2022 Theme: Reaching Up While Reaching Back
End Slavery Tennessee (ESTN) works tirelessly to advocate for human trafficking victims, educate communities across the state and the region, and inform legislators about the critical need to enact tougher laws so that traffickers are duly prosecuted. These important efforts have resulted in vigorous laws that make Tennessee one of the toughest states in prosecuting human trafficking violations. It also resulted in ESTN’s designation by the Governor’s Public Safety Subcabinet as the regional point of contact for 41 counties in Middle Tennessee for victim referrals.
Read more about their work here.
Play Like a Girl leverages the transferable skills middle school girls gain from sport to give them a competitive edge in the classroom and, ultimately, propel them into competitive, male-dominated careers in STEM as young women.
PLAG's programs connect girls with inspiring women role models and mentors, unveil the many pathways to a STEM career, and guide them toward leadership—ultimately, building girls’ confidence for a future in STEM. Learn more about their work here.
Thistle Farms is a nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to helping women survivors recover and heal from prostitution, trafficking, and addiction. The organization does this by providing a safe place to live, a meaningful job, and a lifelong sisterhood of support.
Founded in Nashville in 1997, Thistle Farms provides housing, case management, healthcare, counseling, education, and employment for women survivors for two years - free of charge. Additionally, meaningful employment leading to financial freedom is instrumental in the healing journey. TF's three social enterprises - Body & Home, The Café, and Global Shared Trade - provide both gateway and permanent jobs for survivors, as well as revenue for the mission.
One in three families in Nashville struggle to afford diapers. You can buy candy with food stamps, but diapers are classified with cigarettes and alcohol as disallowed purchases. Nashville Diaper Connection strives to ensure that every baby in Davidson County has enough diapers to stay clean, dry and healthy. Make a donation below!
The Sexual Assault Center was founded in 1978 to provide healing for children, adults, and families affected by sexual assault and to end sexual violence through counseling, education, and advocacy. The founders' vision was to provide support to all survivors of sexual assault and to work to end sexual violence.
Monroe Harding's mission is changing young people’s lives. Since this historic organization began in 1893 as an orphanage for displaced youth, Monroe Harding evolved and continually adapted to meet the needs of children and young adults who are in or transitioning out of state custody. MH ensures that foster care youth and other vulnerable young people build a solid foundation of strengths, positioning them for success in adulthood. They provide children, young adults, and families with resources in the areas of Homes, Healing, and Opportunities through Engagement. MH also advocates for service recipients and empower young people to advocate for themselves.