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Carter Lawrence Elementary School

Pencil Projects Programs and Volunteer Opportunities:
  • Recruits students to tutor consistently one hour per week throughout each semester. Students make a commitment to work with the same child every week and are able to get to know them and see their progress through the year. Carpools are organized by Pencil Projects.
  • Just one hour a week makes a big difference for a child.
    VSVS Programs and Volunteer Opportunities:
  • VSVS trains student volunteers to perform basic science experiments in elementary school classrooms. Vanderbilt students join a team of 3-4 volunteers and each team will teach four different lessons in the same classroom. Must be able to block at least 2 hours of time in order to volunteer (this includes travel time).
  • Lessons start at various times from 7:45am to 2:45pm Monday – Thursday and end at 3:45pm at the latest.
    [*]You can sign up individually or with a small group of friends! Visit the website www.studentorgs/vanderbilt.edu/vsvs to complete the application and learn more.

    Contacts

    Erin Clancy — erin.e.clancy@vanderbilt.edu — (610) 246-9422
    James Kaplan (VSVS) — james.i.kaplan@vanderbilt.edu

    Cottage Cove

    http://www.cottagecove.org/
  • Lead after-school tutoring and educational enrichment for 75 kids K-8 (mostly K-5)
  • Work with kids attending Fall Hamilton Elementary School and other near by schools. Staff and volunteers walk to pick-up the kids at 3:15pm and kids leave the program around 5:30-6pm each day (Mon-Fri).
    Looking for volunteers to work in homework help, outdoor sports and recreation, arts and crafts, music lessons, and a variety of other programs
    Can work with up to 10 volunteers daily from 3:15-6pm.
    For larger one-day service projects, they also have random facility improvement needs like painting and building projects
    [*]They are faith-based, but work with volunteers of all faith traditions and it is not a requirement of volunteerism

    Contact

    Barry McDonald — barry@cottagecove.org — (615) 292-2303

    Dismas House

    http://www.dismasnashville.org/
  • Serve as a transitional living facility for ex-offenders. Men only. Clients stay 3-9 months. Only 14 beds in the house.
  • Volunteers prepare dinner Monday – Friday. Can host 5-10 volunteers per night. Students bring the food/supplies for cooking, prepare the food, visit with the men, and clean up after dinner. Volunteering lasts about 5-7pm.
    New option for a Thursday or Friday night training workshop on computer skills and other skills that could be helpful to the men.

    Contact

    Erin Rose — erose@dismas.org — (615) 297-9287

    Edgehill Center

  • Organization provides childcare, emergency food bank site, Kids Cafe, and Christmas assistance program.
  • Childcare is offered Monday – Friday from 6am-5:30pm and kids are 12 months – 10 years. They have about 86 kids total. They also need a lot of help with the Food Bank. Monday morning (9am – 10:30am) they need volunteers to help unload the truck and stock the pantry.
  • [*]Food Bank is open M, T, W, F from 10-12pm and Thursday 2-6pm. Groups can come to volunteer anytime on this project with as many as 25 people! They need a lot of help here and don’t currently have the volunteers.

    Contacts

    Gloria Reed-Beene  — edgehillcenter@comcast.net — (615) 256-5108

    Edgehill Family Resource Center

  • Plans large community events each fall, spring, and summer and is always in need of volunteers to help staff events.
  • Also coordinates the Youth Advisory Council and provides leadership training to youth (middle and high school students).
  • Looking for volunteers to work with senior citizens in the high rise apartments (help them get groceries and other errands)
  • New idea to start a college mentoring program for Youth Advisory Council members. Students could help lead trainings on leadership skills, organizational skills, moral and character development, and grant writing, etc.
  • Need volunteers for the community garden project (especially in the summer months). Need to fundraise in order to improve the garden and make it wheelchair accessible with raised beds.
  • [*]Needs administrative help with website and publicity

    Contact

    Brenda Morrow — edgehill2@bellsouth.net — (615) 975-5504

    Edgehill Public Library

  • Run after school programs for elementary, middle, and high school students. Need volunteers to help with reading and math homework.
  • They are always overwhelmed with kids and not enough tutors. They have about 25 younger kids each day and 10-15 high schoolers.
  • Regular volunteer opportunity Monday – Friday from 3-5pm. (Monday – Wednesday they are open till 5:30pm)
  • [*]They also have a lot of adults requesting help with job applications. Interested students could set-up and lead a computer class and job search class. Would be best if this took place during the weekday (morning).

