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When disaster strikes – large or small – there will always be a need that falls through the cracks: a donation that doesn’t make it to the right spot, or a concerned volunteer who can’t find a place to plug in. That’s where we come in. Donate Nashville connects real needs, no matter how small or unusual, with practical, community-based solutions. As neighbors, we’ll work together in creative and personal ways to touch each other’s lives and solve our city’s most pressing challenges.
Background: Nashville’s response to the flooding of 2010
Nashville is suffering the aftermath of what has been labeled a “100-, 500- or 1,000-year flood,” after more than 16 inches of rain fell over a 48-hour period. While we’re still calculating the extent of the damage, this website represents an effort to take quick action to organize needs and resources.
Shortly after the catastrophic flooding in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, some forward-thinking people quickly threw together a website that matched donors, housing and other resources directly with people in need. Inspired by that action, we have created Donate Nashville, a similar organizational tool for putting people and their resources in touch with their neighbors. Think of it as a peer-to-peer charitable utility.
Nothing on this site is intended to overlap or conflict with the amazing efforts of local and national charities such as Hands on Nashville (HON), the Red Cross and countless other organizations that during this crisis have mobilized on a massive scale. Please continue to utilize and support those organizations.
Donate Nashville has been a collaborative effort among Nashville’s local Symfony Group, web developers, strategists and, well, basically anyone else who showed up. We came together around the same time our community rallied around the phrase “We are Nashville.”