CiViL Events


Your Best Shot Senior Portrait Day

🎓 Behind the scenes at Touchstone’s YOUR BEST SHOT – Honoring the Class of ‘24 🎓 BiG THANKS to volunteers from @enterprise and amazing photographers who gave their time!! And extremely grateful to @fpcnashville for their generous hospitality 👏🏽@melonypughweber @jimwebersings

Show Our Love 2024

🩷 CiViL partners with staff at their school to send LOVE into their community by providing personal care for those who need them. All students should be able to look and feel their BEST!  #whattheworldneedsnow #love #SEL #socialemtionallearning #socialemotionaldevelopment

February kicks off CiViL’s SHOW OUR LOVE service project ❤️ Here’s how it’s looking at @jameslawsonhighschool! CiViL Students stocked up the Community Resource Room with school supplies and feminine period products that will be distributed to those in need of any these items! CiViL is…

💛 Character,

💙 Values &

❤️ Leadership skills for success! @lawsoncommunity

Showing Valentines Day your Teachers!

Delivering The Love ❤️ After one group of CiViL Students assembled Valentine gift bags for their teachers, another group made sure each one of them knew how much they are appreciated! 💛💙❤️

Snowmageddon forced us to postpone this great trip, but we didn’t cancel it! We just moved it to President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 19. If you’ve already registered, your spot is reserved. If you haven’t, we still have seats left for active CiViL students. Use the QR code above or click this! Priority is given in order of class seniority. 

CiViL Service: Clarksville Tornado Recovery
December 16, 2024

CiViL Service: Caroling For Fannie Battle Day Home
December 10, 2023

CiViL Service: Serving Thanksgiving at Rocketown
November 14, 2023

CiViL Liberties: We're Taking You To Court
October 27, 2023

CiViL Service: Best Foot Forward!
Summer 2023

A few pairs downs… HUNDREDS of pairs to go! Our CiViL Students are collecting new and gently-worn shoes for #servicelearningproject. Check your closets and email [email protected] to donate. 👞👠👟🩴🥾 #SEL #socialemotionallearning #socialandemotionaldevelopment #loveoneanother

Best Foot Forward
Best Foot Forward
Best Foot Forward

CiViL Service: Show Our Love
Spring 2023


BiG THANKS to our friends at @hcahealthcare for collecting personal care items for CiViL’s Show Our Love service project which gets toiletries to those in their schools & communities who need them. ❤️

CiViL Students SHOW OUR LOVE to Safe Haven

Middle school CiViL Students SHOW OUR LOVE to those served by Safe Haven Family Shelter by donating 100s of toiletries and personal care supplies. THANKS to Hope Hodnett – Dir. of Youth Programs for coming to share great info about the mission of Safe Haven! ❤️ #CiViLService #servicelearning  

#homelessnessawareness  #loveoneanother #theunhoused

CiViL students and HCA volunteers

Check the 🫶🏽 – See the ❤️! Our CiViL intern and students love having @hcahealthcare volunteers with us! Thanks for bringing the pizza, Mr. George and Ms. Yolonda!!!🍕😋👏🏽 #volunteerappreciationmonth

Your Best Shot Senior Portrait Day
Spring 2023

Behind the scenes at Your Best Shot
Behind the scenes at Your Best Shot
Behind the scenes at Your Best Shot

Behind The Scenes: Your Best Shot – Class of 2023! Graduating seniors got beautiful senior portraits thanks to amazing volunteers including great folks from Enterprise.

CiViL Liberties: TSSA Basketball Championships
Spring 2023

CiViL-HIllsboro goes to State
CiViL-HIllsboro goes to State
CiViL-HIllsboro goes to State

CiViL is ALL IN on Hillsboro HS in the TSSAA State Basketball🏀 Championships!!! GO BURROS 💚💛💚

CiViL Liberties: Let Freedom Ring Trip to Chattanooga
Winter 2023

CiViL students are invited to join us for the 2023 MLK Day Let Freedom Ring Trip to Chattanooga. We will celebrate Dr. King’s groundbreaking work at Point Park on Lookout Mountain, then enjoy lunch and a tour of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus led by UTC students who are former CiViL alums. There are 22 spaces for students on this trip, and first priority will be given to Seniors & Juniors.  To sign up, students must submit a signed Parent Permission Form by January 13, 2022.  

Caroling to Benefit Fannie Battle Day Home for Children


The oldest licensed day care facility in America provides subsidized care for deserving families, so they can complete their education and work. For twenty years Touchstone has provided carolers to help collect the donations that support this wonderful service. This year on December 10, twenty-nine students and adults visited thirty homes to sing and tell the story of Fannie Battle Day Home for Children. Afterward we all ate pizza and decorated holiday cookies at Rocketown. It was such a fun day! 


