Our hearts are truly broken as we look at the communities we serve in the aftermath of this week’s  tornado. While we pray and mourn the loss of family members, friends, homes and businesses during this tragic week, we also remember who we are. We are REALTORS® who are committed to serving the needs of the people and the communities in which we live, work, and play, so we will come together to strengthen, support, and assist those in need. Even as I write this, I see pictures on social media of REALTORS® providing direct assistance to their neighbors today and I am so proud of the outpouring of love we are already showing in the midst of this tragedy.

The next step is to work with Tennessee REALTORS® and NAR’s REALTORS® Relief Foundation. The state association has already applied for REALTOR® Relief Foundation funds to provide housing-related assistance to the communities affected. As soon as we have more information about the process for applying for this assistance, we will pass that along.

So our association can determine the best way we can help, please provide us with any information about REALTOR® members and Affiliates that have been directly affected by this devastating tornado. Please email this information to info@emtar.com or contact Buzz Steele or Lindsie Henry at the EMTAR office #615-758-9851.

We are REALTORS® and we know how to work together to get the job done, so we will assist our neighbors, family and friends and provide help to our communities because “That’s Who We R”!

Here are some ways we can help on the local level. This is what we know so far.

Mt. Juliet

Ray Justice is in charge of the Mt. Juliet Volunteer & Donation Committee. They are asking for the following items so far:

--Canned food
--Non-perishable food
--Clothing
--Toiletries

These items can be taken to the Global Vision Church or Joy Church. If Joy Church is closed due to their work hours, items can be taken to the Mt. Juliet Community Center.

In addition, Recovery Weekend, starting on Friday, March 6 th is being planned for volunteers. More info will be on their website soon, Click Here for more info.

However, those that want to volunteer should fill out a form to volunteer for coordination purposes. REGISTER HERE


Lebanon

Lebanon Police Department is asking for volunteers to help clean up starting with the hardest hit areas. Volunteers will need to be at the Lebanon Police Department located at 406 Tennessee Blvd. in Lebanon by 1:00 pm this afternoon (March 4, 2020). The volunteers will then be bused to the clean up sites. Tomorrow (March 5, 2020) volunteers will be needed as well. Please arrive at the Police Department by 9:00 am to be bused to the clean up sites.

The Lebanon Fire Department is accepting donations at 520 Coles Ferry Pike. They are specifically looking for:
--personal hygiene items
--bleach
--trash bags
--gloves
--toilet paper and paper towels
--canned goods
--batteries

This is a fluid situation, so we’ll have more updates as they come in.

Thank you for anything you can do to help rebuild our communities. We are strong and we will come back by working together and building each other up. Let’s do this!!!