Many of us are looking for ways to serve our community through this time of “social distancing”. Below we have compiled a list of projects you can complete with your family from the safety of your own home or by using social distancing guidelines/restrictions currently in effect to serve the missions we support.
Making Face Masks for Vanderbilt University Medical Center
While VUMC has an adequate supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) currently on hand to protect its employees and patients from COVID-19, cloth masks work well for other circumstances and can help conserve reserves of N95 respirator masks. They will continue to accept donations of cloth masks for the foreseeable future as all patients, visitors and VUMC employees are required to wear a mask while on the Medical Center campus. For instructions about how to make the kind of masks needed and how to donate, please click here.
Agape International Missions (AIM)
Agape International Missions (AIM) exists to glorify God through dedicated efforts to love, protect, and care for survivors of trafficking as well as other vulnerable and exploited individuals in Cambodia. Through a holistic approach of rescuing, restoring and reintegrating survivors of trafficking and preventing sexual slavery, AIM seeks to meet survivors’ spiritual, emotional, social, educational and physical needs.
AIM is currently accepting donations in response to COVID-19 to stop Cambodian children from being sold into slavery. Since the tourism economy has been affected by COVID-19, many families’ main source of income has disappeared, putting children at greater risk of being sold. Some families haven’t eaten in days. AIM is looking to distribute over 100,000 pounds of food in Cambodia to families in need.For $25 per family, we can provide basic food and supplies for a month.
For more information about AIM, visit their website at www.agapewebsite.org.
To help protect children in Cambodia, click the button below.
Village of Hope
Compelled by a God-centered heart for orphans, Village of Hope (VOH) rescues the lives of former child soldiers, sex slaves and their younger siblings orphaned by war. VOH provides a safe haven for healing and hope for a future through outreach ministries of food, education, counseling, residential homes and micro-economic projects.
Covid-19 is causing great fear in the hearts of the Ugandan people due to the previous Ebola outbreak and past wars. Starvation is a reality in the north Ugandan area — during the current lockdown, food is not readily available or accessible. The VOH children have been displaced to homesteads with older relatives, many of which are quite old and ill with HIV or AIDS. There are over 700 children on Village of Hope’s waiting list — many of these children are considered “head of household” as the older child cares for his/her younger siblings.
How You Can Help:
A $12 donation will provide a Covid-19 Kit containing: one bottle of bleach and two bars of soap, providing COVID-19 sanitation needs for one household (VOH child, his/her guardian and other orphans living in the hut, usually 5+ children) for one month.
$30 will provide food for one household for one month.
Pray — Please pray for these vulnerable children of Uganda and the frontline staff people of the Village of Hope who continue to fight for the lives of these children.
For more information on Village of Hope Uganda, visit www.villageofhopeuganda.com
To donate, click on the link below.
Hope Clinic for Women
Hope Clinic for Women is a faith-based safe and confidential place equipping women, men and families dealing with: unplanned pregnancies, access to women’s healthcare, prevention education, pregnancy loss (miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death, failed IVF/failed adoption, abortion) and postpartum depression. They provide medical care, professional counseling, education classes, case management, mentorship and practical support regardless of age, race, religion or ability to pay. During this time of social distancing due to COVID-19, many of their services are moving to a virtual platform. They are always in need of volunteer mentors to walk with women/men/families, but especially during this time.
BECOME A MENTOR
Mentors at Hope Clinic serve as supportive friends and encouragers to clients who have chosen life and have chosen to parent. The mentor is paired with a client around the beginning of the 2nd trimester, through birth and up through the baby’s first year. A mentor will be trained to provide the ‘mentoring and spiritual’ support needed to help the client take advantage of free resources Hope Clinic offers through the Bridge program. The Bridge program provides case management, professional counseling, education classes, and practical support through maternity and needed baby items.
Training: Complete the online Express Training at any time, then complete Direct Client Training held once a month.
Time Commitment: Typically a one-hour session every other week
Need: Females and males
Virtual mentoring takes place over a HIPAA-compliant video call platform, and/or through texting/voice calls if both parties are interested.
Contact Megan Snell at [email protected] or 615.669.3366 if interested.
Legacy Mission Village
Founded by refugees for refugees, Legacy’s mission is to provide hope and healing to refugees in the Middle Tennessee area by empowering refugees with education and skills to achieve stability and thereby facilitating successful integration into American society. Legacy Mission Village has multiple ministries, serving families and individuals both in the United States and in countries across East Africa. Locally, Legacy Mission Village absorbed the refugee ministry originally founded by director William Mwizerwa, a ministry that has been actively supporting refugee families in Tennessee since 2000. For more information about Legacy Mission Village, visit www.legacymissionvillage.org.
Legacy Mission Village is providing emergency food boxes on Fridays for families who have lost all or most of their income for reasons related to COVID-19. Each Wednesday, volunteers can go online and choose from about about 9 – 10 posted delivery routes. Each route involves 3 – 8 homes or apartments, grouped by proximity, and all routes are intended to take no more than an hour. Volunteers can pick up the food boxes on Friday afternoons from Legacy Mission Village contact-free, and are provided with gloves and masks. Volunteers deliver the boxes to the homes/families on their selected route.
