#BlogHer is in awe of the incredible strength and resilience of the Nashville community during this trying time. As content creators, we find ourselves in a unique position of privilege in spite of the difficulties of the world at large — we still have our voices, and we still have the capacity to influence positive change during a tumultuous moment. We’ve put together a list of highly worthy causes you can support — whether with cash, with your time, by donating product directly, or simply by sharing donation information with your followers and readers. The global community is hurting right now, but we can be a part of healing the pain by showing up for one another whenever we can, however we can!
Hands On Nashville was founded in 1991 as a means of creating a home base for various philanthropic causes in Nashville to access volunteers, funds, and donations. Now, over 25 years later, HON has continued to nurture the vision of its founders, and also has grown to offer so much more. Today, HON connects thousands of volunteers of all ages to more than 300 service projects each month.
HON’s Wishlist allows interested participants to donate specific products needed for various charities across town. Check it out and see if you have anything you can spare that others may need!
The CRC is a foundation with concentrated efforts in providing relief and resources to areas affected by disasters. They’re in the midst of providing disaster relief to middle Tennessee — specifically Davidson, Wilson, and Putnam counties.
They are accepting product donations at: 218 Omohundro Place, Nashville, TN 37210.
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is asking that those hoping to help with the tornado relief effort donate to the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund, which will go toward supporting affected communities and nonprofits to helping victims of the tornado to address their ongoing needs. The CFMT’s work is a huge part of what allows nonprofits to stay afloat and continue to deliver vital services — their goal is to “connect generosity with need”.
Second Harvest’s mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. They’re currently working on relief projects for victims of both early March’s deadly hurricane and low-income families who have been affected by food shortages and self-quarantining recommendations in the wake of COVID-19. Host a drive, donate product, or share this bank’s mission with your friends and family!
GIDEON’S ARMY: rEBUILD NORTH NASHVILLE
Gideon’s Army is a locally based organization with a long-term goal for state-wide expansion, Gideon’s Army is currently the only local organization in Nashville that focuses solely on dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline through social activism by children in the prison pipeline, their families, and their community.
The organization emphasizes youth empowerment and community member leadership as well as direct interfacing with families, the juvenile courts, and the public school system. Gideon’s Army facilitators, mentors, and other volunteers are members of the North Nashville community, who train fellow youth, educators, and others in continuing the process of educating. This training structure creates a positive cyclical pipeline based in restorative juice to combat the destructive effects of the school to prison pipeline.
Gideon’s Army has created a program specifically geared toward tornado relief for families in Northern Nashville.
We are so grateful to each of these incredible organizations and the hard-working, selfless individuals who contribute each and every day to their success. We want to remind our community that above all else, we must prioritize lifting one another up during deeply uncertain moments like these. We are proud supporters of the Nashville community, and encourage you to donate to or promote each of these organizations however you see fit.