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Impact Nashville

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Impact Nashville is Nashville's local service plan as part of the Cities of Service national coalition. Nashville’s comprehensive strategic plan, entitled “Impact Nashville,” seeks to leverage institutional and cultural capital through impactful volunteerism directed toward two of the mayor’s top priorities: public education and the environment. With measurable outcomes in each of these areas, and with Impact Nashville promoting service as a core community responsibility, the standards of volunteerism across the public and private sectors will be further raised. Read Impact Nashville's Service Plan.

Impact Nashville focuses on educational volunteerism and environmental projects applied toward flood recovery and prevention. Impact Nashville volunteers are implementing these initiatives while also promoting, increasing and raising the standards of volunteerism across our community. Since September 30, 2010 over 4,500 volunteers have given more than 30,365 hours towards Impact Nashville initiatives.

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Mayor Karl Dean joined New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and mayors from ten cities across the country on September 11, 2009 to launch Cities of Service. The founding mayors met for a half-day summit at Gracie Mansion where they signed a Declaration of Service, a commitment to finding new ways to tap the power of volunteers to address each city’s most pressing challenges. Cities of Service has now grown to be a bipartisan coalition of mayors representing more than 38 million Americans in 80 cities, who will work together to engage millions more volunteers in service.

Mayor Dean and Mayor BloombergOn Martin Luther King Day, 2010, Cities of Service and the Rockefeller Foundation announced that Nashville was one of 10 cities selected nationwide to receive a two year grant to hire a Chief Service Officer dedicated to developing and implementing a strategic service plan focused on educational volunteerism and environmental projects applied toward flood recovery and prevention. On June 30, 2010, Mayor Dean joined Mayor Bloomberg in New York City to announce the next ten Cities of Service leadership grants at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service.

Impact Volunteering Grants

2013 - Change for Chestnut

Nashville received a Cities of Service Impact Volunteering grant for $25,000 in 2013 for the Change for Chestnut project, to implement energy efficiency upgrades into low income homes in the Chestnut Hill area located in south Nashville. In partnership with Hands On Nashville and other community partners, the program has deployed more than 980 volunteers to complete home energy improvements in more than 150 homes owned and occupied by low-income residents. As a result, benefiting homeowners’ energy bills were reduced by an average of 10 percent, and the volunteer service was valued at an economic impact of $91,788.

2014 - Team Dean Reading Coaches

In December 2013, Mayor Karl Dean announced that Nashville received another $25,000 grant from Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund for the second year in a row. This grant will fund a new program to put reading mentors in middle schools next year to help students increase their reading skills and succeed in high school.

“We know that we have middle school students who risk never graduating from high school because they struggle with reading, and this program will help put them on the path to success,” Mayor Dean said. “I appreciate Cities of Service for recognizing the importance of this initiative. Nashvillians have always been committed to serving their community, especially when it comes to educating our students, and these volunteer mentors will be a positive influence in the lives of these young readers.”

During one-on-one sessions, volunteer mentors will coach students on reading and also discuss ways to help them strive to graduate from high school. The program targets college students and recent college graduates to volunteer as mentors. The program will also include incentives for the students and their mentors. Students who make the most reading gains during a semester can earn an e-book reader, a Kindle Fire, for themselves and a $500 college scholarship or loan repayment for their paired mentor.