let's serve hope, nashville
Big Table launched in Nashville in the summer of 2021. Nashville boasts about 350 hotels and 4000 restaurants. The Hospitality and Food Service Industry is the second largest employment sector in Davidson County, only behind healthcare. The average salary for a full-time restaurant server in Nashville is $23,955.
Big Table comes alongside these hardworking people when they experience a temporary setback to offer support, encouragement, and hope. Caring for them strategically will impact the whole community.
We have so much work to do to care for Nashville industry workers.
Won't you join us?
A Break in the Clouds
You all gave me something new – and someone and family that cares. My faith is stronger now and you’re the only ones I can share it with.
When it rains, it pours. Santanna, a hardworking restaurant worker, suffered a significant back and ankle injury. Inability to work for three months left Santanna with a pile of overwhelming bills she couldn’t pay. Big Table stepped in to make sure her health insurance stayed current and that she received proper medical care while she was out of work. We also connected her to assistance for rent and utilities. Through the numerous surgeries and setbacks, her care team has been with her every step of the way. With Big Table’s help, she has weathered the worst of the storm – she is now working two jobs and bought herself a car. Most importantly, she has learned that she isn’t alone in this life and there is always hope.
let’s do this. . . together
You can join our grassroots Big Table Care Movement by simply bringing hope to those in need by intentionally caring for restaurant and hospitality workers in your everyday life. It could be as simple as giving out Unexpected 20s. You’ll find lots of other big ideas on How to Care While Eating and Sleeping HERE.
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Want to get involved right now? Try sharing some U20s! This is a great place for individuals and small groups to start partnering with Big Table. Big Table provides small envelopes that you fill with $20 bills and give out when in a restaurant or hotel. Simple and amazingly effective. Look for one person working in a restaurant or hotel invisible to others, or one that is having a bad day. It very well could be someone in the kitchen or behind the scenes. Then give them the Unexpected 20 envelope with a $20 bill inside. Tell them it is simply a gift for them…no strings attached. This is not payment or a tip, it is a gift. After the Unexpected 20 is delivered email us with a story of what you noticed or felt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need envelopes? You can print your own or email email@example.com to request some.
This is just one way to join Big Table’s mission to serve hope. Learn more about all the ways you can get involved below.
for hospitality employees
PO Box 22656
Nashville, TN 37202
631 2nd Avenue South, Suite A
Nashville, TN 37210