Volunteer Tennessee

Contact Information

William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 18th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243 - 1102
(615) 253-1426
Volunteer Generation Fund 2014

Executive Summary

Tennessee struggles with many challenges including a poverty rate of 17.9%, which is higher than the national average of 15.9%. Although Tennessee's overall high school graduation rate has improved in recent years, African-American, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students still lag at least 10 percentage points behind white students. These issues and other factors lead to low-performing students. While faced with these dismal statistics, TN has the additional challenge of low volunteer rates, ranked 37th in the nation in volunteerism. A concentrated effort to recruit volunteers for educational issues has high potential for increasing and strengthening volunteerism in TN and supporting the success of our school children.

To increase volunteer recruitment and expand the use of volunteers to address education challenges in Tennessee, Volunteer TN will collaborate with Volunteer Centers across Tennessee to form the TN Volunteer Generation Fund Coalition. Hands On Nashville, the United Way of Greater Chattanooga, the United Way of Greater Knoxville, the United Way of Williamson County, Volunteer Mid-South and Volunteer TN make up the TN Volunteer Generation Fund Coalition. Each of these partners will play a role in implementing the volunteer management grant with Volunteer TN serving as the lead agency. The primary goal of the Coalition is expand the use of volunteers to address education challenges.

The project goals include recruiting 7,500 volunteers to benefit 10,000 children. TN Volunteer Generation Fund Coalition will assist 30 organizations in implementing 3 or more effective management practices.

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