Hands On Nashville

Resource list courtesy Hands On Nashville

Hands On Nashville’s mission is to meet community needs through volunteerism. Hands On Nashville (HON) builds capacity for individuals and agencies to meet needs through service. Its programs connect volunteers to opportunities supporting 100+ nonprofits, schools, and other civic organizations; help these partners re-imagine volunteer potential; and bring awareness to the challenges facing the people and places in our community.

Disaster Assistance Centers

Davidson County’s three Disaster Assistance Centers are closed for the foreseeable future in response to the COVID-19 virus. The following service providers are adjusting their case work to assist Nashvillians virtually or through remote tools:

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross has extended the deadline to April 7 to offer financial assistance for people whose homes were destroyed or had major damage due to the March 3 tornado. An application process is available over the phone from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. To apply, call 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-27677) and press prompt 4.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA is just a phone call or mouse click away. Survivors can register, check the status of their applications and get answers to questions about disaster assistance in several ways:

  • Visit DisasterAssistance.gov
  • Download the FEMA App.
  • Call 800-621-3362 (800-462-7585 TTY). Multilingual operators are available. The toll-free numbers are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. local time, seven days a week.

Link is here if you want to read more: https://www.nashville.gov/News-Media/News-Article/ID/9563/Disaster-Assistance-Centers-Closed-for-Foreseeable-Future.aspx

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA)

TEMA is sending out updates and news about Tennessee Tornadoes and Severe Weather. See the latest news: https://www.tn.gov/tema/news.html.

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Donate Food

Donate Blood

Donating Items

The Community Resource Center  (218 Omohundro Place, Nashville, TN 37210) is collecting items to distribute throughout affected areas. For information on its latest needs, visit @CRCNashville‘s Instagram account.

CRC continues to urge people to donate to their Venmo and purchase from their Amazon Wishlist. Find that information below:

  • You can donate using Venmo (Username: @CRCNashille) or through its website.
  • You can also order off of CRC’s Amazon wishlist, (Address is 218 Omohundro Place, Nashville TN, 37210 if it doesn’t populate.)

Community Resource Center Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday
**Those dropping off donations are asked to place donations in the large yellow bins outside of the center.

Donate Medical Supplies for Community Assessment System
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. is asking local businesses to donate  latex gloves and masks to help with the city’s COVID-19 response. Donations can be taken to the Community Resource Center, 218 Omohundro Place, Nashville, TN 37210. Large donors should fill out a form at covid19.nashville.gov.

Items needed:

  • Surgical face masks and N-95 masks
  • Isolation gowns
  • Disposable exam gloves
  • Sani-cloth wipes
  • Face shields
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Specimen bags
  • Red top viral tubes (lab supply)
  • Nasal swabs (lab supply)
  • Large trash cans

Additional Locations Accepting Donated Items

  • Schrader Lane Church of Christ, 1234 Schrader Lane, Nashville, TN 37208, is open to donate food. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
  • Little Scholars Child Development, 1206 Buchanan St, Nashville, TN 37208, is accepting donations to be packaged and redistributed in the North Nashville community.

Tornado Relief Grant for TDHS-Licensed Child Care Agencies

ChildcareTennessee, an initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and the Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) have partnered to administer Tornado Relief Grants for TDHS-licensed child care agencies affected by the March 2020 tornadoes. Child care agencies can apply for lost income, response and recovery operations costs, equipment, materials and supplies, and consultants and coaches related to the disaster.

Counties eligible for the Tornado Relief Grant include Benton, Carroll, Cumberland, Gibson, Humphreys, Morgan, Putnam, Smith, Wilson and parts of Davidson county.

  • Davidson County zip codes eligible for grants are: 37206, 37207, 37208, 37209, 37213, 37214, 37218, 37243, 37076.

Licensed child care agencies interested in applying should visit www.childcaretennessee.com. Child care agencies not yet registered on ChildcareTennessee.com will need to register before applying. Child care directors can register now and set up an account for free.

Services for those displaced

United Way of Greater Nashville offers an inclusive resources service, where those affected can call 2-1-1 for its referral helpline, which can provide up-to-date information on emergency shelters, food pantries and related services. For information, visit unitedwaynashville.org/programs/2-1-1.


