A New Neighbor's Belonging Begins with You

... increasing demand for a wider range of services has led to the diversification of NICE offerings.

Dr. Gatluak Ter ThachCEO

America has a legacy of welcoming newcomers. It’s important that we share our resources with the global community. We are one human family.

Max RykovDirector of Development


We want to help match you with an opportunity that reflects your passions and experience.


Our internships invite students to join in our mission to empower clients through NICE’s program offerings.


The work of welcoming is anchored in an educated foundation about the resettlement experience.

Process of Becoming a Volunteer


Complete an online application

This allows us to get to know a little bit about you! After we review your application, we will invite you to attend orientation.

Attend a general volunteer orientation

An introduction to the NICE organization and an opportunity to put a face to the name.

Placement and training

We do our best to put you into a volunteer position you will love while providing training to make sure you feel comfortable in your new role.

Background check

This is a security precaution for the safety of our clients, NICE, and you!

Begin volunteering!

Now you’re ready to get out there and serve Nashville, all we ask is that you track your volunteer hours and report them back to us for our records.

Volunteer Opportunities

Welcoming our new neighbors takes a community, including you! We want to help match you with an opportunity that reflects your passions and experience.

Feel free to contact us with any questions at volunteer@empowernashville.org or call 615-315-9681

Adult English Education

Provide English language training for adult refugees and immigrants.


Help translate paperwork and communicate with our new neighbors.

Admin Support

Assist NICE staff with administrative tasks as needed.

Employment Assistance

Work with NICE clients to help them find employment.

Youth Education

Support students during after school programs.


Provide transportation to appointments.
Apply To Volunteer

Other Ways to Get Involved

Help Find Housing

Our Afghan allies are arriving in Nashville, and NICE is seeking community support to find both temporary and long-term housing solutions for our new neighbors, especially for larger families.

Donate Used Items

NICE has partnered with ThriftSmart, a locally-run thrift store. For all donations brought on our behalf, they will provide our program with gift cards to their store. This way, donors are still able to indirectly help our program! If you contact ThriftSmart at 615.833.8200, you can set up a date and time for either a donation drop-off or pick-up.

We have also partnered with Tennessee Resettlement Aid (TRA) to collect donations of gently used household items that can be accessed by our Afghan allies.