Community Donations that Give Back

Help Kids and Dogs

Helping Animals

The Safe Coalition is a group of animal welfare agencies working together to help Nashville’s pets. The group grew out of the mayor's Ad Hoc Animal Welfare Advisory Committee. The coalition's mission is to build and sustain a community that saves all healthy and treatable cats and dogs in Nashville and Davidson County. The group is working to achieve a 90% or higher save rate. Learn more about grants and partnerships with the group online at Safe-Coalition.org

Habitat for Paws

Habitat for Paws is a nonprofit agency with volunteers who desire to improve the living conditions of dogs living on chains or tethers. Numerous risks to the community develop after a dog is chained or tethered more than 12 hours a day. HFP representatives say chained dogs often become aggressive toward people and other animals. Dogs living on the end of a chain or tethered also are at higher risks for attacks by other animals.

The mission of Habitat for Paws' volunteers is to provide support to pet owners in breaking the cycle of suffering for chained dogs. Establishing long-term relationships with families owning chained dogs provides opportunities for HFP to educate and assist the pet owner in improving the quality of life for their dog by providing appropriate fencing—opening up a new living avenue for those dogs. 

Renae Hawkins, with HFP, says their main priority is to ensure targeted dogs are spayed and neutered, which pet owners can receive at no charge if they qualify through the agency. She says they've helped more than 1,000 dogs get improved family lives since the agency was started in 2013.

Those interested can request to volunteer with fence-building or to donate financially to materials needed for HFP's positive enhancements to dogs' lives. 

Habitat for Paws
P.O. Box 330945, Nashville

Other animal-related nonprofits and community groups to consider assisting include:

  • Snooty Giggles Dog Rescue​
  • Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue​
  • Pet Community Center
  • Noah's Ark Society
  • Nashville PITTIE
  • Nashville Humane Association
  • Nashville Cat Rescue
  • Middle Tennessee German Shepherd Rescue  
  • Metro Animal Care and Control
  • Hip Donelson Lost & Found
  • Foster Dogs Incorporated
  • F.L.U.F.F 
  • Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse and Cat Sanctuary
  • Dogingham Palace Rescue
  • Crossroads Campus
  • Compassion in Action of Tennessee
  • Bonaparte's Retreat
  • Agape Animal Rescue


Charities that Assist Children


Public Education Needs Community Involvement and Leadership is the premier organization linking community resources to Metro Nashville Public Schools. Thanks to dedicated PENCIL partners, students work in state-of-the-art laboratories alongside teachers and industry professionals. Teachers design lesson plans that cross the traditional boundaries of education, such as linking data points in algebra with students' agricultural science classes. Dedicated volunteers regularly donate one lunch hour a week to help a child improve his or her reading comprehension. Businesses work to create an engaged and excited student pipeline interested in their industry through internships and job shadowing.

PENCIL needs new and lightly-used school and office supplies, such as pencils, calculators, dry erase markers, pencil top and block erasers, glue sticks and bottles, hand sanitizer, markers, pencil sharpeners and sanitizing wipes. For a full list of needed items or to sign up to volunteer, go to PencilForSchools.org.

Anyone interested also can sign up to support PENCIL through the Amazon Smile program.

Fun Fact: 
A single wooden pencil can write 45,000 words or draw a line that is 35 miles long. A pencil also can write underwater, upside down or in zero gravity.

It only takes 30 minutes to make a difference with literacy in Nashville.

"Metro Nashville Public Schools has some of the most extraordinary partners in America, and we can thank PENCIL, who have truly taken on the charge to make sure that all schools have support and are well-resourced. There is never a time when we go to PENCIL and ask for help without them providing real support and resources for education in Nashville. From the added tutors and mentors they bring to our schools to the hundreds of thousands of dollars in school supplies they share with our teachers—they allow us to excel."

—Dr. Shawn Joseph  

Youth Villages

Youth Villages is a nonprofit that helps troubled teenagers. Its locations need items such as new or gently-used teenage/YA books, video games and DVDs, scientific and graphing calculators, new group- or family-type board or card games, and new or gently-used luggage and duffel bags. Call 615.250.7266 to confirm. Tennessee residents can show their support for Youth Villages with a specialty license plate for cars registered in the state of Tennessee.

YV volunteers also can work at an event; adopt a campus cottage/cabin; teach job and interview skills, recruit foster parents, coordinate donation drives, teach kids a talent, become a Birthday Hero or Holiday Hero, provide a personal service, offer spiritual guidance or run/walk with youth at weekly practices or in community races. Check out YouthVillages.org.

Community Kids

Community Kids needs incentives for families and students in the form of gift cards. They also appreciate donations for school supplies, winter gloves and hats, backpacks and books. Call 615.587.6722 or email CommunityKidsTN@gmail.com.

Bethlehem Centers of Nashville

Bethlehem Centers of Nashville needs school supplies (crayons, glue, markers, lined paper and pencils) and art supplies (paint/brushes, colored pencils and construction paper). Personal items for donations include full-size toothbrushes; toothpaste; shampoos; conditioners; hairbrushes and combs; soaps; deodorants; body washes and lotions; paper goods for kitchen and baths; cleaning supplies; healthy snacks for children, youth and seniors and grocery store gift cards. Call 615.329.3386, extension 230, or email SFleming@BethlehemCenters.org.

Foster Care Association

Davidson County Foster Care Association needs diapers, toys, children's clothes, car seats and bikes. Monitor DCFAssociation.org for updates. They also are available through the Kroger Community Rewards and Amazon Smile programs. 

St. Luke's Community House

St. Luke's Community House needs nonperishable food, hygiene products, household cleaning supplies, baby food/formula and pet food/treats, baby laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, construction paper, children's toys and art supplies for its preschool, detergent, cleaners, bleach, soap, toothbrush/toothpaste, deodorant, lotion, retail gift cards and activity books for its senior bingo prizes. Call 615.350.7893, see the group's Amazon wishlist or visit StLCH.org.

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