If the school nurse scares you, here are some citywide alternatives

Support Groups

Sarah Cannon Cancer Center


The patient and family cancer support group meets the first Thursday of each month at 5-6 p.m. in the sixth-floor waiting room at the Summit Medical Center, 5655 Frist Blvd., Hermitage.



A support group, offered through the Hunters Lane Community Education Program, for women facing domestic conflicts, challenges and transitions. Meets 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays at Hunters Lane High School.

CoDependents Anonymous


A 12-step fellowship to help men and women develop healthy relationships. Meets daily in Middle Tennessee; call or visit the Web site for a schedule.

Gilda’s Club


Founded in New York in honor of the comedian Gilda Radner, Nashville’s branch is one of many Gilda’s Clubs throughout the nation. Here men, women and children living with cancer can meet in support groups with their families and friends. All activities at Gilda’s Club are free of charge. 1033 18th Ave. S.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society


The Blood Related Cancers Group meets in the spring at Gilda’s Club-Nashville. Please call for more info.

Lupus Foundation of America

4004 Hillsboro Pk., Ste. 223-B

298-2273 or (877) 865-8787

A nonprofit agency that provides information, education, phone counseling, referrals and lupus awareness in 49 counties of Middle Tennessee. The Davidson Co. Support Group meets at 3 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month at the Skyline Medical Center in Madison.

Nashville Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)


A volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with biological brain disorders and their families. Sponsors a variety of free support and education programs such as the Journey of Hope, Bridges and Visions of Tomorrow support groups. Also offers guests speakers and free seminars for educators who may have students with brain disorders in their classrooms.

National Hepatitis C Coalition

(909) 658-4414

For information as well as meeting times, please call Diana at 867-2802.

Recovery Inc.

A program for overcoming panic attacks, phobias and general anxiety, meets 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in Belmont United Methodist Church, Room 1, 2007 Acklen Ave.



A free service of the Crisis Intervention Center providing individual counseling and a bimonthly support group to anyone who has experienced the sudden or unexpected death of a loved one.



A free service of the Crisis Intervention Center, S.O.S. offers support and information to anyone who has lost someone to suicide and to individuals helping others with this loss. S.O.S. provides weekly support groups where trained facilitators and other group members assist survivors through the grieving process.

US TOO! Nashville

826-6027 or 822-6257

A prostate cancer support group affiliated with US TOO! International. Meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the Gladys Stringfield Owen Bldg. at Baptist Hospital. No meetings in December.

Animal Services


5125 Harding Pl. 862-7928

A state-of-the-art facility that promotes proper animal care. Also investigates animal bites and nuisance/dangerous animal complaints as well as animal cruelty, and enforces the Davidson County leash law (as well as all other local ordinances and state laws) through the impoundment of dogs running at large. The program also provides safety training to protect schoolchildren and others who may come into contact with potentially vicious dogs and other animals. In addition, MAS has many dogs, cats and other animals available for adoption.

Food and Shelter




708 N. 1st St. 862-7907

Provides basic nutritious foods for eligible people in Davidson County. The program helps low-income pregnant women, nursing mothers, infants, children up to the age of 6 and those 60 years of age and above. Call for more information on eligiblity.

Meals on Wheels

Senior Citizens Inc. at Second Presbyterian Church 3511 Belmont Blvd. 463-2264

Delivers hot, diet-specific meals Monday through Saturday, and on Thanksgiving and Christmas days, to homebound senior citizens. Volunteers can commit to delivering as often as one day a week; once-a-month slots are available. Call for more information.

Nashville Family Shelter inc.

292-0173 or 292-0551

A homeless shelter for families with children and pregnant women. NFS provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, counseling, social service networking and hot meals. NFS also serves homeless families with disabilities and chronic health problems in its transitional housing units. There are many opportunities to volunteer at the shelter, including preparing and delivering an evening meal, spending the night at a host shelter, hosting daytime on the weekends, or coordinating a work day or cleanup project, among many others. Please call for more information.

Nashville’s Table

1416 Lebanon Rd. 244-4564

A nonprofit food rescue program that collects and distributes excess prepared and perishable food to more than 100 Nashville agencies. There are many volunteer opportunities available. Call Lori Brown or email

Room in the Inn

Campus for Human Development

532 8th Ave. S. 251-7019

Provides winter shelter for the homeless from Nov. 1-Mar. 31 at congregations throughout Nashville. Call for information on volunteering individually or as a group.

