Wilson County Community Help Center

 

What We Do:

Father and son free shopping under our clothing assistance program

  • 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.

Challenges:

  • 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:

My little hands can help. Can yours?

  • 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wilson County Community

Help Center

203 West High St.

Lebanon, TN 37087

(615) 449-1856

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Thrift Store Hours

Mon - Sat 9:00 to 5:00


Donation Hours

Mon - Fri 7:00 to 5:00

Sat 9:00 to 5:00


Assistance Counter Hours

Mon - Fri 9:00 to 3:00

  • Well Facebook Family we have reached a milestone in our status. We are now a 1,000+ member family! Thank you for profoundly blessing us with your interest and support. I'm so excited about what lies ahead and we couldn't do it without each and every one of you keeping us strong. Keep sharing our story with others and keep us on your radar here where I will work to keep you informed. Stop by and say hello because even Facebook can't compare to a personal visit! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • I'm up this morning in the cool of the day weeding around the building at WCCHC. As I'm working I'm hearing traffic headed to work and I am feeling excited about what this day will hold. A friendly honk catches my attention as the Nextstep van rolls by, no doubt delivering people to work. I can imagine that the smells of breakfast are filtering around Brooks House as sheltered woman and children begin their day. Someone at Crossstyle Church is beginning to prep for an evening meal for the homeless. The MidCumberland vans are busy carrying those in need of transportation to appointments and destinations. Church staffs are gathering and will see many hurting people all seeking help. These are just a few of the many underlying threads that are weaving the tapestry of what we all call Wilson County. They are quietly dispensing hope and improving lives much like I am improving our building by pulling a few weeds. Today, take a look at your life and your purpose. Maybe you have some weeds to pull like I do. After some good reflection, add your bright colors to the tapestry of another day in Wilson County by reaching out to someone that needs a hand up and a little hope. - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • Thank you to Bethlehem United Methodist Church for 89 pounds of food and thank you to Lost & Found Church for their 165 pound food donation. We are so grateful for the churches that support us in so many ways. - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • We've been anxious to share the results of our US Postal Food Drive! Minus a few stragglers we have received 13,757 pounds of canned goods and dry goods to help us get food to those who need a hand up in the coming months. Thank you to our city and rural mail carriers who have worked so hard to make this happen and have made it happen for 20 plus years now! Thank you to Crossroads church and our many volunteers who worked to receive, sort and even follow the mail carriers to help pick up. Thank you Wilson County for making a great success of this opportunity to bless others. - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • Please support Donald & Melissa Davis. Their home was destroyed by a devastating fire and they lost their daughter Katie and the family dog. They have two more children to support and have no clothes or toys. Their son Danny and their adopted daughter Destiny.

    Family photo (left to right): (top row) Melissa Davis and Donald Davis (bottom row) Danny Davis, Katie Davis, Samson My name is Susan Davis. I am from southern Mississippi. My husband Terry and I have been married for 30 years. We have one child together. His name is Donald. He is married to Meli...

  • The Help Center appreciates all donations but it does cost to try and salvage the unsalvageable. Please take the few extra minutes to ensure the effort of carrying something to the help center is not wasted. Ben and his staff do a terrific job and this would truly help them. Thanks to all !

