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Wallace group home girls using bean bags provided by Whole Foods

Volunteer Spotlight

Oct 21, 2020 | Blog, Community Engagement

  • Congratulations to Chicktime for winning the award for Civic Group of the Year at Hands On Nashville’s 34th Annual Mary Catherine Strobel Awards, the largest celebration of volunteerism in Middle Tennessee. Chicktime won for their monthly support and service to the Wallace girls’ group home in Nashville. Check out Chicktime’s acceptance of the Civic Volunteer Award here.
  • Crosspoint Church continues to send groups to volunteer and support the Nashville group homes. Their volunteer efforts have included pumpkin painting with the Wallace girls, landscaping, gardening and other beautification projects at both Binkley and Wallace.
  • The Nashville Predators Foundation surprised the Tallwood and Binkley boys group homes with a Q&A Zoom event with Center Kyle Turris. Kyle spent the hour answering questions from the boys about his childhood, playing in the NHL and playing for the Preds.  Thank you to the Nashville Predators Foundation for setting up this event with Kyle Turris and for delivering each home dinner!
  • When Whole Foods’ staff learned they were no longer allowed to volunteer in person due to COVID-19, they asked management to allow them to put that $200 monthly budget toward “things” for nonprofits in need. One of the cashiers at Whole Foods in Green Hills heard about Youth Villages and reached out to see what we needed. The Wallace group home had just requested beanbag chairs for their reading room quiet space. WF was happy to purchase them, and we received five the next week!
  • Quilt for a Child is volunteering to make a quilt for each of the teenage youth living at the group homes as holiday presents.  These quilts retail for hundreds of dollars and take an average of 100 hours to make. Thank you to Quilt for a Child for this incredibly generous gift to our group home youth.
  • Volunteer Needs: Sign up for one of our COVID-friendly volunteer opportunities or sign up to be a Holiday Hero. For instance, we have a cool new relationship with Chef Sean Brock’s new restaurant, Audrey, in east Nashville. Due to COVID, they aren’t able to open but are using their commercial kitchen to produce and package 2,000 meals a week for nonprofits. We were selected to receive 40-50 meals every Sunday afternoon. We need volunteers to pick up in East Nashville and deliver to the group homes in 37211. See our Sign Up Genius with all the details here.

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