Keep Williamson Beautiful!

Imagine a program that collects solid waste for recycling, educates our kids in environmental stewardship and generates income for our schools. Well, imagine no more. This is the Keep Williamson Beautiful initiative, an educational and recycling “merit program” that continues to pick up steam—and trash—for cash!

Charit(able)

Layla McCormac has the same energy, enthusiasm and inquisitive spirit you would expect with any 2-year-old child. During a recent visit, she could barely sit still in her mother’s lap long enough to take photos. Once her mother set her back on the floor, Layla was out of the living room and scooting down the hall, something that would have…

Play Like A Girl. Come On. We Dare You.

As a graduate student in 2004, Dr. Kimberly Clay established Play Like A Girl as an organization to make sports an integral part of life for middle school-age girls. Two years later the organization was structured formally as a nonprofit corporation focused on providing women and girls with the knowledge, tools and resources necessary to adopt and maintain a healthy…

Serving Up Hope for the Formerly Homeless

On the surface, The Cookery looks much like any other Nashville café. A new high-rise building is taking shape just down the street, and the sounds of a jackhammer can be heard through the main dining room windows. There’s quiet music playing, and a few people work diligently on laptops around the room. It’s late afternoon and with the exception…

Honoring a Voice that was Silenced too Soon.

Founded in 1984 by William Oscar Smith, the W.O. Smith Music School is a nonprofit educational institution created for the purpose of making quality music instruction available to talented, interested and deserving children from low income families in Nashville. The volunteer teaching artists are community members, local performers, studio artists and university students with a passion for sharing their musical…

Crossing Oceans and Changing Lives

If you tried to row across an ocean in a boat, how far would you make it? Brentwood resident Phil Theodore was determined to answer that question for himself, and it turns out the answer was, “all the way across.”