Tiny homes

So the Millennial and I spent part of the day at Meridee’s in downtown Franklin brainstorming about the specific project we want to target for The Big Payback in May. And what we decided was important and compelling is tiny homes for the homeless a.k.a. tents. When you hear the term “tent city” it conjures…

The Big Payback

So every May, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee hosts The Big Payback. It’s a 24-hour online giving opportunity for nonprofits in Middle Tennessee. The foundation hosted a training session yesterday and I have to say I was pretty darn impressed both with myself for making it through a snowstorm to get there and with…

Anatomy of a giveaway

The January Giveaway is tomorrow. Yes, I know tomorrow is February 2, but last week there was still snow and we are weenies about that in the South so we postponed it. So basically the giveaways are made up of basic necessities we buy with grant money and surplus inventory donated to us from major…

Shelve it

So we’ve got this thing about shelves. When you run a warehouse, there are two ways to go — shelves and pallets. Pallets are fine. You can move them around. But they’re heavy, dirty and give you splinters. I know this from experience. Ouch. Shelves are the gold standard. It’s better to go “up” than…

Let there be light

When we redid our warehouse after it was damaged in the 2010 floods it never occurred to me that we’d have to change the light bulbs. Twenty feet high. So I played the “I can’t see you” game. A light would go out. I can’t see you. Another light. Can’t see you. And, finally, there…

First rule: Never say no

If you are a nonprofit that deals in new surplus inventory, as CRC is, the first rule is that you never say no. We didn’t say no to 17 pallets of flower bulbs, although we didn’t know at the time that flower bulbs stored in a warehouse attract an alarming number of tiny flies (that…

Mad Max

Let’s play dress up in the warehouse. C’mon, Max, it’ll be fun. Really.  I know, Max. I know. You’re 14 years old and we’re about to put you in a 24-month toddler Batman pajama top. There’s no dignity in that. In fact, we are laughing uncontrollably and we can see you are not even slightly…

When your emergency becomes our emergency

Just a little rant here because the Chicks are so appreciative of every bulk donation we get. But. BUT. We are only Two Chicks in a Warehouse and one of them has a little age on her. Twice in the past week, someone else’s emergency has become our emergency. It happens all the time. ALL…

Making a house a home for the formerly homeless

How’s Nashville, the campaign started by the Homelessness Commission to find housing for the chronically homeless, has had a smashing success rate over the last year, putting more than 500 people into permanent housing. They’ve started holding residents’ meetings to encourage community and they asked CRC for some door prizes to encourage participation. What a…

Boy Scout Ingenuity

The Chicks love the Boy Scouts and their completely helpful to The Chicks Eagle Scout projects. A few years ago, we got new shelving in the warehouse courtesy of an Eagle Scout project (sadly, the shelves perished in the flood). And yesterday we got some pretty spectacular raised planter boxes designed and built by Eagle…