Get Involved

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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 Liz, our volunteer coordinator, to find the best ways to use your gifts and strengths to further this work.

Volunteer Groups
Volunteer groups for Open Table can serve in many capacities: cleaning encampments, organizing donations, helping residents move in or out of housing, providing childcare, and putting together food boxes and Welcome Home Kits are just a few possible projects for volunteers. If your group is interested in volunteering, please fill out our group volunteer and education form.

Resource Shelters 
Open Table Nashville partners with local churches year-round to host temporary, outreach focused shelters. Resource Shelters provide space for us to wrap resources around people and rapidly re-house them. We help guests with birth certificates, hair cuts, housing applications, foot clinics, and more.  Volunteers help to set up beds, serve dinner, provide for basic medical needs, stay as innkeepers, and help with clean up.

If you want to help out at one of the shelters or can provide supplies, please contact Liz.

Volunteer Trainings
We hold volunteer trainings regularly but can also schedule  one-on-one or group trainings. Email Liz for more information.

Internship Opportunities
Our interns have formative experiences that shape the ways they live and view the world. Are you interested in joining us? Learn more, here.

Volunteer Form
Ready to help? Whether its volunteering to help with day-to-day operations and tasks, serving at one of our resource shelters, or something else you have in mind, let us know a little about you by filling out this form.

Become a Partner Organization
OTN is thankful to have so many wonderful organizations we partner with. Interested in being one of them? Contact Ingrid.

If you don’t have much time to volunteer, you can still get involved in Open Table Nashville! An excellent way to make a difference is by donating. Monetary donations are wonderful and keep us going and in-kind donations of furniture, hygiene products, clothes, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, socks, towels, sheets, tarps, tents, water, and many other items also help us stay in operation. We strive to offer necessary items to our friends in need as much as possible, so an excellent way to stay involved is to donate these items.

If you have any questions about donations or would like to set up a donation appointment, please fill out this online form. Don’t forget to visit our initiatives page to learn more about the work we’re doing across the city.

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