Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Community volunteers making efforts after Nashville flooding.

As Middle Tennessee takes stock of the rising waters, area residents are putting their money and their manpower into the region’s recovery efforts. Tens of thousands of families have been displaced. In addition, Nashville landmarks took devastating blows. The Opryland Hotel, including the Grand Ole Opry House, where the legendary Dolly Parton often performed, has experienced millions of dollars worth of damage.

Here's how you can help:

The Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management is encouraging residents who want to volunteer to sign up through Hands On Nashville. Register at The city expects approved volunteer opportunities to be available by mid-week. As of Monday afternoon, more than 3,200 people had registered, said Brian Williams, executive director of Hands On Nashville.

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management, is collecting donations to support flood relief, restoration and clean-up efforts in Davidson County through the Metro Nashville Disaster Response Fund. It has also activated its Tennessee Emergency Response Fund to help communities in need beyond Davidson County. Donations can be made online to both funds at

The Nashville Area Red Cross also is accepting donations to support its relief efforts of the flooding victims. Donations can be made at

"Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the families harmed by the terrible storms this weekend. May they find at least some comfort in knowing the Imagination Library family holds them close to our heart"

David Dotson
President, The Dollywood Foundation