Local teens spend spring break volunteering around Nashville

Local teens spend spring break volunteering around Nashville (Image 1)

Hands on Nashville provides alternative spring break opportunities for local teenagers.

Through their VolunTEEN program, middle and high school students can participate in ‘Hands on Spring Break'.

It is a coordinated effort to give area youth an opportunity to learn new skills, have fun and give back to the community during their spring break week.

Teens participate in a different service activity every day, such as making a home more energy efficient, packing food bags and medical supplies, unloading ‘The Contributor' newspaper for the homeless community along many more.

Paul Fowler is the volunteer coordinator with the Friends of Warner Parks and said his volunteers on Monday were a group of teenagers spending their spring break giving back to the community.

“It is always great to work with such good kids and people out here at the park,” Fowler said.

One volunteer said she does it help better her own environment.

“I think it is really important to help our communities and just help where we live and better our own environment,” said teen volunteer Sarah Pardue.

Brennan Donahue was volunteering with his youth group from Fellowship Bible Church. Even though Donahue had a broken foot he did not let it keep him from giving back this week.

“I was already signed up and committed to this so there was no getting out of this; I was ready to do this.” Donahue told Nashville's News 2.

Instead of crutches, the teen scooted around Edwin Warner Park on a medical scooter.

“We are just helping clean up trash around the park and then I don't know what we are doing next but we are just doing as much as we can in four days.”

Hands on Spring Break volunteer opportunities continue through Friday at seven local non-profit organizations.

Teenagers can register with Hands on Nashville's Web site if they want to participate.

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