Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Cheatham County Volunteer Opportunities

If you're looking for a place to volunteer, this list of United Way agencies is a great place to start! These are all agencies that are funded by the United Way to serve Cheatham county families. Agency descriptions provided by United Way.

American Red Cross
Improves the quality of human life to enhance self-reliance and concern for others and to help people avoid, prepare for, and cope with emergencies. United Way supports the disaster relief services.

A new non-profit serving the residents of South Cheatham County by bringing together community resources to provide physical, spiritual, material and referral services to those in need. United Way supports the Faith in Action Program.

Bethesda Center
Provides assistance, including food, clothing, prescriptions, utilities, and rent within available resources to people in emergency situations. United Way supports all services

RSVP - Retired & Senior Volunteer Program by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee
A mentoring program for at risk children in Cheatham County schools. Senior adults 55 and over are matched with one at-risk child in the local schools for mentoring. Each child in meets with his or her mentor for one hour a week to play games, get help with academics, or just talk. These children are typically children who, for various reasons, do not have the support they need at home.

Boy Scouts of America - Middle Tennessee Council
Fosters character development, citizenship training, and physical fitness of young boys through an emphasis on outdoor program experiences. United Way supports all services.

Foundation Early Intervention by Development Services
Home and community based services for family and children under the age of three who manifest significant developmental delays. Provides comprehensive assessment and educational services for young children with development delays, support for their families, and training and support for childcare providers serving young children with developmental delays.

Girl Scout Council of the Cumberland Valley
Inspiring girls with the highest ideals of character, conduct, patriotism, and service so that they may become happy and resourceful citizens. United Way supports all services.

Homemaker Program, by MCHRA
Assists elderly and handicapped adults with routine household tasks, household budgeting, shopping and personal care so that they may remain in the home as log as possible. The program works with the elderly and/or handicapped in the home as long as the services are needed.

Meals On Wheels, by MCHRA
Serves nutritious meals each weekday to people 60 and older at the Ashland City Senior Center and to the homebound elderly in Cheatham County. United Way supports the Homebound program.

Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency
Provides services to families in Cheatham County, including emergency assistance with rent, mortgage, utility payments, food, and medicine. Provides commodities distribution and Head Start programs. United Way supports the Community Services Grant program.

Ombudsman Program by MCHRA
Volunteer program that assigns representatives to nursing homes to provide assistance for elderly residents in long-term care facilities age 60 and over. United Way supports all services.

Pathways of Cheatham County
Provides services for children with developmental delays and adults with disabilities, early intervention services for infants, and employment assistance for adults with disabilities. United Way supports all services.

Progress, Inc
Provides residences in Cheatham County that incorporate social relationships, recreation, project activities, learning skills in developing maximum independent living affluences (i.e., self-care and self-help,) and an opportunity for privacy for retarded and handicapped adults. United Way supports all services.

S.T.A.R.S. (Students Taking A Right Stand)
(615)279-0058 (ext 23)
Provides universal, selected, and intensive prevention programs for problems that impact Cheatham County high school and middle school students’ learning and/or development, which may be the result of alcohol, drugs, or violence. United Way supports all services.

Tennessee Poison Center
(615) 936-0760
Provides clinical advice to the public and the healthcare community for the treatment of exposures to drug, chemical, plant or envenomation through telephone hotline intervention, public education, professional education and clinical research. United Way supports all services.

United Methodist Safe House
(615) 648-9100
Provides free and confidential services to women and children victimized by abuse. Services include safe temporary shelter, food, clothes, 24-hour crisis line, and legal information. United Way supports all services.

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