    In an attempt to make your donations successful please keep this information as a guide and share it generously. 1) Clothes that are wet, moldy or soiled can not be used. We are not equipped with washing machines and dryers or staff to launder what should have already been done. 2) Toys with small parts that are mixed together and presented to us in a 'catch all' box or bag can't be salvaged. Donations are coming in fast and there's no time to sort and repackage. 3.) Broken or worn out things should be thrown away unless you are willing to repair or clean them prior to passing them on. We are here to receive and redistribute to those in need and we don't have the manpower to do the handiwork needed to make these contributions usable. 4.) Furniture, kitchen appliances, dishware and glassware should be cleaned and operational. Chipped dishes, cracked glassware, broken furniture and non functional small appliances are useless. Everyday I see my staff go the extra mile to save what shouldn't be saved. Unusable donations become expensive to manage and rob us of time that could have been spent getting your good donations back into circulation. It's difficult to justify hiring more staff to manage the massive donations that could have been better managed at home prior to donating. It's a crying shame when we have to spend money to haul off useless goods when that same money could have otherwise helped keep someone's lights on or purchased needed food for the hungry. A little preparation on the home front makes a huge difference on the frontline of meeting the needs of those who need help. Thank you as always for your generosity and community spirit. Please help us maximize our potential as a vital resource to this county by implementing these guides at home and really making your donations count! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • In an attempt to make your donations successful please keep this information as a guide and share it generously. 1) Clothes that are wet, moldy or soiled can not be used. We are not equipped with washing machines and dryers or staff to launder what should have already been done. 2) Toys with small parts that are mixed together and presented to us in a 'catch all' box or bag can't be salvaged. Donations are coming in fast and there's no time to sort and repackage. 3.) Broken or worn out things should be thrown away unless you are willing to repair or clean them prior to passing them on. We are here to receive and redistribute to those in need and we don't have the manpower to do the handiwork needed to make these contributions usable. 4.) Furniture, kitchen appliances, dishware and glassware should be cleaned and operational. Chipped dishes, cracked glassware, broken furniture and non functional small appliances are useless. Everyday I see my staff go the extra mile to save what shouldn't be saved. Unusable donations become expensive to manage and rob us of time that could have been spent getting your good donations back into circulation. It's difficult to justify hiring more staff to manage the massive donations that could have been better managed at home prior to donating. It's a crying shame when we have to spend money to haul off useless goods when that same money could have otherwise helped keep someone's lights on or purchased needed food for the hungry. A little preparation on the home front makes a huge difference on the frontline of meeting the needs of those who need help. Thank you as always for your generosity and community spirit. Please help us maximize our potential as a vital resource to this county by implementing these guides at home and really making your donations count! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

