Wilson County Community Help Center
What We Do:
- Six days a week we provide emergency assistance in the form of food, clothing, resource education and financial aid to Wilson County residents.
- The Help Center distributed over 30,000 pounds of food to feed the hungry in our county last year alone.
- Our clothing program has provided more than 1,000 coats each year to warm the needy.
- Free medical equipment is available.
- We collect, sort, recycle and sell clothing and household items of any type donated by the community.
- The Help Center staff educates people on ways to utilize assistance programs that are available in Wilson County.
- The Wilson County Community Help Center will come in contact with more residents each week than any other agency in this county.
- Rising local need has placed huge strains on the Help Center assistance funds.
- Decreased funding has resulted in laid off staff at the Help Center.
- Some help programs have been diminished and some may have to be eliminated.
How You Can Help:
- Make monetary donations, large or small, one time or every month.
- Donate your gently used items to be given away or sold to help finance the assistance programs.
- Donate your time at the Wilson County Help Center
- Involve your friends, family and church and help us educate the community as to the tremendous amount of good work and good will the Help Center provides our citizens.
Thrift Store Hours
Mon - Sat 9:00 to 5:00
Mon - Fri 7:00 to 5:00
Sat 9:00 to 5:00
Assistance Counter Hours
Mon - Fri 9:00 to 3:00
Welcome National Junior High Rodeo Finals to Lebanon, Tennessee. We hope you feel right at home! Best wishes to your dreams and aspiriations from Wilson County Community Help Center! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director
You've been doing a ton of talking on how much you like our rodeo bull. Now you get a chance to put 'Second Hand Ross the Rodeo Hoss' in the clover as best rodeo bull! Vote for our WCCHC Ross at http://www.VisitWilsonCounty.com. Share! Share! Share! - Vote! Vote! Vote! Your fan likes will determine the Fan Favorite! Rodeo officials will pick first and second place winners and all winners will be announced live at the 7:00 pm performance on June 19th at the James E Ward Agricultural Center Arena! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director
Wilson County Community Help Center added 3 new photos.
Thank you over and over (literally) for the consistent donations that come from these three WCCHC partners. Our recent donation of Publix was 4,007 lbs. Over the course of this year so far Kroger has donated through their customer program 1,145 lbs. Aldi's, through a Second Harvest direct to Agency program has donated 4,165 lbs. of food that has enhanced our food boxes to include produce and frozen meats. Thank you to these three bright stars in our community! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director
Wilson County Community Help Center added 2 new photos.
If you're having trouble getting your donations in the hole on the front of the donation bin then may I be the first to invite you to bring them back when the gates are open and we'll even help you unload. We receive donations beginning at 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday and even accept them Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. I had just finished dropping one of my boys off for work and thought I could invest a few hours at WCCHC since I was out and about. To my surprise I wasn't the only one with this idea! Two vehicles were parked around the donations that had been inappropriately dumped and three able bodied people were diligently bent over in search mode, 'south' side to the street and well focused on the task before them. (Good display of desirable work qualities for a prospective employee I might say if what they were doing was applied to a more ethical task) I asked the first what he was doing. He answered that he was hoping someone had dumped off a microwave with a big grin as if he hadn't yet found his name-tagged gift under the Christmas tree. When I told them this wasn't a dump and it was actually donations to help WCCHC he wasn't long in leaving with the other guy. The only remaining person never waivered from her work while I had conversed with the others. I asked her the same question. She stood up with a well stacked pile of shoes and trinkets (good focus and organizing skills? More mis-used great employee attributes) and told me she was looking for a few treasures to take home as if WCCHC were the shore of a beach and she was hunting shells. When I told her that what she was doing was taking donations from WCCHC her response was that 'everybody else' does it. I responded and said you don't have to do what or be what 'everybody else' is. She stood there in a stupor and asked if I wanted her to put it back. I told her that depends on what she thought in her heart was right to do. I left and gave her some room to make her decision. Folks it's simple. Leave donations properly or at proper times. Now you see what happens when they are carelessly or lazily left like discarded fastfood wrappers. Even when discarded neatly they get ransacked and spread to become our Monday clean up when four perfectly good and obvious donation bins stand knee deep amidst the trashed donations and are practically empty. I never did go in to work. I was too rattled to actually work. The Scouts have it right! 'Leave a place better than you found it.' - Ben Spicer / Executive Director
Wilson County Community Help Center added 2 new photos.
