adult population; and Easter Seals Camp in Mt. Juliet.EATING DISORDERS COALITION OF TENNESSEE831-9838 edct.netEducates patients, families, professionals and the community about eating disorders in order to foster awareness and prevention. Volunteer opportunities include working with high school students, participating in a speakers’ bureau, serving on committees and assisting with special events.EPILEPSY FOUNDATION OF MIDDLE & WEST TENNESSEE2002 Richard Jones Road 269-7091 or 1-800-244-0768 epilepsytn.orgEFMWT is dedicated to the prevention and control of epilepsy and its consequences, and to helping persons with epilepsy, traumatic brain injury and other disabilities, as well as their families and other concerned individuals, overcome the problems associated with these conditions. Volunteers are needed for general office work and help with special events.GILDA’S CLUB NASHVILLE1707 Division St. 329-1124 gildasclubnashville.orgFounded in New York in honor of comedian Gilda Radner, Nashville’s affiliate is one of many Gilda’s Clubs throughout the nation. Here men, women and children with cancer participate in support and networking groups, educational classes and workshops with their families and friends. All activities at Gilda’s Club are free of charge.THE JASON FOUNDATION, INC.181 East Main St., Ste. 5, Hendersonville 264-2323jasonfoundation.comThe Jason Foundation is dedicated to the prevention of youth suicide through educational and awareness programs for young people, educators, parents and other community groups.LUPUS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA, MID-SOUTH CHAPTER4004 Hillsboro Pike, Ste. 216-B, 298-2273 lupusmidsouth.orgWorks to improve the diagnosis and treatment of lupus, support individuals and families affected by the disease, increase awareness of lupus among health professionals and the public, and find the causes and cure. Volunteers needed to work in office, on committees and at events.MARCH OF DIMES1101 Kermit Drive, Ste. 201, 399-3200 March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE 2416 21st Ave. S. Ste. 201, 269-5355 ichope.comA nonprofit agency that offers information, referral and consultation services regarding mental illness for families and consumers and provides free educational programs to adults and schoolchildren of all ages about mental health.THE MINNIE PEARL CANCER FOUNDATION2410 Patterson St., Ste. 110, 467-1936 The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation is a local, nonprofit specializing in free, comprehensive cancer support services and resources for cancer patients and their families. The foundation operates a Patient Resource Center, which offers a cancer resource library and social work assistance services free of charge and regardless of the patient’s treating facility or physician.MONROE CARELL JR. CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AT VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY2200 Children’s Way 322-2379 Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt (VCH) cares for many of the sickest pediatric patients in the region and beyond, regardless of their ability to pay. A wide range of volunteer opportunities is available.NAMI (NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS) NASHVILLE101 Sixth Ave. N. 259-7591 A volunteer organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with mental illness and their families. NAMI offers support groups and a variety of free education programs such as With Hope in Mind, BRIDGES and Visions for Tomorrow.NASHVILLE CARES501 Brick Church Park Drive 259-4866 nashvillecares.orgA nonprofit AIDS service organization that offers tailored HIV prevention education for adults and youth, workplace training, HIV counseling and testing and prevention materials. For people living with HIV and their families, offers a range of practical, emotional and clinical support services to maintain health and quality of life. Volunteers assist in service and education programs, as well as helping with office tasks and fund raising events.NATIONAL HEALTH CARE FOR THE HOMELESS COUNCIL226-2292 nhchc.orgComprising organizational members and hundreds of individuals who are organized as the HCH Clinician’s Network. The council advocates, researches, trains, publishes and collaborates.NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE2120 Crestmoor Road 383-3887 nkfmdtn.orgNKF provides educational materials and programs to persons with diseases of the kidney and urinary tract, direct financial assistance to patients with kidney failure and community services such as screenings and speakers. Volunteers are needed for general office work and help with special events.NATIONAL MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY, MID-SOUTH CHAPTER4219 Hillsboro Road, Ste. 306, 269-9055 msmidsouth.orgRelying on the support of caring individuals, businesses and foundations, the National MS Society strives to improve the lives of all who are affected by the disease.PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF MIDDLE AND EAST TENNESSEE50 