How to help: Community groups, nonprofits working to assist Nashville residents affected by tornado

The Middle Tennessee region was hit by a tornado March 3. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
The Middle Tennessee region was hit by a tornado March 3. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The Middle Tennessee region was hit by a tornado March 3. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

In the aftermath of a tornado in the Middle Tennessee region last night, community groups are working to help families and residents affected by the storm.

Make a donation

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee activated a Middle Tennessee Emergency Support Fund March 3 which will award grants to local nonprofits providing services, according to a social media post from the organization. Those wishing to make a donation to CFMT here.

The Nashville Rescue Mission, which provides shelter, food and clothing to homeless individuals did not experience damage, however its women's campus lost electricity following the storm, according to a post from the organization. Individuals can make a donation to help here.

Officials with The Red Cross of Middle Tennessee has said it is not yet taking donated goods as it helps to provide shelter to those affected, however those still wanting to help can donate blood by finding a location near them at www.redcrossblood.org. Donated good are being accepted at the city's Community Resource Center at 218 Omohundro Place, Nashville. Clothing is not being accepted at this time. Monetary donations can be made at www.redcross.org.


The United Way of Greater Nashville has activated its Restore the Dream Fund, which helps to provide long-term support for individuals affected. The organization is also working to keep its 211 resource and referral phone line updated with information for people in need of shelter, food and additional services. Those interested in donating to the fund can visit www.unitedwaynashville.org, or text RESTORE20 to 41444.

Volunteer

Many volunteer organizations have reported an overwhelming response by residents looking to help. Here are a few that may need help in the coming days and weeks:

Hands On Nashville is a local organization that helps connect residents to volunteer opportunities. Sign up through their website at www.hon.org

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is open and working to assess volunteer needs while working with first responders to provide food to those in need, according to a post from the organization. Residents can sign up to receive more information about how to help by emailing [email protected]

Editor's note: This story will be updated as more opportunities to help become available.
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.