MDA is fighting to free individuals-and the families who love them-from the harmful effects of muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related life threatening diseases so they can live longer and grow stronger.

MDA provides a wide variety of services including our MDA Care Center at Vanderbilt, our Nashville Muscle Walk, MDA Summer Camp, support groups, and educational events.

As part of MDA’s mission to improve the lives of kids with muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases, MDA’s summer camp program for kids ages 6-17 is offered at no cost to families. Children living with neuromuscular diseases face many unique challenges. Their muscles progressively get weaker, these children often lose basic functions such as walking, dressing, eating, talking, or even breathing. MDA relies on the support and dedication of volunteer counselors who are by campers’ sides day and night so they can do all the fun activities that camp has to offer.

Donation Needs:

First Aid Supplies! Sun screen, bug spray, band aids, Neosporin, ibuprofen, alcohol prep pads, pepto bismol, wet wipes, gloves, eye drops, saline solution, hydrocortison, ear drops, toothbrushes, straws, etc.

Sarah Tencer

The Gr8t Chase devotes its energy to passionately advocating for individuals who have found themselves in need of hope, compassion and financial support as they are battling a life threatening disease – cancer.

Cancer isn’t seasonal, and it does not discriminate. Seven children EACH DAY will die of cancer. The death of a child is one of the most traumatic events a family might face leaving them financially and emotionally depleted. They seek your help to relieve some of their burdens.

A letter about Chase: 


Chase was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma two days after his tenth birthday. He battled cancer for almost eight months before succumbing to the disease.

Chase was like the sun: Brilliant, radiant, and able to light up the world. He was a rare soul who found caring and loving others an easy priority. Throughout his fight, he still put others needs and wants before his own.

When we was asked by the Make-A-Wish foundation what would he like to have or do, he asked for new gym equipment for his school, rather than anything for himself.

At the end, he didn’t fear dying, he feared being forgotten.

Our goal is to continue his legacy by putting others first, helping where we can, and choosing hope in dark circumstances.

It is our goal to continue to raise awareness for childhood cancer while making it easier on those who live with that disruption of their lives. Helping ease the burden for those in the fight is exactly what Chase wanted to do.

Matthew 17:20 says, “And Jesus said unto them, because of your unbelief: verily I say unto you, if you have faith as a grain of a mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible to you.”

Chase had a way of leaving you with a mustard seed, and now, we will move mountains for him. It is time to have a “C” word that causes smiles, instead of fear; one that can’t be forgotten: The Gr8t Chase.

Gratefully Yours,

Jennifer Black Yeatts, Co-Founder (and mother of Chase)


Jennifer Yeatts

Their mission is to take veterans on outdoor adventures and to raise awareness of P.T.S.D.

They plan to have one major fishing event per year, and many other events to include going to NASCAR races, Titans games, rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, hunting, golf, etc.

They want to help veterans with the transition back into civilian life and let them personally know that a lot of people wish to thank them for their service to our country.

To volunteer, contact them by phone or fill out the form on their website that says “join.”


Mack Hagewood

RLMO is a one year, residential, discipleship training center. We help those who struggle with addiction or other life issues by giving them a safe place to regain solid ground and rebuild their lives. It is our desire to see men set free by helping them find their identity in Christ.

Their purpose is to help their residents become whole by balancing six areas of growth in their lives:

To be spiritually alive

Mentally sound

Physically well

Emotionally balanced

Socially adjusted

Financially prepared

* They provide food, shelter, clothing, discipleship and mentors, stable employment, job skills training, financial stewardship training, etc.

Opportunities to serve onsite:

They have a need for mentors who are willing to regularly volunteer to host devotions or lead worship at the center, teach classes on anything from biblical discipleship to job enhancement skills. They can also always use help gathering supplies for the center such as toiletries, study materials, food, etc.

Event opportunities:

RLMO Annual Banquet & Silent Auction (we had over 500 attendees last year) – typically october or November date.

RLMO Annual 5K -Typically the 1st week of August or mid spring.

RLMO Benefit Concerts (Artists vary)- Dates vary for these.

Donation needs:

Toiletries, study materials, devotional and/or biblical discipleship tools, food, bedding and linens, etc.

To become a volunteer, please contact jme@rlmo.org or 615-423-8749 or fill out our form on our website http://www.rlmo.org.

Jme Medina

The VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System is committed to improving the health of Veterans through a comprehensive and high quality system, which focuses on each patient’s special needs. The integrated system provides an environment that fosters healthcare research and encourages learning and growth for veterans, family and staff.

