The Big Payback is Middle Tennessee’s online, 24-hour giving day. The Big Payback annually hosts more than 900 organizations and helps lift them up by providing tools to engage and encourage others to support the work that they do — the other 364 days of the year.And this year, more than ever, nonprofits still need our support.

For so many of us the year 2020 signified a new decade to take on the world’s problems with full-force and a clear vision. In 2021, Middle Tennesseans continue to face uncertainty that stems from multiple disasters and the aftermath; loss of homes, gigs, business, and health. The economic impact is unfolding. These disasters have forced hundreds of organizations to slow down or put their important work on hold at a time when we need them the most. They are:

Feeding the hungry ∙ Sheltering the homeless ∙ Fighting for the rights of the underserved ∙ Fostering the animals ∙ Preserving the arts ∙ Providing a safe haven ∙ Protecting the environment ∙ Teaching the children ∙ Taking care of each other.

Below are only a handful of the many organizations participating in The Big Payback. You can find a list of all the organizations and learn more about The Big Payback here.

Creative Parks Nashville: Creative Parks Nashville (CPN) provides community based leadership to Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation’s Music, Theater, & Visual Arts divisions. CPN supports these divisions in their efforts to provide educational arts related activities and diverse cultural events for the Greater Nashville area.

The Shower Truck/Shower Up: Their mission is to build relationships, restore hope and dignity, and show the love of God with those in need by providing them with shower services and personal care. They do this utilizing a Mobile Shower Truck that is designed to provide a clean, safe and comfortable place to shower that is completely mobile and can go to various locations around the community.

Community Resource Center: Community Resource Center provides basic essentials that improve the lives of middle Tennessee’s most vulnerable neighbors and empowers our partner agencies to maintain focus on their missions and services. We serve more than 80 nonprofit agencies in 9 counties with free distribution of basic household items. We also supply furniture and appliances at no charge. Last year CRC provided $3.0 million worth of merchandise to our nonprofit partners and directly to clients. The vast majority of our clients are in Davidson County.

Girls Write Nashville: Girls Write Nashville is a nonprofit songwriting mentorship program in Nashville, TN that empowers expression through creative mentorship and community building for teen girls. Our research-driven curriculum builds artistic resilience and confidence in girls while making space for an inclusive and safe city-wide music scene.

Hands On Nashville, Inc: Hands On Nashville (HON) builds capacity for individuals and agencies to meet needs through service. Its programs connect volunteers to opportunities supporting more than 200 nonprofits, schools, and other civic organizations; help these partners reimagine volunteer potential; and bring awareness to the challenges facing the people and places in our community. HON is also part of Nashville’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, and coordinates volunteer efforts for the city when disaster strikes.

House2Home Nashville: At House2HomeNashville, (formerly known as Cheryl’s List) their philosophy is simple: ‘Have A Servant’s Heart.’ Their MISSION is to turn empty rooms into homes by providing new beds and gently used furnishings for people transitioning from homelessness.

Junior League of Nashville: The Junior League of Nashville is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Metro Nashville Parks Foundation: Nashville Parks Foundation exists to enhance parks for everyone through philanthropy, advocacy, and community partnerships. With 178 parks and 27 Community Centers in the current Metro Nashville Parks system your gift will help ensure that Nashville parks are not only sustained, but will flourish into the future for all Nashvillians.

YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee: YWCA Nashville and Middle Tennessee is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. It is the vision of YWCA Nashville and Middle Tennessee to focus on women and girls who desire to create a better quality of life for themselves and/or their families; to achieve self-sufficiency; and to increase their financial strength. YWCA will also be a spokesperson for those women who have no voice. Further, we will raise the awareness and diminish the incidence of violence and racism.

Imagination Library of Middle Tennessee: The Imagination Library of Middle Tennessee increases early childhood literacy by mailing one book per month to children from birth to age 5 at no cost to families, regardless of income in Davidson, Williamson and Sumner Counties. United Way of Greater Nashville is the local affiliate partner responsible for program costs. The cost of the books are then split between UWGN and the Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation.

Nashville Humane Association: Nashville Humane is committed to promoting humane education, controlling pet overpopulation and finding responsible homes for the homeless and adoptable pet community in Nashville and throughout Tennessee. Year-over-year NHA is voted “Best Shelter” and “Favorite Not-For-Profit”, and is proud to have a save rate of 99%.

UpRise Nashville: UpRise exists to help people impacted by poverty receive education and training to obtain quality work with upward mobility while rebuilding hope, self-esteem and opportunity for themselves and their families. Participants are called “Leaders” because they lead their own change. Our mission is to alleviate relational, economic and spiritual poverty through education and the power of redemptive relationships.

Learn more at www.thebigpayback.org