NES Celebrates International Volunteer Day

Over the past year, the team at NES has enjoyed fostering meaningful relationships with the Nashville community. As we approach International Volunteer Day, we’re looking back on some of our favorite community service initiatives.

Members of the NES team helped give away more than 300 free backpacks filled with school supplies, as well as distributed diapers, baby wipes, cleaning supplies, dental and personal hygiene products at the 4th Annual Back to School Bash. Haircuts were also given to students. Additionally, thousands of backpacks were distributed after the event to 22 Metro Schools.

The event was hosted by Creative Girls Rock, a local nonprofit founded from a passion for creative arts, youth development, community engagement and a therapeutic method for anxiety. Creative Girls Rock has hosted the Back To School Bash since 2020 in response to the negative impact COVID-19 had on the Greater Nashville community.

The NES team also attended the Back to School Braid Bash at Jere Baxter Middle School. This free event gave school-age students free haircuts and styling services to children of all racial backgrounds, ethnicities and hair types before the school year began. LaTonya D. Potter, creator of the event, also ensured parents and guardians were pampered with hand massages and manicures while they waited for their children.

NES has also ensured the Greater Nashville community has access to career-advancement programs, free home upgrades and more through the Community Cares Fund and Home Uplift Program.

In September, NES and TVA worked together to donate $550,000 towards Goodwill and Lightwave Solar LLC’s solar training program. The new program is designed to prepare participants for installation and interconnection work with solar developers. Graduates of the program are able to be hired by solar developers.

Since 2020, NES and TVA have donated more than $1.7M to Needlink Nashville for customer bill assistance.

NES and TVA have also partnered together to provide, on average, $10,000 in free home upgrades to income-eligible customers. These upgrades, such as new insulation, appliances and electric water heaters saves participants an average of $500 on energy bills and reduces overall home energy use by 25 percent.

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NES is proud to be a community partner for Nashville. On International Volunteer Day, we encourage you to get involved in your local community and help keep Music City empowered and supported.