Tennessee Tornado Relief Effort
On March 3rd, Middle Tennessee was devastated by a powerful and fast moving storm. Tornadoes demolished homes, schools, businesses and churches across four counties. Tragically, this storm took the lives of many good people. As recovery efforts continue, we want to help by raising greater awareness about this disaster and making it easier to donate and be a part of the relief effort. Listed below are links to donate and various ways to serve.
Hands On Nashville: Register online to volunteer. Cleanup events are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8, in two time blocks each day: from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. HON has updated its volunteer-opportunities page, which you can see here.
Community Resource Center: You can donate goods at the CRC at 218 Omohundro Place. Items in need are: flashlights, batteries, baby food and formula, new baby bottles, box cutters, over-the-counter meds, new socks, underwear and trash cans.
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee: Donate here.
Zeal Church: On March 6th and 7th the church at 5807 Charlotte Pike near the White Bridge Road intersection is organizing volunteer teams. Check the church's Facebook page for times and information.
Cumberland River Compact: The Cumberland River Compact is organizing volunteer teams. Email Gray Perry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Samaritan's Purse: Volunteer with Samaritan's Purse this weekend. Sign up to help on their site.
Lee Chapel AME Church: The church at 1200 D.B. Todd Blvd. is serving as a gathering point for volunteers, and is also taking donations. Items of need are tarps, plywood 2-by-4s, nails, screws, water, nonperishable food items, candles, flashlights and lanterns, matches and lighters, and batteries of all sizes.
Nashville Rescue Mission: The Rescue Mission's location on Rosa Parks Avenue is without power. Until power is restored, the following items are needed: individually wrapped sandwiches, sandwich-making supplies and individually packaged fruit cups, chips and drinks; batteries, flashlights, bath towels and battery-operated fans.
McGruder Family Resource Center: The center at 2013 25th Ave. N. needs diapers, baby food, tarps, trash bags, flashlights and batteries. Help with a generator would also be appreciated.
Cheatham Place and Andrew Jackson Courts: MDHA officials are taking donations of supplies and gift cards, along with coordinating volunteers at the community centers at 1564 Ninth Avenue North and 1457 Jackson Street.
Mt. Juliet Police are asking people to register to volunteer online as they continue to assess damage. The Lebanon Police Department is also coordinating cleanup efforts and will be bussing volunteers into affected areas. Check the City of Lebanon's Facebook page for more information.
In hard-hit Putnam County, search-and-rescue efforts are ongoing. The county is asking volunteers to email email@example.com; officials will reach out once needs have been assessed.
This Summer we experienced record-breaking heat in Chattanooga, and wanted to give everyone the opportunity to *stay hydrated. Hydration is a necessity that most take for granted, but remains the key in making it through this season safely.
Some of our friends in need don't have immediate access to water, and we wanted to change that. We called on the community to donate whatever they could, to ensure our fellow citizens had the means to stay hydrated. We were able to provide 400 durable and sustainable aluminum water bottles, as a form of encouragement showing that someone cares for their wellbeing.
We also kept their water bottles filled all Summer. It was heartwarming to watch the community come together to increase empathy in our city, by expressing care and concern for others. Thank you for reading, and we hope that you may be encouraged and inspired to give and serve in some way!
Voter Registration Initiative
In an effort to empower our community, we organized a voter registration initiative at Chattanooga's weekly summer concert series "Nightfall". Partnering with Causeway, we were able to register over 200 new voters for the next elections.
Lookouts Volunteer Program
Throughout the month of August 2019, we organized volunteers to help manage the concessions stands at AT&T Field for the Chattanooga Lookouts Home Games! This effort was packed with nostalgia, new friends, fireworks and fun.
St. Elmo Clean-Up + Cookout
We were thrilled to partner with Green Steps to help clean up St. Elmo! A lot of historical litter and antiques had been found in this area, so we did our best to find some hidden treasure. Afterwards had a cookout, ate good, and laughed the night away! See you at the next one.
Nursing Home Hangout
We were truly thrilled to hangout at Mary and Martha's Personal Care Center! Our lovely volunteers arrived prepared to love, serve, and make friends. Activities included, painting, coloring, and bingo.
Earth Day Clean Up
We invited Chattanooga to celebrate Earth Day with us! On Monday, 4/22, we hosted a community clean-up in partnership with the City of Chattanooga. Pizza was served directly after the clean-up, and all volunteers were entered into a wildflower giveaway, courtesy of The Nursery Barn!
This year we focused our efforts on service projects throughout Chattanooga as well as collaborating with other nonprofits and community organizations around our city.
School supplies can be expensive. So we came together as one community to show love, lessen a burden for others, and encourage some very wonderful people by partnering with three beloved local businesses (The Feed Co., 423 St. Francis, and Sluggo's) to collect school supply donations.
We want to extend a huge thanks to everyone played their part in keeping Chattanooga beautiful!
Thank you to everyone involved from those who donated, to those who helped spread the word about this project, and especially the businesses that willingly opened their doors for a good cause.
Thank you Chattanooga!