Long-time Hands On Nashville volunteer Steve Martens explains why he helps his neighbor's in their homes.
Through the Home Energy Savings Program, Steve Martens has donated more than 100 hours of time, sweat and energy to bring comfort and cost-savings to homes of nearly 30 Nashville homeowners. Through these projects, Steve has helped replace lightbulbs, seal cracks in windows and doors, and get to know fellow residents who could use a helping hand to lower their bills and upgrade their homes.
In 2016, Steve shared this reflection of his experience to date.
In the fall of 2012 my wife and I moved from Iowa to Nashville to be closer to our grandchildren. I have always enjoyed helping others by serving my community so I searched for ways to do that in Nashville. I discovered Hands On Nashville and all the volunteer opportunities they offer. I took advantage of several opportunities, one of which was their Home Energy Services program.
One of the rewards of this program is hearing you are making a difference.
On about the 3rd home I had assisted with, we discovered that a contractor had taken a short cut when installing duct work into the main living area of the house. The duct work was not connected to the vent and the heated air was blowing into the interior wall and providing very little heat to the room.
The owner had remarked that during the winter months she was always cold but could not understand why. We fixed this problem and performed other energy and safety improvements.
About 2 weeks later, this homeowner bumped into a Hands On Nashville employee at a local store. She gave her a big hug and thanked her profusely. She exclaimed that after all these years, she was finally warm during the winter months.
"This story and many other stories are why I love Hands On Nashville and specifically this program," Steve said. "The opportunity to improve the comfort and safety level for people who are unable to help themselves is very rewarding. I have had the pleasure to meet so many wonderful volunteers and homeowners, many have amazing and heartwarming stories. Hands On Nashville provides many great opportunities to make a difference and I encourage people to find their passion."