Who we work with

Be a Helping Hand is grateful to the following organizations and businesses whose contributions make our work possible.


Named after Reverend Bill Barnes, a longstanding advocate for affordable housing and deconcentrating poverty, the Barnes Fund makes competitive grants to nonprofit housing developers to increase affordable housing options for Nashvillians.

Advancing equitable climate solutions.

The mission of the Metro Public Health Department is to protect, improve, and sustain the health and well‐being of all people in Metropolitan Nashville.

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The mission of Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency is to create affordable housing opportunities, support neighborhoods, strengthen communities and help build a greater Nashville.

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The Housing Fund provides resources and creative leadership to help individuals and communities create and maintain affordable and healthy places in which low and moderate income people live.

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The Office of Active Citizenship and Service (OACS) offers a number of global and domestic experiential learning programs. These programs offer students opportunities to volunteer in Nashville, to develop leadership skills through organizational management, to improve foreign language proficiency, and to work with NGOs in the U.S. and abroad.

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To connect vulnerable individuals to opportunities and services so they can overcome adversity, experience an improved quality of life and participate in the revitalization of their community. Examples of its recent successes include the 942 Jefferson Street Complex, mixed-use development, and Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Village Manor, a senior housing development.

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Affordable Housing Resources, Inc. (AHR) is a nonprofit organization that creates affordable housing and strong neighborhoods in 40 Middle Tennessee counties through a range of services, including foreclosure prevention, homebuyer education, mortgage lending, and new home construction.

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Books To Kids promotes literacy and a love of reading. With these skills, children are better equipped to make informed life choices. The program focuses on children up to age 11. These are the years when a child’s academic foundation can have its most powerful effect on both the child and their family.

The Cumberland River Compact gives people the tools to be stewards of their watershed, while partnering within policy planning with government agencies.

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Habitat for Humanity, a global nonprofit housing organization, works toward our vision by building strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with families in need of decent and affordable housing. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

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J.U.M.P CDC was started by community members and merchants in 1993 through an effort of rebuilding from the decline and disinvestment in the Jefferson Street corridor and North Nashville community. Its mission is to foster and promote cooperative economic development in the community.

Plenty International’s Kids To The Country (KTC) program offers Nashville’s underserved kids the opportunity to develop a connection to nature through hands-on experience.  KTC takes place on 1750 acres of woods, fields, and streams south of Nashville on Tennessee’s Highland Rim. The land is home to a 45-year-old intentional community called the Farm, which has hosted KTC since 1986

Tiered case management services for pregnant, post-partum and parenting families living in the following 7 zip code areas: 37207, 37208, 37210, 37216, 37115, 37218, and 37221. Families receive personal attention, pregnancy and parenting resources – diapers, car seats, pack-n-plays, reading books, enrollment assistance in other programs, transportation support and more.

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The Nashville Tree Foundation works to preserve and enhance Nashville’s urban forests by planting trees in urban areas, identifying the oldest and largest trees in Davidson County, and educating the public about the value of trees.

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NNEDC works to improve the quality of life for North Nashville residents through housing and economic development that preserves the history and integrity of the community.Be a Helping Hand, Fifteenth Avenue Baptist CDC, Jefferson United Merchants Partnerships (J.U.M.P), and New Level CDC are the founding community development agencies using their strengths collaboratively to build and preserve North Nashville.

Pinnacle Financial Partners is a bank headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee operating in Middle Tennessee, East Tennessee, and, since June 2017, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

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When heartfelt efforts are amplified by cooperation across cultures and generations, we move closer to a peaceful, fair, and equitable world.

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Root Nashville is a public-private campaign, led by Metro Nashville and the Cumberland River Compact, to plant 500,000 trees across Davidson County by 2050.

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THDA is the state housing finance agency. Our mission is to lead Tennessee home by creating safe, sound, affordable housing opportunities.

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Since 1991 Urban Housing Solutions has been developing and managing affordable housing for Nashville’s homeless, low income, and workforce populations. By both constructing new buildings and transforming aging properties, we are changing the “face of affordable housing” and revitalizing depreciated neighborhoods. In partnership with government agencies and nonprofits, we go beyond housing to offer a continuum of care that includes transportation access, medical and mental health support, substance abuse recovery, and civic services.

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