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Hunger and Homelessness Issues

Nashville Mobile Market

Dismas House Nashville

Loaves and Fishes

Mobile Loaves and Fishes

Nashville Cares

Nashville Rescue Mission

Salvation Army Nashville

St. Luke's Community Center

Second Harvest Food Bank

Thriftsmart

Urban Housing Solutions

West Nashville United Methodist Church

Nashville Mobile Market

The Nashville Mobile Market is a social enterprise aimed at:

  • Investigating a novel method for providing a sustainable source of healthy foods in limited access settings
  • Evaluating the impact of offering a solution to the physical, financial and educational market failures in the food deserts of Nashville
  • Educating students about community development techniques that can provide cooperative solutions between acadamia and community
  • Providing a much needed service to the Nashville community and society at large

The market currently serves the Edgehill community at a vareity of locations on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks to make the market work.

Please contact Nicole Gunasekera for information about volunteering with Nashville Mobile Market.

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Dismas House Nashville

About the Project: A program that strives to rehabilitate former prison inmates.  Volunteers are needed to help prepare nightly meals, building maintenance, computer help, mentoring, and teaching residents practical skills such as: computer work, job interviewing, finances, and trades work of all kinds.

Number of volunteers needed: Volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups of all sizes are available.

Volunteer times/days available: Project times vary, email or call to set up a volunteer time. 

Contact the Executive Director, Janell Brown at (615) 297-9287.

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Loaves and Fishes

About the Project: Prepare and serve dinner for the poor.

Number of volunteers needed: From 2-10 people

Volunteer times/days available: Lunch is served Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11am-12:30pm.  Set-up and preparation begins at 9am and clean up ends at 1pm.

Contact Jim Coode at (615) 256-7256 or at 508 Main Street, Nashville, TN 37206.

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Mobile Loaves and Fishes

About the Project: Mobile Loaves & Fishes is a social outreach ministry to the homeless and indigent working poor.  Their mission is to 'provide food, clothing and dignity to our brothers and sisters in need.' Belmont volunteers prepare food and deliver it to various sites throughout the city.

Volunteer times/days available: Most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the semester, and also a few Wednesdays

Contact MLF Program Coordinator, Sara Hylton at (615) 460-0172 or see the Mobile Loaves and Fishes FAQ.

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Nashville Cares

About the Project: Nashville Cares serves to care for the Nashville victims of HIV/AIDS and their families.  Volunteers are needed to deliver food, drive people to the doctor, grocery shop, help clean yards and houses, man phone hotlines, or offer friendship and/or pastoral support for victims

Number of volunteers needed: Volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups of all sizes are available.  

Contact Barbara Bequette via email or phone, (615) 259-4866 ext. 252, to set up an appointment, fill out a volunteer application and to discuss areas of interest that would best suit you.  Please bring two references and your schedule to the meeting.  Volunteers are required to attend a Volunteer/Orientation training session, offered bi-monthly, see the website for details. 

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Nashville Rescue Mission

About the Project: The Nashville Rescue Mission provides an immense amount of diverse volunteer opportunities at three different facilities.  Opportunities include (but are not limited to): speaking/giving presentations, clothing/food drive, food preparation, childcare, mentoring, computer help, building maintenance, photography, medical care, tailoring, artistry, and barber work.

Number of volunteers needed: Volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups of all sizes are available. 

Volunteer times/days available: Volunteer opportunities are available all days of the week.  Check the website for the specific times and days available for the department you would like to volunteer for.

Additional Info: Wear modest clothing that could possibly get dirty.  Arrive 15-20 minutes beforehand; parking is available.  Every volunteer must fill out a volunteer application.

Contact Nathan Peeples, Director of Volunteers at (615) 312-1544.

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Salvation Army Nashville Soup Wagon and Breakfast Brigade

The Salvation Army, a faith-based nonprofit serving Nashville since 1890, extends a resourceful hand of assistance to families in greatest need, so that they may lift themselves from crisis to stability and independence. Volunteers are needed to help feed the homeless on Friday nights and Tuesday mornings. Soup Wagon meets at the Salvation Army Area Command from 5:30 - 7:30p.m. on Friday evenings; Breakfast Brigade meets from 7:30 - 8:30a.m. on Tuesday mornings.

