Hands On Nashville's Ramsey Raybeck reflects on why it is important to help.
I’ve had the great privilege of being a member of the Hands On Nashville staff since before the historic flooding of 2010. Over the years, I have seen Nashvillians give selflessly of their time and join together to support their neighbors when it is needed most. I am so proud when I remember the players, coaches, and staff from the Tennessee Titans spending the day removing wheelbarrows of flood-damaged sheetrock and carefully drying out belongings on the front lawns of grateful homeowners. And the willingness of hundreds of people to drop everything to load dirty and heavy sandbags to protect our city from rising floodwaters with only a call from Hands On Nashville, still overwhelms me.
Whether it's unloading a bus of football players into a neighborhood to muck out flooded homes, rallying hundreds of volunteers to move sandbags, or matching up the volunteer that shows up every week to provide a meal or read to a child, Hands On Nashville is behind the scenes bringing the people and resources together to solve problems.
As a Nashville native, I am grateful every day for those individuals who are willing to step outside their comfort zone and make someone else’s life easier, and our community better, by giving of themselves.