Community Impact Health Pathway Faces of Success: Dirty Hands, Big Hearts Days of Action
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Faces of Success: Dirty Hands, Big Hearts Days of Action

Mark McKinney is a committed volunteer, giving his time to volunteer at several United Way events over the years, including Dirty Hands, Big Hearts Days of Action. These are hands-on opportunities offered each April for volunteers to complete various improvement projects — including painting, gardening and landscaping — at United Way Family Resource Centers. Dirty Hands, Big Hearts has also allowed McKinney to work with at-risk children in the neighborhoods the centers serve.

“One year, we went to work on landscaping, and we ended up tutoring some of the kids at the facility,” he said. “Seeing such a diverse group of kids and knowing they might not have the means to achieve their educational goals gives you a deeper appreciation for how you can help them. There’s so much going on during a normal work day that sometimes you don’t even realize the impact you can have.” 

More than 4,000 volunteers had a transformative impact on Nashville through United Way volunteer opportunities last year. McKinney has participated in various events over the past four years and has always enjoyed his experience.

“This specific opportunity really appeals to me because I’m in pretty good shape, and it helps me utilize some of my physical skills. Dirty Hands, Big Hearts is well organized and designed to help volunteers complete their projects in only four hours. Knowing that you can help people in need allows you to walk away with a sense of accomplishment.”

This year’s Dirty Hands, Big Hearts volunteer day is just around the corner. Want to join us on April 28 for painting, cleaning, landscaping and gardening projects? Click here to sign up.       

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