What do these two organizations have in common? Plenty! They are Help Center Heroes (partners with WCCHC), They have very community minded employees with great hearts and benevelont spirits! A belated public thank you to Legacy for their recent 237 lb food drive and donation. A belated thank you to Farm Bureau Women for a similar food drive that brought in 69 pounds of food and $160.00 of spendable cash that we can put to work purchasing what we are short on! You all are terrific. Thank you so much! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director
Wilson County Community Help Center added 3 new photos.
Well two verses come to me at this time. "To whom much is given much is required. " - Luke 12:48. The other is "My power is made perfect in weakness." - 2 Corinthians 12:9. Our collapsed second floor during the food drive is now completely restored and I feel God manifested His glory in replacing it with something that will literally hold a car and will work to our advantage now with zero worries. You better buckle up! This year has only just begun and God goes before us calling us to deeper service and with a mighty 'hand up' to all. Thankyou to THW Insurance, Arcus Restoration, the Work Bus Crew and to Wayne & Chris who did the reconstruction and left us miles ahead! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director
Can you guess what tomorrow is?! It's Half Off Day at WCCHC! Come and enjoy the savings! Tell a friend or bring one! Doors open at 9:00 am and it's all over at 5:00 pm! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director
We have so much catching up to do in the way of thank yous and acknowledgements! Bare with us as we make this official announcement and then begin backtracking to thank everyone for their good will and community spirit. The results are in! The U S Postal Food Drive brought in 11,500 pounds of food to Wilson County Community Help Center and we thank you so much for your generosity. For fear of missing someone on the thank you list please refer back to our entry on the eve of the food drive back on May 14th for all acknowledgements. We are so honored now to take this community gift and purpose it to help our Wilson County Residents in need with that ever constant 'hand up!' - Ben Spicer / Executive Director
Wilson County Community Help Center added 4 new photos.
Our first Ducky Derby was a splashing success! You helped us raise $13,037.95 in funding for WCCHC! We couldn't have done this event without our title sponsors THW/AFLAC & Modern Woodman! Thanks too to our many other sponsors A+ Print Design, Lee & Lee, Pinnacle Bank, Wilson Bank & Trust, Neuble Funeral Home, Sammy B's, Joy Bishop, Lebanon Democrat, Wilson Post, WANT, Wal-Mart & Dunkin Donuts on West Main. Thank you to Denton Hunt from Hunt Excavation and Construction for so kindly dropping our racers into the Cumberland! Thanks to our board and volunteers. Thank you Carrol Oakland School for hosting our Continental Breakfast. Pictured here are the winners accepting their prize money for their winning ducks! Board President Sue Vanatta and myself were on hand to snap a quick picture. 1st place ducky belonged to Chris Leauber, 2nd place to Randy Laine, 3rd place to Mary Jane Turnbull and last place ducky to Ashley Testamand. Congratulations to them and to all of you for being the kind of winners that help make WCCHC strong as we give that 'hand up' to Wilson County residents in need! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director
Wilson County Community Help Center added 8 new photos.
Well Happy Memorial Day to everyone! In observance of this day WCCHC we will not be open tomorrow Monday May 30th. We won't be there but our 'National Junior High Rodeo Finals' support bull 'Second Hand Ross' will be there standing guard and eyeing passing traffic. You know what they say! 'Don't mess with the Bull!' - Ben Spicer / Executive Director
Well I guess you can say this was a oner of a U S Postal Food Drive! Tragedy struck about midway through our day as the upper floor of the garage collapsed under the weight of our relocated and overwhelming thrift donations. The temporary space we created for the food was just beginning to fill up so I anticipate minimal loss on what was already received, sorted and boxed. Our numbers indicate a decline in donating participants but we are thankful just the same for every bit of what has been given. Feel free to continue to drop additional non perishable food items if we have somehow missed you! The devine blessing in ALL of this was God's protective hand. One, we were present to manage what would have been catastrophic if we hadn't been there. Two, not a single person was hurt or injured. Three, God ordained the exact right people to be present as we secured with braces the demolished structure, removed the weight inflicting donations and pulled the food donations out to a safe location. Thank you to Sheriff Robert Bryan for maintaining the 'work bus' program. We are forever grateful for this group. Cpl. Dunn, Officer Sullivan and the AMAZING work bus crew stayed with us to the very end! A young volunteer Blake Billings unexpectedly provided the scrap wood to brace things with (one of those intricate God blessings) and he too stayed to the very end with awesome construction tips and willing hands. Thanks too to our brothers and sisters at Crossroads Church, the Corporate heroes from Legacy and our staff & board members for a hard days work both with the food drive and in the thrift store! A special thanks to our two 'Millies' (Mildred Bennett our staff pantry coordinator and Millie Hesson, our US Postal Service liason and food drive guru). We couldn't do this without you! Thanks too to every city and rural carrier that went above and beyond on this annual endeavor to bring it on home to WCCHC! I'll have more details later. Suffice it to say once we are back on our feet, the work is over and the shock has subsided this will go down as a best food drive ever remembering working shoulder to shoulder with each and every person that carried this with us. I love our community of Wilson County! