If the school nurse scares you, here are some citywide alternatives
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.
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.
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
For information as well as meeting times, please call Diana at 867-2802.
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.
SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE (S.O.S.)
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.
METRO ANIMAL SERVICES FACILITY
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
COMMODITY SUPPLEMENTAL FOOD
PROGRAM (CSFP) WAREHOUSE
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
BIG BROTHERS OF NASHVILLE INC.
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 HumanityNashville 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LEUKEMIA AND LYMPHOMA SOCIETY
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.
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 www.nkfmdtn.org
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
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
224 Oriel Ave. 862-7940
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 www.tcadsv.org
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
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.
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.
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 www.npp.org
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.
Adoption Connection of jewish
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: firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE
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.
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.
YOUTH ENCOURAGEMENT SERVICES (YES)
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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