Nashville is Flooded… How Can I Help?


3 May 2010 | 2:39 pm
Author: Morgan Levy

Nashville is under water, and we all want to help. This is a working post of donation and volunteer opportunities that are currently available, with needs being added and updated by the minute. If you have a volunteer or donation opportunity, please leave information in the comments or email us at to have it added to this list. And remember, folks: As much as we all want to get out and help, it’s very important to go about it in an organized, safe way. Plenty of our neighbors and friends are in need of food, clothing, shelter, water pumps and more. Start in your own neighborhood!  All Metro Nashville official relief efforts will run through Hands On Nashville. Go HERE to sign up to be notified when volunteer opportunities are approved by the city, and follow them @HONashville for minute-by-minute updates. All relief efforts must go through Hands On Nashville to receive FEMA aid. From Hands On Nashville:

The damage assessment teams from the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) encountered some delays and are scheduled to get back later this afternoon.  After they return we will be meeting to define needs and establish volunteer projects.

As the case in any disaster, the recovery phase is the longest part of the experience, and one that requires a strong and sustained effort from volunteers.  While the events of the past 48 hours have created a sense of urgency, the real effects of volunteers are going to be felt through the rest of this week and month as we do the nitty-gritty work of cleaning, rebuilding, and restoring.

Remember that in the meantime you can help by conserving your water use.  One of the city’s water treatment plants has been temporarily closed, so limiting your water use to the bare minimum is the most helpful thing you can do at the moment. Please note that tap water is still completely safe.

I want to reiterate that we are moving into the recover phase later today, so I’ll give you an update later this afternoon about our volunteer needs. Please just stay tuned and watch for these updates.

UPDATE 4:20pm: Hands on Nashville has put out the call for sandbagging volunteers from now until 6pm at Metro Center. Meet at Nissan dealership.


  • Middle Tennessee Red Cross: Donate online at, by phone at 615-250-4300 or by mail at 2201 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203. Remember, the Red Cross is not a government agency and is funded solely by your local donations.
  • Kroger: Food donation barrels in all area Kroger stores, monetary donations accepted at checkout.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank: Provide monetary donations to Second Harvest HERE. Second Harvest is currently working to relocate their inventory from Metro Center.
  • Salvation Army: Monetary donations are preferred and can be made online HERE or by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Drop off your donations of bottled water, mops, brooms, heavy duty work gloves, masks, sponges, squeegees, scrub brushes, plastic gloves, bleach, all purpose cleaner concentrate, trash bags and paper towels at the 631 Dickerson Road center.
  • The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee: In partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management, donate online to the Metro Nashville Disaster Response Fund and/or the Tennessee Emergency Relief Fund HERE (checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 440225, Nashville, TN, 37244).
  • Graceworks Ministries: Graceworks is working with the Red Cross to collect donations for flood victims. They are in need of non-perishable food items, toilet paper, detergent, dry beans, pasta, canned soup, toothbrushes, bottled water, clothing, diapers (sizes 2, 3 and 4) and furniture. Please separate men’s, women’s and children’s clothing donations. Drop off donations at 104 Southeast Parkway, Franklin TN.


UPDATE: Most shelters only accepting water at this point.

  • Lipscomb University: In need of towels, blankets, pillows, bottled water. Bring to Allen Arena. No perishable foods. UPDATE: As of 4pm on Monday, shelter is only accepting water.
  • Gordon JCC: In need of towels, pillows, limited toiletries. Please no more volunteers or food right now. Bring to the front door. UPDATE: As of 5pm on Monday, shelter is not accepting new donations.
  • Al Menah Shrine Center: In need of male & female underwear, some socks, comfortable clean clothing, blankets, approximately 50 pillows. Please no more volunteers for now. Bring donations to the front door (1354 Brick Church Pike).
  • Bellevue Middle: In need of sheets & blankets.


  • Hands On Nashville: Again, all Metro Nashville relief efforts are running through Hands On Nashville. Sign up to be notified of opportunities HERE. Relief efforts are expected to begin this afternoon/evening.
  • Samaritan’s Purse: Samaritan’s Purse has deployed an emergency unit to Nashville and is working on assessing the damage and connecting with local churches. Sign up HERE (select “Nashville TN Flood Relief”) to volunteer with them.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank: Contact to help prepare meals for the Salvation Army and Red Cross once they are able to get on their feet again.
  • Graceworks Ministries: Contact for volunteer opportunities. They will need help sorting & processing donations for the Red Cross.


  • Trevecca Nazarine University: Group is taking food, water, first aid and toiletries to flooded neighbors around the university. If you’re in the area and want to help distribute, call Dan at 941-518-6740. Drop off donations at the Boone Business Building.
  • East Nashville: Teams are being organized to help neighbors who need furniture moved, debris bagged up or removed, help getting things out of water’s way or cleaning up once it’s gone. To help or receive help, call Catherine at ArtHouse Gardens at 828-9223.
  • Hendersonville Flood Relief Facebook Group
  • Housing: Have space to offer in your clean, dry, not-flooded house for displaced flood victims? Sign up HERE and we will work to connect you with shelters or other organizations placing families in homes.
  • Animals: Animal Ark Animal Hospital is taking in pets of displaced families on a first-come, first-served basis. Animal shelters in Davidson County are also looking for food, cat litter and cleaning supplies.
  • Need Help / Offer Help on Facebook
  • Help Tent City Recover: Needed items are clothing (especially socks), pots, pans, air mattresses, toiletries, canned goods and pre-packaged snacks. For monetary donations, click HERE.
  • Sunscreen for volunteers. Golden Skin Care is collecting donations of sunscreen for flood relief volunteers. Drop of donations at 2000 Richard Jones Rd. in Green Hills.

Please be patient as we update with additional opportunities.

Photo by president_raygun.

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