The Big Payback

The Big Payback is taking place during a 24-hour span between 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6 and 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 7.

What is it? Think of it as a citywide competition where everyone who participates wins–especially the non-profits. From 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6 through 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 7, nonprofit organizations within Middle Tennessee have 24 hours to rally communities through phone banking, tweets, Facebook updates and more to raise the most money and receive a $7,500 grand prize [with additional prizes of $2,500 awarded every few hours].

This community-wide online giving day will help Middle Tennessee non-profits raise much-needed dollars and bring awareness to pressing needs in our communities – all with just a few clicks from your computer!

Ready to get started? Click on the image below to donate!







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Benefit at the Listening Room – November 21






Come Celebrate Open Table Nashville


The Listening Room                        Thursday, November 21

                                                              @ 5:30


Attention all loyal friends and supporters of
Open Table Nashville! I want to invite you all to come celebrate… well, us! You see, Poverty Is Real (PIR) is inviting you to kick off its second annual concert series on Thursday, November 21 with a celebration of Open Table Nashville at the Listening Room! In addition to showcasing some incredible music from two of Nashville’s most promising singer/songwriters, Cheryl LuQuire and Dylan Taylor, there will also be a great silent auction with dozens of items to bid on.  Music, Friends and take home a great prize?  What better way could you spend your Thursday Night!

The FREE event (a $5 donation is suggested but not required!) starts with a 5:30 happy hour meet-and-greet followed by an official presentation at 6:30 to thank all Open Table Nashville employees and volunteers for what they do to help make Nashville stronger!

Tell one, tell all, and please come celebrate with us this Thursday at 5:30 at the Listening Room!



Open Table Nashville – Make a Difference!

Open Table Nashville will host a volunteer training on Thursday, November 7th from 6:30 to 8:30pm at Belmont UMC, 2007 Aklen Ave, Hillsboro Village. This training is geared toward new and seasoned volunteers and we will have a few different sessions that you can choose from depending on your interests and gifts. This training will cover topics like volunteer opportunities with OTN, navigating the resources in Nashville, foot clinics, Resource Shelters, Emergency Warming Shelters, and more! We’ll also have a time for questions from you.
We will also be collecting in-kind donations at this training, so if you have any gently used (or new) household items, winter clothes or coats, blankets, toiletries, etc. that you can bring, we would greatly appreciate it! Please consider coming to this training, we could not do the work we’re doing without you and want to make sure you have all the tools you need to come alongside us and our friends on the streets! Please spread the word to others who are looking for a way to plug in!
Thanksgiving is just around the bend, and at OTN we have much to be thankful for! We have so many friends who have moved into housing this year, and we want to help them celebrate and give thanks for new life and hope for the future.

We need your help to provide all the fixin’s for a delicious feast to be held in at least 40 households around Nashville (after all, with a name like Open Table . . .)
Assembling a feast box (or several) could be a beautiful way to reflect on the blessings of this year with family, friends, co-workers & faith groups –– not to mention, a great way to extend love and warmth to our friends getting started in their new homes.
Feast boxes should include:$20 Gift Card from Kroger or Walmart

Biscuit Mix, Corn Meal or Corn Muffin Mix

Stuffing Mix, Marshmallows, Instant Mashed Potatoes

Dessert Mix

Canned Items (2 each):

Fruit, Green Beans, Corn, Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin, Evaporated Milk, Cranberry Sauce (1 can only)

Gravy Mix

Foil Roasting Pan& Pan Pie Pan

Chicken Broth

Macaroni & Cheese (2)

Other items of your choice

If you’d like to put together a feast box AND deliver it to a friend, you may request an address from If you would like to assemble a feast box (or several) and let us do the delivering, boxes can be dropped off Saturday, Novermber 23th or Sunday, November 24th. (Times and Place TBD . . . thanks for being patient. Ahh, the joys of being “homeless”.)
You can help  our friends settle into their home sweet homes! On the side bar are a few house-warming basics we call WELCOME HOME KITS that you could sponsor with a friend, family members, social club, or church group to show love to our friends.
We are also ALWAYS in need of these basic furniture items: Couches or loveseats, small dining table & chairs, coffee & end tables, and dressers. To arrange for donation drop-off or pick-up of furniture, please fill out our Furniture Donation Form.  Many Thanks!
Lindsey Krinks and Regina Rigney have been added to the OTN staff!  That makes 3.25 of us!  HOORAY!  Lindsey’s new role is a full-time Director of Street Chaplaincy and Education, and Regina is our new quarter-time Volunteer Coordinator. We are SO thankful for their work with us!    Read more about Lindsey & Regina on our Staff Page.  
The OTN furniture delivery trailer was stolen on Tues. night. Our van was vandalized. We’re so sad, and more than that we’re distraught that we can’t make the furniture pick-ups and deliveries that we need to make to move our friends into permanent housing. ACK! If you or anyone you know has a box truck or box trailer (8×12-ish) that we can use/ buy for cheap/ or that they’d be willing to donate, please contact us ASAP. LET LOVE WIN!!!  If you’d like to make a donation to help us replace the trailer, please do so here & specify “FURNITURE MINSITRY”

