Action Alert: Flooding in Nashville
May 18, 2010
BBYO Members, Alumni, Family and Friends:
Last week, the Nashville metropolitan area received the greatest rainfall in its recorded history. The flooding that followed have left many homeless, facing extreme disruption to their lives and a long recovery process ahead. Members of BBYO have opened their homes and hearts to those displaced, and are creating plans to help Nashville begin to rebuild.
The Nashville Jewish community is on the front lines of the relief efforts. The Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee and Nashville Jewish Family Services have identified about 50 Jewish families who have experienced significant home damage. The Gordon Jewish Community Center (JCC) has become a temporary American Red Cross shelter. These agencies are reaching out to Jewish families who have been seriously affected by the floods to offer support, relief and guidance.
Rebecca Hanai, the Regional BBYO President (N'siah) from Nashville offers this perspective:
"After the non-stop rains for two days, many neighborhoods, schools, stores and historical landmarks were completely submerged. However, the Nashville community has come together faster than ever in response to the flood. It is truly incredible to see how much care and love the Nashville community has for one another. The next few months will not be easy, but the continuous support and love is just what we need to get through."
Our sources on the ground are telling us that, right now, the largest need in Nashville is money. Donations to the Jewish Federation of Nashville go directly to Jewish families in Nashville who have been displaced from their homes. If you would like to donate securely online, please go to http://bit.ly/TennFlood.
Other ways to connect and assist the Jewish community and larger Nashville community:
- Hands On Nashville is a local community service agency that is coordinating and placing volunteers to assist with clean up and relief efforts. For those who are able to get there and assist, this is a good source to find a way to do so.
- Think about other ways to help based on your upcoming events, and your proximity to the Nashville area; for example, food / supply drives or fundraisers.
- Reach out to people you might know in Nashville and talk to them directly about their community’s needs.
Thank you and thinking about our friends in Nashville,
Emily Trotz and Adam Bloom
International Teen Presidents