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In a world where crises abound and heartbreak is in every community, people who want to help often don’t know where to turn. Together Rising is where to turn.
Whether it’s pulling children out of the sea outside the refugee camps in Greece, helping abandoned kids on the streets in Indianapolis, establishing the first opioid recovery home for pregnant teens in New Hampshire, building a maternal health wing in Port-au-Prince, providing a single mother access to breast cancer treatment, or keeping a foster family’s heat on in Texas — Together Rising identifies what is breaking the hearts of our givers as they look around their world and their community, and then we connect our givers’ generosity with the people and organizations who are effectively addressing that critical need.
Read stories on how Together Rising transforms heartbreak into effective action.
For the past two months, as we have sheltered in place, Together Rising has been doing what we do best:
Paying attention to what is breaking our individual and collective hearts, and turning that heartbreak into effective action. For nearly a decade, we have spent the bulk of our time reviewing and fulfilling applications from individual families. Right now, the applications show that not only are so many of us struggling to make ends meet because of layoffs and furloughs, but we are also fearful and worried, and we feel alone. So when you, through Together Rising, send checks and grocery gift cards, you are not just helping to pay rent, pay bills, and buy groceries and other necessities, you are giving the gift of being seen.
To date, you have supported 193 families with gifts totalling $170,969.19. That is 193 families who feel lighter, who feel hopeful, who feel less alone.
More than ever before, people who have been generous givers to Together Rising are now turning to us to ask for help.
And we are honored to send them what they need to pay rent, buy groceries, or keep the lights on.
Like Megan, a single mom who has been a loyal supporter of Together Rising who, after her business closed due to the pandemic, was unable to pay rent for the apartment she shares with her son. Last week, she received a check you sent her to cover her rent. She broke into tears and wrote this note of gratitude to you, vowing that when she's back on her feet, she will be back investing in this community.
Reading Megan's story and the story of so many others, here is what we realized: Through Together Rising, we have created the community we need.
At Together Rising, we recommit again and again each day to love our sisters and brothers in crisis across this country and the globe.
A few days ago, devastating tornadoes tore through Nashville, killing at least 24 people, and leaving hundreds homeless.
As always, Together Rising immediately began looking for the local boots-on-the-ground warriors who are trusted, embedded and urgently working to heal the community. We found those grassroots heroes in @GideonsArmyUnited.
Within 30 minutes of the tornado’s impact, Gideon’s Army was on the ground assessing damage, meeting with families, delivering flashlights, and clearing roads. Within 7 hours, they coordinated with the community to open three disaster relief sites, rallied volunteers to secure donations, and created food collection and distribution systems for all three sites.
The work of this community – the thousands of recurring givers to Together Rising -- is to invest in lifting one woman, family, and community at a time.
We support safe and stable housing for women and children in crisis.
Because of your investment in Together Rising, we were able to invest in Lydia's House, a transitional housing provider in Cincinnati, and one of the few shelters in the area where women with children can live while pregnant or just after giving birth.
Providing transitional housing for approximately 36 homeless women and children each year, they focus on the specific challenges each family faces and provide the vital support they need to stabilize and not return to homelessness.
Other causes we are passionate about
Volunteer Properties is proud to call Middle Tennessee home, and it is important for us to give back to the community that supports us. We are honored to partner with local organizations through contributions and community service. In addition to local partnerships by each of our properties, we also donate 1% to give back to our community.
Helping to End Homelessness
Volunteer Properties supports How’s Nashville toward the community-wide, collaborative, and inclusive effort to end chronic homelessness in Nashville within this decade. How’s Nashville was launched by the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission in 2013. South Brook also supports the HUD-VASH program which combines HUD housing vouchers with VA supportive services to help Veterans who are homeless and their families find and sustain permanent housing.
Feeding the Hungry
Concord Village Apartments partners with Loaves & Fishes to help feed the hungry of the Clarksville, TN community. Loaves & Fishes serves between 150-200 meals daily to the hungry six days a week and distributes food to area agencies through volunteer efforts. Loaves and Fishes serve 45,000 to 50,000 meals yearly on-site. Loaves and Fishes also has a Food Distribution Center that distributes thousands of lbs. of food to approximately 30 other churches and agencies helping the needy in the community.
Aid for Underprivileged Kids
Piccadilly Apartments sponsors the Stop, Drop and Run for the Kids 5K in Goodlettsville, TN. This fundraiser for the Goodlettsville Fire Department, presented by Simmons Bank, donates all money raised to the Goodlettsville Fire Department and is used to purchase Christmas gifts for underprivileged kids in the community. Area schools and teachers notify the fire department of children in need and each December each child is given money to shop at the Goodlettsville K-Mart with a local fire department employee. Children also get to have breakfast with Santa and ride in the fire truck after they are done shopping.
Helping Single Mothers in Need
Nottingham Apartments, in Hendersonville, TN works with Grace Place to serve single mothers and their children who are experiencing homelessness. Grace Place is a place of sanctuary, opportunity, and hope that seeks to bridge the gap between existing community resources and fill an enormous need for shelter and ongoing case management for struggling families.
Supporting St. Jude
Each year Volunteer Properties staff and residents participates in the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. The VP team was thrilled to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and their work in treating and defeating childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.