TVHS provides ambulatory care, primary care and secondary care in acute medicine and surgery, specialized tertiary care, transplant services, spinal cord injury, outpatient care and a full range of extended care and mental health services. The Nashville Campus is the only VA facility that supports all solid organ transplant programs, including total in-house kidney and bone marrow transplants. The Alvin C. York Campus is a network referral center for mental health services, geriatrics, and extended care. TVHS provides a full range of specialized medical services.


Opportunities to serve ON SITE:  

Volunteer Shuttle Drivers- Volunteer shuttle drivers transport Veterans, family members, visitors and staff from the parking lot to buildings on campus. Shuttle drivers must be at least 18 years of age, have a valid Tennessee driver’s license, provide proof of insurance and complete driver training annually. Volunteers must possess excellent communication and people skills. They request that volunteer drivers commit to at least one 4 to 8 hour shift per week between 7:30 a.m. and 4p.m.

Voluntary Service Office Receptionist- Duties include answering phones, greeting customers, filing, copying and taking messages. A volunteer is needed Tuesdays and Thursdays for a 4 to 8 hour shift between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Excellent communication and people skills are a must.

Opportunities to serve OFF SITE:


Donation Needs:  

Needed items include:

New or gently used men’s and women’s clothing

Assorted personal hygiene items (examples include: shampoo, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc.)

Audio books on CD (cannot accept cassette tapes)

Movies (DVDs only)

Gift Cards to gas stations and grocery stores

Paperback Books

Current Magazines (within 4 months)

Event Volunteers:   


How to volunteer: 

Interested volunteers should contact the Voluntary Service Office at 615-225-4533 to obtain an application packet. Volunteers will be required to have a tuberculosis skin test, background check (if 18 or older) and attend a new volunteer orientation session.

Danielle Hester

UT Extension provides a gateway to the University of Tennessee as the outreach unit of the Institute of Agriculture. It is a statewide educational organization, funded by federal, state and local governments, that brings research-based information about agriculture, family and consumer sciences, and resource development to the people of Tennessee where they live and work.

Because Extension emphasizes helping people improve their livelihood where they are located, most Tennesseans have contact with UT Extension through their local county Extension agents found in each of the 95 counties. Extension agents are supported by area and state faculty as well as by the educational and research resources and activities of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 74 land-grant universities, and 3,150 county units throughout the nation. The stated mission of the system is to help people improve their lives through an educational process that uses scientific knowledge to address issues and needs.

They provide information on a variety of subjects, ranging from landscaping to nutrition, from animal health to family money management. These programs are available to all county residents. Extension also gives special attention to youth.

Challenges facing Tennessee’s young people are greater than ever before. Extension’s 4-H youth development program helps youth from 9 to 19 develop self-esteem, leadership and citizenship skills, and gain knowledge in a wide range of subjects. From health to public speaking, from wildlife to photography, 4-H brings tomorrow’s world to today’s youth and encourages advanced education.

Opportunities to serve ON SITE:  

*The Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) : Cooking/nutrition classes throughout the year in schools, community centers, & other organizations throughout Rutherford County.

*4-H Programs throughout the year (inquire about current programming)

Opportunities to serve OFF SITE:


Donation Needs:  


Event Volunteers:   

They host wellness fairs, 4-H fundraisers, June Dairy Day, Adventures in Ag Day and other activities that use volunteers. 

How to volunteer: 

Contact the office by email or phone. 

Tiffany Schmidt

The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties improves lives by advancing opportunities for education, health and financial stability for all.

United Way’s volunteer site, http://www.unitedwayvolunteer.org, provides opportunities for individuals or groups to volunteer in the areas of education, income, health and rebuilding lives. United Way partners with local programs that meet the most critical needs in our community.



Opportunities to serve ON SITE:  Information available on http://www.unitedwayvolunteer.org

Opportunities to serve OFF SITE:  Information available on http://www.unitedwayvolunteer.org

Donation Needs:   Information available on http://www.unitedwayvolunteer.org

Event Volunteers:  Information available on http://www.unitedwayvolunteer.org

How to volunteer: Please visit http://www.unitedwayvolunteer.org for opportunities.

Claire Wilson

RSC is a group of businesses, individuals and ministries serving the senior adult community.

RSC is a Rutherford County (Tennessee) networking organization dedicated to bringing senior adults, their children and caretakers more and better education, products and services they want and need.
RSC members provide products, services and education in four fundamental areas:


RSC is a non-profit organization that operates in partnership with Greenhouse Ministries. RSC meets at Greenhouse Ministries the 3rd Wednesday each month at 9:00 a.m.


