The Junior League of Nashville is building a better Nashville by committing volunteers to the following community projects during our 2023-2024 year.
Agencies with an * will encompass both poverty and literacy focus areas.
LITERACY FOCUS AREA PARTNERS
The Aloe Family serves resilient communities in Nashville that are going through challenges such as lack of family support, cyclical poverty, lack of transportation, immigration, asylum seeking, and more. They offer educational programs for homework help, English classes, and small business coaching to under-resourced individuals. They also offer fresh healthy food- a tool to empower strong minds and bodies.
Book’em creates a more literate Nashville by helping economically disadvantaged children from birth through high school discover the joy and value of reading.
East Nashville Hope Exchange (ENHE) strengthens children’s literacy through the exchange of knowledge and support among families and the East Nashville community, to affirm the right to read for all. ENHE provides a supportive, structured, and safe environment where children can learn and have fun.
Nashville Book Connection (NBC) connects kids with books they love to nurture their reader identities – at home and in the classroom. NBC nurtures reader identities as students uncover a sense of pride, passion, and excitement around reading, book ownership, and shared book experiences.
POVERTY FOCUS AREA PARTNERS
The Community Resource Center provides critical essential items to the most vulnerable Middle Tennessee neighbors, both during times of disaster and during seasons of ongoing need.
The F.I.N.D. Design seeks to mitigate the effects of systemic and personal trauma on Black girls, and other girls of color ages 11-17, by providing safe spaces for healing, long-term mentorships, and programming that transforms their mental health and overall well-being.
Hope on the Row helps people who cannot afford food or clothing stay warm and fed. Last year, Hope on the Row provided assistance to 7,500 people and gave out 3,264 pounds of clothes, with help from its volunteer staff.
Justice Industries is a nonprofit organization that creates social enterprise businesses to provide jobs for people with barriers to employment. Justice Industries seeks to employ those who find it difficult to find and keep work because of barriers, such as criminal history, addiction recovery, mental illness, domestic abuse, and generational poverty.
Nashville Diaper Connection provides diapers to an average of 4,500 babies in need every month, helping to meet diaper needs for babies living in poverty.
Renewal House helps women gain the skills to remain sober, give their children nurturing care, improve their physical and mental health, and secure employment. The long-term impact is profound, as women are able to provide stable housing and other basic family needs, avoid legal entanglements and become contributing community members. For the children, early intervention and prevention services lessen their probability of developing a substance use disorder and other adolescent behavioral health problems.
Safe Haven Family Shelter is the premier shelter-to-housing program in middle Tennessee that accommodates families experiencing homelessness.
The founding board of Shower the People saw that showers were one of the greatest unmet needs of those individuals experiencing homelessness. Through their conversations and experiences, Shower The People was born. Shower The People started weekly shower services in May of 2019 and has been providing showers to those in need ever since.
The Junior League of Nashville’s Home for Crippled Children, established in 1923, was the genesis of the Children’s Hospital. The Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt remains one of the most respected pediatric facilities in the country and is dedicated to meeting the unique healthcare needs of children, from newborns to young adults, and their families.
*New this year
A proposed new committee within the Community Council, Community Needs, will allow JLN to maintain or build relationships with community groups and determine how to best utilize each other’s skillsets, therefore, maximizing community change.
AncoraTN (formerly End Slavery Tennessee)
National Hook-Up of Black Women