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Belmont Responds: Middle Tennessee Tornado Relief

Belmont Responds: Middle Tennessee Tornado Relief

The tornado that hit Nashville and the surrounding region early in the morning of March 3 was devastating for many, resulting in the tragic loss of life and the displacement of numerous families and individuals from their homes. In times like these, we are given the great privilege to be God’s hands and feet in a hurting world.  

For those interested in helping our neighbors in need who were impacted by this storm, Belmont officials are recommending three ways for members of the University community to contribute to Middle Tennessee’s recovery:



Hands on Nashville (HON) is the primary organization for volunteer opportunities within our city. HON is working closely with the City of Nashville and the Office of Emergency Management to ensure all of the available resources are in place to help our community.

At this time, students, faculty and staff are strongly discouraged from showing up in damaged neighborhoods—Metro workers need time to clear pathways and ensure the safety of all involved. The presence of untrained workers will hinder their progress and endanger lives. 

Rather, sign up with Hands on Nashville, which will share more details about specific volunteer opportunities as those are provided by city officials.

Belmont administrators will also be working to arrange an official service project for the campus community in the coming weeks.

Volunteer Now



Several low income housing communities managed by the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) received significant damage in our city, particularly homes in North and East Nashville. Belmont is creating a fund for monetary donations with 100% of monies raised being given to MDHA to support providing shelter and recovery for impacted families. The University is also providing a seed donation to open the fund.

Give to the MDHA Fund

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT) has also activated the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund to support the affected communities and nonprofits helping victims address their ongoing needs. Grants from the Fund will be made to nonprofits providing vital services for both the immediate future and long-term recovery.

Give to the CFMT Fund

In addition, those interested in making financial donations may also use the link below to support the Nashville recovery efforts provided by The Salvation Army.

Give to the Salvation Army



Many items will be needed by impacted individuals, families and aid workers to assist with our region recovering from the devastation brought by the tornadoes and storms March 3. University Ministries, location on the bottom floor of the Gabhart Student Center, will be collecting the items below to be shared for use in recovery efforts: 

  • Bottles of water
  • Nonperishable snacks
  • Bread
  • Peanut Butter
  • Flashlights
  • Industrial Garbage Bags
  • Work Gloves
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Towels
  • Coloring books and crayons