Vantage Way, Ste. 102, 345-0952 Offers convenient and affordable comprehensive reproductive health care services, education and advocacy. Volunteers are needed for administrative duties, public affairs and advocacy.PROSTATE RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL MISSION IN EDUCATION (PRIME, INC.)1804 Airlane Drive Ste. 17A, 356-6930 prostateresearch.orgPRIME helps raise awareness around prostate health and prostate cancer. Volunteers needed for fund raising and operations.THE RAPE & SEXUAL ABUSE CENTER25 Lindsley Ave. 259-9055 or 24-hour hotline: (800) 879-1999 rasac.orgFounded in 1978, the Rape & Sexual Abuse Center specializes in the support and treatment of survivors of sexual assault and provides community education about rape and sexual abuse.HEALTH ASSIST TENNESSEE313-9841 Health Assist Tennessee is a statewide nonprofit that assists adults and children in Tennessee overcome barriers to health care. Advocacy and information and referral services are available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Kurdish, Bosnian, Somali and Vietnamese. Volunteers can help develop and implement fund-raising and fee-for-service programs, join the board of directors, and help with community awareness activities.SILOAM FAMILY HEALTH CENTER820 Gale Lane 298-5406 Siloam Family Health Center is a nonprofit primary and specialty health care clinic for the uninsured in Middle Tennessee. Patient fees are based on a sliding scale according to income. Siloam has volunteer opportunities for primary and specialty care physicians, nurses, PTs, OTs, pharmacists, interpreters and office support.TENNESSEE CHAPTER OF THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY404 BNA Drive, Ste. 102, 331-2980, ext. 10 The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is a national nonprofit agency that funds research, supplies free informational materials, offers emotional support and provides financial assistance for those with leukemia, myeloma, Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The Society needs volunteers who can assist for any amount of time from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with general office duties.TENNESSEE HEALTH CARE CAMPAIGN1103 Chapel Ave. 227-7500 tenncare.orgTHCC works for affordable and quality health care for all Tennesseans through advocacy, education and research. Volunteer opportunities include: committee involvement, board leadership, programs and events.TENNESSEE HEMOPHILIA & BLEEDING DISORDERS FOUNDATION203 Jefferson St., Smyrna 220-4868 or (888) 703-3269 THBDF is dedicated to advocacy for and support of individuals and their families with hemophilia, related blood disorders, and complications of those disorders or their treatment, including HIV infection. Volunteer assistance is needed for filing, bulk mailings, data entry and at events.UNITED NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH SERVICES617 S. Eighth St., 228-8902, ext. 112 unitedneighborhood.orgUNHS has clinics in schools and low-income neighborhoods providing comprehensive health care for men, women and children. Volunteer opportunities include teaching classes in health-related topics like nutrition, providing interpretation, working with a support groups, office work and fund raising.VANDERBILT HIV VACCINE PROGRAMOne of 12 U.S. cities to participate in the international HIV Vaccine Trials Network, Nashville is home to Vanderbilt’s HIV Vaccine Program, which studies males and females age 18 to 50 who are healthy, uninfected and from all racial backgrounds and walks of life. The trial vaccines do not use actual strains of the virus, so participants don’t risk HIV infection—and participants get paid. Contact Dan Kuninsky at 322-HOPE or or visit . HousingAFFORDABLE HOUSING RESOURCES1011 Cherry Ave. 251-0025 ahrhousing.orgAffordable Housing Resources Inc. is a nonprofit organization that seeks to create affordable housing and strong neighborhoods. This mission is achieved by offering low and moderate income homebuyers one-stop shopping or full cycle lending. Volunteers are used in many community-based efforts.CITIZENS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING295 Plus Park Blvd., Ste. 105, 361-9101 cfahi.gobot.comPromotes home ownership, credit and debt consolidation and homebuyer education. The agency has a referral database to assist persons with domestic needs such as abuse, child care, financial matters and insurance.NASHVILLE AREA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY1006 Eighth Ave. S. 254-HOME (4663) A nonprofit, ecumenical organization that provides Nashville families with a life-changing opportunity to purchase decent, affordable homes. This mission is accomplished with the help of over 9,500 volunteers who build homes, teach homeowner classes and help at the Habitat HomeStores. URBAN HOUSING SOLUTIONS411 Murfreesboro Road 726-2696 urbanhousingsolutions.orgWorks to provide decent, affordable housing for residents of Nashville. Also offers programs in areas of case management, transportation, drug and alcohol rehabilitation