Mr. Cole’s story is all too common. He retired early after undergoing serious medical issues. Then his wife lost her vision during surgery to remove a brain tumor. Now she is no longer able to work, and the couple has exhausted their savings and struggle to pay for medication and other basic needs. They went from getting by just fine to worried about how to cover basic living expenses.
For many people in our community, there’s a very fine line between financial security and crisis. NeedLink Nashville recognizes this, and works to help people meet basic needs in times of emergency.
“NeedLink Nashville helped us keep our lights on,” Mr. Cole says.
Year-round, the organization helps people remain in stable housing and connected to
critical utility services. During the holidays, NeedLink spreads warmth and cheer with its holiday food box delivery. In fact, volunteers have been helping NeedLink feed people during the holidays for more than 100 years!
“As a single father of four, a food box means a lot. I’ll be able to feed my girls and my little boy a holiday meal that they will remember,” shares Kevin, a food box recipient.
With a small-but-mighty staff of two, NeedLink is able to help nearly 10,000 people each year. That requires a lot of volunteers to help greet clients, answer phone calls, and do daily office tasks.
A lot of extra hands are also needed during the holidays. Volunteers help people sign up for the food box program, make calls to let them know when their box will be delivered, and deliver the 1,500 boxes to people in need throughout Davidson County. Teams of volunteers also help with the holiday mailer, annual special edition, and Rudolph’s Red Nose Run.
Here is a glance at some upcoming opportunities to help out!
Nov. 7 – Special Edition Paper Stuffing
December 7 – Red Nose Run Setup and Course Volunteers
December 11 – Call Holiday Food Box Recipients
December 15 – Holiday Food Box Deliveries