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Tennessee is known as “The Volunteer State” and we thought it would be cool to share some organizations where you can put your time to amazing use right here in Nashville. As the saying goes you are “blessed to be a blessing”. Check out some of the organizations we know and discovered.
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“I do, YOU do, WE do” is the motto of Creative Girls Rock. Their focus is to educate and empower through the initiatives of creative arts, mental health & wellness, women empowerment, and youth development. Opportunities to volunteer and contribute include both virtual and in person events and activities such as mural projects, community giveback projects, and development workshops. Founder, Charmin Bates is doing an amazing job of lifting up our women youth in such a fun way.
The Equity Alliance is the leading grassroots organization in Tennessee, led by award-winning Black women, who are envisioning and taking direction to “build independent Black political and economic power”. Focus areas are democracy, growth, and power to improve quality of life and ensure access to equitable resources. You can volunteer for the 2022 initiatives in various ways, such as: census outreach, making signs, attending and supporting roles at rallies, protests, and events. Founders, Charlane Oliver and Tequilla Johnson are really setting the bar high for what it looks like to put on for your community in a real way.
The Oasis Center supports nearly 4,000 youth and families in the city every year. They provide a wide range of opportunities that reflect the diverse needs of youth and their families, from crisis intervention to youth leadership and community engagement to college and career access. Their 20+ programs and services are based on the foundation of four areas for youth success, Safety, Belonging, Empowerment, and Generosity.
Joy-filled friendships are built within Preston Taylor Ministries, while they encourage youth to explore and take action with their dreams. Several ongoing programs are offered, and you can volunteer virtually as a connector, or in-person with the afterschool programs, lunchmate mentoring program, and or their special events.
The Trap Garden is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in Nashville, Tennessee by Robert “Rob Veggies” Horton. They are a social enterprise that provides a sustainable source of healthy, high-quality foods and offers innovative solutions to the physical, financial, and educational shortcomings in food-insecure communities. The team at Trap Garden is on a mission is to help build, sustain, and empower low-income communities by assisting in the creation of community gardens and the promotion of healthy eating.
Stand Up Nashville (SUN) recognizes how Nashville has become a city “to prioritize corporations over people” and the racial and economic inequities need attention due to the growth our city has experienced. SUN is solution-focused, bringing together community and union leaders with hard-working individuals to help align the workforce with development to create better for everyone by shifting systematic change, creating new policies, and building higher-quality jobs. Volunteer opportunities include reporting on community development, organizing & supporting events, attending board and commission meetings.
Enjoy our guide of some of Nashville’s volunteer opportunities and lend a helping hand to your community! Tag us at #urbaanite when you volunteer with one of these organizations. We would love to see it.
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