    Contacts

    Aja Nunn — aja.nunn@nashville.gov — (615) 862-5861

    Edgehill United Methodist Church

  • Weekly tutoring program from 3-6pm each day
  • 35 children attend daily
  • [*]Through Vanderbilt service-learning program, they currently have sufficient volunteers

    Contacts

    Nancy Crutcher

    GED Classes offered at Edgehill Public Library

  • GED classes are offered every Monday and Thursday from 12-1:30pm.
  • [*]Looking for student tutors to work with adults.

    Contact

    Matthew Bonds — (615) 598-7257

    Healthy Life for Healthy Families

  • Education and awareness of health issues including: high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, stroke, domestic violence, and cancer.
  • New nonprofit that will have regular community workshops regarding healthy living and medical information about health issues.
  • [*]Looking for students to help coordinate and facilitate these health workshops.

    Contact

    Mamie Turner — hlforhf@yahoo.com — (615) 524-9836

    Metro Parks and Recreation: Rose Park / Easley Community Center

  • After-school tutoring and mentoring with students of all ages
  • [*]Sports and recreation activities such as basketball, flag football, soccer, baseball, etc.

    Contact

    Karen Soleye  — Karen.soleye@nashville.gov — (615) 862-8465

    Progressive Baptist Church: After School Tutoring Program

  • Gillette and Crawford established a partnership with Progressive Baptist Church in 2009 to support their after-school tutoring program. Volunteer opportunities are open to all first-year students.
  • Commons students volunteer once a week on Wednesdays from 5:45-7:30pm / 15 Vandy students work with 20-25 kids
  • [*]Focus on character building and mentoring as well as tutoring and education

    Contacts

    Rose Park Middle School

    VSVS Programs and Volunteer Opportunities
  • VSVS trains student volunteers to perform basic science experiments in elementary school classrooms. Vanderbilt students join a team of 3-4 volunteers and each team will teach four different lessons in the same classroom.
  • Must be able to block at least 2 hours of time in order to volunteer (this includes travel time).
  • Lessons start at various times from 7:45am to 2:45pm Monday – Thursday and end at 3:45pm at the latest.
  • [*]You can sign up individually or with a small group of friends! Visit the website www.studentorgs/vanderbilt.edu/vsvs to complete the application and learn more.

    Contact

    Salama Institute

  • Lead an arts enrichment program Tuesday and Thursday afternoons including visual arts, dance, and theatre
  • Also offer homework assistance in reading, language arts, and math for K-12 Monday – Friday
  • Afterschool program runs from 3:30-about 5:45pm (tutoring from 3:30-4:30)
  • Have about 65 students in program and currently have only 1 volunteer
  • [*]Could work with as many as 20 volunteers daily

    Contacts

    Joanne Knorr — jknorr@salamaservices.org — (615) 521-4050

    W.O. Smith Music School

    From their website:
  • Volunteers play a truly essential role at the W.O. Smith Music School.  Students involved in the W.O. Smith private lesson program are offered one-on-one instruction once a week with a qualified volunteer teacher.
  • [*]The also have a need for volunteers to assist with library management, front desk duties, and special events.  Volunteer schedules are flexible.

    Contacts

    Apply directly — online form

    Youth Life Learning Program at Easley Community Center

  • Lead a highly structured yearlong program for 5th-8th graders. They are a Christian based program and want volunteers to know this upfront. They lead character-building workshops and help kids with homework.
  • They have about 18-20 students each day and need about 1-2 volunteers daily.
  • During the school year the program runs 1-6:30pm Monday-Friday. Kids show up around 3:30pm and stay till 6:30pm (these are the essential hours for volunteers)
  • [*]Will be working with a Vanderbilt student, Wren Ong, on the Lego League to build a robot and compete in Tennessee competition. Wren is a biomed eng student.

    Contacts

    Natalie Green — Natalie@yllc.org — (615) 335-7672