Martha O'Bryan Center earns certification for volunteer program
The Martha O'Bryan Center received the first round of Excellence in Volunteer Engagement (EVE) certification, an initiative to recognize high-quality volunteer management by nonprofits and to help increase the number of volunteers in Davidson County. It is the first such certification effort in the nation.
The Center was among 42 certified nonprofit organizations recognized by Mayor Karl Dean. A panel of judges representing the community determined which agencies qualified for a two-year certification. Certified organizations showed effectiveness in specific areas of volunteer management, including a defined volunteer program with an identified, dedicated and trained manager, a screening process that aligns volunteers’ skills and abilities with appropriate tasks, orientation for all volunteers and an evaluation process to affirm a volunteer's impact on the community and agency.
"I have always been proud of the strong volunteer spirit that Nashville has," Dean said. "I commend these nonprofits for providing the types of meaningful volunteer experiences that engage the passion of our volunteers and put their skills to the best use. These organizations have also been important in increasing the number of volunteers in our city. I congratulate them on their achievements, and I thank Hands On Nashville and the Center for Nonprofit Management for leading the implementation of this significant program."