We’re Number One!

Oyster Easter has been voted the Best Charity Event by readers of the Nashville Scene in its Best of Nashville Contest! Thanks readers! We must assume that you’ve all been to the first and best Spring party and enjoyed all the oysters you can eat, a sumptuous Cajun Buffet by South Street, the great music…

Mystery boxes

A more traditional enterprise might call this inventory control. We just call it sorting. CRC is truly blessed to get bulk donations from several major distributors that come boxed like mystery Christmas presents. You just never know what’s inside until you open the box and some of the contents can be, well, silly. Even slightly…

Fun times with Oyster Easter Royals

Two ways to kick out the royal jams this weekend and support your favorite candidates for Oyster Easter King and Queen. Friday night, you are invited to a Wedneck Weddin’ Weception for newlyweds Patricia Apple and Roger Barnett. In lieu of wedding gifts, make a donation to the Community Resource Center a.k.a. Chick Central. Wear…

Pallets, people

Don’t you hate it when it’s right there in front of your face and you miss it? It seems like forever that we’ve been trying to figure out a social enterprise model that fits with CRC. Social enterprise = a profitable revenue stream. Moolah. But, as I can tell you from the 134 classes on…

Bacon Day

Here at the world headquarters of the Community Resource Center we have declared Wednesdays to be Bacon Day. By the way, it has come to my attention that I do not include information on the important work we do every day at CRC on this blog nearly enough so I will intersperse important information in…

Free birds

One of the greatest travesties of the devastating May 2010 floods was the loss of our beloved flamingos. Betsy and I found their poor shattered bodies washed up against the chain-link fence. The funeral mass was held at Christ Cathedral and was attended by hundreds of mourners, including Mayor Karl Dean, then-Gov. Phil Bredesen, Dolly…

The ’80s Prom

Let me just say I don’t remember looking like this in the 1980s and I’m slightly offended that Betsy would plan an entire fund-raising event at my expense. However, it did allow her to alarmingly stretch her job description. I will have to look it up in the employee manual, but I do not recall…

Booze and philanthropy

It is Christmas Giveaway week at CRC. It is madness. Utter madness. Our 5,000-square-foot warehouse is jam packed with stuff. More than 60 nonprofit agencies are coming to pick it all up. We make piles for them based on the needs of their clients. It is back-breaking work. And we don’t eat well. Actually, that’s…

Funny hats

Oh, we are all about hats here at CRC, especially at this time of year when a legion of volunteers joins us to sort inventory for our giant Christmas Giveaway. In the next week, we will distribute more than $100,000 in Christmas gifts to our nonprofit partners so their clients will be remembered this holiday…

Junk: Adding insult to injury

I am doing a slow burn today,  looking at six pallets of junk that ended up in the warehouse because of my stupidity. A compassionate person I shall not name held a donation drive for tornado victims in Alabama, but she couldn’t find a truck to transport the donations. She tells me the donations are…