Second Harvest Food Bank

of Middle Tennessee

331 Great Circle Rd. 329-3491

Gathers and distributes 10 million pounds of food annually to the hungry in Middle Tennessee. Second Harvest offers many diverse volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups of all ages, including inspecting and sorting food, organizing food drives or serving children at the Kids’ Cafe program.

General Assistance


478 Craighead Ave., Ste. 108 269-6835

A service organization designed to help those in temporary crisis with past-due utilities, rent, food, clothing for Head Start children and any other need not met by any other organization.

Catholic Charities of Tennessee

30 White Bridge Rd. 352-3087

10 S. 6th St. 259-3567

Social services including adult day care, counseling and programs for refugees. Catholic Charities also offers many opportunities for volunteers, including working with the elderly, translating, tutoring and mentoring youth who’ve been affected by homicide.

Crisis Intervention Center


Offers a free 24-hour crisis & suicide intervention line, telephone counseling and referral services. The center also offers support groups for survivors affected by suicides or sudden deaths. The center welcomes volunteers to answer the crisis lines. (Forty hours of initial training are required.) Call for further information.

Family & Children’s Service

Central Office: 201 23rd Ave. N.


Southeast Office: 4732 W. Longdale Dr. 832-9220

Provides individual and family counseling plus adoptive services in 26 Middle Tennessee counties. Offers numerous programs including the Center for Adoption in collaboration with the Dept. of Children’s Services, Davidson County Relative Caregiver Program, Family Resource Centers, Office Based Counseling and LifeWork Productions.

Gordon Jewish Community Center

801 Percy Warner Blvd. 356-7170

The Jewish Community Center provides recreational, educational, social and cultural programs and services to the entire Nashville community. Fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, athletics, day care, preschool, day camp, lectures, social events and senior adult activities are just some of the many programs. Membership open to everyone.

Habitat for Humanity—Nashville Area

533 Hagan St. 254-4663

A nonprofit organization that builds affordable housing for Nashville neighbors. Call to become a volunteer, have your company/organization sponsor a home, or to get information on becoming a Habitat Homeowner.

Jewish Family Service of Nashville

801 Percy Warner Blvd., Ste. 103


A nonprofit agency that provides nondenominational professional social services to residents of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Services include adoption, counseling, case management, support groups and community outreach programs for all ages.

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the cumberlands

300 Deaderick St. 37201 244-6610

Provides free legal assistance in civil cases to low-income people including special assistance to the elderly and victims of domestic violence without regard to income.

Metropolitan Action Commission

1624 5th Ave. N. 862-8860

Offers many programs for those in need, including assistance with heating/cooling, rent/mortgage, water, prescriptions, delinquent taxes, job training/placement, transportation vouchers, GED classes plus children’s health and early-childhood education (Head Start). There are many volunteer opportunities available at the commission.

Mid-Cumberland Community

Action Agency

233 Legend Dr., Ste. 103, Lebanon 37087 742-1113

A nonprofit agency helping to move individuals and families toward self-sufficiency by providing a variety of programs that offer services such as help with utility bills, rent/mortgage payments, assistance in purchasing prescription medications, weatherization of homes, Retired Senior Volunteer Program and Head Start/Early Start. Serves eight counties surrounding Davidson: Cannon, Rutherford, Robertson, Sumner, Williamson, Cheatham, Wilson and Trousdale. Volunteers are needed for general office work and help with special events.

Mid-Cumberland Human

Resource Agency

1101 Kermit Dr., Ste. 300 37217


A nonprofit agency that provides services such as senior community service employment, summer youth employment, misdemeanor management, home health care, Meals on Wheels, Childcare Certificate program, senior care and more to Davidson and 12 surrounding counties.

Nashville Bar Association

“Dial A Lawyer” 242-9272

“Lawyer Referral” 242-6546

The Nashville Bar Association offers a number of free services that are available to the public. “Dial A Lawyer” operates 6-8 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. Call to talk to volunteer lawyers for legal counseling and questions about the law. Lawyers wishing to volunteer should contact Tracy Hollingsworth at the above number. “Lawyer Referral” provides free referrals and retaining of legal counsel. Call for more information.

Nashville Pro Bono Program


In partnership with Legal Aid and sponsored by the Nashville Bar Association, the program represents or gives advice to low-income clients in certain civil legal matters using local volunteer attorneys.