and more. Leadership and VolunteeringCENTER FOR NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT 44 Vantage Way, Ste. 230, 259-0100 cnm.orgSee pick on page COOLPEOPLECARE519-2270 coolpeoplecare.orgAn organization that seeks to empower people to become mobilized to change their world.HANDS ON NASHVILLE209 10th Ave. S., Ste. 318, 298-1108 Nashville’s comprehensive resource for finding and connecting with local volunteer opportunities. HON develops partnerships with local schools, agencies and neighborhoods, links volunteers with volunteer projects, coordinates large-scale volunteer events and provides consulting for volunteer managers and groups. YOUNG LEADERS COUNCIL2200 Hillsboro Road, Ste. 26, 386-0060 ylcnashville.orgWorks to train young professionals ages 25 to 39 to serve on the board of directors of nonprofit organizations in Middle Tennessee.Legal Assistance and AdvocacyCOURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES (CASA) 601 Woodland St. 425-2383 casa-nashville.orgBy giving a voice to abused and neglected children who otherwise wouldn’t be able to speak up for themselves, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteers expedite the arduous process of getting those children into permanent, safe homes. One CASA volunteer explains it this way: “When everyone else is arguing their side of the case, with their own loyalties and allegiances, you are only arguing the side of the child. I have no doubt it makes a big difference in that child’s life.” 601 Woodland St., 425-2383, POWER PROJECT42 The Arcade 733-0633 homelesspower.orgHPP is an organization of homeless and formerly homeless people working for basic human and civil rights for homeless persons. Contact them to get involved.LEGAL AID SOCIETY OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE AND THE CUMBERLANDS300 Deaderick St. 244-6610 las.orgProvides free legal assistance in civil cases to low-income people, including special assistance to the elderly and victims of domestic violence, without regard to income. Legal Aid can always use more pro bono attorneys to assist with cases in general or cases that require special expertise. The contact for the pro bono program is Lucinda Smith at 780-7127 or BAR ASSOCIATION315 Union St., Ste. 800“Dial-a-Lawyer” 242-9272“Lawyer Referral” 242-6546Offers a number of free services that are available to the public. “Dial-a-Lawyer” operates 6 to 8 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. Call to talk to volunteer lawyers for legal counseling and questions about the law. Lawyers wishing to volunteer should contact Tracy Hollandsworth at the above number. “Lawyer Referral” provides free referrals and retaining of legal counsel. Call for more information.PARENTS FAMILIES AND FRIENDS OF LESBIANS AND GAYS (PFLAG) NASHVILLE366-0888 Works to promote an environment of understanding and dialogue about sexual orientation. PFLAG provides support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, as well as education and advocacy. TENNESSEE COALITION TO ABOLISH STATE KILLING (TCASK)256-3906 tcask.orgThe Tennessee Coalition to Abolish State Killing (TCASK) seeks to end executions in Tennessee and is committed to a legislative strategy focused on grassroots public education about the death penalty system.TENNESSEE IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE RIGHTS COALITION442 Metroplex Drive, Building D, Ste. 118, 833-0384 TIRRC is a statewide immigrant and refugee rights group. Volunteers may assist TIRRC in their work to empower immigrants and refugees to develop a unified voice, defend their rights and create an atmosphere in which they are viewed as positive contributors to the state.TENNESSEE JUSTICE CENTER301 Charlotte Ave. 255-0331 tnjustice.orgA nonprofit, public interest law and advocacy firm serving the poor. They give priority to policy issues and civil cases in which the most basic necessities of life are at stake and where advocacy can benefit families statewide. Volunteers with an interest in the law and a passion for social justice are always needed.VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE The IRS estimates that $8 million in Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) refunds go untapped every year in Davidson County because eligible taxpayers don’t file. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) helps with the intimidating chore of filing taxes at a network of sites around the city. Volunteering is an excellent way to get free training in income tax preparation while helping others. Contact Rachel Freeze at 780-2444 or visit . Neighborhoods and DevelopmentCUMBERLAND REGION TOMORROW986-2699 Cumberland Region Tomorrow is a citizen-based organization working with key public and private sector partners to encourage and support improved growth planning and sustainable development for the future livability and economic vitality of the 10-county Greater Nashville region. Volunteer needs include membership donations, printing and creative design.MUSIC CITY MOVES!730 Second Ave. S. 862-7147 musiccitymoves.orgMCM