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Opportunities to serve ON SITE:  Right now they are working for our annual Westbrook Towers program – see webpage at http://www.ChristmasGiftBag.info

Opportunities to serve OFF SITE: N/A

Donation Needs:  Door Hangers, Gripper Footies, Hat, Glove and Scarf Sets, Bottles of Hand Sanitizer , Word Search Books, Post-it Notes, Bag Clips, Travel First Aid Kits, Notepads, Boxes of Antibacterial Wipes, Christmas Buckets, Candy Pops, Paper Towels, Christian Bookmarks, Bottles of Lotion, Christmas Cups, Bath Sponges, Wall Calendars, Combs, Razors, An Inspirational Tract, The Book of ‘John’, Lint Brushes, Bars of Soap, Toothbrushes, Nail Files, Pocket Size Kleenex, Scrub Sponges, Ink Pens, Candy Canes, Pencils, Large Gift Bags (to carry the items in), Magnetic Dry Erase Memo Boards, Notepads, Book Marks

Event Volunteers: http://www.ChristmasGiftBag.info

How to volunteer: Email Ron Arnold at rarnold@ats-tn.com

Ron Arnold

The mission of The Rutherford Romp Foundation is to support charities who are based in Rutherford County. Through the Foundation, they impact the lives of the residents of Rutherford County in almost every area. Their main event every year is The Rutherford Romp 5k Run/Walk and Fun Run. Through this event, participants are given the opportunity to choose which organization to support. They can select from a list of Rutherford County based charities and “leave their footprint” on that organization! It is truly a race for the people!


Opportunities to serve ON SITE:

See event volunteers

Opportunities to serve OFF SITE:

See event volunteers

Donation Needs:


Event Volunteers:

Volunteer opportunities will revolve around the staging of the Rutherford Romp, their annual 5K Walk/Run and Fun Run.

How to volunteer:

To volunteer, email volunteer@rutherfordromp.com.

Cheryl Delor

Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with God and people everywhere, from all walks of life, to eliminate poverty housing by building simple, decent, affordable homes.

They build homes for individuals/families that qualify for the Habitat Program. It is not a hand-out but a hand-up!

Their families must meet three requirements:

1. Do they have a need? Most of their families are living in substandard housing or paying more than 50% of their household income just in rent.

2. Are they willing to partner with Habitat? This includes completing 200 – 400 hours of sweat equity, attending a 30 week Financial – Homeowner Class, communicating with the staff, and making a down payment.

3. Can they pay? All of our homeowners pay a mortgage. The mortgage has no interest and includes their insurance as well as their taxes.


They also have a ReStore that is open to the public. The ReStore carries a wide variety of items; furniture, flooring, rugs, art, appliances, paint, doors, windows, lighting, etc. Some items are donated and some are brand new, but the prices are always great.



Opportunities to serve ON SITE:  Their volunteer schedule for the job-site varies depending on when and where the project is. The best thing to do is to call or e-mail often if you are interested.

The ReStore schedules volunteers on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Opportunities to serve OFF SITE: N/A

Donation Needs:  They don’t necessarily take group collection donations, but the ReStore takes donations and will even do pick-ups.

Event Volunteers: They hold two major fundraiser per year.

1. Hammer Down for Habitat – This is a Motorcycle Poker Run.

 2. Cookin’ to Build – This is a chili cook off with painted bowls, dessert, live music, and a great atmosphere. They need volunteers to help with set-up, bowl selection, and break down.

How to volunteer: The best way to get started as an individual Habitat volunteer is to fill out their Volunteer Application. You can print one off of the web-site, pick one up at the office, or ask Megan to e-mail you an application. Once you fill that out and they have your information on file, you can sign up for opportunities.

If you are calling on behalf of a group, the best thing to do is to call several weeks ahead to see if we have a specific date open.

Megan Hutchings

Their mission is to further promote Rutherford County as a tourist destination through public/private partnerships and by encouraging local citizens and visitors to discover the community’s rich heritage, historical sites, cultural events, special programs, recreational and shopping opportunities.

Opportunities to serve ON SITE:  NA

Opportunities to serve OFF SITE: NA

Donation Needs:  NA

Event Volunteers: They have several events during the year that require volunteers. Some of these are: TSSAA Spring Fling, TSSAA Volleyball, TSSAA Basketball and some soccer events.

