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Hundreds of Nashville volunteers honored for service

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Mayor Karl Dean was among more than 800 mayors who thanked volunteers as part of the first-ever Mayor's Day of Recognition for National Service.

"National service is a vital resource for our city, and our Americorps and other national volunteers have a positive and lasting impact in making Nashville a better place," Dean said. "We are a city where service is embedded in our culture. Volunteers all over Nashville prove time and again their willingness to work together to find community solutions."

Dean visited more than 20 Americorps members and other volunteers completing a project called Change for Chestnut with Hands On Nashville's Home Energy Savings Project.

Volunteers visited Latrice Starnes' home in south Nashville and completed several improvements, such as installing insulation, energy-efficient lighting and low-flow water faucets in the kitchen. "It made me feel really blessed and very grateful and thankful for this," Starnes said.

Nearly 900 volunteers serve in Nashville at any given time. Many of them are part of national service programs, like Americorps, Senior Corps, Vista and Teach for America, while others, like Hands On Nashville, are based locally.

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