is a community partnership committed to building an active, healthy community for everyone by establishing and evaluating innovative approaches to increase physical activity.NASHVILLE CIVIC DESIGN CENTER138 Second Ave. N., Ste. 106, 248-4280 civicdesigncenter.orgPromotes a vision of growth and development that is endorsed by Nashville citizens, educates the public about civic design through public lectures and classes and facilitates public dialogue about civic design’s role in Nashville.NEIGHBORHOODS RESOURCE CENTER14 Academy Place 782-8212 tnrc.netProvides technical and organizational assistance and leadership training to neighbors seeking to improve their neighborhood’s quality of life. Helps residents to start or further develop a neighborhood organization in their community.TYING NASHVILLE TOGETHER327-2625 tyingnashvilletogether.orgBroad-based citizens’ organization of 47 churches, synagogues, mosques, neighborhood associations and businesses, through which people of faith and power work together to improve the community.Services for WomenBRIDGES OF WILLIAMSON COUNTY 599-5777 Domestic violence shelter and program, primarily serving Williamson County. Contact Christine Parris for volunteer opportunities.DRESS FOR SUCCESS40004 Hillsboro Road, Ste. 237-B, 298-4544 Distributes interview-appropriate suits to women seeking employment and promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women. Volunteers are needed for special projects and events throughout the year.MAGDALENE HOUSE320-5325 magdalenehouse.comA residential recovery community for women with a history of prostitution and drug addiction. Volunteer opportunities include tutoring/teaching, house “work days,” events, providing meals, and job skills training through Magdalene’s bath and body products business, Thistle Farms.MENDING HEARTS INC.668-2260 or 207-2379 mendingheartsinc.orgMending Hearts is committed to providing support to women who are seeking to overcome alcoholism and drug addiction.MERCY MINISTRIES OF AMERICA831-6987 mercyministries.comServes young women ages 13 to 28 who face life-controlling issues such as eating disorders, self-harm, physical or sexual abuse, drug or alcohol addictions, depression and unplanned pregnancy. Volunteer opportunities include raising support through the Music City Marathon and/or volunteering at fund-raising luncheons.THE NEXT DOOR251-8805 ext. 205 A transition living program of Downtown Ministry Center, dedicated to helping women re-enter society from incarceration. Volunteers opportunities include providing transportation, taking a new resident shopping for essential needs, preparing a family-style dinner and serving as a prayer partner.NURSES FOR NEWBORNS OF TENNESSEE50 Vantage Way, Ste. 101, 313-9989 nfnf.orgA nonprofit home visitation program that serves as a safety net for high-risk pregnant women and children. Opportunities to volunteer include working on the Titan Diaper Drive, hosting a baby shower or sorting clothes for clients.CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S JOB CORP OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE244-3669 cwjcmiddletn.orgA nondenominational Christian nonprofit that serves working-poor women, ages 19 to 60, of all faiths. Women are provided the potential for transformation of body, mind, heart and spirit. Each woman is provided a mentor, a supportive community and classes to gain skills to reach her personal and employment goals.YWCA OF NASHVILLE & MIDDLE TENNESSEE1608 Woodmont Blvd. 269-9922 or (800) 334-462824-hour hotline: 242-1199 theyw.comThe YW helps women overcome obstacles that may prevent them from entering the workforce or achieving their goals by breaking the pattern of violence in their lives. One of four programs offered by the YWCA, the YW Domestic Violence Center offers immediate help for women and children in crisis, community-based support groups (free child care available), shelter at a confidential location, legal advocacy, children’s programs, job readiness program and community education.Special NeedsABLE YOUTH INC.4316 Prescott Road 973-5372 ableyouth.orgA program designed to improve the quality of life for children ages 3 to 18 who live their lives in a wheelchair. All children who attend ABLE Youth are taught what it takes to achieve happy, healthy, spiritual and independent lives, while learning all types of sports and recreation such as wheelchair basketball, tennis, water and snow skiing, fishing, bowling, golf, etc.EMPOWERING ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES5316 Overton Road 585-6539 eepontheweb.orgEmpowering Endless Possibilities provides quality summer-long enrichment day camp for children with moderate to profound cognitive disabilities, support groups and resources for families and caregivers, resources and training for students and professionals, and encouragement for community awareness and integration. Volunteer opportunities range from administrative help to governance of the organization to playing and working with children during camp or respite opportunities.LEAGUE