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Volunteerismdean launch

Mayor Karl Dean recognizes the impact that volunteers can have on the Nashville community. On September 10, 2009, Mayor Dean pledged that Nashville would help the country achieve the goals of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act by joining New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to launch the Cities of Service coalition. By signing the Declaration of Service, Mayor Dean promised to do his part by developing a comprehensive local action plan to increase civic engagement called Impact Nashville.

"With the launch of Impact Nashville, I am looking forward to volunteers accomplishing impactful results in our public schools and our environmental recovery efforts. As mayor, I have no doubt that Nashvillians can accomplish anything that we collectively apply our minds, hands and hearts to." -- Mayor Karl Dean

Impact Nashville's Green Alley Project

Nashville, TN is the grand prize winner of the Cities of Service Blueprint Contest for the city's submissoon of the Stormbusters Blueprint. In celebration of receiving this honor, Impact Nashville is planning a rain garden project to reduce stormwater in the Nations Neighborhood called the Green Alley project. The purpose of the Green Alley project is to reduce the pollution traveling from the land into Richland Creek, improve alleys in the Nations neighborhood to be more walkable and safe, and to create a model of citizen led water stewardship.

rain gardenThe Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods, Impact Nashville, Hands On Nashville, and Cumberland River Compact are partnering with community leaders to plant FREE rain gardens along residential alleys in the Nations Neighborhood. All residents in the Nations are eligible to receive a free rain garden including the rain garden plants and materials as well as volunteers to assist with planting the gardens. The plantings will take place in two Phases: March through May then again September through November. Rain Garden locations will be determined on a first come, first served basis.

 For additional information on the project, contact Laurel Creech. If you live in the Nations neighborhood and would like to participate in receiving a free rain garden, email Mekayle at the Cumberland River Compact. If you would like to volunteer for the project, email Josef at Hands On Nashville.

As a resource, check out the Rain Gardens for Nashville manual.