Make a Local Impact

At REED, we believe in doing good work, and that starts in our own backyard. In addition to the service trips and sustainability arms of Be The Good, we’ve implemented a local focus to support change in our own community.

This year, we are partnering with two Nashville-based organizations: The Family Center to support its mission to break intergenerational cycles of childhood trauma, and The Nashville Food Project to support their mission to bring people together to grow, cook and share nourishing food, with the goals of cultivating community and alleviating hunger in our city. 

Our team will engage with these local community partners through volunteering, donations and communications, including dedicated service days to support the work onsite. Every REED team member will also be granted additional time to volunteer on their own.

Read more about The Family Center and The Nashville Food Project below:

The Family Center offers a range of evidence- or research-based (or informed) programs that help break cycles of trauma in families.  They recognize that creating resilient communities starts in families and families often need a village to support them.  They provide seminars targeting specific needs in shorter time frames, groups that offer more intensive information and skills for families (groups in community partner sites also include the option for children), two-generational coaching in homes, safety zones, or facilities, and training for nonprofits, businesses, and systems like courts or jails to advance knowledge and integrate system changes related to ACEs and Trauma Informed Principles.

The Nashville Food Project was born from the idea that everyone should have access to the food they want and need. They know that one in seven people in Nashville lacks access to enough food to sustain a healthy lifestyle. But they also know that more than 40% of all the food in our city goes to waste. Solutions to hunger take much more than simple handouts. Poverty, unemployment, low wages and escalating housing costs all contribute to the challenges that the most vulnerable residents of our city face.

 

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