How to volunteer: www.signupgenius.com/go/9040549AFAC2EA57-spring or contact the CVB at 893-6565

Barbara Wolke

Opportunities to serve ON SITE:

Junior Achievement Volunteers

Tennessee Promise Mentors

Industry Speakers

Opportunities to serve OFF SITE: NA

Donation Needs:  NA

Event Volunteers:   NA

How to volunteer: Contact Beth Duffield.

Beth Duffield

Operation: Adopt a Hero is committed to providing the best opportunities for our veterans to find hope and encouragement through lasting community outreach.

Operation: Adopt a Hero is linking veterans and their families up with resources established in their communities. They also host and promote social events and have structured volunteer opportunities for the community to engage with the veterans.

Opportunities to serve ON SITE:

Opportunities usually coincide with events.

Opportunities to serve OFF SITE:

During the holidays they do stockings for veterans at Tennessee State Veterans Home in Murfreesboro, Knoxville and Memphis. This program consists of handing a stocking to businesses and/or families in which they will stuff the stockings with items listed.

Donation Needs:

Items are needed as part of their annual stocking program in November/December.  Check their website for details.

Event Volunteers:

They use event volunteers at the conclusion of the stocking collections, for their benefit dinner in March and for their 5K and block party.

How to volunteer:

*Contact Malcolm

Malcom Stallard

Their vision is to restore hope, dignity and improve the quality of life for individuals and families facing financial hardship due to the loss of a job, loss of a primary provider either to death or incarceration, drug and alcohol abuse, fleeing a domestic violence situation or whatever life choice or circumstance has brought to them to this point. Always serving with a loving hand up, not hand out.

The Nashville Community Outreach And Resource Center will empower and bring hope to the under-served communities, disadvantaged families and homeless in the Middle Tennessee Area (or where ever we are needed) regardless of age, sex, race, religion or nationality.

They do mobile events throughout middle TN partnering with other agencies providing and hosting health screenings, fall community service fairs and free flu vaccine clinics for the homeless, under and uninsured, food boxes, back to school events with free backpacks, school supplies and other individual items as needed, women’s shelter events and helping to provide needs for families at Christmas such as toys, gifts, clothing and food.

Opportunities to serve ON SITE:

They are looking for someone to coordinate events in Rutherford County.

Opportunities to serve OFF SITE:


Donation Needs:

Donations are tax deductible and we they come to you and pick up your donations.

On going and daily needs:

Monetary Donations

Non perishable foods of all kinds appropriate for meals for families as well as the homeless.

Paper products such as paper plates, plastic utensils, toilet tissue and paper towels

Cleaning Supplies

Hygiene Products for both men and women



1000 Backpacks For Middle Tn Children- They are in need of monetary donations as well as backpacks and school supplies  for all ages for our Summer Back To School Events that will be held late July and or early August. They serve the Nashville Market which includes Davidson, Rutherford, Wilson and Williamson Counties. No child will be turned away because of where they live or which school they attend. They served over 500 children in Rutherford County alone last year.

Event Volunteers:

They hope to have events in the near future

How to volunteer:

Fill out a form on their website

Debbie Murphy

They have been serving the LaVergne community since October 1970. They are a proud and supportive member of the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads.

They Provide:

Full time service to extricate patients from motor vehicle accidents

Ambulance Stand-by for Special Events

Search and Rescue

Hazardous Material Assistance

Weather Spotter Assistance



Opportunities to serve ON SITE:

Opportunities to serve OFF SITE:

Donation Needs: Financial donations always appreciated.

Event Volunteers:

How to volunteer: Pick up an application at their building and come to their meeting every third Thursday.

Dana Blair

Their mission is to set The Captives free and lead the broken to Christ. They serve the homeless in Murfreesboro. They provide hot meals on Wednesday and Friday nights along with groceries and prayer. They also provide a mobile clothes closet for the homeless those nights. Besides clothes, they provide groceries, diapers and formula when it’s available. They are also active in Human Trafficking Rescue.

Opportunities to serve ON SITE:

*Bible studies

*Aiding in family crisis



Opportunities to serve OFF SITE: Seasonally (Easter and Christmas)

Donation Needs:

There is ALWAYS a need. They help fire victims with clothes, furniture and household items. They do clothing and coat drives (this includes the public & volunteers) for the homeless. They also collect subzero sleeping bags.

Needs: Volunteers & Organizations to provide meals on Wed. and Fri. nights

Clothes & Coats

Blankets & Subzero Sleeping Bags

Funds to assist in the winter months for motel rooms for the homeless

Furniture & household items




Kroger Cards

Event Volunteers:

They host a golf tournament the first Saturday in June.  In December they do the Angel Tree and provide Christmas for homeless children and the elderly.

