Groups and organizations providing assistance to tornado victims:
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has a Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund. To give to the fund, go to www.cfmt.org.
The United Way of Wilson County and the Upper Cumberland is accepting donations. Text GRACE to 40403 or go online to https://unitedwaywilson-uppercumberland.org/donate/ to donate.
Federal assistance for individuals who sustained losses in Wilson County can apply for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 or downloading the FEMA app. The telephone number will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
FEMA and Small Business Administration Disaster Recovery Center will open Thursday, March 12 at the Hermitage Community Center, 3720 James Kay Lane from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. each day. Recovery specialists will provide assistance and provide referrals to help with tornado recovery.
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has set up phone lines for employers and employees impacted by the tornadoes. Any worker can file for unemployment assistance. Because the federal government has declared Wilson County a major disaster area, employees are eligible for additional benefits. Employer Phone Number: (615) 551-3501. Employee Phone Number: (615) 247-5138.Callers can leave a voicemail 24 hours a day and a staff member will return the call as soon as possible.
Wilson County Tornado Victim Lost and Found Facebook page has been created. It is an open group page for anyone who finds items to post a photo with a description on the page so owners can claim them.
MJ4HOPE can help with financial assistance for anyone impacted by the tornado. Call (629) 255-0870 or go to www.mj4hope.org.
Assistance request portal has been set up for anyone in Mt. Juliet impacted by the tornado. Go to www.mjpdnews.org/help.
Schools’ online donations for West Wilson Middle and Stoner Creek Elementary can be made at https://tinyurl.com/wp9y7kx. A fund for affected students at Southside Elementary is at https://tinyurl.com/u2whgk9. Mt. Juliet Christian Academy has a gofundme page at https://tinyurl.com/v7pf9dq.
The Mt. Juliet Community Center at 1075 Charlie Daniels Parkway is a distribution point for many items from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. each day. Items available are diapers, food, water, blankets, clothes, pet food, toiletries, cleaning supplies, tarps and gloves at no cost.
Mt. Juliet churches with items available for tornado victims are Mt. Juliet Church of Christ (615-758-2274), Joy International Church (615-773-5252), Global Vision Church (615-553-4040) and Connect Church (615-288-4292).
Wilson Bank & Trust will provide construction loans or lines of credit to those residents in affected tornado areas with a 12-month fixed interest rate at less than half of the normal cost. Residents whose homes were damaged by the tornado can contact a loan officer at Wilson Bank & Trust to get details.
Medium-size teddy bears are being collected to give to each student at Stoner Creek Elementary School when school resumes. The drop-off site is The Basement Marketplace, 14625 Lebanon Rd., Suite F. from Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. It is also a drop-off site to donate toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, travel size shampoo, toilet paper, feminine products, Kleenex, deodorant and hand sanitizer.
Recover Lebanon 2020 group is having an organizing meeting Thursday, March 12 at 10 a.m. at the Capitol Theatre, 110 W. Main St. in Lebanon. The meeting is open for anyone to ask questions and obtain information about assistance and volunteer efforts.
The Free Clothing Store at Life Church will be open through Thursday, March 12 by appointment for anyone affected by the tornadoes. On Friday, March 13, clothes, some free groceries and a free breakfast will be available from 9 a.m. until Noon. The church is located at 3688 Highway 109 near the Lebanon Road intersection. Call (615) 469-5190 or email info@LifeChurchFamily.com to set up an appointment.
Cumberland Valley Western Square & Round Dance Association Benefit Dance will be held Sunday, March 15 from 2-5 p.m. at the Gladeville Community Center, 95 McCrory Dr. in Lebanon. All callers and cuers are invited. There will also be a bake sale.
Lebanon Fire Department is accepting donations at the headquarters building, 520 Coles Ferry Pike. In demand: personal hygiene items, bleach, trash bags, gloves, toilet paper, paper towels, bottled water, batteries and canned goods. For information, call (615) 443-2903.
SunTrust Bank at 240 W. Main St. in Lebanon is collecting hygiene and baby items to donate. Wednesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce has business meeting and office space available at no charge for businesses with tornado damage. Copiers and Wi-Fi services are available.
For debris removal call the Crisis Cleanup Hotline at 1-800-451-1954.
To verify a contractor’s license, go to www.verify.tn.gov. Keep a record of your property damage and any repairs made to your property. All contractors in Mt. Juliet are required to have a business license.