Nashville's Volunteer of the Month: David Tuchman

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David Tuchman is known for his volunteer work with filmmaking, specifically to support non-profits and raise awareness for a plethora of social causes. Filmmaking is one of Tuchman's greatest passions that developed into a hobby for helping others. When it comes to volunteering through videography, Tuchman cares about using this art as a means to share people's stories, fundraise, and ultimately change others' lives for the better.

One of Tuchman's first filmmaking projects took place in his hometown of Portland, Ore. Struggling with a fear of interviewing people in public, he decided to film in the streets to develop his skills. From talking to the homeless and other locals, Tuchman compiled a unique grouping of stories. This turned into his first video and opened his eyes to a passion for capturing and sharing untold stories. He explained, "It was then that I realized I enjoy capturing and sharing the stories that would normally go overlooked, and this is the reason I volunteer to do so."

In Nashville, Tuchman was given more opportunities to make use of his videography skills. Through his church, Fellowship Bible, he took a trip to an orphanage in Nigeria. He spent 10 days capturing the culture and poverty of Nigeria on film. He explained that it was difficult to stand there and film such devastating realities. While heartbreaking, Tuchman saw the need to bring these issues of poverty and injustice to light. Therefore, he took another mission trip to raise awareness through film.

This time, Tuchman organized and led a trip to India. Supporting India Rescue Mission, he set out on a two-week trip after months of fundraising, planning, and getting a team together. The mission of this organization is to provide rescue, rehabilitation, and skills training for people in the sex-trafficking industry. India Rescue Mission strives to offer people a new lifestyle and way out of sex-trafficking. He spent a year of preparing, filming, and editing on this project to change people's lives for the better.

Apart from these and other film projects, Tuchman volunteers locally at his church as the technical director. He also served the church community as a mentor to young professional men for six years. He made this group into a consistent, accountable place for volunteering. Similarly, Tuchman acted as the service coordinator at his CAT Financial office in downtown Nashville. Through both of these outlets, he has worked with numerous non-profits in Nashville and surrounding areas.

It's safe to say that volunteering is a major priority for David Tuchman. From making films for a wide range of causes to volunteering through his church and work, he consistently gives back as much as he can to the community. He says that service motivates him the most because it's not always an immediate reward, but over time he gets to see that volunteering really is life-changing for so many, including him.

Nashville's Volunteer of the Month is a program of Doing Good, a 501(c)3, non-profit organization which educates and inspires more people to volunteer by celebrating the real stories of real people who volunteer in the community. For additional information about David Tuchman, Doing Good or other volunteers, visit www.DoingGood.tv or @DoingGoodTV on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram.

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