#NashvilleStrong: Ways to Help

Our hearts are breaking for our Nashville community impacted by this devastating tornado. Our thoughts and hearts are with all of those affected, including our neighbors, friends, and local businesses.

Our host community has been reaching out to us, asking how they can help in this time of need. We wanted to consolidate a list of opportunities for you to engage in as you’re able:

Open Your Home to Those in Need

With so many people displaced, we encourage any host with availability at their rentals in areas that have electricity to consider joining Airbnb’s Open Homes program. This would allow you to provide housing at no cost to those in need.

If you have a space to provide but do not list on Airbnb or for any reason would prefer not to utilize their Open Homes platform, please reach out to us. We are making a list of hosts who have a home available and are reaching out to vetted organizations and NASTRA partners to identify those most in need and make connections with available properties. We have already been able to place several families this way. 

Supply Donations

Donations of the following supplies are needed:

  • Candles
  • Flashlights/lanterns
  • Matches/Lighters
  • Batteries of all sizes
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Tarps
  • Plywood, 2x4s
  • Nails, screws
  • Cleaning supplies, trash bags
  • Work gloves
  • Water
  • Non-perishable food items

We have members who have volunteered to collect donated items and deliver to various donation points. If you have any of these items you would like to donate, please contact us to let us know what items you have available and an address for pickup.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Sign up to assist with cleanup efforts and other physical volunteer opportunities through Hands on Nashville.

We are also mobilizing volunteers and supply donations for this Saturday. Please view the graphic for more information and contact us for addresses and other details.

Financial Contributions

If you’re interested in making a financial contribution to assist those in need, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is managing an emergency response fund

Eat Out & Shop Local

The hospitality industry and local businesses have taken a hit right now, along with the rest of the city. Your shopping and dining helps locals financially and ensures their companies make it through this season.

Communicate with Your Guests

If you are still able to host guests at your property, proactively reach out to your upcoming booked guests to let them know that Nashville is open and the music is playing! Some guests are expressing concern and questions about keeping their reservations based on national news coverage and misleading reports of the downtown area being damaged. Reaching out to your future guests to let them know the status of your property and the city will help alleviate their concerns.

It may be helpful to share the statement made by the President of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp earlier today, available on the Visit Music CIty site:

““Downtown Nashville and the city’s entertainment district were untouched. With minor exceptions, the city’s hotels, restaurants, meeting spaces, attractions and venues are open. Shows went on Tuesday night at the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, Lower Broadway honky tonks and other live music venues. Current conventions are ongoing at Music City Center. There was never a disruption at Nashville International Airport…. 

We are grateful that even with all the devastation, the music keeps playing in Music City. At times like these, we not only have to help our neighbors recover but also keep them working and the industry generating tax revenue for the city and state.””

— President & CEO of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp

It’s a great opportunity to share how much their support means to the city of Nashville and how their visit is more needed now than ever. It may be beneficial to direct them to learn more at: visitmusiccity.com/nashvillestrong

Offer Guests Ways to Help

We are simply overwhelmed with gratitude for the support guests are sharing for our community. Because so many guests (past, present, and future!) are asking how they can help, our partners at TouchStay created a complimentary digital guide book for us to share!

This Tornado Disaster Relief Resource Guide makes it easy for guests to find all the various opportunities to get involved here in Nashville. It includes:

  • Ways to sign up to volunteer while in town 
  • Links to purchase items that support impacted communities 
  • Links to funds for local businesses and service industry workers 
  • Blood donation locations 
  • A list of impacted businesses 

Grab your free Tornado Disaster Relief Resource Guide here »

Host tribe, we love your generous spirits and community-minded focus.

Thank you for showing up, as always, to love our city in such tremendous ways. You embody what it means to be a good neighbor and your efforts are so appreciated and valued. Thank you!

Together, we are #NashvilleStrong!

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