I learned of the devastation from Nashville flooding via social media. The flood, however, happened a couple days ago. The flooding in Tennessee is no longer the top news story. The news has moved on. Thankfully, due to social media, the stories are there for us to follow.
I saw the pictures, cried.
My immediate thoughts were of my friends at Raven Tools in Nashville, TN. Fortunately, Alison Groves posted, “Nashville, Our City.”
Unfortunately, a couple of the Ravens were left temporarily homeless, and the office suffered as well.
Nashville suffered from flooding that destroyed huge parts of a beautiful city … homes, memories and historical landmarks. I learned via Twitter that Memphis and part of Arkansas and our US Navy base was also flooded.
Where does one start when trying to help out such wide-spread devastation?
Give to a local nonprofit.
Nashville Flood Relief
I chose to give to a local Nashville organization that doesn’t have a large administrative overhead, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, per Alison’s recommendation on the Raven blog.
Give a little extra to cover the cost of processing. They did a nice job explaining that here:
Local Giving & Nonprofits
Raven Tools recently launched a contest to give 10 nonprofits a year’s worth of Raven Tools for FREE to help them with their marketing efforts. Now, THAT’S giving back!
Alison mentioned their Nonprofit Jumpstart program in the “Nashville, Our City” blog post:
We at Raven are so grateful to work and live in such an amazing community of good neighbors and caring people. We know there are plenty of organizations in other communities doing great work every day that are under the radar. If there’s an organization in your area that you love, be sure to nominate them for our Nonprofit Jumpstart program. We want to give back to those who serve us in our cities every single day.
Raven Tools was already giving BEFORE they were in need themselves!!!!!! Their nonprofit program started BEFORE the Tennessee flooding.
High five, Raven Tools!
Alison took the time to say “thank you” via Twitter, noting that it’s going to take Nashville a long time to recover.
People have lost more than memories and collectibles. They lost essentials to live. They have air to breath, but what about clean water to drink? Dry, clean food? Imagine the filth and bacteria from the river flooding every crevice of your home, including your toothbrushes….
How do they recover?
Are you willing to walk alongside them with your support?
Give to a local nonprofit who can help directly. Then nominate a nonprofit for a year’s worth of Raven Tools to help jumpstart them in their marketing efforts.