Hands On Nashville Launches Youth Summer Volunteer Camp

People of every age, race, and socio-economic background make a difference as community volunteers. Hands On Nashville, Middle Tennessee’s only volunteer resource center and an affiliate of HandsOn Network, demonstrates this truth through its Youth Summer Volunteer Camp, which began Monday, July 20. 
 
Created by Hands On Nashville’s Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC), which is composed of diverse teen leaders ages 13 to 18 years old, this weeklong program focuses on six nonprofit agencies or programs: St. Luke's Community House, Nashville Rescue Mission, Wedgewood Urban Community Garden, Good Food for Good People, Lakeshore Heartland and Autism Speaks.  Each day, volunteers meet at the host organization, tour the facility, learn about the services they provide and become acquainted with some of the individuals who benefit from the organization’s services. Then, the YVC members lead efforts to complete volunteer projects, ranging from serving food at the Rescue Mission to painting a mural in Lakeshore Heartland’s common space to delight its elderly residents. 
 
Through this experience, 50 teens work alongside their peers to positively impact their neighbors’ quality of life. They directly serve low-income families, feed homeless men, grow a community garden, divert usable food to those in need, care for the elderly and support people with autism. 
 
Research indicates that those who volunteer early in life are more than twice as likely to continue. By the end of the week, Youth Summer Volunteer Camp participants earn up to 24 service learning hours, and, hopefully, desire to continue working to increase the community’s vibrancy.   
 
For more information about Hands On Nashville’s Youth Summer Volunteer Camp or Youth Volunteer Corps, contact Lisa Davis at 615.298-1108 x 108 or lisa@hon.org.