Sometimes a small action can lead to big change, which is what happened when Nolensville resident Amber Moher purchased a backpack at Kroger.
“I was shopping at Kroger last August and school supplies were marked down 90% off and I grabbed the last three backpack, thinking I would take them to the school for someone who might need one. But before I did that, I decided to contact a Nolensville Facebook group and ask if anyone might be in need.”
In turns out, someone did need a backpack. Through the efforts of the Facebook group, she identified a young boy, who was carrying a used girls backpack and Moher was able to give him a brand new backpack.
Seeing how one backpack made a difference in someone’s life motivated Moher to do more for her community. She found inspiration from Goodwill on how to give back to her community.
“Every time I go to Goodwill and they ask if I want to roundup, I always say yes, so I had the thought ‘what if we implemented an idea like that in Nolensville?'”
While Nolensville is part of Williamson County, some statistics are staggering. Moher shared there are 319 people in Nolensville who live in poverty, 135 who live with a disability, and 180 without health insurance.
With one meeting at her kitchen table, a board was formed last September of seven locals, which include Corinne Morse, Anna Hill, Frank Gallina, Angela Mull, Ben Sweeney, and Melissa Hall and Round Up Nolensville began. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for those who need it most in and around the town of Nolensville. They provide food, clothing, medical expenses, housing and transportation assistance, school and career necessities, etc.
The goal for Round Up for Nolensville is to work with local small businesses to have them ask customers to round up their total bill. As their mission statement says, “Nolensville Roud Up provides the opportunity for everyone at every level of income to BE THE CHANGE! Support the local Nolensville businesses and round up your purchases to the whole dollar knowing that your pocket change is just the change needed to make an incredible impact in lives of our neighbors all around us. ”
While the non-profit is still in its infancy, they’ve already found ways to make a difference in the community. In December, Nolensville Market Square sponsored Round Up for Nolensville by purchasing 150 boxes that were distributed to residents, in which they were asked them to donate food items for the Nolensville Food Pantry. With an overwhelming response to their first initiative, not only were they able to assist families in December but were able to cover the needs of January as well. In addition to food items, Nolensville Round Up also asked for hygiene items and delivered 130 boxes of food along with household and hygiene items to those in need.
Moher wants the community to know this organization is “100 percent local and 100 percent volunteer,” meaning that all proceeds earned stay within the 37135 communities to help those who have a need. It also means nearly every cent collected goes directly to helping people.
To learn more about Round Up for Nolensville, visit their Facebook page or attend their next event taking place on February 23, 6 pm at Mama Java’s.
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