The Nashville Sounds staff, not content with just helping their own team succeed, is lending a hand to another major program: Nashville’s Safe Haven homeless shelter.
Various staff members of the Minor League Baseball team paid a visit to Safe Haven, a shelter that has housed homeless families in the Nashville area for over 30 years, on Feb. 17 as part of Random Acts of Kindness Day.
The Sounds staff received a full tour of Safe Haven’s facilities, as well as a full-day training orientation on working with homeless families. Afterwards, they returned to help the organization clean bedrooms, disinfect playrooms and reorganize their storage rooms.
Destiny Whitmore, the Sounds community relations manager, said the event was a great success and definitely an eye-opener.
“It’s really great to see [that Safe Haven has] all the things, like laundry detergent and diapers, that you don’t think about that some people really need,” she said.
Whitmore praised the organization, lauding in particular their efforts to take on entire families instead of individuals. “Safe Haven is really trying to keep family units together,” she said.
When asked about any future plans to work with Safe Haven, Whitmore says that the staff and players will return in September to work on Safe Haven’s hospitality team and prepare meals for their residents.
That doesn’t mean the Sounds won’t be volunteering elsewhere in the meantime, however. Wilson describes the Sounds’ general manager, Adam Nuse, as “passionate about service,” saying that under his leadership the team has vowed to take on a community service project at least once a month.
More recently, the Sounds participated in local nonprofit Book’em’s “Read Me Day” at Carter-Lawrence Elementary School. Booster, the Sounds’ mascot, visited the school’s second-graders and read aloud alongside Nashville notables, including Mayor Megan Barry.