Weekends of Service

What will you do to make a difference this year?

Fall Weekend of Service

Students, staff, and faculty across Vanderbilt are invited to answer the question of how they will make a difference through various service projects and actions taking place throughout the city of Nashville.  Projects are often student-led and connect with community partners to address specific needs.  If you would like help in planning a project, please let OACS know. Email oacs@vanderbilt.edu, call 615-343-7878, or stop by Rand 305 anytime.

Please head to our VANDERBILT WEEKEND OF SERVICE page to register a project or sign up to participate in one.

MLK Weekend of Service

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”  Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the weekend before the Martin Luther King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. The Office of Active Citizenship and Service and Dean of Students sponsor over 30 service projects in conjunction with Vanderbilt student service groups, residential houses, and other campus departments, programs, and groups in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his inspirational spirit of service.  You and your service organization, friends, and/or fellow students have the opportunity to start the year off strong by making an impact in your community in January.


Please head to the OACS ANCHORLINK page to register a project or visit our VANDERBILT WEEKEND OF SERVICE page to sign up to participate in a project.

MLK Weekend of Service List of Registered Projects

Friday January 15th

Hands on Nashville

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Volunteers will be administering an interactive pre-test to students involved in the EcoLab afterschool garden club at STEM Prep Academy, a host site for Hands on Nashville’s urban agriculture programming. Volunteers will interact directly with middle school kids, strengthening Hands on Nashville’s educational impact, which endeavors to educate kids about healthy food and how to grow it.

Saturday January 16th

The Afterschool Program (TAP)

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

TAP was given a $10,000 grant to spend before the end of 2015. We spent the money on supplies, games and new books for the students, as well as furniture to store all of this. This day will be spent “building” the new resource library and organizing everything we have purchased. We will be putting together furniture, leveling books according to grade level, organizing and cleaning out the current place, and basically turning the resource room into a full-functioning library!

Vanderbilt Students Volunteering for Science

9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

We shall be assembling LEGO lessons kits for rural county classrooms in Nashville. These will be incorporated into their lessons by their teachers.

Nashville Dress for Success

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

We will be putting together “Glamour Bags” filled with deodorant, shampoo, body wash, tooth paste, tooth brushes and other essentials for women seeking employment. During our service we will be putting together the bags to be delivered at a later date to the YWCA the following week.

Nashville Tools for Schools

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

We will be helping to build or repair school tools (desks/tables, coat racks, etc.) for underprivileged schools in the Nashville area.

Joint Day of Service with Belmont, Fisk, Lipscomb, TSU, and Trevecca

11:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Join 200 volunteers from Belmont, Fisk, Lipscomb, Tennessee State University, Trevecca and Vanderbilt, as well as other area colleges and universities in honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by helping to alleviate hunger in Middle TN, around the nation and throughout the world through donating and sorting food at Second Harvest, Feed the Children and a sweet potato drop, working in urban gardens including The Nashville Food Project and Trevecca Urban Farm and an art project with homeless veterans in our community in collaboration with Room In The Inn’s veteran’s program.

We’ll gather at Second Harvest Food Bank for fellowship, orientation, and a kick-off rally before dividing into groups and going to the service projects.  We’ll assemble together again afterwards for a time of reflection and celebration.

Sing Me a Story Foundation

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Stories written by kids in hospitals and hospices inspire songs which are used to raise money online. During this session, our Vanderbilt volunteers will be writing and recording a song (or multiple songs) inspired by a story written by someone here in Nashville. \Once a song is written, we will record it (most likely on a later date) and upload it to the Sing Me A Story website to raise money for a scholarship fund for children looking to attend music therapy sessions in Nashville. We’d like to ensure that these children are not deterred from receiving therapy by their families’ financial circumstances.

TN Association of Blind Athletes

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

We will be volunteering as referees and players for goalball practice with the TN Association of Blind Athletes-Nashville chapter.

ThriftSmart Nashville

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

We will be sorting clothes and helping to operate a ThriftSmart store in Franklin, TN. 100% of the proceeds from sales at the store go to charity.

Hope Lodge

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Alpha Phi Omega will be preparing dinner for the live-in cancer patients at the American Cancer Society- Hope Lodge. The ACS Hope Lodge provides affordable housing and services to those who bear a financial burden of enduring cancer.


Sunday January 17th

Second Harvest Food Bank

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

We will be packing/organizing food for Second Harvest Food Bank.

Crestview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

We will be performing a concert at Crestview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Monday January 18th

Hands on Nashville

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

We will be volunteering with Hands on Nashville to clean up Mill Creek, a local water way where a large amount of debris was deposited following the 2010 floods. The process of cleaning up is ongoing, so SPEAR will help HON clean up Nashville’s waterways.