FOR THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING415 Fourth Ave. S. 248-8828 leagueforthedeaf.comProvides qualified American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters for any setting, educational classes including basic ASL and “speech reading.” Also offers the only youth center in the Southeast and the only employment program in Middle Tennessee specifically for deaf and hard of hearing persons, plus information, referral and social adjustment services.WAVES INC.794-7955 wavesinc.comProvides a broad range of services and support to adults with developmental disabilities such as mental retardation and to young children with learning disabilities. Volunteer opportunities include working in adult day programs, assisting in the Early Learning classroom and office work. Legal assistance, art music and vocational education would also be appreciated.Youth ServicesBIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF MIDDLE TENNESSEEOne Vantage Way, Ste. C250, 329-9191 bbbsmt.orgMakes a difference in children’s lives by facilitating meaningful one-to-one mentoring relationships with committed volunteers. The organization is always seeking adults wanting to serve as positive role models. BOXING RESOURCE CENTER “HIT THE BOOKS”418-D Harding Industrial Drive 331-9779 boxingresource.comAn after-school tutoring program and junior boxer competitive program. Volunteer coaches and educational mentors are needed. No prior experience with boxing is necessary.THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE833-2368 bgcmt.orgWorks to help young people ages 6 to 18 to reach their potential through programs that include character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation. Contact for volunteer opportunities.COTTAGE COVE URBAN MINISTRIES630 Benton Ave. 292-2303 cottagecove.orgProvides educational opportunities and training in the arts to at-risk children each weekday. Volunteers are needed for homework help/tutoring and for life skills classes, musical instruction and art.GIRLFORCE1907 21st Ave. S. 269-3538 girlforce.orgGirlForce is an active, health education program promoting healthy lifestyles and encouraging girls to “catch the fitness bug.” Volunteers needed for Nashville Dragon Boat Race Festival fundraiser Saturday, Aug. 25, 2007.GIRL SCOUT COUNCIL OF CUMBERLAND VALLEY4522 Granny White Pike 383-0490 Seeks to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Troop leaders and assistant leaders provide curriculum support and serve as mentors and role models. Other volunteer opportunities include resident and day camp volunteers, teen club and adventure club mentors, trainers and more.MIDDLE TENNESSEE COUNCIL, BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA3414 Hillsboro Pike 383-9724 mtcbsa.orgVolunteers are needed to work directly with youth active in the Cub Scout (serving boys ages 6 to 10) and Boy Scout (serving boys ages 11 to 17) programs. Volunteers are also needed to work with Exploring, a career-oriented program for high school boys and girls, and at the district and council levels on ongoing projects, program activities and committees.MONROE HARDING1120 Glendale Lane 298-5573 Founded in 1893 to provide a loving, safe and healing home for children in need through programs including residential services and mentoring. Volunteer needs include maintenance help, administrative assistants, mentors, tutors and more.OASIS CENTER1221 16th Ave. S. 327-4455 oasiscenter.orgHelp youth grow, thrive and create positive change in their lives and in our community. Services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, street outreach, emergency shelter, transitional living, counseling, school-based prevention services, international student groups, safe places, family mediation and leadership programs.PROJECT FOR NEIGHBORHOOD AFTERCARE2807 Bransford Ave., Ste. C, 385-7067 PNA offers free after-school enrichment and educational programs in Davidson County to at-risk elementary and middle school students. PNA needs mentors, tutors and those who can teach a sport, musical instrument or art.REJOICE MINISTRIES700 Russell St. 902-9791Ballet school in East Nashville needs volunteer class assistants (dance experience helpful but not necessary) and help with public relations, grant writing, administrative duties, marketing and recitals (backstage with costume changes, fixing hair, etc.).ROCKETOWN401 Sixth Ave. S. 843-4001 Provides after-school and weekend programs for youth in art, music, dance, graphic design, studio recording and photography. Instructors and mentors are needed. Rocketown has weekly discussion groups and Bible studies. To get involved, contact Audra Davis at 843-4001, ext. 215 or YOUTH ENCOURAGEMENT SERVICES (YES)521 McIver St. 315-5333 youthencouragement.orgHelps families in inner-city neighborhoods by providing after-school care, tutoring, summer camp, organized sports and other recreational and cultural activities to at-risk youth ages 6 to 18. Volunteers are always needed.


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