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Inspiring Women

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July Volunteer of the Month: Patricia Leonard

Patricia Leonard is extremely passionate about empowering women. In her corporate, volunteer, and personal life her goal is to “inspire women to break through any glass ceilings through leadership and contribution.” She believes that talk is not enough – we have to act in order to empower. This is played out specifically in her volunteer life through her work with Nashville Women in Film & Television where she serves on the board and Dress for Success where she volunteers as a coach.

A unique characteristic about Patricia is her ability to listen to other people’s desires and to help make those desires a reality. Whether is it giving someone an avenue to perform or by coaching someone through starting her dream business, Patricia is excited and ready to help anyone willing to step up and ask. She inspires people to chase their dreams and to pursue what they want out of life through sharing her talents and life experiences and encouraging others to share theirs.

 

Written by: Katie Christ

How Sports Initiate Change

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June Volunteer of the Month: Jimmy Pitts

Jimmy Pitts loves sports almost as much as he loves service. Between coaching basketball and serving on the corporate board of the Boys and Girls Club of Rutherford County, Jimmy constantly looks to improve the lives of those around him. The work of every Boys and Girls Club focuses on the underprivileged youth, surrounding them with positive influences in their most formative years.

From an early age, Jimmy remembers playing every sport from soccer to baseball with what was then his local Boys and Girls Club in Florida. He enjoyed the competition, excitement, and teamwork. Later in life the values instilled in him through the sports began shining through his life decisions. In late 2010, he became involved with the sports program at Boys and Girls Club of Rutherford County at the Smyrna location and has been coaching ever since. However, Jimmy’s passion for sports is often shadowed by his love for the children. His volunteerism is not solely focused on sharing his love for sports, but rather is an attempt to surround Smyrna youth with positive values during the years they discover themselves.

 

Written by: Ryan Wilson

Love in the Unreached Places

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Marilin,  Nashville’s Volunteer of the Month,  with some of the people she serves at Possibility Place

Marilin Kelley is spreading love in Nashville. A recent Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) mathematics graduate, Marilin is preparing for graduate school at Virginia Tech in the Fall of 2019. In conversation with Marilin, her pursuit of knowledge is apparent, however her love for others shines more clearly than anything else. From nonprofit service with businesses such as Possibility Place and The Experience Community Church, Marilin consistently works to show others love; she is a clear example that volunteerism can give to the volunteer.

In high school, Marilin was a member and then officer of a service club. Working with organizations such as Salvation Army, Feed America First, and the Special Kids Therapy and Nursing Center encouraged her more serious involvement with volunteerism. She now works as a research assistant and substitute teacher at MTSU. Despite her aptitude for more technical studies, the social aspect of volunteering does not discourage Marilin. Rather, the diversity of volunteering inspires Marilin to learn more about her community and herself.

At Possibility Place Marilin helps developmentally disabled adults grow into independence. She also volunteers at The Experience Community Church, leading part of their middle school ministry. Marilin strives to bring love into her community, albeit in the classroom, church, or learning center. Service opens doors to see people and places one might not normally experience, and Marilin is constantly working to bring love into those unreached places.

Written by: Ryan Wilson

 

A Calm Light for Others

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Nashville’s Volunteer of the Month: Alli Crews

Alli Crews is a light in Nashville, Tennessee. She was born in Murfreesboro and adopted at a few weeks old. She was raised in an incredibly loving family in Nashville where she finished high school before heading to Texas for college. There she studied French, pursuing a way to connect and engage with new peoples and communities. She moved back to Nashville after graduating and now works in customer service at Lyft. Her offering others calmness in the chaos of life is core to her character – in her work as well as volunteerism.

This young professional now serves on the board of Miriam’s Promise where she serves the nonprofit in social media and fundraising. From an early age, Alli has been involved with Miriam’s Promise helping countless confused families navigate loving relationships in adoptive families. Miriam’s Promise nurtures families through pregnancy and parenting counseling and adoption services.

The life Alli lives speaks deeply to doing good and leading by example. She believes volunteerism is something anyone can get involved with that will ultimately affect positive change. Simply trying to volunteer produces good even if you decide it is not for you!

 

Helping Others Feel Loved Through Music Education

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Nashville’s Volunteer of the Month: Lauranette Ford 

Maya Angelou once said I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” She has found a way to put a deep truth of life to a poetic tune: no matter what we think we are saying or doing at any given moment, the way people perceive what we do is what they will remember. This quote is a central part of Lauranette Ford’s life as a volunteer in our beautiful city, one that deeply values music education.

Lauranette has found creative and impactful ways to touch people’s lives. She serves with many organizations in town, a highlight of which is the forthcoming National Museum of African American Music, which hasn’t opened its doors yet, but the entire team (of which Lauranette is both on staff in one department and volunteering for others) has been working for months to prepare a pivotal educational experience in the city where the pulse of music never ends. This undertaking requires many hours and work that is multi-faceted in its requirements, and Lauranette works hard to make sure people feel truly heard and loved through it all.

Vet, Teacher, IT Director, & Volunteer

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Written by: Anna Lopez

Tommy Wolosin is Nashville’s Volunteer of the Month. The Director of Technical Sales and Marketing started his volunteer work around ten years ago with the organization Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing as well as various work with children’s camps and after school programs. Tommy’s journey with the Nashville community began in 1999 after serving in the Air Force for ten years. Once out of the Air Force, Tommy decided to stay with a friend in Nashville and use Nashville as a hub for finding jobs in other areas. Almost twenty years later, and Tommy not only calls Nashville home, but he also works hard to help Nashville become a better place.

