As many of you know, in the early hours of Tuesday, March 3rd, an F3 tornado tore across the city of Nashville and continued on through Middle Tennessee.
We know of several members that have lost their entire business. Many more have been damaged or are closed, due to the area of town they are in. We are working to connect them to the help that they need. If your business has been affected please let us know, we will be sharing a list of affected member businesses on Friday and ways you can support them.
We know of many more LGBT and allied individuals that have lost their homes and everything they owned. We are working to connect them to resources, manpower for cleanup, and shelter. Even more are without power or in compromised areas and they need assistance as well.
We at the Nashville LGBT Chamber have been doing what we are known for, connecting.
We have connected those affected to the help that is out there. We have connected our corporate members to the need so they can help give back in many ways. We have connected community partners to each other, so we can all work together to build back Nashville by combining resources and energy. This is the Nashville way. We have done it once and will do it again.
People want to help. We have been contacted by so many members and followers on how to give back. National and statewide partners and friends, the NGLCC (National LGBT Chamber) and almost all the other affiliate LGBT chambers of commerce across the country have reached out to see how they can help as well. The outpouring of support is moving and we are so thankful.
We want to continue to connect by giving you ways you can help out in the recovery.
WE ARE NASHVILLE.
You can make monetary or item donations to the Middle Tennessee Storm Relief via these organizations:
- Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee: CFMT manages the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund and distributes grants to nonprofits providing vital services to those impacted.
- Community Resource Center: The CRC is collecting donations of items including personal hygiene items, bleach, trash bags, gloves, batteries, flashlights, and box cutters.
- United Way of Greater Nashville: United Way manages the Restore the Dream Fund, which provides long-term disaster recovery and support in coordination with United Way Worldwide.
- Second Harvest Food Bank: SHFB assists residents and other relief organizations as they work to assist the affected community. They specifically seek pop-top canned meats, vegetables, and fruits, ready-to-eat soups and stews, peanut butter and crackers, cereal, and breakfast and energy bars.
If you are in Nashville and want to work, the need is there. Several Chamber members and members of the community are volunteering for tornado damage clean-up efforts this weekend.
Shifts are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 -5 p.m. on Saturday, March 7th and Sunday, March 8th. Sites for these efforts will be announced in the coming days. Emergency response personnel are on the ground assessing the situation and identifying high-priority areas. You can sign up for this volunteer opportunity through our community partner below:
- Hands On Nashville: HON is working closely with the City of Nashville to ensure all the available resources are in place to help our community and are the point for a lot of volunteer opportunities in this effort. They are amazing at connecting hands to action. They will get you to those that need help.
DISPLACED JOBS ASSISTANCE
If you have employees who are currently displaced from their job, please have them contact firstname.lastname@example.org with their needs. At the same time, if you are currently open for business and able to offer temporary employment, please email email@example.com with your opportunities. Hospitality TN is coordinating efforts to keep Nashville’s hospitality community employed while the city recovers.
- The Metro Nashville Office of Emergency Management is a resource for those affected by the tornado. Their office is located at 2060 15th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212. Contact information is (615) 862-8540 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance is opening a mobile claims unit with insurance providers at the Sportsplex.
- The Nashville Humane Association has supplies and resources available including crates, food, blankets, leashes, collars and other basic supplies at their headquarters at 213 Oceola Avenue near the intersection of White Bridge Road and Charlotte Pike.
- Metro's NERVE site provides up-to-date information including shelters and road closures. Spanish speakers can contact Conexión Américas at 615-269-6900 for help navigating Metro services.
- The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition has an assistance line for immigrants and refugees who may need help: 615-414-1030.
- AirBnB has activated its Open Homes Program, which allows property owners to opt-in and allow their homes to be rented for $0 to displaced people.
- Lyft is activating their Disaster Response program to provide rides to help people move around the Nashville area. Discounted rides can be accessed using code NASHRELIEF20 for those evacuating to local shelters and wanting to donate blood to the American Red Cross. This code is valid for two rides, up to $15 per ride, between now and March 10, 2020
VISITORS AND TOURISTS
Our friends and partners at the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation have created and incredible site for those visiting. We are open and all are welcome!
For visitors and tourists with upcoming plans to visit Nashville, click here for updates and closure notices.
We need you to come! Enjoy the parts of the city that are not affected. Keep the Music Playing.
If you are overwhelmed by the need, best advice is to pick one thing -- an item, event, etc. -- and go all-in there.
If you feel tired or upset, take a step back and allow yourself space to recover. This effort will take a long time and require many hands and talents.
We have this. We will rebuild stronger than ever. We Believe in NASHVILLE.
We share with you Joe's social post from the other night-
This pic will sum up the tornado tonight. You can hit us, damage us, but the spirit of Nashville survives. We will come together and rebuild, just like we did 10 years ago with the flood. I love this city. #ibelieveinnashville #nashvillestrong #nashvilletornado #spiritofnashville