  • OTN Volunteer Training: Belmont UMC, Nov. 7th 6:30 – 8:30pm
  • NOSTOS Gallery Opening: Nov. 2nd,The Arcade/ 6-9pm
  • Thanksgiving Baskets: Deliver onNov.23rd & 24th
  • Resource Shelters:2nd & 4th Fridays of every month
  • We don’t know when we’ll be airing on 60 Minutes, but you’ll know as soon as we do!

  • Shower Curtain & Rings
  • 13 Gallon Trash Can
  • Trash Bags
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Laundry Detergent (roll of quarters?)
  • Coffee Pot & Filters
  • Can Opener
  • Place Setting for 4 & silverware
  • Oven Mitt & Dish Towels
  • New or Gently Used Bath Towels & Twin or Full Sheets
  • Pots & Pans
  • Toilet Paper
  • 2 Pillows


Ingrid McIntyre, Executive Director  

Lauren Plummer, Program Coordinator  

Lindsey Krinks, Director of Street Chaplaincy & Education  

Regina Rigney, Volunteer Coordinator

The 100th day! A message from Ingrid

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On this, the 100th day of our How’s Nashville Campaign to house 200 people in 100 days, I want to GIVE THANKS. I am thankful for my colleagues and staff for their TIRELESS work and dedication to the lives they LOVE; the Open Table, Inc. Board of Directors for their excitement and gift of flexibility; the OTN Volunteers who are RIDICULOUS in their dedication & hard, HARD work; the incredible donors who have supported us through their monetary and in-kind gifts (you can STILL give at; the faith communities who have prayed & partnered with us; the friends who have opened their lives to share with us as we’ve walked this journey and will CONTINUE to walk this journey together; the 100,000 Homes Campaign Staff who trained us to be a FIERCE team & have been available to help us trouble shoot along the way; the Nashville Metropolitan Homelessness Commission Board who has celebrated with us, encouraged us, and has helped open doors instead of sitting in a state of inertia; Metropolitan Development & Housing Agency, especially Mr.Norman Deep who has been a R O C K S T A R; Anderson Cooper & his stellar team at 60 Minutes for helping share the story of what it means to experience homelessness, for genuinely caring to tell the truth, and expressing WHY it’s SO important to house EACH One (stay tuned for airing details); for family and friends – each time you ask, “How are things going?”, it means the world! This lady could NOT be more thankful. Here’s to 100 +++ MORE days (after a vacation)!!! All my love and gratitude!!!

– Ingrid McIntyre, Executive Director

September Volunteers!





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RESOURCE SHELTERS – September 13th and 27th
(the 2nd and 4th Fridays of every month)
We have been hosting 40 of our friends twice a month at Resource Shelters where we fill out housing applications, provide foot clinics, hair cuts, meals, safe night of shelter, showers, order Birth Certificates, and connect folks with much needed resources.  These are amazingly useful.  We have housed 15 folks out of the 40 we’ve served (just from the shelters) in 2 months!  We would love for YOU to get involved and help fill some of the following needs:
  • Dinners to feed 30 (to be served or dropped off by 7pm)
  • Brekfasts to feed 30 (to be served or dropped off by 6:15am)
  • Inn Keepers (to stay the night with one of our Board Members from 9pm – 7am)
  • Volunteers (individuals or groups) to help set up and fill out paperwork
Please contact or if you’re willing to serve with us.
Open Table Nashville is small and mighty!  We have lots of things going on during the week that we could use help doing.  If you are available to be “on call” when our friends get moved into permanent housing to help us move them in . . . or if you’re available to help us run errands, that would be SUPER helpful too.  Let us know and we’ll be glad to plug you in!