Volunteers Make a Difference at Nashville CARES

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Volunteer, Audrey Jenkins, worked 25 years as a staff member for representatives in the Tennessee State Legislature.  After retiring, she was anxious to dive head-first into helping her community.  After hearing about the impact Nashville CARES has on the community, she was interested in joining our team!


Audrey was shocked when she discovered the sheer number of volunteers it takes to support the work that Nashville CARES does in the community.  Excited that her skills could be put to good use, she found a home for her passion to volunteer and has been a familiar face for over two years, working 2 full days a week.  Audrey found that the volunteer hours at Nashville CARES were flexible enough to maintain relaxing as a retiree and spending time with her 3 kids, 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.


“I wanted to do something to give back to the community I had been living in most of my life,” said Audrey. “I enjoy getting out of the house and spending time with the wonderful staff at CARES.”


Audrey is primarily responsible for administrative duties and greeting guests at the front desk reception.  She especially enjoys assisting clients who come through the front entrance looking for help.  She benefits from knowing her work as a volunteer makes a meaningful impact on the services we offer to clients at Nashville CARES.


When Audrey isn’t volunteering, she enjoys watching Ohio State football. She is our biggest Buckeye fan and you can be sure to find her volunteering in her game day red in the fall. She also enjoys spending time with her friends and taking care of her Dog, “Lulu,” and her cat, “Fancee.”


Volunteers are an essential part of successful everyday operations at Nashville CARES.  Last year, Nashville CARES volunteers were responsible for over 23,500 hours of service.   Volunteers help Nashville CARES educate the community for increased understanding and prevention of HIV transmission and provide services that improve the quality of life for people with HIV/AIDS and their families.


If you are interested in volunteering your time to help your community please contact our Volunteer Manager, Amy Walter, or call 615-259-4866.