Where to Donate, Where to Serve

Thanks for checking out the list of organizations where you might choose to donate your time or money during the holidays as well as the rest of the year.  We are working to get all of the links up, so please check back. If you know the link, please leave it in the comments, and we can get things updated more quickly. 

She’s The First We provide scholarships to girls in low-income countries, fostering first-generation graduates and cultivating the next generation of global leaders.
Girls on the Run Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-15 girls, we teach life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. The 20-lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large. At each season’s conclusion, the girls and their running buddies, complete a 5k running event. Completing a 5k gives the girls a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. This council is an Independent Council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of 225+ locations across the United States and Canada. Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.
Chive Charities  Chive Charities has changed the giving paradigm. As opposed to using the cause to raise awareness on behalf of the recipient, we encourage the recipient to let their story raise awareness for their cause. Donors are connected to the entire story from beginning to end – we watch our recipients go out into the world to do incredible things, and we are right beside them. For us, it’s not just about giving. It’s about connecting.
Doors of Hope (local)  Encouragement and empowerment for those starting over again  Doors of Hope assists and empowers those strugling to build a new life after incarceration, beginning the journey toward wholeness in recovery.
The Journey Home (local)
Cold Patrol (local) We are a group of people who recognize that there is a problem in our community with chronic homelessness. We realize that without intervention, many of the chronically homeless in Murfreesboro can’t or won’t go through available and existing processes which are in place to help them get from point A to point B.
Greenhouse Ministries (local) Greenhouse Ministries has the goal to help, educate and connect every client who walks through the door. Starting with helping their clients, Greenhouse Ministries meets the physical needs of clients by offering food boxes, clothing, toiletries, and other basic necessities.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Because of you, St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
Alzheimer’s Association  Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer’s Association advances research to end Alzheimer’s and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease.
Donors Choose We make it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need, moving us closer to a nation where students in every community have the tools and experiences they need for a great education.
Southern Poverty Law Center We employ a three-pronged strategy to battle racial and social injustice: Fighting Hate, Teaching Tolerance, Seeking Justice
Boston Children’s Hospital Boston Children’s Hospital offers more breadth and depth of expertise than any other pediatric hospital—it’s why families travel from more than 100 countries to receive care here. And research discoveries made at Boston Children’s—the world’s largest research center at a pediatric hospital—are shared around the globe, improving the lives of both children and adults. Give hope and the promise of good health by making a tax-deductible gift today.
To Write Love on Her Arms To Write Love on Her Arms is a nonprofit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and invest directly into treatment and recovery.
Guiding Eyes for the Blind Guiding Eyes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides superbly bred and trained guide dogs to men and women who are blind or visually impaired.  All Guiding Eyes dogs expand horizons for people to achieve life’s goals. All services are offered free of charge to people who are blind or visually impaired.
Park Center providing safe, affordable housing for people who have nowhere to go; offering outreach and benefit assistance for people experiencing literal homelessness; providing employment services for people who have been unable to obtain work; offering counseling for people struggling with mental illness and addiction; and helping young people make the transition to adulthood

Middle Tennessee Electric Sharing Change Since 2003, MTEMC’s charitable foundations have donated more than $8 million to more than 550 local organizations. Funds have been used for things such as firefighting equipment for volunteer fire departments; life-saving equipment for ambulance or rescue squads; hospice programs; youth programs; food shelves; clothing, shelter, emotional support, and medical services. And this is just a sampling of the community programs we have supported.

United Cerebal Palsy United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee serves Tennessee with programs targeted at our mission to advance the independence and full citizenship of people with disabilities. We provide services to individuals of all ages who have a variety of disabilities with focus on disabilities that primarily affect mobility.

ALS  Established in 1985, The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front.  By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.

5 Loaves 4 Kids

Discovery Center (local)

Beasley Foundation

Boro Art Crawl

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Matt Light Foundation

Gary Sinise Foundation

Wounded Warrior Project


Secret Santas for Vets

Primary Care and Hope Clinic

Mindful Care Adult Day Care

Dollywood Foundation “My People Fund”

Salvation Army

Nashville Rescue Mission

First Shot Basketball

Last Call 4 Grace

Compassion International


Recovering from Religion

Heifer International

Second Harvest Founded in 1978, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee works to feed hungry people and solve hunger issues in Middle and West Tennessee.

Planned Parenthood  Planned Parenthood believes in the fundamental right of each individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility, regardless of the individual’s income, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or residence. We believe that respect and value for diversity in all aspects of our organization are essential to our well-being.

Child Advocacy Center of Rutherford County

The Ark of North Cheatham County


Boys and Girls Club

Pat Summitt foundation

Saint Rose School Tuition Assistance

Possibility Place

Lutheran World Relief

Children International

Boy Scouts of America, Middle Tennessee Council

Main Street

Twilight Wish Foundation

Friends of the Earth

Natural Resources Defense Council

Second Harvest


Global Giving

EOD Warrior Foundation

Room at the Inn

Samaritan’s Purse

Tennessee Environmental Council

Easter Seals

Make A Wish

Blankets of Hope by Maleah and Friends

Animal Rescue Corps

Mended Little Hearts Foundation

Sisters by Heart

Great Shapes Inc.

Soles 4 Souls

Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital

Disaster Relief




413 Center in Baltimore

Young Chicago Authors  Young Chicago Authors transforms the lives of young people by cultivating their voices through writing, publication, and performance education.

Together Rising Together Rising offers support and assistance to people who have no where else to turn. As we give and receive we become connected to one other– understanding that sometimes people just need a little bit of help during difficult seasons of life. One of the most beautiful things about Together Rising is the remarkable number of recipients who turn around and become givers, adding their gifts to our community so that others may rise as well.

Domestic Violence Program and Sexual Assault Services  (Local) At Domestic Violence Program & Sexual Assault Services, our mission is simple. To PREVENT violence, PROTECT victims, and EMPOWER survivors. We accomplish that by providing citizens of Rutherford County with the resources and assistance necessary to effectively deal with the personal, social, and legal implications of victimization by domestic violence and sexual assault.

Barnabas Vision  The Barnabas Vision is a Christ-focused organization committed to bringing hope to a lost and broken world. We believe that through our dedication to Christian stewardship and leadership God can change the world one life at a time.

Stepping Stone Safe Haven (Local) To provide programs and resources that emphasize on human development…….recovery, and self help, centered around community for short and long term support for those suffering oppression within our community.

No Kid Hungry  No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending child hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day.

Oceti Sakowin The Oceti Sakowin Camp represents a first of its kind historic gathering of Indigenous Nations. The most recent such assembly of Tribes occurred when the Great Sioux Nation gathered before the Battle at the Little Big Horn. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe supports the peaceful and prayerful message of the Oceti Sakowin leaders and desires to assist with options for the their Camp before winter sets in. The on-reservation camp will allow the tribe to explore and pursue considerations for a camp and longer term ways to meet the needs of the community that is 100% off-the-grid, featuring Solar & Wind power generation.

Dana Farber Cancer Institute The mission of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is to provide expert, compassionate care to children and adults with cancer while advancing the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of cancer and related diseases.