If you volunteered for this or any other CiViL Service Project, please fill out our Volunteer Hours Log.

CiViL Serves Thanksgiving Dinner!

On November 23, CiViL Service students joined the Rocketown team to serve Thanksgiving Dinner to needy families and make to-go meals available for delivery to Nashville homeless. Afterwards, students said,


“Last night CiViL gave me an amazing opportunity not just to serve people, but to also have some amazing conversations with people…”


“Kindness is giving hope to those who think they are alone in the world.”


“Listening to others’ stories can help you write your own story.”


Add some CiViL Service to your story! The next project is right around the corner.

CiViL Service Community Gardening Project

On a very hot Saturday, July 25, 2022 a CiViL Service team joined other volunteers to work in the community garden at The Village at Glencliff. We spread mulch around vegetables and collected stories from volunteers and residents. The Village at Glencliff provides short-term housing for homeless people in transition. We love their mission, and we hope to help out again soon!

The students of CiViL are collecting items that will be distributed to local kids in need. If you would like to provide any of the items listed above or hold a collection drive at your school, church, business, or other source, please contact us! If you would like to give toward the purchase of items, just follow one of these school giving links. 

CiViL-Hillsboro        CiViL-HIllwood        CiViL-Overton

Your donation is tax deductible!

“Let Freedom Ring Trip” One of Our Best-Ever!

Twenty-four students and adults drove to Point Park on Lookout Mountain, to celebrate leaders like Martin Luther King who proved that one person can do great things for others. After we went to the mountain, we visited The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and received the best lunch and campus tour ever, curtesy of former CiViL student, now UTC Sophomore, Peyton Frye.  After seeing all that UTC had to offer, one CiViL student summed up what many of them were thinking, “Today I found my future!” 

CiViL Service Sings!

On Sunday, December 12 fifteen students and adults went caroling to help support Fannie Battle Day Home For Children, a non-profit daycare center that provides childcare for needy families. It was a chilly night, but we bundled up in coats and Santa hats, and sang to a wonderful, welcoming, generous neighborhood! Afterward we ate tacos at Moe’s and talked about our experience. It was so much fun!

CiViL Went Back to Waverly TN!
Helping Flood Victims On
Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021

CiViL Students Help Waverly!

Seven students from two different high schools joined four adults on a Saturday to help the people of Waverly, TN recover from the devastating Flood that wrecked 500 homes and killed 22 people. The beautiful fall day was packed with laughter, hard work, stories, challenging smells, new friendships, and a sense of pride that we made a difference in the lives of our neighbors. Observers commented that we should be proud of our students who worked hard and never complained. We are!

CiViL Service...
It might just be the best thing you do all year!

We Redeemed The Day! September 11, 2021

Waverly, TN Flood Relief

Twelve CiViL students and adults helped clean up after the flood disaster in Waverly, TN.  There was some hard work done, but we made a difference! We can’t wait to go again!

CiViL Students play
CiViL Service at Sudekum Village
CiViL at Sudekum Villiage

CiViL Service At Sudekum Village Apartments

Several CiViL Students Served Saturday at Sudekum. Say that five time fast! It was a hot day, but we put on a community day with Rocketown’s Saturday Night Lights.  Burgers, basketball, music, and art made for a great time for a great day at the Sudekum Village Apartments in South Nashville. 

2021 Summer CiViL Begins!

CiViL students and coaches met on June 3 at Rocketown to brainstorm eight weeks of CiViL Groups, CiViL Service projects, and CiViL Liberties events. Family Dinner is at 5pm, and CiViL Groups begin at 6pm. It’s going to be a great summer!

CiViL Service Remembers

On March 3, 2020 a tornado ripped through Tennessee, devastating homes and businesses. CiViL Service volunteers joined thousands to cut trees, remove tornado debris, cover roofs, and provide needed supplies to tornado survivors. One volunteer wrote,

One year ago. I remember when we went to North Nashville. I will never forget the people I talked to and what we saw.  

If you served with the CiViL Service team and have not yet received a plaque (pictured), please contact us.

CiViL Service/Liberties MLK Day Project

On Monday, January 18, eighteen CiViL students and adults partnered with Nashville Tree Foundation through Hands On Nashville to plant trees on the campus of historic Fisk University.  On this picture-perfect morning, they learned how to plant a tree – which is harder than you think!  After they had planted nine trees, Adrienne Bowling of Mobile Notary spoke to the group about her experience as a CiViL alumnus, a graduate student at Fisk, and a successful businesswoman.  It was a great day! 