Neighborhoods Resource Center


Provides technical and organizational assistance and leadership training to neighbors seeking to improve their neighborhood’s quality of life. Helps residents to start or further develop a neighborhood organization in their community.

Martha O’Bryan Center

711 S. 7th St. 254-1791

This center, dedicated to helping families in need living in East Nashville, offers volunteer opportunities in programs such as Meals on Wheels, mentoring and tutoring services of children (preschool- high school), tutoring in GED classes and special events and group projects. For a tour of the facility, contact Ellen, ext. 324.


478 Craighead St., Ste. 108 279-0409

An organization that helps those over 60 and/or disabled of Nashville with heating bills of any kind through donations by NES and gas company customers.

Senior Citizens Inc.

174 Rains Ave. 743-3400

Serves persons 55 and older through life enrichment programs, helping seniors to live fuller, more productive lives. With four centers in Davidson county and two in Williamson, the organization offers hundreds of educational and wellness programs. Also offers volunteer opportunities and provides assistance to those wanting to live independently in their homes. Outreach services include Meals on Wheels, Adult Day Services, respite care assistance, mental health support, aid to crime victims and conservatorship services.

Senior Solutions


Offers free information, referral and assistance designed to help adults aged 55. Find answers to questions about services for senior citizens in the Greater Nashville area.

YMCA of Middle Tennessee

900 Church St. 259-9622

Offers a broad range of health and wellness services, community outreach, youth sports, teen development, senior programs, child care and much more at 21 centers in 11 counties. Sliding-fee scale ensures availability of Y programs and services to all members of the community.

Health Services

Alive Hospice

1718 Patterson St. 327-1085

Alive Hospice provides compassionate end-of-life care, grief support and education to patients, their families and the community. Volunteers are welcome to assist with patient care in homes or in The Residence at Alive Hospice, provide bereavement support or assist in the administrative office.

American Cancer Society

2008 Charlotte Ave. 327-0991

Dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem, the American Cancer Society offers programs and services to help improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their families. Programs include Road to Recovery, Reach to Recovery and Camp Horizon. For more information, call the anytime hotline, 800-ACS-2345 or visit the Web at

American Lung Association of Tennessee

Nashville House, 1 Vantage Way

Ste. C-250 329-1151

Works to prevent lung disease and promote lung health through education, research and advocacy. Volunteers are welcome to help in programs such as “Open Airways for Schools,” which teaches children with asthma how to manage the disease, and smoking-cessation programs, as well as other programs.

Interfaith Dental Clinic

1721 Patterson St. 329-4790

Comprehensive dental clinic for low-income residents of Davidson or surrounding counties who are working but have no insurance. There is an application process, but patients usually pay about 20 percent of normal dental fees. No emergency cases are accepted; however all other standard dental procedures can be performed by Interfaith.


446 Metroplex Dr., Ste. A-200


A voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. The Society’s mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The Tennessee Chapter organizes several fund-raising events including Team in Training, Light the Night, Pennies for Patients and Man & Woman of the Year.

Mental Health Association

of Middle Tennessee

2416 21st Ave. S. Ste. 201


A nonprofit agency that offers information, referral and consultation services regarding mental illness for families and consumers. Provides free educational programs to adults and schoolchildren of all ages about mental health. The aging services program provides consultation, support groups and education for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Provides Hispanic outreach information and referral services.

Nashville CARES

209 10th Ave. S., Ste. 160

259-4866 or (800) 845-4266 (HeartLine)

A nonprofit AIDS service organization serving 13 counties of northern Middle Tennessee. Offers tailored HIV prevention education for adults and youth, workplace training, HIV counseling and testing and prevention materials. For people living with HIV and their families, offers a range of practical, emotional and clinical support services to maintain health and quality of life. Volunteers assist in many services and education programs, as well as helping with office tasks and fund-raising events. Call or visit the Web site for info or assistance, or to make a donation.

National Health Care for the Homeless Council

1716 Chapel Ave. 226-2292

Comprising organizational members and hundreds of individuals who are organized as the HCH Clinician’s Network. The council advocates, researches, trains, publishes and collaborates.

National Kidney Foundation

of Middle Tennessee

2120 Crestmoor Rd. 383-3887

NKF is a nonprofit agency covering 40 counties of Middle Tennessee. NKF provides educational materials and programs to persons with diseases of the kidney and urinary tract, direct financial assistance to patients with kidney failure and community services such as screenings and speakers. Volunteers are needed for general office work and help with special events.

