In the wake of last weekend’s storms, the needs in middle Tennessee are great – almost overwhelming. We all want to help, but many don’t know where to begin.
This page is a resource to provide you donation and volunteer opportunities that are currently available. Plenty of our neighbors and friends are in need of food, clothing, shelter, water pumps and more. Even in your own neighborhood!
All Metro Nashville official relief efforts will run through Hands On Nashville. You’ll need to sign up to be notified when volunteer opportunities are approved by the city, and follow them on Twitter for minute-by-minute updates. All relief efforts must go through Hands On Nashville to receive FEMA aid. From Hands On Nashville:
As the case in any disaster, the recovery phase is the longest part of the experience, and one that requires a strong and sustained effort from volunteers. While the events of the past 48 hours have created a sense of urgency, the real effects of volunteers are going to be felt through the rest of this week and month as we do the nitty-gritty work of cleaning, rebuilding, and restoring.
- The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
- Middle Tennessee Red Cross or text ‘redcross’ to 90999
- Second Harvest Food Bank
- Salvation Army or by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
- First Tennessee Bank has pledged to match donations, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000. Donations can be made at any First Tennessee Bank location.
- Kroger, Dollar General, Whole Foods: Accepting donations at checkout.
- Graceworks Ministries: Graceworks is working with the Red Cross to collect non-perishable food items (soup, crackers, pasta), bottled water, toilet paper, cleaning products, toothbrushes, shampoo, household items, furniture, baby items and gently used clothing (please separate by gender and age). Drop off donations at 104 Southeast Parkway, Franklin TN.
- Shelters: There are Red Cross shelters at Lipscomb University, Gordon Jewish Community Center, Al Menah Shrine Center and People’s Church (Franklin). Common needs are bottled water, blankets, pillows, socks, underwear and clean clothing.
- Salvation Army: Clean-up kit items (mops, brooms, heavy duty work gloves, masks, sponges, squeegees, scrub brushes, plastic gloves, bleach, all-purpose cleaner concentrate, trash bags, paper towels and cases of bottled water), Hygiene & personal care kit items (socks, underwear, t-shirts, shampoo conditioner, soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc), paper products and diapers. Drop off at 425 Neelys Bend Rd, Madison (10am-7pm), 611 Stockell St (9am-6:30pm) or 631 Dickerson Pike (8am-6pm).
- Trevecca Nazarine University: Group is taking food, water, first aid and toiletries to flooded neighbors around the university. If you’re in the area and want to help distribute, call Dan at 941-518-6740. Drop off donations at the Boone Business Building.
- Golden Skin Care: Collecting sunscreen for flood relief volunteers. Drop off donations at 2000 Richard Jones Rd. in Green Hills.
- Christ Church: Collecting and distributing bottled water, new clothes and cleaning supplies. Drop off donations at 15354 Old Hickory Blvd.
- Flavour Clothing: Collecting toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, box fans, cleaning supplies, diapers and nonperishable staple food items. Drop off donations at 1522 Demonbreun Street.
- CREMA: Needs tents, stoves, sleeping bags, tarps and clothing for Tent City survivors. Drop off items in the parking lot behind CREMA (15 Hermitage Ave).
- GracePointe: Drop site for Graceworks, collecting soup, crackers and underwear specifically. Drop off at 1213 Country Road, Franklin.
- On The Go: Bottled water (cases), goggles with no vent holes, gloves, N-95 respirators, trash bags, cleaning supplies, RVs and trailers to house short term team members, interns and volunteers through August.
- The Anchor Fellowship: Socks, toiletries, underclothing, summer clothes all sizes, bedding, fungal cream, water, feminine products. Drop off items between 7am-7am, 629 3rd Ave S. They are distributing items to the community as fast as they get them.
- Hands On Nashville: You will need to sign up to be notified of official city volunteer opportunities. Expect the opportunities to increase as the waters recede and the city is able to assess the damage.
- Samaritan’s Purse: They’ve deployed an emergency unit to Nashville and is working on assessing the damage and connecting with local churches. You’ll need to sign up (select “Nashville TN- Flood Relief”) to volunteer with them.
- Second Harvest Food Bank: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to help prepare and transport meals for the Salvation Army and Red Cross. You can also stay updated on their current volunteer opportunities via Twitter.
- Graceworks Ministries: Contact email@example.com for volunteer opportunities. They will need help sorting & processing donations for the Red Cross.
- Cross Point: Meeting in Bellevue center (7669 HWY 70 South) lobby every day at 9am to send teams out to nearby neighborhoods. Can take hundreds of volunteers every day. Focusing on Bellevue neighborhoods now, but will move to other West Nashville neighborhoods in the coming days. Bring box fans, lysol, gloves, masks, cleaning supplies, tarps, water, contractor trash bags, wheelbarrow, plastic bins or boxes and dehumidifiers to donate.
- Soles4Souls: They need help distributing 20,000 pair of donated shoes. Call Isabelle at 615.391.5723 to volunteer in the coming days. You may also make a monetary donations.
- ArtHouse Gardens: Help neighbors who need furniture moved, debris bagged up or removed, help getting things out of water’s way or cleaning up once it’s gone. To help or receive help from 9-3 every day, call Catherine at ArtHouse Gardens at 828-9223.
- Oasis Church: Putting together teams to meet the needs of the community. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, phone number, email address, specific skills, resources and materials you can provide, and your time availability.
- Convoy of Hope: Help distribute goods to communities in need. You will need to fill out the Disaster Relief Volunteer Application.
- On The Go: Taking teams of volunteers to help distribute, clean, assist, pack, deliver, and provide services for needy in the area. Email IWantToHelp@onthego.org or call 615-299-0222.
- Fellowship Bible Church
- I Prefer Publix
- Nashville City Paper
- Nashville and Beyond
- Hendersonville Flood Relief Facebook Group
- Nashville Flood Help on Facebook
- Trevecca’s Flood Recovery Efforts on Facebook
- The People’s Church Flood Network on Facebook
*If you have a volunteer or donation opportunity, please leave the information in the comments or email me at nashville (at) faithfulprovisions (dot) com.