Volunteer With Us!

Volunteers are essential to the success of Fannie Battle. Whether time is invested through direct engagement, on-site service days, or off-site donation drives – the impact on the lives of children and families served is equally important and meaningful.

Individual Opportunities

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, be willing to get fingerprinted, commit to at least one time a week or five times per month for three months, and attend a tour and orientation before they begin.


  • 9a to 5p with a minimum of 1 hour, Monday through Friday.
  • Interact with children, tummy-time and read.

Classroom Helper (Toddlers, 2s, and preschool)

  • 9a – 11a or 3:30p – 5:30p, Monday through Friday with a minimum of 1 hour
  • Reading, center-play, assist teachers with lessons and more.

Homework Helper (School age)

  • 3:30 – 5:30p, Monday through Friday, with a minimum of 1 hour September through May.
  • Help children with homework – ages 5 years to 12 years.

Summertime Helper

  • 9a – 5p, Monday through Friday, with a minimum of 1 hour June through August.
  • Center-play, assist teachers with lessons, read, attend enrichment field-trips and more.

Tour + Orientation

Individual volunteers are required to complete a tour and orientation prior to joining our children and teachers. It takes about 30 minutes



  • College
  • Administrative

Groups On-Site


– Age 13+, under 18 need permission form signed by guardian
-Up to 15 total max number of in-classroom volunteers during school-year
-Up to 19 total max number of in-classroom volunteers in summer

-Up to 25 total max number of volunteers for other types of service days

  • Engage with our classrooms through play, reading,
  • On-site work-day/service projects, such as cleaning, painting, gardening and such.

Groups Off-Site

  • Organize drives (food, books, school supplies, basic needs items)
  • Gather a group to carol (December 1-24th) for Caroling for Kids

Corporate Opportunities Available

Other Ways to Get Involved

  • Holiday Adoptions of Children & Families. (October – November 
  • Caroling Groups
  • Donate Birthday. 
  • Special Events or Projects


Volunteer testimonials

“I love Fannie Battle for its diversity and dedication to the children of their school. Everyone I encounter is very welcoming, and I look forward to my volunteer days. The staff never fails to show their appreciation for my volunteer time. We have a lot of fun when I’m in the toddler classroom, and it’s great to bring what I have learned in my early childhood classes into the classroom!” -Holly Osborne


I have really enjoyed volunteering with the three and four-year-olds at Fannie battle. It’s neat to watch them grow and learn as the year progresses. I love that they remember my name and are excited when I arrive each week.” – Melanie King


“Over the past 3 years, I have volunteered with infants, toddlers, and school age children of the Fannie Battle Day School. I am retired and love that Fannie Battle keeps me engaged with young families and youth. I find meaning in helping children with their homework, sparking enthusiasm for reading and giving children positive encouragement. They reward me with hugs, smiles, and high fives. The teachers are incredible, modeling patience, acceptance and respect. The mission of Fannie Battle is definitely worth supporting.” – Deborah Cogswell


Being part of Fannie Battle for several years has given me the opportunity to give back to the community of East Nashville, which is where I lived when I was born!  My father and one of his brothers built a small house on Jakes Avenue and we lived there until I was four years old. In 1978 I became the Administrator of Miller Hospital located on Eastland Avenue and I was in that position until 1982.  

What I like most about FBDH is that it is not welfare.  Instead, it is a means whereby people who need help to pull themselves out of their current place in life, into a better place for themselves and for their family can find that help at Fannie Battle Day Home for Children.  Self-respect is increased because the parents who have children at FBDH are not receiving a hand out, they are receiving a hand up!  I’m proud of the success stories of parents who have benefited from Fannie Battle and who are now successful in whatever career they have chosen.  I’m reminded of the old phrase, Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.  Fannie Battle has been teaching thousands of people to fish over the last hundred years. – Michael Law, former Fannie Battle Board member, Development Committee member


I am a firm believer that you will get out of life what you put into it. Volunteering is an opportunity for me to give my time for the goodness of others and usually I feel like I learn or take back more from the people I’m trying to help them then I actually bring to them. Fannie Battle is no different. These kids light up when they see you and it they can make your heart melt.  This is an organization I am so proud to tell people I can be a part of. The core of Fannie Battle stands for so much and you can see it in the relationships that the staff has with not just the kids but also the families. The effort that they put into ensuring their kids have a safe, fun and educational place to be is evident and this makes it a great place to volunteer. I’m lucky to work for a Company that allows me to share this experience with my team. I’m so thankful that Fannie Battle has allowed us to be part of their family and gives me a chance to show my team how important it is to give back.  – Joy Yancey, Store Team Lead Target Corporation


To become a Fannie Battle Volunteer or for more information on our volunteer program contact us at (615) 228-6745 or mmcwilliams@fanniebattle.org


Hands on Nashville Excellence in Volunteer Engagement Certification

On October 24, 2017, Hands On Nashville and the Center for Nonprofit Management, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office, celebrated 6 nonprofits, including Fannie Battle Day Home, achieving Excellence in Volunteer Engagement (EVE) certification.

Founded in 2011 by Mayor Dean, Hands On Nashville and the Center for Nonprofit Management, EVE recognizes high-quality volunteer management by nonprofits and aims to increase volunteers in Davidson County.

To read more about this special certification, visit Hands on Nashville.

Our volunteers are a valuable asset to our organization and to the 100+ children in our care. We hope you consider joining us!



Fannie Battle Wish List

We have compiled an Amazon Wish List filled with items that benefit our center greatly. 


Children & Classrooms
Laundry Detergent Pods

Kleenex & Paper Towels
Diapers & Wipes
Bibs & Sippy Cups
Wash Cloths
School Supplies (Crayons, Glue, Markers)
Books (new and gently used)
Writing Paper & Pencils
Toy Cars, Dolls & Stuffed Animals (new)
Art Supplies (Paint/Brushes, Colored Pencils, Construction Paper)
Board Games (Trouble, UNO, Connect Four)

Family Support
Tuition Assistance
School Uniforms, Coats, Shoes & Clothes
Thanksgiving Baskets & Christmas Angel Tree Gifts

Additional Needed Supplies
Teacher Incentives (movie pass, bath goodies, candles)
Gift Cards (Target/Wal-Mart/Kroger/Teacher Parent Store)
opy Paper, Colored Copy Paper & Photo Paper
Pens, Highlighters, Dry Erase Markers & Sharpie Markers


Get Involved:

Contact Melissa McWilliams, Development Director, at (615) 228-6745 x.117 or email


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