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Leadership within Community


Written By: Meg Provenzale

Taryn Anderson has been named Nashville’s Volunteer of the Month for May. Taryn is studying to become a lawyer at Nashville’s School of Law all while volunteering and assisting many non-profit organizations in town. These organizations include, The Junior League of Nashville (JLN), The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) as well as Nashville’s Film Festival (NFF).

Originally from Minnesota, Taryn has called Nashville home for the past 12 years, “I was looking for some different scenery so I moved down here after I graduated and found my place working at an accounting firm [I] was there for about eleven or twelve years and then I decided to have a pre midlife crisis and decided to go to law school.” Taryn’s studies in law derive from her passion to help animals and to help people. Her desire to help others shows in the leadership role she has as Executive Vice President of the Junior League.

The JNF provides volunteer support for non-profits located in Nashville. “As Executive Vice President, I work with the Vice President’s of the League that make up the Management Team who are in charge of running the operations for the League. I also sit on the Board of Directors where we work on the governance of the League. The JLN’s focus areas are human trafficking and childhood literacy so all our community partners we work with are trying to further efforts in the respective fields.”

Taryn explains what inspired her to keeping doing good for Nashville’s community, “I love helping others. I love supporting people and getting them to help accomplish or achieve their dreams.  I’m basically a giant life cheerleader for others.  So, volunteering was a progression into being able to help others!”

Volunteering comes naturally to Taryn because of the people and atmosphere she was placed in with her profession and studies. However, she gives credit to the community Nashville provides, “In Nashville there’s such a sense of community if you want to start your nonprofit there’s someone in town who can give you connections to help you to do something.”

Nashville’s Volunteer of the Month is a program of Doing Good, a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization which educates and inspires people by celebrating the real stories of real people who volunteer. For additional information about Taryn, Doing Good, or other volunteers, visit the website or @DoingGoodTV on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or YouTube.


New mother juggles career & dogs

Tam giving a dog shade!

Tam giving a dog shade!

For most, juggling full-time work and a family is enough, but for Tam Singer, she is also establishing MTPRC, “Making Tennessee a Place That Really Cares,” to better the lives of dogs! Her commitment, impact and leadership are reasons she is named Nashville’s Volunteer of the Month for June.

Tam’s volunteerism was largely influenced by her parents. Her father’s family escaped the Nazi regime in Austria. And her mother, who was born in Mumbai, India, personally volunteered during Tam’s childhood. Today, Tam is a volunteer, a vegan, a mother of a 5-month old, wife to a drummer and mom to 4 dogs and 2 cats. She works full-time by day and as the founder of the young, non-profit MTPRC by night and on weekends.

Upon moving to Nashville, Tam noticed “the ill treatment of dogs through numerous reports on local, news media broadcasts.” This moved her to action by becoming a dog walker and soon an advocate for dogs. “I believe 100% we can each make a difference, no matter how small, to making the world a better place.”

Her combined experiences urged her to create MTPRC. The organization evolved from an information clearinghouse to hosting community action events while educating pet owners on ways to better care for their animals “to promote the human-animal bond.” Soon after, she was recognized as one of Nashville Paw’s first Humane Hero Awards in 2011.

When Tam thinks about the impact she and other MTPRC volunteers have on local dogs, she says, “We can help start by taking the first steps, but for change to be long lasting, the families of the dogs…are the real difference.” And when thinking about the dogs’ impact on local families, (the families) “often become advocates in their communities to their neighbors and friends on how they too can improve the human animal bond.”