No matter what you are passionate about – grab your friend, your teacher, your sibling – somebody.. and get plugged in! Here are some of my favorite ways to get involved and give back here in Nashville…
The Organization: St. Jude Rock & Roll Marathon
How to Help: Cheer Station
Want to help during the marathon without running? Be a cheer station volunteer! We want everyone running to feel as important as every other runner, now matter how fast they’re running, so the cheer station is a great way to gather all your friends and family together to contribute towards that goal.
Click here for other ways to support the St. Jude Rock & Roll Marathon without actually running.
The Organization: Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital
How to Help: Toy & Wish List items
Your family is able to make a difference in the lives of patients and their families at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt through donations of toys and other wish list items to the Patient and Family Centered Care department. To learn of wish list needs that are updated on a regular basis and to schedule your donation delivery to staff at the hospital, visit the Children’s Hospital website (link below). Depending on the season, particular holiday or special event the hospital is planning, your donation will help bring joy and comfort to children and their families.
Click Here for toy and wish list donation recommendations and important FAQs.
The Organization: Open Table Nashville
How to Help: Supply Organization
Helping the homeless isn’t simply just about providing food and shelter – the organizations that do those things need our support so that they can be more efficient in doing their job. Recently, my kids and I helped organize the donation/supply closet of Open Table Nashville during one of their bi-monthly shelters.
Click Here to learn more about volunteering with Open Table Nashville.
The Organization: Support Circles c/o Catholic Charities
How to Help: House Warming Team
Create welcome baskets with home accessories, such as cleaning supplies and cooking utensils, to provide to families upon their move-in day. These volunteers prepare a bundle of household items for families that are transitioning out of homelessness. Bundles contain items necessary to make a house feel like a home (i.e. kitchen utensils, cleaning supplies, hygienic supplies, and even simple children’s toys or entertainment). Here’s the best part: Once the basket is compiled, volunteers are encouraged to meet us at the family’s new residence for a face-to-face delivery. We believe that even the simplest volunteer opportunity can be an opportunity to show peer social support, and to show that our neighbors that they are cared for.
Here is a list of Suggested Items which can be prepared in a basket or storage bin.
The Organization: Center for Refugees & Immigrants of TN
How to Help: Farmer’s Market
Starting Saturday, May 7th, the Center for Refugees & Immigrants of Tennessee will start selling at the Downtown Farmer’s Market at 900 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37208 under the name Growing Together Collective. Please look to our Facebook Page for updates and information.
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