With so many suffering with the devastating effects of the Corona19 virus, there are many ways for us to reach out to help others with either our time or our donations.
Here are a few of my favorite local Charities you can help and how. Many of these type charities are in any local area.
1) The local Food bank. Here is the mission of the Chattanooga Food Bank you can donate monetarily or they volunteer to work:
The Chattanooga Area Food Bank healthfully nourishes the hungry in our region who have summoned the courage to ask for help. The Chattanooga Area Food Bank's mission is to lead a network of partners in eliminating hunger and promoting better nutrition in our region.423-622-1800
2) The Community Kitchen of Chattanooga: Founded in 1982, Chattanooga Community Kitchen offers various community-oriented services to men, women, children and families throughout the state of Tennessee. The agency serves the physical, social and spiritual needs of homeless individuals. It provides clothing, food and night shelters, as well as health care services and programs. (423) 756-4222
3) Salvation Army: Committed To Chattanooga Since 1893 About The Salvation Army The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. 423-756-1023
4)St Matthews Night Shelter:
The solution to homelessness seems simple – provide housing. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready to be housed. Instead, many need shelter while they deal with the issues that caused the situation of homelessness in the first place. Others need a safe space to stay while they transition to independence. Almost all need supportive services as they learn to make it on their own. In order to ensure the greatest success in permanent housing, the Chattanooga Community Kitchen offers a resource in the St. Matthew's Shelter at Second Presbyterian.
Saint Matthew’s Men’s Shelter offers nightly beds to as many as ten men at a time. Residents of the shelter are involved in programs (such as the Homeless Health Care Center’s VIP drug and alcohol program or the Kitchen’s HELP II employment program) and are referred by case managers. The shelter is open nightly from 5:30pm until 6:30am the following morning. Adult men are needed to volunteer as overnight hosts (staff support is provided).
We are all in this together. In the coming year, let's find a way to help as many of our needy as we can.