Courage to Keep Trying… A recently blinded man’s story

In 2012 I was working at a business my wife had started 32 years ago. I had been doing the cleaning business for 18 years and it was very successful - the 2 of us together had over 50 clients. Then in March of 2012, with in a 2 weeks time, I lost my eye sight and was told I was legally blind and couldn't drive anymore. After going to 5 different doctors they said that something had crushed the optic nerve in my brain - causing me to lose sight in both eyes at the same time. I knew I could no … [Read more...]

Tips for Working with Volunteer Surge

Everyday there is another reason to protest. From the new presidential administration to environmental catastrophes and beyond, there is some crazypants-bananas-what-just-happened moments we face and are forced to emotionally process nearly continually. With that comes more involved and curious people who are looking to get involved to help make a difference. You want proof?  See this statement made just after the election: “Right now there is clearly a lot of energy around people looking to … [Read more...]

Quickly Onboarding New Volunteers

As we are all nonprofits, we most likely utilize volunteers from time to time for various support, assistance, and community organizing tasks. The assumption here is that you already have a New Volunteer Policy and Onboarding Procedure in place. If not, that's another conversation. I have some deep knowledge of working with and managing volunteers and the onboarding process can be long--taking weeks in cases that involve background checks. So, in today's … [Read more...]

Member Group Spotlight: Planned Parenthood

Accomplishments of Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee (PPMET) Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee Health Centers had 13,000 clients come to us for over 18,000 visits in 2016. They come to PPMET for confidential and affordable services that include annual exams and pap tests, pregnancy tests, breast exams, birth control, transgender care, PrEP/PEP services, STD/STI testing and treatment, and abortion services. In 2016, the PG-13 Players, PPMET’s Nashville-area … [Read more...]

CISV: Why I Work There

In 2011, our inspiration came through our eleven year-old who pleaded with us “but this is a life-changing opportunity."  Tough to argue against that from a young child. He wanted to participate with CISV on a trip to Sweden.  A month-long trip with three other 11-year olds with a leader who was a 21 year old UT graduate. Her confidence and care for the delegation managed to win-over those of us with any lingering doubts about the program. Our commitment to the organization grew through … [Read more...]