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Nutrition Services -- Wellness Wednesday

We need regular volunteers for our Wellness Wednesday program on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Duties include setting up fresh produce in our multipurpose room and helping our clients choose from a menu of items. Volunteers should be able to walk up and down stairs several times throughout the shift and lift 45 lbs. Ideally, the volunteer will serve from 11:30 a.m. until 1 or 2 p.m.

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Nutrition Services -- Choice Pantry

We need two volunteers who can serve in our Choice Pantry on the 2nd Friday (following the 2nd Monday) of every month. Volunteers will help clients choose grocery items from a menu and fulfill orders from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Volunteers should be able to lift 10-15 lbs.

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Nutrition Services - Monthly Delivery

Volunteers are needed to deliver food bags once a month to clients' homes in Davidson County. Volunteers must submit to, and pass, a background screening, have a valid driver's license, proof of vehicle insurance, and a reliable vehicle. 

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Nutrition Services - Food Bag Assembly

The CARES Packages Project takes place in the food pantry every Tuesday. Volunteers are needed to put food bags together from 6-7pm. Sign up by visiting Hands on Nashville at www.hon.org and searching for "Nashville CARES." 

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Administrative Opportunities

The Insurance & Dental Assistance Program (IDAP) seeks volunteers to assist with filing on an ongoing basis. Volunteers must submit to, and pass, a background screening. Flexible shifts available M-F between 9am-4pm.

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Education

Last year, CARES distributed over 190,000 direct prevention materials. Volunteers are needed to assist in making these safer sex kits, which are small bags that contain condoms and other prevention materials.

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Reception Desk

Smiling faces are needed to operate our reception desk. Responsibilities include greeting guests and clients, answering phones, routing calls, and assisting with miscellaneous administrative tasks as needed. Training is provided. Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of one shift a week for 12 weeks. Daytime shifts are available Monday through Friday from 9am-1pm and 1-5pm. We currently need assistance on Wednesday mornings, as well as Thursday afternoons.

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CARES Cafe

Great volunteers are needed for available shifts in the CARES Café Monday through Friday between 9am and 3pm! Volunteers will interact with clients and assist them in utilizing features within the CARES Café such as coffee maker, computer, etc. Volunteers will also engage with and assist clients as they complete their IAMSTRONG Treatment Plans, as well as promote upcoming Healthy U programs. An orientation session with a member of the Healthy U staff will be offered prior to serving. 

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Ongoing Needs

Care Teams

Care teams are volunteers committed to helping people with the practical aspects of daily living. Each team or individual is assigned to one client and provides service to that client for as long as necessary. Assignments may be short-term or long-term and vary in frequency. Assistance can be provided evening, weekends or whenever the volunteer has time and/or the client has a need.

Volunteers may help with the following:

  • Shopping and errands
  • Simple house work
  • Yard work
  • Social support

Nutrition Program

Providing supplemental food is a critical service for clients.

  • CARE-A-Van: Deliver frozen dinners to clients on a weekly basis
  • Food Bags: Deliver food bags to clients on a monthly basis
  • Volunteers stock the pantry and assemble food bags
  • Help with making daily lunch for clients
  • Wellness Wednesday
  • Demonstrate healthy cooking

Education Program

  • Outreach, testing and prevention events
  • Peer education programs
  • Assembling prevention materials
  • Research
  • Data entry

Special Events and Fundraising

  • Marketing and mailings
  • Event planning committees/training
  • Participation in event day activities
  • Data entry

Administration

  • Filing
  • Data entry
  • Mailings

Group Opportunities

Group projects can be one-time or ongoing, depending on our needs. Due to limited space for larger groups please contact us to discuss available projects and capacity.

Projects include but are not limited to:

  • Care team
  • Stocking the food pantry
  • Making food bags
  • Yard work for clients
  • Large mailing projects
  • Special events such as the Nashville AIDS Walk
  • Delivering meal routes
  • Holiday activities

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"CARES is a place of compassion, confidence and community."

- Melissa, Volunteer