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director
Today marks the beginning of my fourth year as Executive Director for WCCHC. I've been thinking all day about the fast track that I've been barreling down now for three years. It's been an amazing journey. To each of you that I've gained as friend & family, a deep felt thank you! My original board of directors that hired me have now all fulfilled their terms and it feels a bit unchartered ahead without them as we forge into this my fourth year of service. I find guidance from Proverbs 3:5-6. It is inscribed on a framed art piece on my office wall. Look it up or pop your head in for a hello and read it. I know this for sure: I will continue to lead as a servant minded man with hope and love extended to all and with the fresh energy of a board of directors with compassionate hearts and very wise and witty minds! Thank you for the last three years, for the present moment and for the future year of journey before us. I couldn't do it without you. - Ben Spicer / Executive Director
YOU MEAN IT? YES! WE MEAN IT! In honor of the US Postal Food Drive we will give a one time half price purchase day this coming Saturday to any shopper that brings in a donation from this list of needed items. Bring in as many or as little of these specific items: saltine crackers, pork&beans, soups and canned meats (with the exception of tuna) and we'll give you a card that entitles you to shop the store for 1/2 price on Saturday May 14th from 9 am - 5 pm. Simply bring in your specific requested item to the grocery cart located across from the cashier counter and we'll say thank you with a 1/2 price card that you will turn in for a one time purchase on the same day! If you can't make it by the store please don't forget to hang your donations on your mailbox Saturday morning for pick up! Let's make this the best USPS Food Drive ever! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director
Today was donut day and yes indeed that is the biggest stack of donuts I've ever had the pleasure of sitting beside in my entire life! We carried these to the city and rural mail carriers to thank them in advance for the hard work they will do on Saturday the 14th for the annual USPS Food Drive! Please remember WCCHC this year by hanging your non perishable food donations on your mailbox for pickup this Saturday! We especially need pork&beans, soups, canned meats (with the exception of tuna) and saltine crackers! Feel free to circulate this post to get our reminder out there! Let's make this the best food drive ever! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director.
A short video of our Ducky Derby race launch 2016!
Wilson County Community Help Center added 4 new photos — with Ashley Testamand.
I know you've all been anxious to know who won our first Ducky Derby today. Here's a few pics from the day. 3,152 ducks are now sunning and drying out after a glorious sunny day swim! Congratulations to our last place winner of $100 Ashley Testamand, our 3rd place winner of $750 Mary Jane Turnbull, 2nd place winner of $1,500 Randy Laine and our 1st place winner of $2,500 Chris Leauber. Thanks to all for a terrific day of fun on the river! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director
You my friends are a winner today as we start the countdown to the Ducky Derby Race that will begin at 10:00 am. Hopefully we'll see you at 9:00 am for our Cotintinental Breakfast under the walkway awnings at Carroll Oakland School. You'll witness us loading the front loader bucket with our 3,152 offical racing ducks! We'll then head to the North 231/Hartsville Bridge and the boat ramp just below it to watch the great race and find out who our four cash prize winners will be! Thank you to our title sponsors THW Insurance Services, Aflac Tennessee & Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial for your support and financial generosity to our mission here at WCCHC. We give a 'hand up' everyday to those residents in need. Today as corporate sponsors, community groups, Help Center Board, Staff & individuals you have given WCCHC a return 'hand up' so that we can do what we do even better! In our eyes you all are golden! Thank you from the depths of our 'ducky' hearts! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director
