Serve Our City
Serve Our City
Below are a few organizations we have served with as a church family — and they have current needs that we can fill! Click the name of each organization to expand, read more, and sign up.
Youth Encouragement Services
Youth Encouragement Services has been a staple in the Napier neighborhood for over 65 years and more recently has expanded into the Woodbine area. They serve kids and families in these areas through after school programs, tutoring and mentoring, summer camps, athletic leagues, and more. Their goal is to provide a safe alternative to the streets for kids and teens during their free time through a Christ-centered community.
If you are interested in getting more involved with any of YES’ programming throughout the year, head to their website to view their volunteer positions and needs. Click here to read our blog and see the YES video.
The Cookery: Feeding the Homeless
The Cookery operates a nonprofit restaurant in the 12 South neighborhood which fuels an incredible ministry. This ministry is aimed at men experiencing homelessness in our city by entering them into a program where they receive temporary housing, mentorship, community, and training through their restaurant. The training focuses on the art and business of restaurant operations, cooking, etc. with the hopes of applying this marketable skill to help each participant find employment once their time is complete with The Cookery.
Right now, they are extra mindful of reaching those experiencing homelessness in Nashville even outside their program by making lunches at the restaurant and going out to distribute these meals at homeless camps around the city. The Cookery is looking for volunteers to distribute meals each Tuesday at 11am. This takes between 45-60 minutes. If you work during the day, you could potentially do this on your lunch break! The Cookery needs at least 3 carloads of volunteers with food per delivery day, with at least 2 men per car.
If you’d like to volunteer to help, click here to email their team. Please organize your carload of volunteers ahead of time and then have one representative from your group email The Cookery to sign up for your team. Because you have organized your car of volunteers ahead of time, you will be ready to head out to deliver upon arriving at the Cookery. This is a great opportunity to serve with your roommates, family, friend group, or at-home gathering group.
*If sharing a vehicle with members outside of your own household, we would recommend mask wearing while in the car and while delivering food. This is a particularly vulnerable population, so we want to do our best to keep them as safe as possible.
The Branch Food Pantry
The Branch is a food pantry that operates in the Antioch area of Nashville. During the recent COVID-19 crisis, the need for food assistance has increased dramatically. They’ve had to move their facilities to Antioch Methodist Church just to handle the capacity. Because of this, they are looking for some more volunteers to help them pack food boxes, load carts with food to be distributed, and unload trucks. They also have some need of volunteers to help prepare some rooms for use with their ESL program. This would involve cleaning and painting, primarily. If you’d like to volunteer as an individual, click here to sign up on their website. If you and a group of friends or your house church would like to serve as a group, click here to email Michelle Mack, their volunteer coordinator.
Dismas House is a transitional facility for men who are leaving incarceration and attempting to re-enter the free world. At Dismas, we believe that the worth of a person is more than the worst thing they have ever done, and do everything in our power to empower them to start a new life, free from the cycle of incarceration. Our programming focuses on the whole person, and we create spaces to facilitate healing and development of mind, body and spirit. Volunteers help in every step of our program, doing anything from helping with office administration to one-on-one with a resident. We welcome volunteers to be a part of the Dismas House Family by sharing time, skills and good food with our community.
We often have a desire to serve, yet it can feel pretty overwhelming to know where to start. There are many amazing non-profits and organizations across our city who create spaces for volunteers to serve. We have vetted organizations that we trust and are honored to partner with as we attempt to live into our mission in our city.
To begin volunteering, start by finding an organization. Click the button below to search by issue or interest, part of the city, time of the day or week, or specific gifting that you have. When you find an organization that you’d like to serve with, simply fill in your information and that organization will be in touch with you within 10 days.
We believe that when we lead lives of mercy and justice, love the hurting, feed the hungry, and speak up for the weak — the light of Jesus will shine brighter than we can imagine in Nashville. Let’s lock arms with our brothers and sisters across the city and give of our time and talents to share the love of Jesus!