Five Local Ways to Give Back, Make the World a Little Better and Still Have Lots of Fun

1. Buy clothes and accessories from Project 615. Not only will you look great, but you’ll also be helping to advance a number of important causes here in our own area code. In seven years, Project 615 has been able to give back some $300,000 and hire 49 people recovering from homelessness, drug addiction or mental illness. Project615.org 

2. Compost with Compost Nashville. This nonprofit composting service diverts your banana peels and coffee grounds from landfills and converts to a valuable resource: compost. Not only will you be part of the solution to the problem, but you’ll also get a steady supply of rich compost perfect for home gardening. CompostNashville.org

3. Support restaurants supplied by Nashville GrownDon’t just eat like a local, eat to support local farmers as well. It’s easy. Just check out the list of restaurants supplied by Nashville Grown, a nonprofit food hub that supplies Nashville restaurants with high-quality produce and products grown and produced within a 100-mile radius of downtown Music City. Demand for local produce and products keeps the sustainable supply not only going but growing! NashvilleGrown.org

4. Adopt a pet at the Nashville Humane Association, an organization committed to finding responsible homes, controlling pet overpopulation and promoting the humane treatment of animals. NashvilleHumane.org

5. Party at the Old School. Whether it’s hanging out in the speakeasy-style music room, the outside beer garden and open-air barn or the intimate Old School Restaurant, you’ll be supporting the work of Old School Farm, a nonprofit dedicated not only to sustainable practices and farm-to-table produce, but also to providing meaningful employment to individuals of all ability levels. Cheers! TheOldSchoolNashville.com