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Over time, we have developed relationships with local Gospel-centered organizations we trust, and with whose vision we find alignment. With some of these organizations, we help financially to assist them in accomplishing their mission. With others, we encourage our people to serve and give their lives away in the name of Christ, providing each of us with opportunities to live “on mission” in our community.
Franklin Campus Partners
Job loss. Hunger. Unexpected medical bills. Crisis. Where would you turn for help? In Williamson County, struggling families turn to GraceWorks Ministries, a Christian nonprofit which helps supply the basics of life.
GraceWorks began in 1995 to help several local churches screen requests for assistance and determine the validity of the need for food, monetary help or clothing. In 2010, GraceWorks helped over 6,000 families with food, rent, utilities and other aid, totaling more than $1,000,000 in assistance.
Their financial support comes from generous individuals, businesses, civic groups and churches, as well as sales from the GraceWorks Thrift Store. They help offer relief by providing food for families and financial assistance with rent or utilities. But more importantly, they offer hope by listening to their clients’ stories and offering prayer.
Ways to serve:
- Tag and sort clothes
- Price and organize home goods
- Sort new donations
- Assemble fuel bags
- Process new food donations
- Sort food by type and expiration date
- Restock pantry shelves
- Fill grocery carts
- Enter client and donation information
- Create signage, file, organize supplies
- Answer phones and assist clients
Neighbor Services (GraceWorker):
- Undergo training to assist the neighbors
- Four-hour shifts helping line up services for the neighbor
Mentoring (Stepping Forward):
- Designed to walk with neighbors relationally in helping them breakout of a cycle of abuse, poverty, and self-defeatism. The mentor is to be a motivator to self-sustainability to the mentee. This is primarily a one-on-one setting. There is a necessary training process to become a mentor, as well as required reading.
New Hope Academy
New Hope Academy is a Christ-centered community school with an economically, racially and culturally diverse student body. It exists to serve low-income families by establishing a solid biblical worldview, instilling vision, confirming hope and preparing each young person for a life of service. Their mission is to empower the poor.
The mission to the underprivileged
New Hope Academy is committed to the disadvantaged and underserved in our community. Providing this educational experience to low-income families is foundational to the school’s mission. It is, therefore, intentional in the fact that nearly half the students it serves come from low-income families.
They are dedicated to a unique educational experience, equipping children from all backgrounds to become a generation of leaders who will reflect our Creator and transform our culture. This vision is cultivated through the convergence of three commitments: the promise of excellent, classical education; the mission to the underprivileged; and the belief in connected, purposeful community. Their vision is to transform culture.
Ways to serve:
- Serve lunch (two volunteers are needed every school day)
- Leading worship music at devotions on Monday and Fridays
- Teaching at devotions on Mondays and Fridays
- Gardening with students after school during ACORN
- Maintenance around campus
- Landscaping the campus
- Teacher ministry (including volunteering in the classroom, donating a needed item, bringing coffee, etc.)
- Reading to kids in the lower school
- Intercessors prayer group, specifically on and around the campus
- Lead a bible study
- Administrative office work
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Being barefoot is a sign of vulnerability, our humanity, as well as a sign of our brokenness. It is only when we admit that we are barefoot, that we are able to comprehend our need and receive God’s provision. Barefoot Republic is a vehicle of hope. It offers a glimpse of Heaven to a population of kids in need of the ability to dream of what God can do with their lives by uniting them with their parents, community, and the church to help them define God’s eternal purpose for each one of them. Barefoot strives to reflect God’s pursuit of His children through interests and passions, interpersonal relationships, and equipping students with tools for exploring and discovering God’s presence in their lives. Learn more by watching this introductory video.
Volunteer during a camp, organize a work day, serve on a committee, donate towards a camp scholarship or building fund.
Cul2vate seeks to engage poverty at the point of hunger and deliver nutritional food to those in need. Its work is founded upon two principles intertwined for the betterment of its farmers. The first is the most important 1) providing for the nourishment of the body and the soul! This is done through food production in its greenhouses, Cul2vate provides superior quality vegetables and nutritional accessibility to those who are hungry. And 2) creates an opportunity for future full-time employment for Cul2vate’s farmers by providing much needed life-skills and business-skills training. These greenhouse sites are the training grounds for those who want to break the generational cycle of poverty by learning to feed themselves and others through agriculture and employment. There are a number of ways to get involved.
Opportunities to serve:
- Serve at Ellington Agricultural Center
- Mentor Farmers (spiritually and socially)
- Office Support (Social media, purchasing, bookkeeping)
- Sponsor Farmer Scholarships
- Buy Produce from Cul2vate
- Job Placement (for program graduates)
- Donate Land
To learn more, contact Emily Sutherland
El Shaddai Christian Church
A missional, Spanish-speaking church located in the Brentwood area, El Shaddai Christian Church consists of over 300 members from 16 different nationalities, primarily from Latin American countries. Their vision is to partner alongside other churches in the area to reach the growing Spanish-speaking community and equip leaders to make disciples for the Kingdom both here and abroad. (El Shaddai is currently meeting at Concord Community Church of the Nazarene, 9826 Concord Road, Brentwood, TN 37027.)
