People Loving Nashville hosts several opportunities to volunteer with the homeless in Nashville, TN. Our most common time to volunteer is on Monday nights during our Monday Night Street Outreach. Monday nights are flexible with volunteer times varying between 3pm, 5pm, and 6pm arrival times. Monday Night Outreach is an opportunity to help serve food to the homeless, provide clothing donations, and most importantly, we build community and friendships with our neighbors on the streets. Through linking arms with other partners, our neighbors can receive free haircuts (Nashville Street Barbers), and free showers (ShowerUp), and more.
Our Homefullness Outreach is on Thursdays 4:30 pm to 6:30pm. We serve a micro-income apartment complex where many friends from the streets find their first stable home in a while. We limit the amount and are more selective about the volunteers for this outreach based on the sensitivity to visiting our friends' homes. If you are interested in volunteering with us at this outreach, please email us at email@example.com.
Clothing Donation Bin & Supply Drop Off Locations:
We do not have one centralized donation center, however, with the support of our partnerships with The Well Coffee House, Five Daughters Bakery, Totally Rad Toyhouse, & Church at Woodbine we have multiple clothing donation bins in Nashville, Franklin, Brentwood, & Bellevue to give you easy access to donate clothes to the homeless in Nashville, TN.
Bring items to a clothing donation drop off at any of the below locations at any time during store hours:
Supplies: Tents, sleeping bags, tarps, and blankets
GROUPS - Can I bring a group of volunteers?
YES! If your group will be larger than 5 people, we ask that you give us a head’s up. Contact us here.
I have an idea for a Monday night activity, how do I share it?
We love and welcome your ideas! If you are interested in bringing an activity (EXAMPLES: playing music, games for kids, health & wellness ideas, etc.) to Monday night, please let us know how we can set you up for success. Contact us here.
We believe there is power in linking arms with individuals, businesses, and other organizations to partner for the homelessness in Nashville, TN. Use our Contact Form & select "Communications & Partnerships" and your message will go directly to our Director of Communications & Partnerships, Christian Williams. She will be happy to schedule a time to discuss how you can join us in creatively providing help for the homeless community.
MEALS - Where do the meals come from?
Our chef does the meal planning and shops for ingredients using monetary donations.
We also have partners that will donate meals for certain programs.
SERVING ON THE HOLIDAYS
No, we do not serve Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless, nor do we serve a Christmas meal. However, we believe there is power in consistency so we have weekly outreaches to bring relief, community, & connection. Rain or shine, tornado sirens or snow storms, you'll find us serving.
MONEY - Where does your money come from?
Our finances are provided by donors and grants. Interested in donating? Click Here.
NON-PROFIT STATUS - Are you a licensed non profit?
Yes. We are a licensed 501c3 Non Profit
CHURCH AFFILIATION - Are you affiliated with a church?
Our volunteers and supporters represent a wide array of various churches and denominations. We also have volunteers that do not claim to be Christ followers and serve alongside us. We are passionate in learning about Jesus’ way of servanthood and working in unity to love more like he does, but we certainly don't require anything but an open and willing heart to engage those who are in need.
Aren’t you just enabling people to continue in their homelessness if you give handouts and provide for their needs?
By no means do we feel like we are here to solve every problem, nor do we believe we are keeping people on the streets by doing what we do. Our desire is to offer dignity, food help, free clothes and ultimately, hope. We don’t claim to rescue anyone from their situation, but instead love them where they are and journey with them if and when invited to do so. We seek to get to know our guests better and refer them to agencies when possible who will help them work through life’s circumstances and get back on their feet, if that is something they want to do. Otherwise, our intention is to be a friend. It’s amazing how most of the time, people just want someone who will listen. The power of relationship is what we have seen to be incredibly impactful.