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…

Lifters, fixers and sorters

Every year, the wonderful folks at HCA spread out into the Greater Nashville Metropolitan area and volunteer at nonprofits on Community Day. We love that. All of us. Yesterday was Community Day and we had a loyal (most of the group come year after year) band of merry volunteers who faced a monumental task at…

A little help from our friends

I promise you I am not on the HCA payroll. But I want to just say that these people will do anything for nonprofits. Within reason, of course. Case in point: HCA Community Day. Once a year, HCA sends virtually all of its employees to one non-profit or another to help out with anything the…

Elbow grease

People are not exactly lining up to volunteer at the Community Resource Center. Stuff a few envelopes? Too wimpy. Do a little filing? Not so much. Lifting heavy furniture onto pick-up trucks? Now, you’re talking. While the chicks at CRC are not ordinarily into heavy furniture and mattresses we’ve embraced the weight post flooding. We’re…

Speechless

I wish I had a photo of this one. So there’s a meeting this morning at the Center for Nonprofit Management of all the nonprofits in Nashville affected by the flooding. From the time I bumbled into the nonprofit world I cannot even begin to tell you how many times the CNM folks have pulled…

Help for the homeless

People may cross the street when they see a homeless person approaching them. It’s a natural reaction. No one wants to confront their own worst fears. There, but for the grace of God, go I. One of the most forward-thinking nonprofits in town, Urban Housing Solutions, is making real headway into building new lives for…

Playing dress up

We don’t get to dress up often. Most of the time we’re schlepping things around in the warehouse. But a few weeks ago, we got to gussy up to man (or woman) a booth at the HCA Community Day. It’s a cool deal where HCA brings all of Middle Tennessee’s nonprofits together and lets their…