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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

High Hopes Development Center


Hope Lodge

Hospital Hospitality House



McGruder Family Resource Center


Nashville Branch of the American Cancer Society

Nashville CARES

Operation Smile

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Nashville Dolphins

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

Nashville Launch Pad Inc.

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

Atrs, 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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Nashville, TN 37235
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