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DIRECTORY OF VOLUNTEER AND GIVING OPPORTUNITIES 

East Nashville Cooperative Ministry is a 501c3 non-profit.  All financial donations and clothing donations are qualified for a tax write-off. 

GENERAL GIVING  –  YOUR DONATION DIRECTLY HELPS FAMILIES IN NASHVILLE

A lot of our families arrive at the “Coop” with nothing more than the clothes on their back. We immediately begin taking care of their emergency needs, including food and clothing.  We work diligently to make sure they get connected to the appropriate services in the community so that they are safe and headed in the right direction. We continue to be a constant resource for them while in emergency transition.  We could not do this without the support of our community, who generously donates food items, clothing and supports us financially so that our programs are effective in bringing healing, hope and proper relationships to guests that are seeking emergency and ongoing care. We have donation and volunteer opportunities in our kitchen programs, pantry programs, garden programs and clothing closet all listed below.

IN THE KITCHEN

We serve over 4000 meals each month to the hungry in our community.  Our kitchen serves as a place of hope and relationship wrapped in good, nutritious foods.  Here’s how you can help us continue to serve:

VOLUNTEER

Love to cook, clean, teach, share or create?  We are looking for individuals, community groups and churches to help serve, plan or cook meals- or to simply be an ear to someone who enters our door waiting for a meal.  We are looking for individuals who would like to teach or be a “chef assistant” in our healthy cooking classes (we’ll help train you). We are also offering specialty classes for diabetics, at risk youth (in conjunction with our garden programs) and  are seeking mentors  for young or teen moms.  For more information on volunteering in the kitchen, email us at info@encm.org

DONATE

Due to the large quantities of food needed for our clients (we serve over 1,000 people each week), we welcome food donations in bulk form or we would love to talk to you about preparing a meal for us with your church, community or social group that would help alleviate some of the pressure on our budget.  We welcome produce from farms, co-ops and family gardens that have been organically grown. Send an inquiry to info@encm.org for more information.

If you would like to contribute financially to our growing food budget we sure would love your help. Feel free to visit us in person or mail in your donation to the address below.  To give on-line donation visit www.givingmatters.org and type in East Nashville Cooperative Ministry. Our donation link is on our home page for your convenience. For questions about how your family, Church or business can partner with us or how your donation can be directed to specific kitchen programs, please contact us at info@encm.org.

Our Address for volunteering and/or donations:
East Nashville Cooperative Ministry
807 Main Street
Nashville, TN 37206

CLOTHING & PLASTIC BAGS

Our Clothing Closet is a busy place in our facility. It serves the needs of the homeless and families living in poverty. We clothe day laborers, children and infants, folks needing clothes for church or for a job interview. We provide “first clothes” for refugees who arrive in the states in their first week. Our clients depend on us for underwear, socks, shoes, jeans, slacks, dresses and items that help them to live or work daily while they get back on their feet. Click here to learn more about how our clothing closet works.

We want to recycle your plastic or paper grocery bags. We use them in our pantry for clients to carry food and we use them in our clothing closet to carry clothes or discard soiled clothing.

To Donate clothes or plastic bags, please visit our 807 Main Street location between the hours of 7am and 3pm, Monday through Thursday and 7am to 1pm on Friday.

CLOTHES CLOSET DONATIONS
We use our clothing closet in three ways:

EMERGENCY CLOTHING FOR THE IMPOVERISHED, THE HOMELESS AND THE REFUGEE:
We provide homeless or families in poverty who enter our doors for the first time an adequate amount of clothes that will keep them warm or dry. We provide adequate clothing for refugees like the Somali Bantu within a week of their arrival from their home country to their new residence in Nashville. We make sure that our homeless friends have adequate shoes, socks and underwear when we have the funds for those items or they are donated.

EVERYDAY CLOTHING:
We believe in budgeting and teaching others to do the same. For families that are not in direct emergency situations, we sell the clothing on our racks for a very reasonable cost. Our experience with families in poverty has taught us that we need to help our clients make good choices for their families. And like each of us, we have to set budgets for our families for food, clothing, shelter and other necessities. Your donation of clothing allows us to sell clothing to families that meet these criteria at extremely low prices.

LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCES:
Everyday someone enters our door needing clothes to wear for a job interview and we want to be there to support them.  Others are trying to get on their feet and require specific clothes (jeans, khakis, etc.) to do so.

Our 807 Main Street location is the collection point for contributions including t-shirts, underwear, socks, pants, dresses- think everything you might need when looking for a job, attending church, working a construction job or cleaning job, and clothing and items for children, including diapers.

Donations are accepted at our offices:
807 Main Street, Nashville, TN 37206
Monday – Thursday, 9am – 3pm, Friday 9am to 1pm
Special arrangements can be made for after hours donations as well