Meeting Our Neighbors’ Basic Needs

Together, we can ensure all families have a stable place to call home, food to eat and the support they need in times of crisis.

what we’re up against

Families struggling to make ends meet are often one flat tire or unexpected medical bill away from not being able to pay their rent that month.

In Tennessee, one in seven families doesn’t know where they’ll find their next meal. More than 3,000 Metro Nashville Public School students have no place to call home—they live in cars, shelters or on friends’ couches.

How we can make it better

United Way of Greater Nashville serves Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Hickman, Houston, Montgomery, Robertson, Stewart and Williamson counties, and we are actively working to …”

Move families out of homelessness.

Every person deserves a stable place to call home. Our work through The Family Collective moves individuals and families experiencing homelessness into stable housing as quickly as possible, and works to prevent those living on the edge from losing their homes in the first place. For many families living paycheck to paycheck, coming up with a security deposit and first month’s rent can be an insurmountable task. Our network of trained coaches helps families overcome these obstacles, secure housing and plan for the future.

Make sure no one goes hungry.

No one living in a thriving community should have to worry about where they’ll find their next meal. Through our partner agencies—local food banks, hot meal providers and meal delivery services—we’re giving individuals and families in need access to high-quality, nutritious meals and bridging the gaps so that families are fed. Together with our community partnerships, we also provide access to food pantries and work to ensure kids are fed when school is not in session.

Provide assistance in times of crisis.

Job loss, unexpected bills and unforeseen circumstances can happen to anyone. We provide a safety net and the 211 Helpline in times of crisis to avoid foreclosure, utility cutoffs or repossession. By providing a singular database for our nonprofit network, we’re able to pool funds from various sources to provide emergency financial assistance to make rent or mortgage payments, pay outstanding utility bills, satisfy medical debts and provide relief from natural disasters like flood or fire.

we’re seeing results


Individuals were able to maintain stable housing


Shelter bed nights were provided for people without a place to sleep


Individuals had their immediate financial needs met during a time of crisis


Community service referrals were made through United Way’s 211 Helpline

Help us meet our neighbors’ basic needs

United Way partners with more than 100 agencies to make this all possible.

Learn more about our Partner Agencies on the ground.

United We Win

These are the faces of our community.