For more information, contact Joshua Lippincott, Director of Volunteer Services at (615) 242-0411 x243.

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St. Luke's Community Center

The young disabled person who is alone while his caretakers work. The 90-year-old woman in a wheel chair whose face lights up every time she hears the knock on the door. The older couple who have tried to take care of each other until one's mind started failing and the other's body started failing.

All of these individuals are recipients of St. Luke's Mobile Meals. This valuable program brings nutritional food and friendly visits to seniors and disabled individuals in West Nashville five days a week, helping them continue to live independently in their homes.

Could you help deliver food and check on some of these fragile individuals? Volunteers are needed to drive a route on Tuesdays between 10:30 am and 12 noon. Substitutes are needed to fill in when regularly scheduled volunteers are out.

As a Second Harvest satellite food bank, St. Luke's Community House operates a very busy food bank, giving an average 385 boxes each month. The need has increased in the last year by 30% due to the rise in unemployment and the slumping economy. These food boxes are filled by caring volunteers who understand the daily need for food.

Volunteers are needed Monday and Friday 9 am to 1:30 pm to help pack food boxes and keep the shelves neatly stocked. These are important days because on Friday the food shipment is delivered and Mondays are often our busiest day after the food bank has been restocked

Bring a friend to keep you company. Lunch is included. Must be able to lift at least 25 lbs.

For information please contact Christie Bearden at (615) 324-8375.

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Second Harvest Food Bank

About the Project: Second Harvest Food Bank needs volunteers for special events and projects, food sorting, administrative help, and various duties at the culinary arts center and 1st Harvest Cafe.

Number of volunteers needed: Individual and group volunteer opportunities available.  The maximum number of people that can sort food at any one time is 35.

Volunteer times/days available:

Individual volunteers are needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am-11:30am and Monday-Wednesday from 4:30pm-6:30pm.

Group volunteers are needed Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00am-11:30am, and Monday-Friday from 1:30pm-3:30pm. 

The Culinary Arts Center needs help MWF with meal preparation from 1:30pm-4:30pm and serving from 4:30pm-7:30pm during football season.

Volunteers are needed at the Harvest Cafe every Friday to help with preparation, serving and clean-up from 8:30am-11:30am and 11:00am-2:00pm or assisting cashiers from 11:00am-1:00pm.

Family Nights are also new to the Food Bank and will occur every Thursday night. Family Nights will allow children 7 years and older to sort food in our warehouse with adult supervision. For volunteers under 16 years of age, a 2 to 1 child to adult ratio is required.

Contact by phone at (615) 329-3491 and via email at volunteer@secondharvestmidtn.org.

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Thriftsmart

About the Project: Help sort, code, hang and organize donated clothing at the Thriftsmart store located on Nolensville Road or the warehouse 2611 Grandview Ave.

Number of volunteers needed:Volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups of all sizes are available.

Additional Info: Volunteers can register directly through the store or through Hands On Nashville.
Contact Bruce at (615) 500-6331.

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Urban Housing Solutions

About the Project:Urban Housing Solutions, an organization that provides housing for low income and recently homeless people, would welcome any student group that would like organize a monthly dinner/bingo night of some sort.

Contact Brandi Ghergia at (615) 726-2696 ext. 114.

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West Nashville United Methodist Church

About the Project: West Nashville United Methodist Church, 4710 Charlotte Pike, hosts meals for the homeless and working poor. They have been doing this for 6 years, however, participation has grown and they are in need of more hands. Meals are supplied by Second Harvest Food Bank, but teams are needed to show up and do light preparation and serve them.

Groups or individuals willing to come once per month to aid in the meal would be welcome.

Volunteer times/days available: Meals are served every Thursday night from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

Contact Sherry Cothran Woolsey, Community Ministries Director at (615) 297-3216.

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