At Open Table Nashville, we love our volunteers and couldn’t do the work we’re doing in the community without them. In 2013, we had over 12,557 volunteer hours (that’s over 300 work weeks)! Several of our volunteer opportunities are listed below, but you can also email Anne, our volunteer coordinator, to find the best ways to use your gifts and strengths to further this work.
Recently, Anderson Cooper and the crew of 60 Minutes spent some time with our Open Table Nashville community. In the hours he spent with us, learning about the lives that were changed, he, too, was transformed.
When asked about the impact this report had on him, he had this to say:
It really changes your perception of the problem of homelessness and the people who end up being homeless…we all have support networks. We all have family and friends and a job and things that support us when we trip. These are people who have burned through those support networks. And that’s really the only difference.
Check out this press release about the upcoming 60 Minutes show that features our joint efforts to move our friends off the streets and into permanent housing:
From: Tedesco, Kevin
Sent: Friday, February 07, 2014 1:52 PM
Subject: Housing the Homeless Can Save Money – 60 MINUTES
GIVING APARTMENTS TO THE CHRONICALLY HOMELESS CAN SAVE TAXPAYER DOLLARS, ADVOCATES SAY – “60 MINUTES”
The “100,000 Homes Campaign” Has Already Gotten 80,000 People Off The Streets
Advocates for the homeless say providing apartments to those who have been on the streets the longest and are at greatest medical risk can actually save taxpayers money. Even if these people have not yet received treatment for substance abuse or alcohol problems, getting them off the streets often keeps them out of hospitals, where the cost for one night is more than a month’s rent in many places. Anderson Cooper reports from Nashville, one of the cities that have joined the 100,000 Homes Campaign, for a 60 MINUTES report to be broadcast Sunday, Feb. 9 (7:00-8:00PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
The Tennessee Alliance for Progress has nominated Ingrid McIntyre for their Long Haul Award. They have nominated Lauren Plummer for their Young Leader Award.
These awards celebrate “the work of Tennessee’s exemplary progressive activists.” We know Ingrid and Lauren join Lindsey in evolving both human services and theological witness in ways that care for whole persons in tangible ways. We also know that while Ingrid, Lauren, and Lindsey are being noted here as distinguished Tennesseans, they are truly leaders for the nation and the world. We are so blessed to serve with and be led by them. You can what the nominators for Ingrid and Lauren wrote about their exemplary work on the link.
OTN is teaming up with local congregations to provide bi-monthly Resource Shelters on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month. Resource Shelters allow for a consistent place to connect our un-housed friends with needed services and resources like birth…
When temperatures drop, our friends without shelter look for a space not just for themselves, but for their four-legged family members, too. At Open Table Nashville, we've partnered with a number of Nashville area churches that allow pets. Read more, here.