Good ol’ Merriam Webster defines philanthropy as 1: goodwill to fellow men; especially an active effort to promote human welfare 2a : a philanthropic act or gift b: an organization distributing or supported by philanthropic funds
Happy Tales Humane Association– a no-kill animal shelter for dogs and cats that works very closely with their volunteers. Sheila Boomershine, who is over the Happy Tales volunteers, among other things, is AWESOME! Check out their website if you are interested in volunteering, adopting, or want to learn more about this great non-profit!
End Slavery TN– A local group whose purpose is to stop human trafficking and slavery both at home and abroad, End Slavery TN is part of the International organization, ITeams. This great group of people shows how grass root effortscan work at their finest! Love love love this organization and their mission!
Nashville Cares– a community based organization AIDS service organization, set out to provide education, advocacy and support services to anyone affected by HIV and AIDS who need comfort. I actually found out about this organization through a friend, and now we volunteer our time making CARE PACKAGES once a month. Very organized and efficient group who makes a big difference in the lives of many!
Latino Achievers– An outreach program of the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, Latino Achievers emphasizes cultural diversity while focusing on strength the academic performance and career prospects of Hispanics of all ages. While I am not a Latino, my husband is and our future children will be, so this program holds a special place in my heart. Jessie Van de Griek is the Director of this program and does an excellent drop reaching out to the youth of Middle Tennessee. Become their fans on Facebook!
Hands on Nashville– This great group of folks, unites people in Nashville and Middle Tennessee to various non-profit and volunteer groups. It provides all the resources any volunteer would need and brings people together that may never cross paths. Wanna stay involved? This is the site you should be on!
These are just a few of my favorite groups and organizations! Volunteering enriches my life so much and I know that while the children at Latino Achievers may not remember my name, or the cats at Happy Tales could care less who feeds them as long as they are getting fed, and the Nashville Cares clients will probably never see my face, I am able to act as a sounding board for these groups and tell others about them, as well as volunteer my time, contribute funds, etc. Anyone out there volunteer at any cool places?
Would love to hear from you as always!