A Team Lightning Guide to Serving in Nashville
As the weather gets colder and the Fall months begin to roll in, we find ourselves getting busier and busier. October is a really fun month in Nashville- the pumpkin patch pops up on 12th South, Percy Priest holds their Haunted Woods and Hayride attraction, and every sign reads “It’s Fall Y’all!” This is a time where we become very focused on our own lives, which is why it’s important not to forget to give back to our community. Here is Team Lightning’s list of group volunteer activities that you can get involved in this month!
Second Harvest Food Bank: Second Harvest Food Bank works to solve hunger issues in our community and feed hungry people. They collect non-perishable food items, sort them, and redistribute them to the community. There are many volunteer opportunities! Coming up on October 27th is a food sorting event! Team Lightning will be there, you can sign up here!
PENCIL: PENCIL works to link community resources with Metro Nashville Public Schools. Through PENCIl Partners, kids get to learn in state-of-the-art laboratories with teachers and industry professionals, and lesson plans are designed to go beyond traditional education. Volunteers are needed in several departments. You could become a PENCIL Partners and work directly with teachers to develop industry-specific lesson plans, become a Literacy partner, or assist with the receiving, stocking, organizing and distribution of donated school supplies.
Nashville Humane Association
Nashville Humane Association: The Nashville Humane Association is dedicated to finding responsible homes for pets, controlling pet population, and promoting the humane treatment of animals. They always need volunteers! You can sign up to be a cat socializer, dog walker, pet visitation volunteer, community events assistant, and many more!
Radnor Lake State Park
Radnor Lake: Help keep Radnor Lake State Park beautiful! They have monthly volunteer days, and projects include exotic plant removal, mulching trails, and planting native vegetation. Coming up on Friday October 26th, they are doing trail work from 2pm-6pm!
Hands on Nashville
Hands on Nashville: Hands on Nashville is a program that connects volunteers to opportunities with non-profits, schools, and other civic organizations. Its goal is to bring volunteers to partners and raise awareness about challenges facing the community. You can look through their volunteer page for various upcoming opportunities!