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The Community Service Committee is responsible for engaging members in service projects that meet the needs and concerns of the larger community and industry. Each year, the Committee teams up with local non-profits to serve others and promote those warm, fuzzy feelings.

This year, our community has been rocked to its core by multiple disasters. Now more than ever, our friends and neighbors in the Greater Nashville area need our kindness and compassion. Above all else, they need our help. With that in mind, we are going to exhibit what it truly means to be a Tennessee Volunteer by proudly serving the following organizations:

Hands-on Relief Day – Cookeville

The tornadoes that ripped through Middle Tennessee in early March left in their wake utter devastation and cataclysmic loss. Nowhere can this be seen or felt more than in Putnam County, where 18 people tragically lost their lives. With the purpose to aid in the ongoing relief efforts, this summer the Community Service Committee as well as other members of the Greater Nashville Apartment Association are teaming up with local organizations in the Cookeville area to assist residents with the rebuilding of their homes and their community. Every hand is a helping hand, and together we can assist in making Cookeville better and stronger than ever before.

The King’s Daughter Child Development Center

The King’s Daughter Child Development Center opened in 1966 to provide child care and educational programs for children from financially challenged families. Each December, GNAA members, led by the Community Service Committee, converge on the center to provide a fantastical holiday celebration for the little ones.

Service In Action

Visits with Santa, storytime with Mrs. Claus, and a toy workshop are just a few of the festive activities the Committee and volunteers provide for the children of the center. Greater Nashville Apartment Association Emergency Relief Program

GNAA founded the Emergency Relief Program (ERP) in 1997 to help families displaced from apartment homes due to fire, flood, and other disasters. ERP is funded through the Community Service Committee’s annual fundraiser, Beer, Butts, and Barbecue. Event attendees enjoy great competition barbecue, libations, field games, and a dessert auction. The monies raised at Beer, Butts, and Barbecue are used to purchase retail gift cards that are presented to victims so they may replace necessity items that were lost as a result of the disaster. This year, in particular, we are focusing on helping those affected by the devastating tornadoes, as well as the victims of the fire that leveled the Highlands at the Lake apartment community. We are encouraging everyone to get involved! If you are interested in helping out with any of these worthy causes or becoming a member of the Community Service Committee, please join us for our next meeting taking place on Monday, April 20 at 10:00 a.m. Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Please consider joining the giving community at GNAA by joining the Community Service Committee or supporting one of these great events. Trust me, you’ll love the warm and fuzzies!