If interested, contact Ellisha Williams at [email protected] or (615) 938-0075 to sign up for a route.
Men of Valor
Men of Valor is committed to winning men in prison to Jesus Christ and discipling them. Their purpose is to equip them to re-enter society as men of integrity—becoming givers to the community rather than takers. They provide a year long aftercare and re-entry program for men who are released into the discipleship academy. For more information about Men of Valor visit www.men-of-valor.org.
NEEDS: These men need encouragement. We invite you or your child to draw a picture/color a coloring page and/or decorate a card with a favorite Bible verse which could be hung on the wall as a visual reminder/encouragement.
The Village Chapel
Attn: Jamie Kearney
2021 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212
The Next Door
The Next Door serves women in crisis, equipping them for lives of wholeness and hope. They provide services to women impacted by addiction, mental illness, trauma and/or incarceration, etc. They offer outpatient and inpatient services including a residential program and continue in relationship with women through treatment, recovery, re-entry and aftercare. For more information about The Next Door visit www.thenextdoor.org.
Scripture Cards – As The Next Door women begin their recovery journey, they are in need of encouragement. They love reading scripture, often saying, “This is exactly what I needed to hear!” You can write/decorate scripture verses on index cards for The Next Door to hand out to clients.
Welcome Notes – Every client receives a welcome bag upon her admission into treatment at The Next Door. We invite you to write a sweet welcome note that can be put in their Welcome Bag so they know that someone is thinking of and praying for them.
Bookmarks – In their welcome bags, clients receive a devotional book and Bible. You can make creative bookmarks for them to use in these books.
Mail any of these things to:
PENCIL for Metro Nashville Public Schools
Contribute a video to the ProudlyPENCIL Virtual Learning series. You can read a book to elementary students, demonstrate a STEAM activity for middle schoolers, or provide career prep to high schoolers. Contact Esther Bailey-Bass at [email protected] to learn more. For more information about Pencil visit www.pencilforschools.org or Metro Nashville Public Schools visit www.mnps.org.
Project Connect Nashville
Project Connect Nashville brings hope to individuals in Madison and North Nashville that are stuck in the cycle of poverty and connects them to the faith community. They are currently accepting donations of FULL food boxes to have on hand for hungry families who were impacted by the March tornado or who have been impacted in one way or another by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information about Project Connect Nashville, please visit www.projectconnectnashville.org.
Please include ALL of these items (pending availability). (They need to receive complete boxes so that they can immediately deploy them to individuals and families. They do not have space to store partial boxes.) Call 615-750-2802 to coordinate drop off.
Boxed Meal (ex. Hamburger Helper)
Dry or Canned Beans
Protein Bars/Breakfast Bars
$20 Kroger card (optional, but good for fresh food items)
Siloam Health serves those in need through healthcare. At their Primary Care Clinic, they serve Nashville’s uninsured and underserved. Their patients come from more than 80 countries and speak over 70 languages. For more information about Siloam Health, please visit www.siloamhealth.org.
Here are a few ways you can express your gratitude to Siloam Health clinical staff on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Feel free to get creative and come up with your own ways to say “Thanks!” for all their hard work.
Write a note of encouragement.
Draw a fun picture.
Send your favorite Bible verse.
Pray for them by name.
Record a thank you video with your family.
From the list below, choose a Healthcare Hero (or Heroes) to bless.
Mail your thank you to Siloam Health, 820 Gale Lane, Nashville, TN 37204 and indicate which Healthcare Hero it is for on the envelope. If it’s a digital thank you like a video, email it to [email protected] and specify in the subject line: “For Healthcare Hero ____” and insert their name.
- Emilie Biniker – Nurse Practitioner
- Erin Cox – Registered Nurse
- Veronica Cropper – Receptionist
- Kristen Forster – Physician Assistant
- Jim Henderson – Chief Medical Officer, Physician
- Manal Ibrahim – Medical Assistant
- Emad Khalil – Medical Assistant
- Christina Lima – Licensed Practical Nurse
- Kristin Martel – Staff Physician & Institute Director
- Enas Matta – Clinical Administrative Assistant
- Cassidy Meuting – Registered Nurse
- Perla Quintana – Registered Nurse
- Fady Rezk – Receptionist
- Taimi Rodriguez-Castro – Refugee Immunization Coordinator
- Manal Shahataa – Medical Receptionist
- Lauren Smith – Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
- Brent Snader – Lead Staff Physician & QI Director
- Kap Sum – Patient Relations Manager
- Rebecca Swift – Behavioral Health Consultant
- Hiba Taha – Laboratory Medical Assistant
- Kimberly Thornton – Physician Assistant
- Samantha Weaver – Nurse Manager
- Morgan Wills – President and CEO, Physician
If you have any questions or other creative suggestions, please reach out to Siloam Health’s Director of Engagement, Wes Harrell at [email protected].