Welcome! We are glad you’ve shown an interest in our volunteer program at Nashville CARES.

Become a Volunteer



Are you looking to directly serve a member of your community? Nashville CARES is in need of volunteers to assist clients with practical aspects of daily living. committed to helping people with the practical aspects of daily living. We cater to your schedule: whether you can only help once a month during the evenings, or every week on Saturday, we can match you with the right client.

Volunteers may help with any of the following:

  • Transportation assistance: help with shopping, errands, driving to medical appointments, etc.
  • Light housecleaning: dusting, organizing, light cleaning.
  • Yardwork: weeding or lawnmowing.
  • Social support: our clients don’t often get to chat with anyone who is not their doctor or case manager. Simply a 20-minute chat would brighten their day and help immensely!


Providing supplemental food is a critical service for clients.

  • Food Delivery (see below for more info).
  • Food Bag Assembly (see below to sign-up).
  • Choice Food Pantry (see below for more info).
  • Wellness Wednesday (see below for more info).
  • Demonstrate healthy cooking and various other nutrition assistance (such as creating healthy eating menus)


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


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


  • Filing
  • Data entry
  • Mailings
  • Phone calls


Groups of up to 20 volunteers are welcome at Nashville CARES, and we’re happy to tailor a project to meet your group requirements. Projects are subject to availability, and may include:

  • Direct Client Care (usually lawncare, painting, or moving assistance)
  • Assembling food bags
  • Large mailing projects
  • Special events such as the Nashville AIDS Walk
  • Delivering meal routes
  • Holiday activities
  • Packing Safer Sex Kits
  • Decorating Client Cards
  • And with enough time to plan and funding, we could design a project specifically for your group!

Note that group projects are generally reserved for local groups.