Thank you, everyone, for your support and willingness to volunteer following the devastating tornadoes that moved through Nashville on March 3. This post contains information on resources on ways to help. If you are needing assistance, please click here.
- Folks wanting to donate money can do so through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund.
- To donate to Nashville’s COVID-19 Response Fund, click here.
- Schools cannot accept monetary donations directly. If you are moved to give to a Metro school, please make checks payable to Metro Nashville Public Schools and mail your donation to MNPS, c/o Business Office, 2601 Bransford Ave.,
Nashville, TN 37204. Please put “Tornado Relief” in the memo. More info on fundraising is available here.
- The Nashville USBG — a 501c3 not-for-profit team of hospitality educators — has organized a GoFundMe, with plans to direct donations toward service industry professionals in need of “assistance with medical bills, loss of employment or home damage, and funeral costs for the families of our community who have lost lives in last night’s natural disaster.”
- To donate directly to the Red Cross disaster relief fund, click here.
- Tennessee Action for Hospitality has created a fund to support individual hospitality professionals who plan to continue their career in Tennessee when this crisis is over. The Tennessee Action for Hospitality Assistance Fund was created in partnership with The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. To donate, click here.
- United Way of Greater Nashville, which is working with the Office of Emergency Management, is accepting donations for its Restore the Dream Fund which provides long-term disaster recovery.
- Those wanting to donate food should do so through Second Harvest Food Bank: https://www.secondharvestmidtn.org/act/donate-food/host-a-food-drive/.
- Restaurant To-Go Meals for Firefighters — Metro Nashville Fire Department is requesting restaurants offering to-go meals to provide a $10 meal menu and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also provide information on delivery options. This will assist first responders, who must pay to purchase their own meals while on duty.
- Visit the Red Cross Blood Services or Medic Regional Blood Center’s website to find a blood drive near you.
- Express interest in donating blood here and a Red Cross representative will contact you!
- Donate Medical Supplies for Community Assessment System — The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. is asking local businesses to donate latex gloves and masks to help with the city’s COVID-19 response. Donations can be taken to the Community Resource Center, 218 Omohundro Place, Nashville, TN 37210. Large donors should fill out a form at covid19.nashville.gov.
- Surgical face masks and N-95 masks
- Isolation gowns
- Disposable exam gloves
- Sani-cloth wipes
- Face shields
- Hand sanitizer
- Specimen bags
- Red top viral tubes (lab supply)
- Nasal swabs (lab supply)
- Large trash cans.
- The Community Resource Center (218 Omohundro Place, Nashville, TN 37210) is collecting items to distribute throughout affected areas. Visit the CRC’s Instagram feed to see their daily updates about most-needed items.
- Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
- Those dropping off donations are asked to stay in their vehicles and volunteers will come outside to remove your donations.
- You can donate using Venmo (Username: @CRCNashille) or through its website.
- You can also order off of CRC’s Amazon wishlist, (Address is 218 Omohundro Place, Nashville TN, 37210 if it doesn’t populate.)
- Little Scholars Child Development, 1206 Buchanan St, Nashville, TN 37208, is accepting donations to be packaged and redistributed in the North Nashville community.
- If you would like to volunteer during this time, please know volunteer opportunities are limited, and only being scheduled for groups of 10 or less. For a full list of opportunities, please click here.