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Volunteer with Local Non-Profits

Below you’ll find a wide array of organizations, agencies, and offices across Middle Tennessee engaged in important and interesting work.  A list of these organizations can be downloaded here: List of Community Organizations by Interest Area.  We also encourage you to explore the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s website, Giving Matters, to browse organizations by issue area.  A really great resource!  Find it HERE.

Health, Wellness and Medical Services

American Red Cross


GlobeMed National Office


Hope Clinic


Hope Lodge


Hospital Hospitality House




McGruder Family Resource Center


Nashville Branch of the American Cancer Society


Nashville CARES


Operation Smile


Park Center for the Recovery from Mental Illness

Planned Parenthood


Shade Tree Clinic


Siloam Health Center


United Way of Metropolitan Nashville


Vanderbilt Pre-Nursing Society


Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center



Food Insecurity, Homelessness and Poverty

2nd Street Church


Corinthian Baptist


Dismas House

Families First


Fannie Battle



Nashville Mobile Market




Mission: Open Table Nashville is a “non-profit, interfaith community that disrupts cycles of poverty, journeys with the marginalized and provides education about issues of homelessness.”

Get Involved & Advocate Through One (or More!) of These Steps:

1) Donation Drives (food, sleeping bags, blankets, socks, camping supplies, “welcome home kits,” furniture, etc.)

2) Advocate, Agitate, Organize! Do power maps. Write letters and petitions to elected officials. Join with existing organizations. Organize rallies, demonstrations, etc.

3) Volunteer and Intern with Open Table Nashville and other groups

4) Educate and Raise Awareness about some of the “root causes” of these issues. (“To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost blind you draw large and startling figures.” – Flannery O’Connor)

5) Build Relationships! Carry things in your car or with you downtown that people need (water, socks, snacks, gift cards, hand warmers, etc.)

Visit Open Table Nashville’s website to learn more at


Project S.H.A.R.E


Room in the Inn

Safe Haven


Second Harvest Food Bank

St. Luke Community



Education and Youth Development


Adventure Science Center


Best Buddies TN

Books from Birth of Middle Tennessee

Buena Vista Elementary


Eakin Elementary


Fall Hamilton Elementary


Girls on the Run


Glencliff High School


Glendale Elementary School


Jones Paideia Magnet School


Lawrence Elementary


The Martha O’Bryan Center


McGavok Elementary School


McMurray Middle School


The Nashville Children’s Theatre


Next Steps


Pencil Partners Foundation


Ride for Reading

Robert Churchwell Magnet Elementary


Ronald McDonald House


St. Mary Villa Church Daycare


Sylvan Park Elementary


Teach For America


VSVS to Teach Elementary Schools

Warner Elementary


West End Middle School


Whitsitt Elementary School


Youth Encouragement Services



Various General Service: Community Development: Housing, Fundraising, Finance etc.




Habitat for Humanity Nashville


Hands on Nashville


Lwala Community Alliance


Nashville Zoo



Traveling Service – Domestic and International


Americorps Recovery


Bay Area Youth Positives


Global Solutions to Infectious Disease


La Esperanza


Lincoln Village Ministry


Project Inform


Project Open Hand


San Francisco AIDS Foundation – Syringe Access Services


YouthBuild Brownsville



Advocacy and Awareness: Environmental, Animal Protection, Human Rights etc.


Autism Speaks


Beaman Park


Belmont Village


Brookmont Terrance

The Center for Refugees & Immigrants

End Slavery Middle Tennessee


Falling Whistles


Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary


Harpeth River Watershed Association


Hope Autism


Metro Parks


Nashville CARES


Nashville Humane Society



Nations Ministry Center for Refugees

Planned Parenthood


Prevent Blindness Tennessee


Radnor Lake


Shelby Bottoms


Warner Parks




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