Every day, more than 3,000 Metro Nashville Public School students leave school without a stable place to lay their head at night. These students and their families are living in hotels, homeless shelters, on a friend or family’s couch, or sometimes in their car. These 3,000 students face significant barriers in meeting their most basic needs, let alone coming to school every day.

Yet, despite all this – these students and their families are resilient. These incredible young people, some barely just 4-years-old, desperately want to be at school – to learn, to laugh, to play and to write a new story for their future. 

And that’s why the Community Resource Center is participating in this year’s Big Payback event – because we want to make sure that these incredible students have the basic essentials they need to come to school every day clean, confident and ready to learn.

This year, the Community Resource Center is putting out the call for a hero – a Hygiene H.E.R.O. 

During these 24 hours of giving, we’ve got a big goal to raise $5,000 which provides a hygiene kit for 1,000 students experiencing homelessness. For just $5 – the cost of your morning coffee or your drive-through lunch, you can give a student the gift of hygiene, the gift of health, and the gift of dignity

The CRC recognizes the importance of meeting the basic needs of students and families in our community, particularly those who face the daily struggle of homelessness. Our students cannot be expected to be present and ready to learn if their most basic needs are not being met.

Imagine…

A middle school student being too embarrassed to smile because he hasn’t been able to brush his teeth

A high school student being too ashamed to participate in sports because she doesn’t have access to deodorant, soap or a shower at home

A mother having to make the difficult choice between paying rent, buying food, or sending her child to school in a clean set of clothes

A teacher, who barely makes enough to support her own family, buys snacks, soap, and feminine hygiene products for her students to make sure they are fed, clean, and loved at school every day 

The CRC deeply believes that access to basic hygiene items is a human right and not just a privilege for those who can afford the cost of being clean. It is up to us as a community to ensure that all our neighbors – especially our youngest – have access to life’s most basic essentials. 

Can you be a H.E.R.O. for a student in need? No capes required!

Early giving begins Wednesday, April 27 and the Big Payback continues on May 4 & 5th

Looking for an easier way to donate? Venmo us! Venmo your donation to @crcnashville

Be sure to follow along with us on Instagram to track our progress and for the opportunity to win some CRC swag with your donation!

Wow.

Words can't do justice to how grateful we are to you for your support of the CRC today. It's unbelievable to think that we can provide over 2,000 hygiene kits to students in need because of you.

But there's still one hour left.

There are roughly 600 students who still need our support. Can you help us reach this final goal so that we can provide a hygiene kit to EVERY student experiencing homelessness in Metro Schools?

Regardless of what happens with this final goal, please know that we are in awe of you. We are ending this day with the fullest of hearts for you: our advocates, our supporters, our heroes.

Friends, it is an honor to do this work together.

Donate at the link in our bio > click “Big Payback 2022”. Venmo us at @crcnashville
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Imagine…

A middle school student being too embarrassed to talk to a friend because he hasn’t been able to brush his teeth

A high school student being too ashamed to participate in sports because she doesn’t have laundry detergent to wash her uniform

A mother having to make the difficult choice between paying rent, buying food, or sending her child to school in a clean set of clothes

A teacher, who barely makes enough to support her own family, buys deodorant and feminine hygiene products for her students to make sure their basic needs are met

Though critically important to health and human dignity, hygiene items are almost always overlooked when it comes to basic needs.

Friends: let’s make sure that ALL our students have access to these basic yet ESSENTIAL items.

Because everyone is worthy of being clean.

Make your Big Payback donation before 6 p.m. tonight at the Link in our Bio or on venmo at crcnashville
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JUST 3 HOURS LEFT

There’s just THREE hours left to support the CRC for this year’s Big Payback. Thanks to you, we’ve raised over $11,000, which provides 2,000 hygiene kits to students experiencing homelessness.

We can’t believe we’re saying this, but can you help us get to $15,000 by the end of the day?

$15,000 would FULLY FUND THIS PARTNERSHIP!!

We’ve got a dream - a dream that every single backpack that gets distributed by Metro School’s H.E.R.O. Program will have a hygiene kit included.

That’s more than 3,000 students who will receive the gift of hygiene and human dignity.

We’re asking you to help us make that dream a reality - not for us, but for the students and families who need your support.

We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again:

They say it takes a village to raise a child. Today, in these last few hours of the Big Payback, let’s be that village.

