“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40, ESV)
Nashville is known for its music, its sports, its ability to embrace multiple cultures, and, of course, its Southern hospitality. But Nashville is also known for taking care of its own through charitable organizations that provide everything from the basic necessities of life to finding the means to make dreams come true for those who are terminally ill. Throughout this publication, you will note several organizations that are part of this loyal group of caregivers, and we welcome you to investigate them further.
Perhaps one of the most important things we can remember while we consider assisting these organizations is this: It is not only money that helps create change…it takes someone with a willing heart.
“Together, we can solve hunger.” The Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee opened in 1978 with the mission to feed hungry people and to solve hunger issues in our community. Today, the Second Harvest Food Bank is one of the largest and most comprehensive food banks nationwide, providing nearly 20 million meals to hungry children, families and the elderly.
“Going Places. Going Strong.” Dress for Success was founded by Nancy Lublin of New York in 1996, thanks to a $5,000 inheritance from her grandfather. She wanted to honor his memory by doing something that would empower others and help them “blaze new beginnings.” Dress for Success has been trademarked and is now licensed all over the world with over 125 affiliates, each promoting the economic independence of disadvantaged women through career development and employment retention. The Nashville location was founded in March 2013. Services offered include providing attire suitable for interviewing and equipping the client with interview and career resources. Once employment is secured, another week’s worth of outfits are provided to see the client through the work week. A career center offers additional resources including computer, phone and fax machine, as well as volunteers who help with resumes and other career needs.
“Called out of the Darkness.” The Nashville Union Rescue Mission, founded in 1954, has now been in operation for an admirable 60 years – with the mission to help the homeless and hurting. Since its inception, the Mission has provided hot meals, beds and support for those in need. They also offer long-term treatment for anyone who is struggling with addictions or other debilitating problems and concerns. The Mission is able to continue its noble mission because of the donated foods, materials and direct contributions from our kind-hearted community.
“To Whom Much is Given, Much is Expected.” The Kevin Carter Foundation was founded by former Tennessee Titan Kevin Carter. Carter formed the foundation to “enrich the lives of children, and it focuses on youth and character development.” With a heart for turning wishes into reality, the Kevin Carter Foundation has hosted “Waiting for Wishes,” which is a fundraiser that offers its supporters a “Celebrity Waiters” dinner where they receive first-class food service from some of their favorite celebrities. The primary beneficiary of “Waiting for Wishes” is the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Since 2001, the Kevin Carter Foundation has raised nearly $1.4 million for the cause.