The Impact of Hands On Nashville and Its Volunteers in the Community

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Allison Haley Luffman, a management professional in the interior design sector, is an advocate of her community. A Tennessee resident, Allison Haley Luffman dedicates much of her time to supporting local organizations, such as Hands On Nashville.

With history dating back to 1991, Hands On Nashville addresses the needs of Middle Tennessee communities through its volunteer program. Ranked among the top 10 organizations in the nation to log the most volunteer hours per resident, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service, the group focuses its efforts in areas of public education, home energy savings, youth leadership development, and urban agriculture.

In particular, the Urban Agriculture Program aims to improve community health through provisions that educate people on food systems. The nonprofit hosts many of its activities on its five-acre farm in South Nashville, where it utilizes volunteers to manage crops that are then enjoyed by visitors who learn about harvesting produce and preparing healthy meals. Volunteers also support the organization’s school garden initiative. In partnership with the Nashville School Garden Coalition and local schools, Hands On Nashville and volunteers play a crucial role in integrating garden-based education into curriculums, thus supporting the goal of building a healthier and food-secure community.