How our garden didn’t grow

Every year we plant a garden at CRC. I believe we are the only building on Omohundro Place with more than a couple of bushes to greet people. But this year, something happened. I don’t know what but hardly anything grew. It started with the blackberry bushes, which have produced bushels of berries for the…

600 kids

Six hundred at-risk kids are going back to school in style. And let me start by saying that there is no mechanism for taking a sexy photo of the school — or any other — giveaway. It is just not exciting to see reps from all our nonprofit partners gathering up stuff and putting it…

Make a house a home

True story. A chronically homeless man was placed in permanent housing. It happened to be at a motel. But his case worker found out that he wasn’t staying there. Instead, he would visit another formerly homeless man and stay at his place. The case worker asked him why. “Because,” he said, “my house doesn’t look…

The community garden

The idea was always that we’d have fresh produce for our homeless friends. But the community garden at CRC World Headquarters hasn’t turned out that way. After the flood, one of our board members, Chip Higgins, built raised beds in front of our refurbished building. He planted blackberries and strawberries. The blackberries flourished. The strawberries…

The garden and blackberry cobbler

I let the CRC World Headquarters garden go to pot over the winter. Well not pot. That would be in Colorado. But now it’s spring and The Millennial is very excited about learning to grow vegetables. So now I have a gardening buddy and we have a play date at Lowe’s tomorrow to buy plants….

CRC enters the video age

That Millennial. He knows a thing or six. So, CRC is participating in The Big Payback, 24 hours of online giving to nonprofits sponsored by The Community Foundation. It is a production for some nonprofits, to say the least. There are billboards apparently for a few of them. And professionally produced videos. I heard last…

Bingo!

Don’t laugh. We’ll all be there some day. Sitting at the senior center playing bingo. And you know what? It’ll be fun. Bingo will seem like the best game in the world because at the end there are prizes. Cheers to the Shelbyville Senior Center for sending us a picture of the bingo meisters thanking…

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…

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…