Opportunities to serve alongside El Shaddai:
- Volunteering in their children’s ministry on Sunday afternoons and Tuesday evenings
- Serving in the youth ministry
- Coordinating and participating in mission trips
- Serving the poor through a food pantry outreach on Saturdays
- Business leader mentoring
- Neighborhood block party ministry
- Prison ministry
- Puppet ministry
- Music School ministry
- Restoration work on their historic church building, including outdoor garden installation and construction projects
Franktown Open Hearts
Franktown Open Hearts is a faith-based organization that serves inner-city youth primarily in Franklin by giving them educational and vocational tools to positively impact their lives. Franktown’s goal is to “be Jesus” in the lives of children. They have a variety of programs for volunteers to serve in varied capacity in the afternoons, evenings, and weekends throughout the year. If you have a gift, skill, or talent and a desire to impact youth, Franktown needs you!
Programs where you can serve:
- Arts & Crafts
- Culinary Arts
- Automotive Training
- Hunting & Fishing Club
- Leadership Development
- Recreational Activities
- Sewing Classes
- Woodworking Classes
- Bible Studies
- Computer Skills Training
To learn more, contact Crystal Tinnon
Hope Clinic for Women
Hope Clinic for Women is a unique and special place, located in the heart of downtown Nashville. Established in 1983, Hope Clinic provides comprehensive care for women, men and families dealing with unplanned pregnancies, prevention (education in community and onsite wellcare services) pregnancy loss (miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death, and abortion) and postpartum depression. They offer medical services (free or nominal fees), professional counseling (sliding scale), education, spiritual mentorship, and practical support (maternity and baby items) regardless of age, race, religion, or ability to pay.
Words like safe, confidential, homey, merciful, gentle, kind, compassionate, and caring are just some of the many ways clients describe the setting and what they feel when they arrive. Hope Clinic has a rare way of reaching women of all backgrounds and beliefs by simply listening, loving, and helping their clients however possible.
Volunteer opportunities are available for women and men.
Men of Valor
Men of Valor is committed to winning men in prison to Jesus Christ and discipling them. Their purpose is to equip the men to re-enter society as a man of integrity—becoming givers to the community rather than takers. Men of Valor encourages them with the hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, welcomes them into the family of God, trains them in the Biblical principles of manhood, and with a very structured plan, helps them to become the men, husbands, fathers, and members of society that God created them to be.
Ways to serve incarcerated men and their families:
- Sharing your testimony
- Leading worship
- Facilitating a small group
- Teaching a class
- Mentoring a man in Men of Valor’s aftercare program
- Preparing training materials for the men
- Christmas gift program for children
- Legal advice
- Medical exams or assistance
- Dental care
- Job Training
- Job Placement
- Curt Campbell
Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church
Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church is an inner-city church located near the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in south Nashville. This church is committed to providing hope to their community through strategic outreach efforts, equipping, and spreading the gospel of Christ. They oversee a non-profit organization, Star Ministries, Inc., that operates to meet both the physical needs of the neighborhood through the operation of a food bank, clothing and toy drives and the spiritual needs of the community through equipping and encouragement classes.
There are many opportunities to volunteer including serving at the Star Ministries Food Bank, connecting with various ministry programs—family/marriage conferences, women's ministry, men's ministry, prison mentoring programs, and student/child ministries.
Serving at the Star Ministries food bank:
The Star Ministries Food Bank is open on the third week of each month on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 4:00-6:30pm. If you are interested in volunteering, help is definitely welcome, but please call first and verify positions are available.
Note: The food bank is located directly east of the church's back parking lot, located at 19 Hart Street, Nashville, TN 37210.
Nashville Rescue Mission
Following God's command to love our neighbor as ourselves, Nashville Rescue Mission (NRM) seeks to help the hurting of Middle Tennessee by offering food, clothing and shelter to the homeless and recovery programs to those enslaved in life degrading problems. Nashville Rescue Mission's goal is to help people know the saving grace of Jesus, and through Him, gain wisdom for living, find fulfillment in life and become a positive part of the community.
Fellowship connects with Nashville Rescue Mission throughout the year with various opportunities to serve, equip, teach and build relationships that provide hope, in the name of Christ, for many who have lost hope. One of our primary connections with Nashville Rescue Mission is through our local outreach partnership with Morningstar Missionary Baptist Church and Star Ministries Food Bank.
Nashville Rescue Mission
639 Lafayette St.
Nashville, TN 37203
Director of Volunteer Services
Preston Taylor Ministries
Preston Taylor Ministries serves children in inner-city Nashville who are in at-risk situations. They focus on connecting adults with kids to help transform lives through caring, intentional adult relationships. Areas emphasized include tutoring/academic programs and spiritual programs. Examples include mentoring, after school tutoring, and life enrichment (nutrition classes, Dance for Fitness, outdoor hiking/camping trips, etc.).
