Volunteer at Cheekwood

One of Cheekwood’s greatest assets is its outstanding volunteers. Volunteers play an important role at Cheekwood, from leading tours and greeting visitors to caring for our gardens, assisting with events and programs and so much more.  If you’re searching for a fun and rewarding way to serve your community, Cheekwood could be your ideal volunteer fit! We offer a variety of short and long-term assignments, flexible scheduling, many weekend opportunities, along with opportunities suitable for families, groups and/or for meeting school service requirements. We also provide generous volunteer benefits including free admission/parking and discounts at our gift shop and restaurant on the days you serve, plus invitations to events and recognition of hours served. Come join this special team!

*Cheekwood does not offer court ordered community service as a volunteer opportunity.

For More Information

Contact the Volunteer Manager at volunteers@cheekwood.org or (615) 353-6966.

Volunteer Login

Current volunteers can login to the volunteer information center.

Volunteer Login

Holiday LIGHTS Volunteer Registration

Celebrate the holiday season by volunteering at Cheekwood’s festive Holiday LIGHTS! A winter wonderland with over one million lights, s’mores stations, a holiday marketplace, and more! Volunteers assist as greeter/way finders. Must be age 16 or older. Registration on our online volunteer waiver is required.

*For more information: volunteers@cheekwood.org.

Holiday LIGHTS Volunteer Registration

Cheekwood Docent Program

Are you an avid gardener, an admirer of the arts, or intrigued by Nashville’s rich history? Do you enjoy sharing your interests and knowledge with your community? If so, you may be interested in Cheekwood’s Docent Program! Join the docent program and get behind-the-scenes information and training on Cheekwood’s 55 acres of gardens, historical mansion, and art exhibitions from Cheekwood staff. Cheekwood offers the opportunity to train as a Garden Docent, House and History Docent, and Exhibition Docent. As key members of our team, docents act as volunteer teachers and tour guides while sharing their passion for Cheekwood’s permanent and temporary exhibitions, gardens, and historical residence with visitors of all ages. For Docent Program inquiries, contact Abby Ornella at aornella@cheekwood.org.

Docent Resources

Adult Volunteer Program 

Adult volunteers can be involved in a variety of fun and rewarding projects and events at Cheekwood. Opportunities include Arts and Crafts, Gardening and Horticulture, Education Programs, Camp, Visitor Greeters, Admin/Mailings, Photography and Special Projects. Volunteers support seasonal events like Cheekwood in Bloom, Great Spring Art Hunt, Classic Car Show, Cheekwood Harvest, Holiday LIGHTS, music events, and dog days. And we hold several cultural events like Black Arts Bash, Japanese Moon Viewing and El Día de los Muertos festival. Cheekwood also participates in community conservation events like 250K Tree Day and Weed Wrangle. Join, learn, meet new friends and enjoy your service experience! Volunteers must be age 18 or older for this program. A volunteer application, background check and orientation training are required before becoming a Cheekwood volunteer. For more information, email volunteers@cheekwood.org.

Adult Volunteer Application

Family Team Volunteer Program

The Family Team Volunteer Program is a family-friendly way to offer meaningful shared volunteer service opportunities. Family Team volunteers serve Cheekwood volunteering together by greeting guests, helping at special events, with conservation and gardening related tasks, and some education or arts projects. One adult is required per child on each Family Team. In order to qualify for this program, prospective youth volunteers must be 10-17 years of age and be paired with a legal guardian or adult family member. There may be some opportunities for persons with disabilities through this program. A volunteer application and orientation training are required of both team members before becoming a Cheekwood volunteer. For more information, email volunteers@cheekwood.org.

Family Team Volunteer Application

Garden Volunteer Program

Now available weekdays and Saturday mornings! For Master Gardeners, gardening enthusiasts and anyone that wishes to come and learn! Seasonal and ongoing options are available. For more information, email volunteers@cheekwood.org.

Garden Volunteer Application

Teen Volunteer Program

Ongoing volunteer opportunities are offered for gardening, art projects, visitor greeters and help with special events. Great for service hours and learning new skills in an inspiring environment! A volunteer application and orientation training is required before becoming a Cheekwood Teens volunteer. For teens age 16 or older. For more information, email volunteers@cheekwood.org.

Teen Volunteer Application

Group Volunteering

Cheekwood offers a variety of engaging opportunities for groups to participate in a service project or special event. Great team building, an opportunity for shared learning, sense of achievement and rewarding service. Group options include seasonal or cultural events, arts/crafts activities or youth programs, gardening projects, and occasional special projects. Most assignments are on site. Cheekwood cannot guarantee a group service opportunity, but we will make every effort to match volunteer group applicants to volunteer opportunities based on the needs of the Cheekwood and the interests and abilities of the volunteer group. Groups wishing to explore opportunities can find out more information or fill out a Group Application and submit to volunteers@cheekwood.org.

Group Volunteer Application

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