Devastating tornadoes came through Tennessee this past March and caused massive damage to Nashville, Donaldson and other local communities. Almost as soon as relief efforts got underway, concerns about the Coronavirus further complicated an already daunting situation. Need in Middle Tennessee has skyrocketed as families scramble to recover from the damage.
Luckily there are many local and national organizations leading relief efforts. But they can’t do it without financial contributions and the work of dedicated volunteers. Thanks to the generous community support of TwiceDaily Thrive, we were able to contribute to the repair of extreme damage on Tennessee State University’s campus. Not only were buildings and structures destroyed, but severe flooding has occurred on the 110-acre research farm on campus. In addition to rebuilding, mature trees will be planted as windbreaks around the central river. The rejuvenation of this area will allow the university’s agriculture students to continue studying amongst the wetlands and river banks (photos shown below).
If you’re interested in helping communities recover in these unprecedented times, there are a number of ways to assist those in need:
How You Can Help
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT) has activated their emergency response fund. Your donation helps fund grants to nonprofits providing both immediate and long term vital services. Learn more here.
The Community Resource Center is accepting donations for items like N95 respirator masks and baby care supplies, as well as cash gifts and purchases from the organization’s Amazon Wish List.
Volunteer teams from Samaritan’s Purse are assisting homeowners with clearing trees and debris from yards and homes and placing tarps on damaged roofs. They are still seeking day volunteers and are taking necessary COVID-19 precautions for the safety of all team members.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee provides much needed food to families throughout the year. But recent events have sent the need for volunteers and donations of food skyrocketing. Check the organization’s Instagram account for a frequently updated list of needs.
Singer Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation is helping animals affected by the tornadoes by gathering supplies, assisting injured animals and reuniting lost pets with their families. Visit the MuttNation website to learn more about how you can help.
TEDxNashville, Hands On Nashville and Florida Georgia Line have joined forces on an Amazon wish list being updated in real time. Items on the list include items like wheelbarrows, portable generators and gift cards to home supply stores.
United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties is collecting funds and 100% of donations received will support relief efforts for those affected by the storms throughout Middle Tennessee. UWRCC will work with other local United Ways as well as the local American Red Cross to determine appropriation of funds. Donate here.
If at any time you or someone you know needs to speak with a trained mental health professional, Tennessee’s Crisis Phone Line is 1-855-274-7471.