Donate by 6 p.m. tonight at the link in our bio by clicking “Big Payback 2022” or Venmo us at @crcnashville
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Here’s the reality: our students cannot be expected to be present at school and ready to learn if their most basic needs are not being met. ❤️

Hear from our friends at the H.E.R.O. Program about why these resources are so important for the students and families they serve.

Can you give the gift of basic needs?

Support the CRC for this year’s Big Payback by donating now at the link in our bio (select The Big Payback) or Venmo us at @crcnashvile

For every $5 you give, the CRC can give a hygiene kit to a student in need. ❤️
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We're so excited to tell you about the amazing partnership that inspired this year’s CRC Big Payback goal. The @metroschools H.E.R.O. (Homeless Education Resource Outreach) program exists to support the 3,000+ students in Metro Schools who are experiencing homelessness. Learn more about the H.E.R.O. program from our friends, Eliana and Kathleen.

Can you help support this important partnership?

Donate now at the link in our bio by clicking “Big Payback 2022” or Venmo us at @crcnashvile
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The Big Payback Starts NOW!

Every day, more than 3,000 @metroschools students leave school without a stable place to lay their head at night. These students and their families are living in hotels, homeless shelters, on a friend or family’s couch, or sometimes in their car. These 3,000 students face significant barriers in meeting their most basic needs, let alone coming to school every day.

Yet, despite all this – these students and their families are resilient. These incredible young people, some barely just 4-years-old, desperately want to be at school – to learn, to laugh, to play and to write a new story for their future.

And that’s why the Community Resource Center is participating in this year’s Big Payback event – because we want to make sure that these incredible students have the basic essentials they need to come to school every day.

Over the next 24 hours, the CRC has a big goal to raise $5,000, which provides a hygiene kit to 1,000 of our students who experience the daily struggle of homelessness. And thanks to you, we’re nearly HALFWAY to our goal!

Can you be a Hygiene H.E.R.O. and help us reach our goal??

Donate now at the link in our bio - Click “Big Payback 2022” or Venmo us at @crcnashvile

Together, we can make sure our most vulnerable students can come to school every day feeling clean, confident, and ready to learn.
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EXCITING NEWS! Our amazing friends at @fleetfeetnashville are MATCHING your Big Payback donation to the CRC!

Mark your calendars: From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow, @FleetFeetnashville will be matching all Big Payback donations to the CRC up to $2,000 - meaning your DOLLARS and your IMPACT will be doubled! 👏👏

Need more reason to give? How about a chance to win some CRC swag?! We'll be randomly choosing 5 people who donate between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on May 5 to win a CRC t-shirt, a CRC tote bag or a CRC travel mug.

AND! Anyone who gives $100 or more on May 5 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. will automatically receive all 3 items!!

We hope you’ll join us tomorrow by skipping that Starbucks run or that midday drive-through and pay it forward to a student in need!

Donations can be made at the link in our bio (Click “Big Payback 2022” or on Venmo to @crcnashville
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👏 EVERYONE deserves to be healthy and clean 👏

The Community Resource Center is working EVERY day to ensure that all our neighbors have access to this FUNDAMENTAL human need. Join us by making a donation during the #bigpayback starting on May 4th at 6 pm - OR you can make an early gift NOW at the link in our bio ❤️

📸 Thanks to our Hygiene H.E.R.O. pictured above from @lylasinc
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Friends! Early giving for the Big Payback is live NOW! Click “Big Payback 2022” at the link in our bio to help us reach our goal! ❤️

This year, the CRC has a goal to raise $5,000 — Your generous donation will help provide 1,000 hygiene kits for students experiencing homelessness in Metro Nashville Public Schools. You can do the math - just $5 makes you a Hygiene H.E.R.O. for a student in need.

Keep an eye out for us next week from 6 p.m. on May 4 to 6 p.m. on May 5. We’ll be sharing more about our work to support students and how YOU are making that possible through this year’s #BigPayback ❤️

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🎥 ❤️ Hygiene H.E.R.O.E.S. in action! ❤️ 🎬

We love when our #volunteers help us assemble hygiene kits! Check out our friends from @citycurrent who joined us to assemble Hygiene Kits for @metroschools . These kits ensure that our students who are experiencing homelessness have access to these basic essentials.

Volunteers can assemble hygiene kits in our warehouse, with colleagues at their office, or with friends or family at home!

Thank you to our volunteers who help us protect, provide and restore dignity for our neighbors ❤️ 🧼 🧴
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🎥 Special thanks to @quickcutsmedia for this video!
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#volunteerappreciation #nationalvolunteerweek #hygiene #basicneeds #hygieneheroes
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