'Swim for the Roses' Born near the water And raised in the reeds Of our Wilson County On wobbly webbed feet With mama beside you To help you along You'll soon be a growing up strong All the long lazy mornings In waters serene The wind in your feathers The sun on your beak Could never prepare you For what lies ahead the swim for the roses so red And it's swim for the roses As fast as you can Your fate is delivered Your moment's at hand It's the chance of a lifetime In a lifetime of chance And it's high time you joined In the dance It's high time you joined In the dance It's Ducky Derby Weekend! I hope you have purchased your race ducks to rally for the cash prizes awarded to the winners tomorrow morning! Purchase them by the 5:00 deadline here at WCCHC today on this 6th day of May for just $5.00 each and we'll see you tomorrow! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director
To quack or not to quack, that is the question. To win or not to win, that is the other question. Personally I think you win any way you look at it. Your $5.00 duck adoptions help us to fulfill our mission here at WCCHC and that is a win every time! Your $5.00 duck adoptions also get you a nice continental breakfast at 9:00 am this Saturday May 7th under the covered walkways at Carroll Oakland School and a chance to share $4,850 in cash prizes with those ducks that place 1st, 2nd, 3rd and last at the 10:00 am race! Deadline for duck adoptions is Friday May 6th at 5pm. Come see us today at WCCHC and adopt your duck! 'The golden age is before us, not behind us.' -William Shakespeare - Ben Spicer / Executive Director
Don't let your inner ducky stay bottled up any longer! Pull the cork, stretch your wings and hit that river with all the swim you have! Feel good knowing you are helping WCCHC raise funds that will assist those residents who need a hand up in Wilson County as we launch our first ever Ducky Derby this Saturday, May 7th with a continental breakfast at 9:00 am followed by the big race at 10:00 am. Every $5.00 ducky that you purchase the right to will give you a shot at 4 cash winning places when the race is complete. You can purchase a corresponding ticket that matches your numbered duck at WCCHC through Friday May 6th at 5:00 pm. No second thoughts! No staying all bottled up about wether you should join in the swim. It's a win win knowing you have helped us help others and that you have given yourself an opportunity to put a few more feathers in your nest if your ducky(s) win! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director
I can see clearly that we have a potential problem here! We only have so many ducks and the buyers are likely to outnumber the duckies! If you have a vision of joining the Ducky Derby race on May 7th then you better set your eyes on getting to WCCHC to purchase your ducks! it's all over but the crying if you haven't bought your ducks by Friday May 6th at 5:00 pm. I can see it now! Four winning ducks sharing $4,850 in cash prizes! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director
Is your duck bad enough to win this race? Are you ready to rumble on the river? Don't be a rebel without a cause! Buy a duck or ducks at $5.00 each and let your duck or gang of ducks do the talking and the walking (swimming actually). $2,500 for a first place finish. $1,500 for a second place crossing. $750 for a third place showing and $100 for dead last. Be there! May 7th 10:00 am. - Ben Spicer / Executive Director
Are you fishing for a way to put a little more cash in your tackle box? Here's an idea! Join us for our debut 'Ducky Derby' on May 7th. With every $5.00 duck that you adopt, you give yourself a chance to win one or more of four prizes! First place will get $2,500 in cash followed by second at $1,500 and third at $750. Even if your ducky trolls over the finish line last there is a $100 for the dead last duck! Cast your luck on the Cumberland River and support the efforts of Wilson County Community Help Center as we generate funding to give that 'hand up' to those in need! Now that's a fish story you can believe! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director
Lebanon Antique Mall and General Store shared Wilson County Community Help Center's photo.
We just got our ducks!!! The deadline is approaching! Stop by the Wilson County Community Help Center today and get some ducks!
Maybe you want a piece of the cash prize for the winning ducks at our Ducky Derby on May 7th. Maybe you want the peace of knowing that you have helped somebody in need through WCCHC. Either way we've got you covered. Come on into the Help Center and buy your duck(s) for $5.00 each and join us on the 7th for breakfast at 9:00 am and the official duck drop at 10:00 am! Peace Love and Joy! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director
Listen up ya swarthies I can't do this fund raising all by me onesy! Forget the rum and buy a duck for five green backs! Quit the rum altogether and buy a fleet of ducks! Don't worry, the 'Black Pearl' will not be racing and ship wrecking your hopes of winning! You can buy em at that swanky little place in town called 'The Wilson County Community Help Center.' May 7th we'll race for a pirates treasure in winnings at 10:00 am. If ya need a bracer before the race we'll have a continental breakfast at Carroll-Oakland School to hold you steady. (Sorry love, no rum will be served.) Me crew and I love backing a good cause although you don't need to be starting any rumors that we've gone soft! Buy you a duck mate and cast your hopes on a chance at the bounty. If you don't well it's Davey Jones Locker for you! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director