Planned Parenthood of Middle and east Tennessee

50 Vantage Way, Ste. 102 345-0952

Midtown Health Center:

412 D.B. Todd Blvd. 321-7216

Provides reproductive, sexual and complementary health care and sexuality education to women and men regardless of sexual orientation, age, race, religion or income status. Offers services such as fullrange gynecological care, latest birth control options, emergency contraception and abortion services, pregnancy testing and counseling, confidential HIV testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections. Also offers presentations on all aspects of sexual health, including safer sex pratices, healthy relationships and decision-making; training for parents on talking with children and teens about sexuality issues; and in-service training and workshops on sexuality education skills.

the rape & sexual abuse center

25 Lindsley Ave. 259-9055

24-hour hotline: (800) 879-1999

Founded in 1978, the Rape & Sexual Abuse Center is the only agency in Middle Tennessee specializing in the support and treatment of survivors of sexual assault. Provides individual and group counseling to 700 or more men, women and children each year. Support services include the 24-hour crisis line, hospital accompaniment, court advocacy program, RAD self-defense training for adults, and educational services. No one is turned away for lack of ability to pay.

Tennessee hiv/std Hotline

(800) 525-2437

The hotline is staffed with trained personnel to answer any of your HIV/STD-related questions. Resources and referrals for further services are available.

Public Health Clinics

Metro operates four clinics. Service charges are either fixed at low rates or based on income. For general information, call 862-5900.

Downtown Clinic for the Homeless

526 8th Ave. S. 862-7900

East Nashville Health Center

1015 E. Trinity Ln. 862-7916

Lentz Public Health Center

311 23rd Ave. N. 340-5658

Woodbine Clinic

224 Oriel Ave. 862-7940

Public Hospitals

Metro General Hospital

1818 Albion St. 341-4000

Metropolitan Bordeaux Hospital

1414 County Hospital Rd. 862-7000

Services for Women

Dress for Success Nashville


A member of Dress for Success Worldwide, Dress for Success Nashville distributes interview-appropriate suits to women seeking employment. Clients must be recommended by nonprofit organizations or government agencies.

Hope Clinic for Women

1810 Hayes St. 321-0005

A safe, confidential place for anyone struggling with options or past decisions regarding unplanned pregnancies. Services include free pregnancy tests, crisis intervention counseling, referrals for legal, medical and adoption services, ultrasounds, STD testing, material assistance for mother and baby, prenatal classes and post-abortion counseling. Needed are medical professionals who can volunteer their services, office volunteers and translators for Spanish-speaking clients.

Mercy Ministries of America

15328 Old Hickory Blvd. 831-6987

Nondenominational, nonprofit residential homes for young women ages 13-28. Help is offered to women dealing with such life-controlling problems as eating disorders, unplanned pregnancies, physical and sexual abuse, suicidal tendencies, drug and alcohol abuse and depression. Professional counseling and education in basic life skills such as budget, finance, fitness and health are offered, as well as high school and GED courses and preparation and assistance for college.

S.A.V.E. (Survivors Against Violent Environments)


A domestic violence agency that reaches out to women who are in abusive relationships. Free services include in-person crisis intervention, emotional support, guidance and counseling; weekly support group meetings with child care (times and locations are confidential), resources and referrals.

Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

P.O. Box 120972, 37212 386-9406

Statewide Crisis Hotline:

(800) 356-6767

A nonprofit organization composed of diverse community leaders and program members who share a common vision of ending violence in the lives of Tennesseans through public policy advocacy, education and activities that increase the capacity of programs and communities to address violence.

YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee

1608 Woodmont Blvd. 269-9922

24-hour hotline: 242-1199

(800) 334-4628

One of four programs offered by the YWCA, the YW Domestic Violence Center is a regional facility that offers immediate help for women and children in crisis, community-based support groups (free child care provided), shelter at confidential locations, legal advocacy, children’s programs and community education. Also offers the Job Readiness program, which helps women make the transition from welfare to work, and New Start, which helps female prisoners prepare for life while on parole. The YW helps women overcome obstacles that may prevent them from entering the workforce or achieving their goals by breaking the pattern of violence in their lives.

