Building Strong Communities
Community Food Advocates – Nashville | (615)385-2286
A community driven movement of diverse stakeholders committed to developing universal access to a healthy, just, and sustainable food system in Middle Tennessee.
Grow Memphis* – Memphis | (901)552-4298
Advocates for local food-systems change by convening a robust community coalition and by empowering community members to transform blighted properties into community food projects.
Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee – Nashville | (615)346-0952 | Knoxville (865)694-7155 | Johnson City (423)504-4447
PPMET provides access to reproductive and sexual healthcare services and sex education programs, and advocates for public policies to protect reproductive rights and services.
Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee – Nashville | (615)383-0994
Prevent Child Abuse TN is the only statewide, private nonprofit agency that focuses on prevention for at-risk families in Tennessee who need support during critical years.
Tennesseans for Fair Taxation – Nashville | (615)289-1397 Statewide | (888)671-5188
A statewide coalition working to create a more fair and modern tax system that provides revenue to invest in Tennessee, its communities and its residents.
Tennessee Alliance for Progress – Statewide | (888)903-9576
Building a prosperous, sustainable economy that benefits all Tennesseans.
Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence – Nashville | (615)386-9406
A non-profit organization composed of diverse community leaders and program members who share a common vision of ending violence in the lives of Tennesseans.
Tennessee Health Care Campaign – Nashville | (615)227-7500 | Cookeville 931-528-8422
A statewide organization working toward guaranteed, affordable, high-quality health care coverage for all Tennesseans through research, education and advocacy.
Fostering Local Arts and Media
Jubilee Community Arts – Knoxville | (865)522-5851
Promotes, preserves and presents traditional arts of the Southern Appalachian region.
Radio Free Nashville – Nashville | (615)662-0166
A low-power community radio station for diverse and alternative music, voices, and viewpoints generally ignored or misrepresented by the corporate media.
Empowering People with Disabilites
Center for Independent Living of Middle TN – Nashville | (615)292-5803
The CIL-MT works to ensure persons with disabilities have the opportunity to achieve their own vision of independence in an inclusive and integrated community.
disAbility Resource Center – Knoxville | (865)637-3666 | (423)631-0399
The disABILITY Resource Center provides services, support, and advocacy so that people with disabilities may thrive and actively participate within their communities.
Mid Tennessee Council for the Blind – Nashville | (615)356-4940
An advocacy group for blind and visually impaired people in Middle Tennessee. We promote social, educational and employment opportunities, teach adaptability and monitor legislation.
NAMI-TN (National Alliance on Mental Illness) – Statewide | (615)361-6605
A self-help organization of individuals and families living with mental illness, NAMI Tennessee offers support groups, education and advocacy in over 40 local affiliates.
Tennessee Disability Coalition – Nashville | (615)383-9442
A statewide alliance of disability organizations and individuals whose purpose is to assure individuals with disabilities have access to services promoting inclusion, independence, and productivity.
Promoting Animal Welfare
Humane Society of the TN Valley – Knoxville | (865)573-9675
Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley is a no-kill shelter. HSTV rescues animals at risk of euthanasia. Our vision for Tennessee is to become a no-kill state.
People for Animals – Franklin | (615)794-8925
An all-volunteer, not-for-profit animal protection organization dedicated to reducing pet overpopulation by spaying/neutering cats and dogs through partnerships with veterinarian clinics.
Protecting the Environment
Ijams Nature Center – Knoxville | (865)577-4717
Ijams Nature Center is a 300-acre urban greenspace providing engaging outdoor experiences for people to appreciate and care for the natural world.
Little River Watershed Association – Maryville | (865)980-2130
Dedicated to preserving and protecting the Little River for enjoyment and sustainable use. We engage our community to advocate on behalf of the river.
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy – Knoxville | (865)637-6055
A nonpartisan organization working to promote responsible energy choices that create global warming solutions and ensure clean, safe and healthy communities throughout the Southeast.
Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning – Oak Ridge | (865)481-0286
A grassroots environmental advocacy organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of wild and natural areas.
Tennessee Environmental Council – Nashville | (615)248-6500
The Council is celebrating over 40 years of working to educate and advocate for the protection and improvement of Tennessee’s environment, communities and public health.
Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association – Nashville | (615)269-3700
TSRA is a statewide volunteer organization dedicated to preserving and protecting Tennessee’s streams, creeks, water bodies and watersheds.
Working for A Just Society
Appalachian Community Fund – Knoxville | (865)523-5783
Regionally based, regionally controlled grant-making fund supporting the work of grassroots community organizations that address economic, environmental, racial and social justice issues.
Black Children’s Institute of Tennessee – Nashville | (615) 366-5530
Statewide child advocacy organization providing leadership, information and support to governmental agencies, community organizations, parents and individuals to improve lives of minority and poor children.
CISV (formerly Children’s International Summer Villages) – Knoxville | (865)522-9386
Educates and inspires action for a most just and peaceful world and prepares individuals to become active, contributing members of a peaceful society.
Community Mediation Center – Knoxville | (865)594-1879
Assists kids, families, neighbors and organizations to resolve legal and personal issues through constructive conversation. Volunteers provide no-cost mediation. Champions peer-mediation within Knox County Schools.
Highlander Research and Education Center* – New Market | (865)933-3443
Works with youth, new immigrants, and poor people of all colors to bring grassroots struggles for social and economic equity into a new global era.
Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center – Memphis | (901)278-6422
Provides a safe environment for education, counseling and cultural services; works to create a safer environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
Mid-South Peace and Justice Center – Memphis | (901)725-4990
A multi-issue, inclusive, community organizing group in the mid-south working with oppressed communities for liberation and social change.
Nashville Peace and Justice Center – Nashville | (615)321-2266
A community-based, multi-issue center for Middle Tennessee region, promoting peace making, social justice and environmental issues in our society and around the world.
Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA) – Oak Ridge | (865)776-5050
Works nonviolently to build a culture of respect for the earth and its inhabitants that is free from the threat of nuclear weapons.
Organized Neighbors of Edgehill (ONE) – Nashville | (615)256-4617
Majority African-American neighborhood organization that organizes people based on issues of interest to the community such as crime, education, housing, welfare reform, and zoning.
SOCM: Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment – Knoxville | (865)249-7488
Statewide member-run organization encouraging civic involvement and collective action. Members work at local, state and federal level for social, economic and environmental justice for all.
Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty – Nashville | (615)256-3906
TADP strives to honor life by abolishing the death penalty in Tennessee through a strategy of grassroots organizing and education.
Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition* – Nashville | (615)833-0384
TIRRC is a statewide, immigrant and refugee-led collaboration whose mission is to empower and integrate immigrants throughout TN
Workers Interfaith Network – Memphis | (901)332-3570
A movement of people of faith who educate and organize the community to create living wages, improved benefits, and fair working conditions for low-wage workers in the Mid-South.