Jewish Federation & Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee Community Relations Committee, chaired by Leslie Kirby, has been busy compiling a list of ways to get involved. Here is a comprehensive list as of March 5th, 2020:
Jewish Community Efforts
Jewish Federation & Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee: Volunteers are needed to reach out to Jewish community members in outlying areas affected by tornado to assess and address any emergency needs. Calls must be made from the Gordon Jewish Community Center, 801 Percy Warner Blvd. Friday morning, March 6 from 9am-1pm. Addition times will be scheduled as needed.
Gordon Jewish Community Center and Jewish Federation of Nashville: Volunteers are needed immediately to transport donations from Gordon JCC to the Community Resource Center, 218 Omohundro Place, Nashville.
Greater Community Efforts
Hands On Nashville: Register online to be a volunteer. Cleanup events are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8, in two time blocks each day: from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. HON has updated its volunteer-opportunities page. www.hon.org.
Community Resource Center: Donate items at the CRC at 218 Omohundro Place. In particular, the CRC is looking for flashlights, batteries, baby food and formula, new baby bottles, box cutters, over-the-counter meds, new socks, underwear and trash cans.
Martha O'Bryan Center: Accepting donations of food, diapers, baby items, cleaning products, and water. 711 S. 7th., Nashville, 37206
Zeal Church: The church at 5807 Charlotte Pike near the White Bridge Road intersection is organizing volunteer teams Friday and Saturday. Check the church's Facebook page for times and information.
Samaritan's Purse: The North Carolina group is heading to town this weekend. Sign up to help on their site.
Gideon's Army: Gideon's Army is coordinating numerous volunteer opportunities jumping off at various locations. Check the list. You can also donate to Gideon's Army.
Lee Chapel AME Church: The church at 1200 D.B. Todd Blvd. is serving as a gathering point for volunteers, but is also taking donations. Items of particular needs are tarps, plywood 2-by-4s, nails, screws, water, nonperishable food items, candles, flashlights and lanterns, matches and lighters, and batteries of all sizes. Also, on Sunday, March 8th 3-5pm, they are hosting a community cleanup event. Volunteers are needed to assist with cleaning up streets in north Nashville. Sign up at: bit.ly/TEAevents
Watkins College: Watkins students are organizing ad hoc cleanup groups. Meet at the D.B. Todd and Knowles Street intersection.
Nashville Rescue Mission: The mission's location on Rosa Parks Avenue is without power. Until power is restored, the following items are needed: individually wrapped sandwiches, sandwich-making supplies and individually packaged fruit cups, chips and drinks; batteries, flashlights, bath towels and battery-operated fans.
McGruder Family Resource Center: The center at 2013 25th Ave. N. needs diapers, baby food, tarps, trash bags, flashlights and batteries. Help with a generator would also be appreciated.
Cheatham Place and Andrew Jackson Courts: MDHA officials are taking donations of supplies and gift cards, along with coordinating volunteers at the community centers at 1564 Ninth Avenue North and 1457 Jackson Street.
Mt. Juliet Police are asking people to register to volunteer online as they continue to assess damage. The Lebanon Police Department is also coordinating cleanup efforts and will be bussing volunteers into affected areas. Check the City of Lebanon's Facebook page for more information.
In hard-hit Putnam County, search-and-rescue efforts are ongoing. The county is asking volunteers to email firstname.lastname@example.org; officials will reach out once needs have been assessed.