Non-profit organizations have been hit especially hard during the pandemic. Fundraisers were cancelled, volunteers were in quarantine and staff had to learn how to navigate a difficult and unprecedented situation.
For that reason, please consider making a year-end contribution to one of the organizations listed here. Each one serves Rutherford County.
Featured Nonprofit for December:
MURFREESBORO RESCUE MISSION
(615) 933-8263 | murfreesbororescuemission.org
Murfreesboro Rescue Mission addresses the issues of homelessness in Murfreesboro and the Rutherford County area. It provides for the immediate needs of the homeless through the Coldest Nights program in Murfreesboro. Coldest Nights is a temporary drop-in shelter for the homeless.
To maintain a clean, safe environment, the organization launders sheets and blankets every week at a cost of $200 per week. It needs both volunteers to help with these services and much needed donations for the laundry machines. It also needs 20 twin-size, wool blankets and 20 twin-size white sheets. To volunteer, contact Ed Grimes at (615) 605-1705.
To provide for long-term needs, MRM is working on acquiring property to build a permanent shelter at a cost of $350,000. An anonymous donor has pledged $50,000 in matching donations. Mail donations to P.O. Box 11368, Murfreesboro, TN 37129. For online donations go to www.murfreesbororescuemission.org.
ALIVE HOSPICE |
(615) 327-1085 | AliveHospice.org/boro
Alive Hospice provides compassionate, end-of-life care, bereavement support and community education. It is the only non-profit hospice in the region and donations allow it to provide affordable grief support to all who need it, financial aid to patients and free education to the community.
To donate, send checks to 1718 Patterson St., Nashville TN 37203 or go to www.Alivehsopice.org/donate.
AMERICAN RED CROSS
(615) 893-4272 | redcross.org
The American Red Cross helps victims in emergencies by mobilizing volunteers and donors. The Heart of Tennessee Chapter is looking for Disaster Response Volunteers. If interested in volunteering, go to www.redcross.org/volunteer. Donations can be mailed to 501 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN 37129 or online at www.redcross.org/give.
CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER
(615) 867-9000 | cacrutherford.org
The Child Advocacy Center responds to child abuse, child sexual abuse and drug endangered children cases as a team with the Department of Children’s Services, law enforcement, and the district attorney’s office. Mail monetary donations to 1040 Samsonite Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN 37129 or online at cacrutherford.networkforgood.com/projects/103408-donations-to-help-child-abuse-victims.
DOORS OF HOPE
615-900-0634 | opendoorsofhope.org
Doors of Hope serves the community by empowering women to break the cycle of addiction, homelessness and incarceration through education, intervention, mentoring and case-management in a safe and supportive recovery-based environment. Make a donation by sending a check to 428 E. Bell St., Murfreesboro 37130 or go to www.opendoorsofhope.org/donate-1.
(615) 631-6691 | dreamcatcherstherapyservices.org
DreamCatchers Therapy Service is a nonprofit that offers occupational therapy, hippotherapy (using the movement of a horse while performing activities that are meaningful to the client), and aquatic therapy in a natural, multisensory approach. It serves children up to age 22 that have physical, emotional, developmental and/or cognitive disabilities. Send donations to 257 McNiel Dr., Murfreesboro, TN 37128 or donate online at www.dreamcatcherstherapyservices.org/dreamcatchers--donations.html.
THE FAMILY CENTER
(615) 890-4673 | familycentertn.org
The Family Center’s mission is to break multigenerational cycles of childhood trauma. It empowers families so children can benefit from healthy environments. Donate by sending a check to 139 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN 37211 or go to www.familycentertn.org/how-you-can-help.
(615) 494-0499 | greenhousemin.org
Greenhouse Ministries’ goal is to move people out of their current situation of hopelessness and help them see their God-given potential, and to provide an outlet for people in the community to volunteer. Monetary donations may be sent to P.O. Box 11171, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 or online at www.greenhousemin.org/donate.
HABIT (Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee)
(615) 626-0313 | HABITmt@utk.edu
HABIT is a volunteer-based animal visitation program. It coordinates volunteers with dogs, cats or rabbits with agencies that would like visits including hospitals, schools, courts, shelters, nursing facilities, crisis centers and many others. Make a donation by mailing a check to HABIT, 2407 River Dr., Knoxville, TN 37996 or online at https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1341/utaa/form/19/form.aspx?sid=1341&gid=21&pgid=3681&cid=5545&bledit=1&dids=652.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
(615) 890-5877 | rchfh.org
Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity is a Christian organization built on the foundation of bringing people together to build affordable homes and communities. Mail a check to 850 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN 37130 or go to https://secure.givelively.org/donate/habitat-for-humanity-of-rutherford-county/help-us-build-in-2021.
