Our mission

Trevecca’s mission is to be “a Christian community providing education for leadership and service.” As a Christian university in the heart of Nashville, we are surrounded with a variety of opportunities to serve. We work to create sustainable partnerships with local churches and organizations who are serving the diverse community of our city. We believe that service is more than a project—it is a vital part of our faith journey. Our desire is to fulfill the call of Christ to love our neighbors as ourselves.

Community partners

Offers English classes to non-native speakers in the East Nashville area.  It's our desire to build meaningful relationships with our newest Nashville neighbors!  We would love to have you join us as a teacher, assistant or substitute. We also have a great need for childcare help! Please contact Nicole at EnglishClass@nfcn.org for more information .

With global initiatives that focus on disaster response, health and child development, refugee and immigration services, economic development and peace building, World Relief works holistically with the local church to stand for the sick, the widowed, the orphaned, the alienated, the displaced, the devastated, the marginalized and the disenfranchised. Local offices help refugees secure housing, employment and education. For more information, please contact Winter Liscano at wliscano@wr.org

Under the Bridge is a student-led group who carpools to the Jefferson Street Bridge on Friday nights where we help the Salvation Army distribute food and spend time with those struggling with homelessness in Nashville. Our aim is not only to learn the stories of the people we meet, but to become a part of their stories by pursuing real relationships with them. For more information, find us on Facebook or Twitter @TreveccaUTB

Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc. provides human services which enhance and enrich the quality of life for people in need. The services of Catholic Charities are available to people of every religious, ethnic, cultural, and racial background. Day after day, the staff and volunteers at Catholic Charities perform acts of love, goodwill and kindness to make life better for the poor and unemployed, the young and old, for individuals and families, and for strangers in a new land. To date, services have been provided to refugees of many different faiths from more than 35 countries, For more info, contact Emily Sellers at esellers@cctenn.org

Trevecca’s partnership with Room in the Inn is student-lead. We meet at First Church of the Nazarene on Thursdays and prepare dinner, watch a movie, play games, and interact with the men. In the morning, we make breakfast and send them on their way with a sack lunch. We seek not only to serve the homeless men in the Nashville community, but also to practice being the hands and feet of Jesus. Contact Paige Wyatt at spwyatt@trevecca.edu if you are interested in serving.
KidPOWER is an after-school program providing programs to empower students to make positive life choices and overcome the toxic stress of Adverse Childhood Experiences. Programs included in the KidPOWER curriculum are Mentoring, Tutoring, and art classes that range from Music to Dance. The effects of living in generational poverty far exceed the obvious lack of food, clothing, and adequate housing. Perhaps the most devastating effect is children growing up believing their current circumstances and futures are determined by factors beyond their control. KidPOWER teaches children their futures are determined by the choices they make, not fate. To get involved as a staff member, mentor, or classroom aide, contact Trae Smith at 615.613.4811 or tsmith@crossbridgeinc.org.

Emmaus Fellowship at Nashville First Church of the Nazarene is a Sunday evening meal and service that is primarily attended by many of our homeless neighbors and others in the East Nashville community. It is a diverse setting that seeks to provide a safe place for reconciliation and continued partnership. Kitchen volunteers and servers are always welcome, but building relationships with our guests is our main priority. We also have a developing children’s program. If you are interested, please contact Pastor Corey Garcia at cgarcia@nfcn.org

In the heart of Nashville, livestock guardian dogs oversee our heritage goats, pigs, and chickens as they graze. A worm farm, an aquaponics fish farm, campus composting, beekeeping, urban orchard, greenhouse, vegetable garden, and two additional community gardens produce abundantly within view of Nashville’s skyscrapers. We recognize that the gifts of the land and environmental burdens are not shared equitably. The world’s poorest communities face the greatest threats to chemical exposure, dumping, flooding, displacement, and inadequate food access. Our task is to work as neighbors with neighbors to foster the healing of our place. For more info, contact Jason Adkins at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Next-Door Neighbor is an inter-generational socialization partnership. This partnership aims to build relationships by connecting neighbors through intentional one-on-one pairings and collaborative events. The hope of Next-Door Neighbor is to build a bridge of support and friendship between residents who are lacking social connections and students who live across the street. To get involved, contact Amanda Holton at aholton@treveccatowers.com