Special Needs

League for the Deaf

and Hard of Hearing

415 4th Ave. S. 248-8828 (voice/TTY)

Provides qualified American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters for any setting, educational classes including basic ASL and “speech reading.” Also offers the only youth center in the Southeast and the only employment program in Middle Tennessee specifically for deaf and hard of hearing persons, plus information and referral services, social adjustment services, and a “home away from home” for deaf and hard of hearing individuals and organizations.

Tennessee Disability Information and Referral Office

John F. Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University

322-8529 or (800) 640-INFO (4636)

Hearing impaired: (800) 273-9595

Publishes disability service directories for West, Middle and East Tennessee available at statewide agencies and libraries, and provides information and service referrals for people of all ages and all types of disabilities in English and Spanish. Also organizes a statewide calendar of disability-related meetings, events and conferences.

Substance Abuse Recovery

Alcohol & Drug Council of Middle Tennessee

2612 Westwood Dr. 269-0029

Offers help and hope to those adversely affected by alcohol and drugs by providing counseling, advocacy, referral services, family and student assistance, community coalitions, preventive education, professional training and other services.


333-6066 www.middletnalanon

Offers support for families & friends of alcoholics.

Alcoholics Anonymous Central Office

176 Thompson Ln. 831-1050

Offers help and information to anyone who wants to stop drinking or needs information about AA. Call the above number for meeting places and times.

Nashville Prevention Partnership

2612 Westwood Dr. 297-7635

A coalition whose mission is to reduce substance abuse and violence in Nashville. Membership is composed of service providers, businesses, media, neighborhood groups and faith organizations.

Tennessee Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services (TAADAS)

1 Vantage Way, Suite B-240


A statewide clearinghouse for alcohol and drug information funded by the Tennessee Department of Health. The “Tennessee REDLINE” phone line, (800) 889-9789, provides support and referrals to those with drug/alcohol problems or their loved ones.

Youth Services

Adoption Connection of jewish

family service

801 Percy Warner Blvd., Ste. 103


Offers a full range of adoption services to prospective adoptive applicants, birth parents and adoptees without regard to religion, race or marital status. Focuses on infant adoption, serving those who are either seeking an agency or independent adoption, domestic or international. Please call or e-mail: for more info.


1802 State St. 329-9191

Builds confidence and direction in children from primarily single parent families through one-on-one Big Brother/Big Sister relations. Offers family and volunteer development services and preventative and interventive outreach programs.

Department of Children services

900 2nd Ave. N.

(877) 237-0004 (24 hours)

Nashville Child Advocacy Center

1808 West End Ave. 327-9958

Working with the Department of Children’s Services, the Metro Police Department and the district attorney general, the center offers therapy and support services for sexually abused children and their families, helping to prevent further trauma. Volunteers are needed to help in administrative capacities and to formulate and oversee programs for children during meetings of the non-offending parents group.

Oasis Center

1221 16th Ave. S. 327-4455

P.O. Box 121648 (37212)

Dedicated to working in partnership with youth, their families and the community to meet, master and embrace the challenges of adolescence. Programs include Nashville PULSE, Nashville Youth Leadership, counseling and primary prevention, Project Safe Place and the Oasis Center Emergency Shelter.

Parents Encouraging Parents

425 5th Ave. N., Cordell Hull Bldg.


A free statewide program offered through the Department of Health that provides resources for caregivers of children with chronic illness or disability.

Parents Reaching Out


A support organization for parents who are experiencing difficult pregnancies or whose babies are in neonatal intensive care units.

Mid-Cumberland Community Services Agency

531 Metroplex Dr., Ste. A-200

333-5400 or (800) 493-111

Provides services to children, families and communities in 12 mid-state counties: Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson and Wilson.

Tennessee Voices for Children

1315 8th Ave. S. 37203

269-7751 or (800) 670-9882

A statewide nonprofit organization committed to improving the quality of life and well-being for children and youth with emotional and behavioral disorders and their families. Advocacy and support groups are available across the state.


521 McIver St. 315-5333

Helps families in inner-city neighborhoods by providing afterschool care, tutoring, summer camp, organized sports and other recreational and cultural activities to at-risk youth, ages 6-18. Volunteers are always needed.


1608 Woodmont Blvd. 254-2042

Part of the YWCA, Youth@Work helps economically disadvantaged young people (ages 14-21) develop leadership skills, maximize their academic performance and prepare for work. Empowers youth in their communities and helps them become more self-sufficient into adulthood.


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