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  • Second Harvest has expanded its Emergency Food Box program to help those affected by tornadoes and COVID-19. If you need food and live in Davidson or Wilson County, you can visit any of the  locations on the Emergency Food Box map and get a food box with 2-3 days of staple food items. Please bring proof of address and some form of ID for all adult household members. Typically there are income requirements to qualify for this program, but those have all been waived until future notice. 
  • Second Harvest: You can apply for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) benefits and the Families First/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Cash Assistance program. Read press release. Tennessee Department of Human Services is encouraging applicants to apply online here. Then, applicants can call the Family Assistance Service Center at 866-311-4287 to complete the application process. If you need help applying for SNAP, you can call or text Second Harvest at (615) 310-0752.
  • Martha O’Bryan Center, 711 S. 7th St., Nashville, TN 37206, is offering food distribution from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Meals to children 18 and younger will be provided from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday at KIPP Kirkpatrick Elementary, 1000 Sevier St, Nashville, TN 37206. For financial assistance, call (615) 254-1791.
  • Project Connect will host a distribution center and serve hot meals from 1 to 3 p.m. daily at 1811 Knowles St., Nashville, TN 37208.
  • The Nashville Food Project is working with its partners to create “grab and go” style meals. They will be serving meals door-to-door with Gideon’s Army at the Cumberland View Apartments, Cheatham Place, and Andrew Jackson Apartment properties each weekend until April 5. If you know of a shelter or community hub in need of food support, let them know.
  • The Little Pantry That Could, 2011 24th Ave N., Nashville, TN 37208, offers meals to anyone in need, no questions asked from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. For information, visit thelittlepantrythatcould.org.
  • Metro Nashville Public Schools will be offering free student meals along with food boxes provided by Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee at sites identified throughout Davidson County. For locations, click here.
  • The Nashville Rescue Mission is offering meals across the city daily. For information, click here.

Government Assistance

  • The City of Nashville releases daily information about the COVID-19 disaster response. For information about state unemployment, CDC guidance, FEMA COVID-19 rumor control, the Federal Trade Commission scams resource website, or applying for a small business administration loan, click here.
  • Disaster Recovery Quick Guides and Shell have partnered to provide tailored tips for small businesses looking to prepare and recover.
  • The Metro Nashville Office of Emergency Management is also a resource for those affected by the tornado. Their office is located at 2060 15th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212. Contact information is (615) 862-8540 or piodesk@nashville.gov
  • Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (TDOSHS) Driver Services division has deployed its two mobile units to issue duplicate or photo identification licenses. Fees for duplicate or photo identification licenses will be waived. Citizens can also visit any Driver Services Center in person if it is more convenient. More information here.
  • For those concerned about scams:  The Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs can be reached at (615) 741-4737 or online.
  • If your home or property was affected by the storms and you live in Davidson, Putnam, and Wilson counties, you can register with FEMA the following ways:
    1. Apply online.
    2. Call the registration phone number at 1-800-621-3362; those who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service, call 1-800-621-3362.

Health and Wellness

  • HON has compiled information about COVID-19/Coronavirus concerns here.
  • Dr. Jeffery Sonsino with Optique Nashville is offering free eye care treatment to those injured. Services offered from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday at 2817 West End Avenue Suite #117, Nashville, TN 37203. Call 615-321-4393 for more information.
  • Aetna Resources For Living (RFL) is offering in-the-moment phone support, informational brochures, community resource referrals, and management consultation. For information call 1-800-243-5240 and resources to individuals and organizations affected.
  • Trauma specialist Shaine Malek, a Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health Service Provider, is offering Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy for those impacted to help them navigate emotion following the natural disaster. For information, call (615) 474-9012 or email malek.lpcmhsp@gmail.com.
  • Alive Hospice is offering free counseling and grief support for anyone affected by the tornado. Treatment is available for all ages. Please call (615) 963-4732.
  • Daystar Counseling Ministries is offering support for high school kids needing a safe place to process; free to families impacted by the storm. For information, call   (615) 298-5353.
  • Disaster Distress Helpline is a national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. For information, call (1-800) 985-5990.
  • Nashville CARES is offering pro bono, brief intervention for anyone directly affected by the storms; treatment approaches to include brainspotting and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy. Business hours are from 8 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For information, (615) 921-0284.
  • Nashville 2020 Tornado Crisis Support is offering pro bono therapy provided by mostly private practice therapists. Click this link to choose a therapist of your choice and see open appointment times.
  • Safe Haven Trauma Services is offering pro bono crisis response; support groups for children and adults; with limited spots available for individual therapy. For information, (615) 241-6130.
  • Onsite Foundation is offering pro bono crisis support and grief counseling services for anyone affected. For information, call (615) 323-3191.
  • Metro’s Crisis Support Center: 615-244-7444
  • Metro’s Mobile Crisis Unit: 615-726-0125
  • Metro Nashville’s Behavioral Health and Wellness Services
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness of Middle Tennessee
  • YWCA Nashville’s Domestic Violence Crisis and Support text line (available 24/7): 615-983-5170


Pet Services

  • The Nashville Humane Association has supplies and resources available including crates, food, blankets, leashes, collars and other basic supplies at their headquarters at 213 Oceola Avenue near the intersection of White Bridge Road and Charlotte Pike.

Shelter and Housing

  • Red Cross shelters:
    Nashville – Centennial Sports Plex, 222 25th. Ave N
    Nashville – East High School, 110 Gallatin Ave.
    Mt. Juliet – Victory Baptist Church, 1777 Tate Ln., CLOSING at 6 p.m. on March 3
    Lebanon – Highland Heights Church of Christ, 505 N. Cumberland St.
    Cookeville – First Baptist, 18 South Walnut Ave.
  • Athena Hospitality Group is offering hotels at a discounted rate in Nashville and Franklin for displaced residents, volunteers, or relief crews in need of hotel rooms. For information, email b.behrens@athenahospitalitygroup.com.

