Tornado Response Resources

Following the Tornadoes that struck Middle Tennessee on Monday night/Tuesday Morning many of us have been wondering how we can best assist those in need. This post contains links to community organizations that are responding in our communities.

Read the Bishop’s statement on the Tornadoes.

At this time we are unaware of any significant damage to any of our churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee. We are, however, keenly aware that our neighbors at East End United Methodist, Braden Memorial United Methodist, Dodson Chapel United Methodist, and St. John’s Lutheran on McGavock Pike (less than a half mile from St. Philip’s, Donelson) were greatly damaged or destroyed. Remembering the effects of the destruction of our own St. Ann’s church building in the last Tornado to hit East Nashville in 1998, we send our prayers and support to them.

As the inscription that remains outside of St. Ann’s reminds us, “God was not in the tornado but in our response.”

If you would like to donate directly to the local efforts of our United Methodist brothers and sisters, you can read about their efforts and connect with their relief funds here.

The UMC conference is collecting funds directly through Belmont United Methodist church, here.

Bishop McAlilly (Methodist Church) wrote about the response here, and linked to the above fund.

To date we are unaware of a means to assist St. John’s Lutheran, but we will update this post if and when we become aware of any way to do so.


The City of Cookeville has set up an official relief fund: The Cookeville Putnam County Tornado Relief Fund. This is the only official designated account with 100 percent of the donations going directly to the impacted victims. There are three ways to donate money:

  • At any Bank of Putnam County location
  • Venmo @CookevillePutnamCountyTornado
  • PayPal@CookevillePutnamCountyTornadoReliefFund


The Mayor’s Office has encouraged volunteers to coordinate through Hands on Nashville and to donate to relief efforts through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s Emergency Relief Fund.

Hands on Nashville will host clean up days on Saturday, March 7th and Sunday March 8th. Sign up for these and other opportunities to assist with the tornado response here.

Mt. Juliet
Volunteer Portal for Mt. Juliet

City of Lebanon – Ways to Help

Click HERE for Individual Episcopal Church efforts around Middle Tennessee. This list will be updated as we are made aware.

How is your church helping?  Let us know by completing this form.  We will share your information with the Diocese.