Cheers to Our Volunteers!

“This is our favorite part of the week. We look forward to coming each week and this experience has taught us so much and helped us give back to our new home in Nashville.” –a Safe Haven volunteer

nvw cheers to volunteersThis week, April 10-16, is National Volunteer Appreciation Week, a time to pause and appreciate the vast contributions of our amazing volunteers. For over 30 years, volunteers have worked side by side with Safe Haven providing more than 276,780 hours of service and over 324,650 meals. But more than just numbers, our volunteers help empower our families, encourage hope and create smiles during difficult times.

 There are so many reasons why we value and appreciate our volunteers. Here are just a few:

  • Volunteers are involved with the day-to-day experiences our families. Something as simple as playing basketball with a teenager in our program can have a lasting impact many years after the child leaves our program.
  • Our families benefit from seeing the many people in our community who care about them. Volunteers show this to our families daily by giving their time and constantly looking for new ways to enrich our program and experience that our families receive.
  • We simply could  do many of the day-to-day things we do without volunteers. From the hard work it takes to provide dinners, to showing up at 6 a.m. to help set up for the Hike for the Homeless, to moving a family into their own housing, our volunteers are committed to our mission and success of our clients.

We are fortunate to have the best volunteers in Nashville! We would like to thank each and every volunteer who has made a positive impact on our families, who have inspired our staff and who have given their expertise, time and advocacy to make a difference. THANK YOU.

If you’d like to be a part of our volunteer family, please join us! Click here to learn more.


Here are just a few of the things Safe Haven Staff say about our incredible volunteers:

“Volunteers are integral to the work we do here. By allowing many members of the community to interact with the children we serve, our children are regaining trust in humanity, and building an idea that they matter”

“Many of our volunteers begin service here because they want to give back to the community, but end up committing themselves long term because they become an extension of our Safe Haven family”

“We had a volunteer who started a few years who would tutor the children and help them with their homework after school. She later began volunteering here with her mentee, to introduce her to an organization she had fallen in love with. This happens a lot. When something is powerful, you naturally want to share it with others. Many times volunteers will invite their friends to become a part of what we do as well. It’s a snowball effect”

“One of our volunteers is a student at Vanderbilt who was introduced to us by one of our current board members. Evan immediately expressed interest in the work that we do, and wanted to figure out a way to get involved with the children we serve. He decided he would come weekly to do some academic and outdoor-related activities with the kids. He eventually wanted to brand his time here, and so he came up with the name “Mercer Maniacs” for his activity hour. Now each week the kids look forward to Mercer Maniacs where they learn new experiments, and interact with Evan and his friends from school here at the shelter”

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