Shower and Laundry Services

  • Shower the People is currently running a limited mobile shower route. For information and scheduling, email info@showerthepeople.net.
  • Tide Loads of Hope will be distributing relief supplies throughout affected areas, and will collect laundry from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 8 or until reach capacity at Kroger, 800 Monroe Street Nashville, TN 37208. For the most up-to-date truck info, please visit the website: http://spr.ly/61831qHWU.


  • Lyft is offering two discounted rides per user to either Hadley Park Community Center, East Park Community Center, Hermitage Community Center, or the Register of Deeds. The promo code is NASHRELIEF20.
  • Freebird is partnering with Hands On Nashville to offer $10 cash back on your Uber or Lyft ride to a volunteer site. Download the Freebird app for free here, set up your account and the promo code, HONASHVILLE* will automatically appear in your account. When ready to head to a volunteer site, TAP on your $10 ride voucher card and order your Uber or Lyft through the Freebird app. *Promo code HONASHVILLE is good for new users only. Terms apply. Current Freebird users see below for your code offer.Current users: Using your Freebird app, just tap the menu icon on the top left part of the screen (looks like a hamburger). Next, tap on the Promo Codes section. On this screen, you can enter the code HONASHFBTerms apply.
    If you volunteer more than once, you will also receive a second bonus voucher which will allow you to earn 500 points for four additional rides to volunteer sites. Every 5,000 points earned in the Freebird app is worth a $10 reward.

Additional information:

  • Gentry Building, Wilson County Fairgrounds, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon, TN 37087, is acting as a mobile registration intake center location. For more information, call (615) 449-9077.
  • Music-Industry Specific Financial Assistance: MusiCares assists people in all facets of the music industry with financial support. This includes artists, songwriters, publishers, engineers, tour bus drivers, concert production crew, stagehands, studio musicians, music venue employees and more, nationwide. Those in need do NOT need to be a member to get help. Please reach out to the local office for help applying for financial assistance related to the tornado, gig/tour cancellations, health challenges and other life events. For more information, call (800) 687-4227 or visit musicares.org.
  • Beyarata Mobile Disaster Tax Services is offering federal disaster claims for unreimbursed casualty losses. Staff can assist those with an annual income of $65,000 or less, they will determine if victims qualify and file federal disaster claims for free. The deadline to file on current year tax return is July 15, 2020. For more information, call (901) 215-6005.
  • The Boomer Esiason Foundation created a fund that directly assists those families in the cystic fibrosis community affected. To apply for funding through the Cystic Fibrosis Patient Disaster Relief Program, click here.
  • From Your Father, a local nonprofit, focuses on the social determinants of health. Resources can be supplied to single mothers to provide economic stability, education, health and health care, social and community context, and home-purchasing resources. For information, fromyourfather.org.
  • Metro’s NERVE site provides up-to-date information including shelters and road closures. Spanish speakers can contact Conexión Américas at 615-269-6900 for help navigating Metro services.
  • North Nashville activist organization Gideon’s Army is collecting item item donations and recruiting volunteers at Lee Chapel and Northwest YMCA.
  • The Donelson Fellowship has set up a disaster relief fund, and its pastor has encouraged people personally affected by the storm to contact office@donelson.org.
  • United Way of Greater Nashville, which is working with the Office of Emergency Management, is accepting donations for its Restore the Dream Fund which provides long-term disaster recovery.
  • The Nashville USBG — a 501c3 not-for-profit team of hospitality educators — has organized a GoFundMe, with plans to direct donations toward service industry professionals in need of “assistance with medical bills, loss of employment or home damage, and funeral costs for the families of our community who have lost lives in last night’s natural disaster.”
  • To help residents and emergency personnel stay connected in the wake of the tornadoes impacting Middle Tennessee, Comcast is opening access to approximately 8,500 Xfinity hotpots around Nashville in impacted areas and in the vicinity of shelters. Click here for more information.
  • The U.S. Chamber Foundation is offering disaster recovery experts to support to local businesses. Please call (202) 463-5518 for information.
  • Resilience in a Box is a resource guide based on best practices designed to help educate business leaders on disaster preparedness and business resilience.
  • Disaster Recovery Quick Guides and Shell have partnered to provide tailored tips for small businesses looking to prepare and recover.
  • Asbestos & Natural Disasters Guide to cleaning up after a tornado from the Mesothelioma Center.
  • The Axis Church, 1423 2nd Ave. N, Nashville, is offering a place to rest and recharge phones and electronics as well as offer snacks and coffee for those in need. For more information, visit their Facebook page.
  • UHaul is offering 30 days of free self storage at three Nashville locations for those affected by the storms.