Teaching the kids at Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing about internet safety was how Tommy’s volunteerism began, and through that experience he realized the need for an IT director that would help organizations navigate technological challenges they face. Now Tommy helps businesses and individuals figure out the best moves to ensure the success of their companies. He spends time teaching others what he has learned in the field of IT and business. His passion, however, also resides within working with children.

Tommy’s advice for those wanting to volunteer? It’s easy to find a place to volunteer, especially in a city like Nashville. There are so many different types of volunteer work; either working with children like Tommy, working with animals, businesses, or those who are homeless. The opportunities are out there, the hard part is making them priority. Tommy does this by scheduling time every Monday, and if he is able to do that, others can, too.

Always an Athlete, Always a (TN) Volunteer

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“Serving others has always been a passion of mine and I will always make service over self a priority,” says Corey Alexander, Nashville’s Volunteer of the Month for October. This generous, giving young professional started as a young athlete, became a two-sport athlete at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, volunteered for a variety of nonprofits and discovered his joy of serving young people and helping them achieve their goals. In response to that, he founded the 501c3 nonprofit College Bound Athletics (CBA) where they help young athletes and their families take the right steps to achieve collegiate goals. “I feel that we all have a duty to give back to others who may be in need or who are less fortunate than we are.”

Sports are part of who Corey is at his core, and he continues his passion as an adult by coaching young people and weight lifting. He also lives in Nashville, works as the CFO of Ross Behavioral Group, and lives with his wife and two dogs named Blue and Bailey.

Corey gives back in areas outside of sports throughout our community and the world. Locally he has volunteered with the American Red Cross Nashville Area, Habitat of Greater Nashville, the Ross Center Foundation for Mental Health, the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and The Frist Arts Museum where he serves on the board. After his being named an upcoming Nashville’s Volunteer of the Month, he began serving on the board of Doing Good where he helps this entrepreneurial nonprofit achieve its goals.

Globally Corey and his wife serve on mission trips to Kenya through Cross Point Church. “There is always someone in need, and God gave me hands to work and heart to help.”

July Nashville Volunteer of the Month

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Written By: Meg Provenzale

Jeremy Bradford has been nominated as July’s Volunteer of Month. His desire to give back to the community goes unnoticed in the many organizations he volunteers for. These organizations include, The Nashville Sports Council, The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, The Country Music Hall of Fame, and Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Jeremy’s drive to help others began at a young age when he started volunteering at his family’s church. Working as a youth leader as well as worship leader Jeremy emphasized how important the group of thirty students was to him, “I tried my best. It wasn’t because I wanted money it’s because I cared about those 22 or 25 and I wanted them to have an experience.  I wanted to take the initiative and give, even at that early age, give to that church.”

His childhood and the circumstances he grew up in inspired him to give back to others. “There are a lot of great people that have invested into my life whether it was in middle school, high school, my church or my parents so I just felt like it was time for me to give back as much as I could into the community of Nashville and to other people’s lives. I really felt that calling and that responsibility.”

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 Jeremy, Doing Good, or other volunteers, visit the website www.DoingGood.tv or @DoingGoodTV on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or YouTube

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Doing Good is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides marketing and public relations tools, resources, and opportunities to nonprofit and government agencies to celebrate their volunteers. www.DoingGood.tv

 

June Nashville Volunteer of the Month

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Written by: Meg Provenzale

Anna Claire Bowen has been named Nashville’s Volunteer of the Month. Anna Claire owns her own private practice and works as a Marriage and Family Therapist.  On top of her career, she has dedicated much of her time to organizations such as the Junior League of Nashville (JLN), Sexual Assault Center, Youth M.O.V.E. National, LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network.

From an early age Anna Claire has always had a passion for helping her community. Recollecting on the first time she volunteered at her small town’s local food pantry, she explained the moment she realized she loved giving back.  “I just remember that feeling I got when I [volunteered], that warm fuzzy feeling. Ever since then I’ve been trying to catch that feeling. That’s how I got involved and something that is innate to me now.”

Residing in Nashville for almost 14 years, Anna Claire emphasized the city’s need for volunteers, “There are over 750 non-profit organizations just in Nashville; that doesn’t include Metro Nashville.  It’s difficult not to get involved and do volunteer work.” With a schedule as busy as hers, Anna Claire advises people wanting to volunteer to reach out to non-profits even if their contributions are as simple as stuffing and mailing envelopes or helping with behind the scenes projects.

Anna Claire explains that helping others, enables her to grow individually as well as professionally, “I can honestly say it has never been a tiring endeavor to follow my passions of giving of myself, it ends up being some type of personal or professional development.”

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 Anna Claire, Doing Good, or other volunteers, visit the website www.DoingGood.tv or @DoingGoodTV on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or YouTube

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Doing Good is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides marketing and public relations tools, resources, and opportunities to nonprofit and government agencies to celebrate their volunteers. www.DoingGood.tv

 

Leadership within Community

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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 www.DoingGood.tv or @DoingGoodTV on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or YouTube.