Listed below are a few ways to easily volunteer – a person or family could come once a year, once a month, once a week. There is no time commitment and all help is welcome whether individuals, couples, small group, families, etc. Here are a few of the most common examples:
- Mentoring (Lunch date at school, breakfast and Bible study, or dinner and devotion)
- Tutoring (Each afterschool site needs more tutors)
- Fun Friday Enrichment Leadership for 4-weeks (Dance, sports, art, music, gardening, etc.)
- Field trip Hosts/providers
- Meals for Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday night programming (great for small groups)
- Preston Taylor Ministries Work Day (mulch, paint, cleanup, etc.)
- Assist with middle school/high school programming
- Job Shadowing/internships - “Spring break in the Marketplace”
- Family Volunteer Days (once a quarter or so)
Siloam Health is a local, faith-based clinic that serves Nashville’s most medically vulnerable—those without access to healthcare. They work with a number of refugees, undocumented, and local individuals and families. Siloam Health’s mission is to share the love of Christ by serving those in need through healthcare, seeing “whole-person healthcare ministry” among the poor as a catalyst for the flourishing of a whole, new Nashville. There are a number of volunteer opportunities for both groups and individuals in clinical, patient support, and refugee health promotion initiatives.
Ways to serve
As an individual:
- Clinical Needs (Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, x-ray technologists, clinic assistants, etc.)
- Prayer Care Intercessors
- Interpreters (Spanish, Arabic)
- Administrative Help
- Health Literacy Volunteers
- Medical Case Managers
As a group:
- Host Collection Drives (over-the-counter meds, hygiene supplies, kids toys & books, etc.)
- Arts & Crafts for patients
- Prayer Walks
- Crocheting for patients
To learn more, contact Katie Richards
ThriftSmart exists to provide value to customers, opportunity for employees, and benefit to charities by operating the best thrift stores in the world and promoting thrifty living—all for God's glory. ThriftSmart is passionate about community and life transformation, combining all the passion of ministering to others while at the same time utilizing the best trends in business management. One hundred percent of ThriftSmart’s proceeds benefit charity. Each donation of clothes or goods to one of their stores benefits the lives of others. Choosing to donate to, or shop at ThriftSmart is a choice to make the most impact with your donation.
- Super Sorter - processes goods for charity sales support or recycling.
- Overseas Bale Processor - prepares clothes for overseas shipments.
- Mission Book Processor - sorts books for Belize and the store.
- “Hang Ten” Clothes Hanger - hangs clothes in preparation for pricing.
- Radical Receiver - separates all the great stuff as it comes in the back door.
- Mr. & Ms. Clean - help keep the warehouse mission base clean.
- Product Cleaning Specialist - helps clean house ware and shoe items for processing.
- Colorization/Sizing Specialist - organizing clothes racks by size and color for a pleasant shopping experience for customers.
- Clothes Puller - periodic clothing pulled from the sales floor for overseas shipment.
- Cleaner Extraordinaire - cleans and dusts fixtures and makes the store look great!
- Heavy Lifter - helps with furniture positioning and sales.
- Dressing Room Diva/Divo - help customers at dressing room, rehang garments, and keep the area clean for customers.
- Mission Communicator - talks to all customers coming in the store and educates them about our sales and charities.
- ESL Helper - assist with English as Second Language (ESL) classes on Tuesday nights.
Group Volunteer Opportunities:
- Adopt a store department - housewares, women’s, men’s, shoes, furniture. Daily, weekly, or monthly service times available.
- Bring a group (any size) for a clean and categorize blitz at the store or warehouse. No group is too large or too small!!
- 4890 Nolensville Road
- Nashville, TN 37211
- (615) 833-8200
- 454 Downs Blvd.
- Franklin, TN 37064
- (615) 472-8915
Tusculum Elementary School
Just nine miles from Fellowship’s Brentwood campus, Tusculum Elementary serves primarily immigrant and refugee students in our community from 19 different countries. Approximately 77 percent of the students come from families where English is not their first language. Many students belong to families who are new to the United States and live below the poverty line. Upon visiting the school, you’ll often see signs written in English, Spanish, Arabic, and other languages. With the many unique needs of its diverse students, Tusculum’s leadership welcomes church volunteers to serve alongside them. Fellowship has partnered with Tusculum to serve its staff and the families whose children attend the school. There are great opportunities to serve on a one-time basis as well as long-term.
Ways to serve:
- Teacher appreciation outreach
- Helping students learn to read through volunteering at Tusculum’s Reading Clinic
- Serve at an event throughout the year, such as fall festivals, parent-teacher nights, etc.
- Participate in various collection drives, such as school supplies, winter coats, etc.
To learn more, contact Katherine Paxton.
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