Active participants in CiViL Groups are welcome to join us for CiViL Service and CiViL Liberties events.  Watch this page for news about the next CiViL Service project!  You won’t want to miss it!

CiViL Students Provide Thanksgiving Dinner

On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, CiViL students handed out hundreds of holiday meals to needy families. Provided by seven different local restaurants in partnership with Rocketown, students worked for five hours packing up and handing out meals. The event was a perfect chance to work side-by-side – at a safe distance – with smiles under our “I Am CiViL” masks.

CiViL Service provides students with opportunities to experience the joy of serving others, a key component of happiness, and an essential part of good character. 

CiViL Service at Room At The Inn

CiViL Service at Room At The Inn

When school is out for a day, what do CiViL students do? They serve others! This girls group made care packs full of personal items like soap and shampoo to be distributed to homeless people by Room At The Inn. It’s always fun working, talking, and eating pizza together. If you haven’t joined a CiViL Service project, you should try it!


June 8 – August 7

CiViL students are working to collect at least 100 bags of gently-worn and new shoes. 
The shoes will be distributed in developing countries to families who want to work their way out of poverty by starting their own small business.


Not only does our “Put Yourself In Their Shoes” Shoe Drive, help families all over the world, it supports services to local teens! 
For every 100 bags of shoes (25 pairs in each) that CiViL collects, Touchstone, a nonprofit that provides social-emotional development services to teens right here in our own community, will receive $1,000.


1. CHECK your closets for gently-worn and new shoes you no longer need. (No skates of any kind.)
3. COLLECT your shoe donation. Let us know when you’re ready, and we can arrange a convenient drop-off or pick-up. Email [email protected], and we’ll take care of the rest.
2. COMMUNICATE with your family, friends and coworkers to get them involved!


Thursday July 9

5:30p – 7pm

Location: Tusculum Lanes Strike & Spare – 5315 Nolensville Road

Pizza provided. Bring $4 for shoes.

Let us know you’re coming, so we can reserve lanes!



SUMMER CiViL – Pizza and Fun in the Park!

Thursday, June 25

5:30 – 7pm

Location: Coleman Park – Corner of Thompson Land and Nolensville Road

CiViL Students!

Join us for fun and games, food and a chance to see each other face to face (from a safe distance)! 

Bring a friend. Just let us know how many are coming!

SUMMER CiViL – Pizza and Fun in the Park!

Thursday, June 18

5:30 – 7pm

Location: Coleman Park – Corner of Thompson Land and Nolensville Road

CiViL Students!

Join us for fun and games, food and a chance to see each other face to face (from a safe distance)! 

Bring a friend. Just let us know how many are coming!

TYRS MLK Let Freedom Ring


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

12:30 PM  – 1:30 PM

Monday, January 20 – MLK Day – We’ve been to the mountain top!

CiViL Students joined others from our community at Point Park on Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, TN to celebrate Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech and share our own dreams for our lives, our families and for our country. After our time on Lookout Mountain, our CiViL group went for a short tour of UT-Chattanooga. This was one of the smoothest, most enjoyable CiViL Liberties events we have done! If you didn’t go, plan to join us in 2021!

TYRS Tornado Relief


Tue, Mar 3, 2020, 10:00 AM – Fri, Mar 6, 2020, 5:00 PM

On March 3, the day of the 2020 Nashville Tornado, CiViL alums helped clean up tornado debris in East Nashville. On March 4, they and other CiViL students will be helping in the same neighborhood. This is a great opportunity to make a big difference to somebody! Touchstone will provide work gloves and some tools. Students under eighteen years of age must submit a signed Parent Permission Form before they may take part. Adults take part at their own risk.

TYRS LifeReady


Monday, December 16, 2019

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

LifeReady is a college and job preparedness event for John Overton High School CiViL students. It will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. this coming Monday, Dec. 16 in “The Garage” space of the JOHS Library. Pizza will be provide!

Current college juniors and seniors will share everything they wished they had known about being ready for life when they graduated from high school. After the opening presentation, college students will work with JOHS students individually to help them with college applications and personal statements, job applications, scholarship applications and MORE!

You can reserve a spot by filling out the form below. Make sure to have your parent sign the Permission Form. There is a limited number of spots available. DON’T MISS OUT!

TYRS Caroling


Sunday, December 8, 2019

4:00 PM 7:00 PM

On Sunday, December 8, a group of CiViL students and adults went caroling door to door in a Nashville neighborhood to raise money for Fanny Battle Day Home for Children. We had so much fun! This has been an annual CiViL Service project for nearly twenty years!