How to volunteer:

Call the office or come by at 5pm on Wednesday or Friday evening.

Linda Forst

They strive to serve the Lascassas, Milton and surrounding communities with the highest level of public safety possible.

Their department responds to fire calls, fire alarms, vehicle accidents, Haz-Mat incidents and other public service calls.



Opportunities to serve ON SITE:  They hold a monthly fish fry on the second Saturday night of each month. Volunteers are always welcome. They also have a grant committee that will be looking for and applying for grants that may be available to their department.

Opportunities to serve OFF SITE:  Their grant committee will need volunteers to look for specific information that may be available on the internet or in public records departments.

Donation Needs:  Donation needs change change frequently. Please contact Jeff by phone or email for a current list of needs.

Event Volunteers: Lascassas Fire Department Fish Fry – 2nd Saturday of each month (except July and December), 4 – 8pm.

How to volunteer: Send them a “PM” on FB or an email to request an application for either a junior membership or adult membership.

Volunteer Coordinator

Their mission is to help save as many homeless, unwanted, neglected, abandoned animals as possible and to educate the public about the benefits of spay/neuter and other animal related issues.

They take in cats, dogs and small animals. They have them vaccinated spayed/neutered and meet any medical needs they may have. After they are healthy, vetted and ready, they are then available for adoption.


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Opportunities to serve ON SITE:  Assistance with yard sales to benefit the program.

Opportunities to serve OFF SITE: N/A

Donation Needs:  Cat food, dog food, cat litter, any cat or dog items.

Event Volunteers: They hold yard sales every couple months to benefit the program and can use help setting up the sales.

How to volunteer: Contact them by email or phone.

Jenna Bell

Hope Camp’s mission is to restore and rebuild hope in the community through a variety of ways.

They participate in group volunteering, community dinners, joint fundraisers, donation drives, random acts of kindness, etc.



Opportunities to serve ON SITE:

Opportunities to serve OFF SITE: N/A

Donation Needs:  They always have a need for food/clothing for the different organizations they work with. They also need supplies/materials for students and items for an upcoming yard sale.

Event Volunteers:

How to volunteer: Send them an email and they will add you to their newsletter that will list our upcoming events and projects.

Barry Holtcamp

The mission of Greenhouse Ministries is to “offer life transformation as volunteers make themselves available to encourage and motivate the clients, to inspire them to dream and make better choices and needed changes in their lives, to promote wholeness, and to give back to others in the community.” Since 1999, the goal of Greenhouse Ministries has been to move people out of their current situation of hopelessness and help them see new possibilities.

Greenhouse Ministries’ purpose is two fold:

1. To serve the underserved of our community through the power of God’s love.

Greenhouse offers a Food Pantry, clothes, toiletries, homeless packs, baby items, and other needed services. We offer classes for life changes like computer, budget, parenting, cooking, music and community classes. Greenhouse has a nursing clinic, and hosts the Rutherford/Cannon County Bar Association Free Legal Clinic every Thursday afternoon. Greenhouse partners with United Way to offer free tax preparation, January to April. Greenhouse has three housing programs, Homeless Men, VA, and a partnership with “Doors of Hope, with their ZOE House for women. Greenhouse has a VA mentoring program offering one-on-one mentoring to veterans. Greenhouse has a ReCycle Bicycle Program so clients can earn a bike for transportation. Greenhouse also has a wonderful Thrift Store, and they take gently used donations. Because of our great networking community, Greenhouse can refer for any services they do not offer.

2. To offer a community-based place for volunteers to give back to others.



Opportunities to serve ON SITE:

Teaching classes

Stocking food pantry

Sorting donated items

Helping in Thrift Store

Decorators and personal shoppers for Thrift Store

Volunteer nurses

Mobile Food Pantries and Back Yard Events

Improvement Projects, cleaning, painting, office work etc.

Veterans to mentor other Veterans

Visiting with walk-in clients

Bike repair

Computer repair

Yard work

IT help


Opportunities to serve OFF SITE:  Contact Greenhouse for these opportunities.

Donation Needs:  Any gently used furniture, clothing or special items for their Thrift Store or food for their Food Pantry

Event Volunteers: They have a number of events that require many volunteers.

How to volunteer: For individuals or regular groups please call and come to the volunteer orientation class. For one time groups please call.

Julie Young
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