Nashville Tornado Relief
Restore the Dream
In the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 3 devastating tornadoes tore through Nashville and the greater Middle Tennessee region. At least 24 lives were lost, countless homes and businesses were destroyed and thousands of people were displaced.
Help Meet Immediate Needs
Our partners are working around the clock to ensure every person in our community has shelter, food, clothing and resources to get through these challenging days.
- Volunteer through Hands On Nashville.
- Give to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s Emergency Response Fund, the American Red Cross Tennessee Region or Gideon's Army.
Individuals or families looking for resources and information on emergency shelter, food, clothing or financial assistance can contact United Way’s 24-hour resource and referral line by calling 211 or visiting 211.org. Click here for more information.
If you were affected by the March 3 tornado, please visit the Nashville Financial Empowerment Center page for in-depth information on financial disaster recovery. Also, please visit Metro Nashville’s Storm Response for information on additional resources.
Support Long-term Recovery
We will continue to support our partners providing on-the-ground assistance but United Way will turn our attention to mobilizing our Restore the Dream fund to support our community’s long-term recovery efforts. The road to full recovery is long and takes a significant, community-wide response. It will take time, energy and resources.
We will work with our partner agencies, government entities and supporting organizations to determine the most pressing needs and to champion a response plan. Through this work, we can begin to place our neighbors and families on the path to full recovery and will provide Greater Nashville’s nonprofit organizations with the support they need to continue their work throughout the community.
To make a donation to support our community’s long-term recovery, give now using the link below or text RestoreTheDream to 41444.
If you are providing immediate disaster relief to the community and need supplies or support, please let us know and we will do our best to help ensure those needs are met. Please complete this form and let us know exactly what you need.
About the Restore the Dream Fund
The Restore the Dream fund was established in 1999 by Dollar General, YWCA and United Way of Greater Nashville to help nonprofit agencies in Middle Tennessee to recover and resume operations in the event of a disaster.
The Restore the Dream fund supports long-term recovery efforts and infrastructure restoration within the network of nonprofit service providers that respond to human needs and assist individuals in putting their lives back together.
United Way of Greater Nashville will work proactively with nonprofit and community partners in a collaborative approach to impact those needs.
Funds will be distributed to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations through an independent application process. Fund distribution will remain separate from United Way’s general Community Fund. All decisions regarding fund distribution are made by the Restore the Dream Committee, which is made of up leaders from United Way’s Board of Trustees and community members.