Community Service Initiatives

 

Only Love Project

 

 

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Earth Day Ecochallenge

The Modern Hippie Earth Day Ecochallenge was designed to connect you to a global community of advocates and changemakers, each doing what we can, in ways that are most relevant to us, to make our home planet a healthier, more equitable, more sustainable place.

To get started, here is a list of enviro-friendly petitions for you to sign:

Save public lands in Tennesse.

Tell legislators that the Land and Water Conservation fund needs greater support. 

Protest against the use of forever chemicals.

Ban the trade of rhino horns and tiger bones.

 

  

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 Chattanooga Tornado Relief Response

On Easter Sunday of 2020, a massive storm pounded the Southeast Region of the United Stated. The severe weather resulted in widespread damage, injuries, and sadly, numerous casualties.
However in the toughest of times, we always see the best in people. For those seeking a way to help out in this time of need, here is how you can assist from wherever you are: 
By making a donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief right now, you will be aiding in providing housing, food, and critical care to those in need. If you are interested in future volunteer opportunities, please click here to sign up and we will be back in touch as soon as possible. 

 

 

  

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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.
Community-wide
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 gray.perry@cumberlandrivercompact.org.
Samaritan's Purse: Volunteer with Samaritan's Purse this weekend. Sign up to help on their site.
North Nashville/Germantown
Gideon's Army: Gideon's Army is coordinating volunteer opportunities jumping off at various locations. Here is the list. You can also donate to Gideon's Army.
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.
Wilson County
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.
Putnam County
In hard-hit Putnam County, search-and-rescue efforts are ongoing. The county is asking volunteers to email helpnow@putnamcounty.gov; officials will reach out once needs have been assessed.
 

 

 

  

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*stay hydrated

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! 

    Press 

    UTC - The Echo

    Fox Chattanooga - Modern Hippie Helps Chattanoogans *Stay Hydrated
    Nooga Today - New nonprofit aims to engage young generations, transform views on community service  

     

     

     

      

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    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.

     

     

     

     

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    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. 

     

     

     

     

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    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.  

     

     

     

     

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    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. 

     

     

     

     

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    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!

     

     

     

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    MLK Day of Service
    On January 21st, the City of Chattanooga, and thousands of community volunteers honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through service.

    This year we focused our efforts on service projects throughout Chattanooga as well as collaborating with other nonprofits and community organizations around our city.

    “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve" - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

     

     

     

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    Back To School Drive
    We’re super excited to have partnered with HomeBound Books to support Orchard Knob Elementary as teachers, students, and parents prepared for a new school year! 
    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.
    Thank you so very much to each and everyone involved. You helped make an impact that you may never fully understand! 
     
     
     
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    *stay hydrated
    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 durable and sustainable aluminum water bottles to 100 precious souls, 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!

    Press
    Fox Chattanooga - Modern Hippie Project
    Nooga Today - New nonprofit aims to engage young generations, transform views on community service 
    The Chattanoogan - Modern Hippie Presents *stay hydrated
     
     
     
     
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    Keep Chattanooga Beautiful
    Litter is a global issue. It's unhealthy, expensive, and harmful. To do our part in addressing and reversing litter, we designed and implemented an initiative called Keep Chattanooga Beautiful. Through grassroots marketing we sought out volunteers to help keep scenic city safe and healthy. In the span of two days over 40 willing hearts helped to clear 1,500 pounds of litter! In order to achieve a long term impact we provided education to our volunteers that would empower them to take a stand against the litter problem, and supplied them with necessary tools needed to counter litter. Enterprise graciously supplied vehicles to transport volunteers as well as the litter and debris that was collected. Through this effort, the community was able to come together and shine for a great cause.
    We want to extend a huge thanks to everyone played their part in keeping Chattanooga beautiful!
     
     
     
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    Keep Chattanooga Warm
    In order to meet the needs of our friends in Chattanooga who were without warm clothing this Winter, we created a project called Keep Chattanooga Warm. We called upon the city to donate clothing items, that would in turn be distributed for free to anyone who needed them. With the help of four local businesses (Scout, The Woodshop, 423 St. Francis, and Sluggo's Vegetarian Cafe) which served as donation drop-off spots, we gathered over 600 items, which included coats, hats, scarves, gloves, and boots! 
    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!
     
     
     
     
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    Battle of The DJs
    Hip Hop Cha hosted the Battle of the DJs! A series of events that crowned the best DJ in Chattanooga. Through this series we worked with Hip Hop Cha and Community House Project to solicit donations for hurricane victims. Our portion of the door proceeds from the DJ Battle went toward the Hurricane Harvey relief effort!