Tennessee, we are at a loss for words. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.
As we sit here in shock one thing comes to mind...Tennessee is STRONG and we have no doubt Tennessee and Nashville will come out of this tragedy stronger than ever and united. The flood 10 years ago devasted downtown Nashville and we rebuilt, recovered and THRIVED after. We got this, Nashville.
We've gathered resources for those in need and those that want to help. We will keep updating as information changes and comes in.
For those in need:
Those in need of assistance are encouraged to contact United Way’s 2-1-1 information and referral line by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-800-318-9335.
Bode is offering a 25% discount for those looking for a place to stay. Their units offer full kitchens as well.
Airbnb Open Homes:
If you’ve been displaced or are helping with relief efforts, you can book free accommodations between March 3, 2020 and March 24, 2020.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to safety concerns, several local relief organizations have advised people to not coordinate their own large cleanup efforts. Instead please register to volunteer at Hands on Nashville.
Mt. Juliet residents - who are interested in volunteering with cleanup efforts can register online here.
Located in Boone, North Carolina, is traveling to Nashville. The volunteer teams will assist homeowners with clearing trees and debris from yards and homes and placing tarps on damaged roofs. You can sign up at the organization’s website.
Gideon's Army United:
Use this link to sign up for volunteering in various locations. They are also looking for transportation, donations, and foodservice.
Please be very careful what organizations and/or fundraisers you donate money to. We recommend you donate directly to one of the following organizations.
The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties - A relief fund has been established and donations may be made by one of the following methods:
• Text RELIEF2020 to 41444
• Online at https://app.mobilecause.com/f/2oz0/n?vid=5fyqc
• By check to P.O. Box 330056, Murfreesboro, TN 37133 (please write RELIEF2020 on check's memo line)
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee - Created the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund to support the affected communities and nonprofits helping victims. Details here.
Community Resource Center:
Looking for personal hygiene items, bleach, trash bags, gloves, and box cutters. Donations can be dropped off or mailed to the Community Resource Center at 218 Omohundro Place, Nashville, TN 37120.
The Salvation Army:
They have a feeding unit and two support units working in the area, offering coffee and snacks to displaced residents. You can donate online here.
There is a shortage of blood in the area. Tennessee residents can find a place to donate here. For outside Tennessee, check with your local blood bank.
Local non-profits (donate and volunteer):
Home Street Home
Nashville Rescue Mission
Safe Haven Family Shelter
Room In The Inn
People Loving Nashville
Shower Up Nashville
Relief fundraising events/sales:
Love & Lion:
100% proceeds to cfmt.org for nonprofits & victims of the Nashville tornado. So many cute styles and colors!
Baked on 8th:
All profits this month will be donated to Hands on Nashville and Community Foundation Middle TN.
I believe in Nashville shirts:
100% of profits will be donated to the Community Foundation of Middle TN.
Apple & Oak:
Selling Nashville Strong glasses and will be donating 100% profits.
Selling Nashville Strong t-shirts and will be donating 100% profits to the Middle TN Emergency Response Fund.
Living with Landyn:
Selling Nashville Strong t-shirts with 100% profits going to damage relief.
Anderson Design Group:
Selling Nashville posters and will be donating 50% of profits for the month of March to the Community Foundation of Middle TN and Hands On Nashville.
Let's not forget about our small local businesses that have been affected and the faces behind them. Reach out, find out how you can help, donate, and support them. If you're a local business owner and need volunteers or help please comment below with details.
If you have any updated information on the Nashville tornado relief efforts please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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