Give Real Change.
Not Spare Change.
This awareness campaign promotes alternate giving to community service providers in order to have a more lasting impact than giving to people who are panhandling. Many options are available for those in need.
REDIRECT YOUR GENEROSITY
Your financial and volunteer support is an investment in long-term solutions:
- Make an online donation to these downtown organizations offering a wide range of services for vulnerable men and women:
- Consider initiating a service project at your office or residential complex.
HELP IS AVAILABLE
- Many organizations in Nashville offer shelter, services and meals.
- This Where to Turn in Nashville guide is published by Open Table Nashville.
RESPONDING TO PEOPLE WHO ARE PANHANDLING
So, what should you do?
- Walk with certainty and confidence. Make eye contact and acknowledge the person with a nod.
- Choose to respond politely. You may simply say "no" or "not today."
- If you want to offer something, consider bottled water or food gift certificates rather than money.
- Call 615-862-8600 for non-emergency police assistance (or 911 in an emergency situation).
JOIN THE CAMPAIGN
- By being better informed about the available community resources, you may be able to direct people who are panhandling to the help they need.
- The Nashville Downtown Partnership has posters, rack cards, resource cards and a digital slide to use on information screens that your business or other group may hand out or display. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request these items.
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