Nashville, TN

Nashville, TN

Nashville has been a member of the Cities of Service coalition since 2009, when Mayor Karl Dean signed the the Declaration of Service and committed to leveraging resident volunteers and service to achieve Nashville's goals. Working closely with Hands On Nashville, city leads mobilized thousands of volunteers to clear debris from waterways, gut damaged homes, and plant new trees to help prevent future flooding. Volunteers rebuilt flood-damaged homes to make them more energy efficient. Nashville is currently focused on using volunteers to help students achieve success in middle school.

Interested in volunteering in Nashville? Get involved here.

You can also connect with Mayor Barry on Twitter.

To learn more about the great work being done in Nashville, please read the city's service plan, Impact Nashville: Davidson County's Cities of Service Plan and visit Nashville's official website.

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Storm Busters

In May 2010, because 14 inches of rain fell in a two-day period, Nashville experienced a historic flood that brought devastation to the city’s infrastructure and environment. Additionally, the powerful rains had flooded the city’s rivers, streams, and creeks collecting and carrying materials downstream. Debris blocked and buried in the waterways was dangerous for the environment and to its citizens due to the potential for erosion and water damage.

Together with the mayor, the chief service officer outlined high-impact volunteer initiatives in the Impact Nashville Service Plan, including planting trees and rain gardens in flood-affected areas to help absorb and manage stormwater and to put in place a stronger natural absorption system for future rain events.

Since 2010, HandsOn Nashville, the Cumberland River Compact, and other local conservation organizations have planted 15,994 trees and 320 rain gardens across the city, mitigating well over 12.8 million gallons of stormwater. In addition, thousands of volunteers are working to restore Nashville’s vast number of waterways. To date, volunteers have assessed more than 200 miles of waterways and cleaned 31 miles of waterways, removing nearly 300 tons of trash and debris. Nashville citizens will continue to implement preventative measures in efforts to create a more resilient and healthy infrastructure for its citizens and the planet.

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