THE JOURNEY HOME
(615) 809-2643 | lovegodservepeople.org
The Journey Home is a Christian ministry that serves the homeless and disadvantaged of Rutherford County. The agency helps to rehouse the homeless and provide for people’s basic needs. Mail a contribution to P.O. Box 331025, Murfreesboro, TN 37133 or go to https://charity.gofundme.com/donate/charity/the-journey-home-inc.
JOURNEYS IN COMMUNITY LIVING
(615) 890-4389 | journeysincommunity.org
Journeys In Community Living is dedicated to supporting over 100 adults with disabilities in Rutherford and Cannon counties. It has 18 homes in Murfreesboro, provides transportation for community participation and competitive employment. Donations can be mailed to 1130 Haley Rd., Murfreesboro, TN 37129 or go to www.journeysstn.org/donate.
(615) 956-6106 | kymarihouse.org
Kymari House supports healthy families, informed communities and resilient children. It offers supervised visitation for children separated from one or both of their parents due to safety risks within the home. Send a donation to P.O. Box 12306, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 or go to www.kymarihouse.org/donate.
MEALS ON WHEELS
(615) 895-1870 | mchra.com/meals-on-wheels-do-you-need-meals
Mid-Cumberland Meals-on-Wheels delivers a hot, nutritious meal to homebound seniors age 60 or older. Volunteers deliver the meals and provide wellness check, along with fostering a sense of family for lonely seniors. Make a donation by mailing a check to Meals on Wheels Program, P.O Box 332369, Murfreesboro, TN 37133-2369 or go to https://www.mc-mealsonwheels.com/donate.
MINDFUL CARE ADULT DAY SERVICES |
(615) 542-4371 | mindful-care.org
Mindful Care Adult Day Services provides cognitive and physical activities as well as music therapy for persons with early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s. This allows caregivers a much-needed rest from stress and exhaustion. Send a check to P.O. Box 332966, Murfreesboro, TN 37133 or go to https://givingmatters.civicore.com/MindfulCare.
NOURISH FOOD BANK
(615) 203-3693 | nourishfoodbanks.org
Nourish Food Bank feeds families through compassionate service, supportive programs and partnerships. Make a donation by sending a check to 1809 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN 37129 or go to www.nourishfoodbanks.org, www.venmo.com/Nourish-FoodBanks, or www.paypal.me/nourishfb.
(615) 850-3918 | mchra.com/ombudsman
The Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency Ombudsman Program advocates for quality of care and life of older adults living in long term care communities. Monetary donations can be mailed to MCHRA Ombudsman Program, 1101 Kermit Dr., Suite 300, Nashville, Tennessee 37217.
(615) 653-3840 | possibilityplacetn.org
Possibility Place is an educational day program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It strives to provide opportunities to grow, learn and be independent. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 332482, Murfreesboro, TN 37133 or go to www.possibilityplacetn.org/donate.
PRIMARY CARE & HOPE CLINIC
(615) 893- 9390 | hopeclnc.org
The Primary Care and Hope Clinic works to improve the health of the community by providing excellent and compassionate care. It treats all patients regardless of their ability to pay, and donations help bridge the gap between the clinic’s costs and the patient’s payments. Make a donation by mail to1453 Hope Way, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 or go to www.hopeclnc.org/donate.
READ TO SUCCEED
(615) 738-READ | ReadToSucceed.org
Read To Succeed offers free literacy programs, classes and events in Rutherford County. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 12161, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 or go to https://www.readtosucceed.org/product/donate/.
(615) 895-7071 | salvationarmymurfreesboro.org
The Salvation Army fights poverty and works to prevent homelessness through comprehensive programs designed to bring a holistic approach to the individual’s or family’s need. Mail a donation to P.O. Box 791, Murfreesboro, TN 37133 or go to www.salvationarmymurfreesboro.org/.
SE-YA BOOK FESTIVAL
SE-YA Book Festival connects young people with authors of books as a way to improve literacy. Its annual event will be held virtually in March 2021. Donations may be made at www.seyabookfest.com.
(615) 893.4892 | specialkidstn.com
Special Kids is a Christian therapy and nursing center for children with special needs. Its mission is to serve Jesus Christ by caring for his children. Monetary donations can be mailed to 2132 E. Main St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130, on go to www.specialkidstn.com/donate.
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