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  • Ok good people of Wilson County. This is it! Today's the day! Let the US Postal food drive begin! Don't forget to hang your food donations on your mailbox before your mail carrier arrives. Hanging them or putting them inside your mailbox is ideal with your flag up! Setting them beside the mailbox makes it hard on your mail carriers as they have to get out to retrieve them. Every can and every box counts! Thank you in advance! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • When you are shopping here. Feel good about it! This fine organization supports us in a huge way and we are so grateful for their generous community spirit! A 3,961 pound donation from Publix launches us into the coming months with the food to help those who are going to be challenged as the kiddos begin that long awaited summer vacation. Thank you Publix! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • Guess what day it is? It's 'Donut Day!' Every year prior to the USPS Food Drive we bring donuts to the postal carriers as a way of saying thank you for their hard work in getting your food donations to WCCHC. This is a huge project and very generous and sacrificial on the part of the postal employees. If you haven't received a bag and postcard explaining the program, just grab you a bag or two from home to fill with food donations and hang on your mailbox Friday night or early Saturday morning. Celebrate this anticipated event by having a donut and make out your list of food donations. We could use saltines, pork n beans, meat based pastas and canned meats (minus tuna) as well as soups and canned fruit. Lets make this our best effort yet! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • This is the first of a few friendly reminders that the US Postal Food Drive happens this Saturday, May the 9th. This food drive is vital to our pantry as we prepare to assist families and individuals keep that 'bread' on the table! You will receive a bag to fill with your donations as well as instructions. Put your donations out Friday or early Saturday and we'll take care of the rest! We have a constant need for meat based canned goods as well as high protein canned goods, especially pork & beans. Canned fruit is also a huge help as well as Saltine crackers and soups. Please share this as much as you can and lets make this a record breaking banner year! Thanks so much for your help. - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • As we go about our mission here at WCCHC we have a little friend who sings while we work and evidently considers us home. This little mockingbird never fails to make me smile and never fails to lift my spirits with a vast arsenal of tunes! It made me start thinking about our organization and I sincerely hope that we are the mockingbird in this community providing joy to your journey no matter how gray your clouds and an arsenal of services that meet you where you hurt the most. - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • A huge thank you to our volunteers who made our first mobile food pantry a success. We have nothing left but some tomatoes, onions, green peppers and mangos. They are in boxes out in front of the WCCHC for anyone to have for free. I hope they stretch that food budget just where you need it most. - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • Ok, it's really going to happen this time! Our Mobile Food Pantry will begin tomorrow with food boxes being able to be picked up beginning at 9:00 am at 607 Coles Ferry Pike here in Lebanon at the Lebanon Senior Citizen's Center. Recipients will be able to pull under the main entrance and register as well as receive your food box all in one drive thru experience. Volunteers may begin arriving at 7:30. The Semi will arrive at 8:00 am and we will create the food boxes for an hour prior to beginning delivery at 9:00 am. Rain or shine! Thank you Patti for the donation of your wonderful facility to help us make this event possible! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • Our Mobile Food Pantry, in conjunction with Second Harvest Food Bank, is fast approaching! Please join us in prayer and as a volunteer on April 25th at the Lebanon Senior Citizens Center to help us distribute this food to those who have signed up to receive it. Volunteers should arrive between 7:30 and 8:00 am for sorting and unpacking. We will begin distribution of boxes beginning at 9:00 am. A call to our office to confirm your participation as a volunteer would be greatly appreciated. Give me a call at 615-449-1856. I Hope we can count on you. Please share this with your friends and family. It's going to take lots of hands to make this successful! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • Sometimes your heart gets so full that you just have to spill it out a little! So let me spill a little. I am so incredibly grateful to do what I do everyday. I'm so incredibly grateful to work with the staff, the board of directors, the churches, corporate businesses and partner agencies that bless me continuously with their outpouring of good things. I'm grateful for the individuals who stand behind our mission. I'm humbled by the store customers and clients that we have the honor of serving. When I answered the call to become Executive Director for WCCHC we were at a point that we wondered how much longer would we be able to survive so that we could continue to be salt and light to Wilson County. Almost two years later you have ushered us into the realm of dreams and possibilities with your patronage and help. We no longer worry about survival but rather embrace the concept of 'what more can we do?' Thank you Wilson County for believing in us. Let's roll up our sleeves and work side by side to create an even better Wilson County one need at a time! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • Look out world I am here and ready to live my life! Please welcome Ellie Trammel to our WCCHC family. In case you have been wondering where in the world is our Operations Manager Jennifer Trammel, now you know! Ellie was born on April 11th, at 12:47 am, weighing in at 5 pounds and 8 ounces and 17 1/2 inches long. Congratulations Jennifer & Sean Trammel (and proud big sister Abbie) We can't wait to meet her! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • A big thank you to Oakland FCA Club for their food donation as well as paper towels and wash cloths. Thank you too to Global Vision Church in Mt Juliet for a 159 pound food donation. We love our partners who make our job so much better by joining us in our mission. - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • On Friday afternoon we had the honor of hosting a group of sweet little pixies known as Girl Scout Troop 904. These wonderful young ladies came for a tour to better understand our mission and they brought a donation of wash rags and towels to help those in need! This great contribution will go a long way and we thank you girls! They even brought those famous Girl Scout Cookies for us to put in our food boxes! Your group picture and note hangs on the wall in my office and makes me smile everyday! Thank you! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • We are about 30 days away from the U S Postal Service food drive for 2015. Very soon you will receive a bag and instructions in your mailbox regarding this annual event. This event is vital to the success of our food pantry here at WCCHC. It recharges our supplies so that we can handle the large wave of needs that result in kids being out of school and families being more reliant upon themselves to keep food on the table more often during the summer. Please be sure to participate in this drive. Let's make this count by focusing on the high protein canned goods like Pork N Beans, canned meats or canned pasta or stews with heavy meat content. Saltines and soups are a huge help. Canned fruits are also a great asset. Please share this as a reminder to your friends and neighbors and let's put the hurt on hunger this time in a big way! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • Thanks Michael Hershe for that 212 can catch of salmon weighing in at 96 pounds! Thanks also to Wilson County Education Nutrition Department for your great 301 pound food drive and donation. You are a great help to us here at WCCHC! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • As we begin the journey through this special week-end we pray that the love of Jesus Christ will fill your lives as you observe His death & crucifixion as well as His rising again to life thus conquering death so that we might know His salvation and eternal hope! Happy Easter! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • UPDATE ALERT! Once again (and for the last time) we are changing the location of our Mobile Food Pantry scheduled for April 25th. Due to unexpected circumstances we will now be providing food boxes beginning at 9:00 am at the Lebanon Senior Citizen Center in Lebanon, Tennessee. They are located at 670 Coles Ferry Pike. Please share this with anyone that you have informed of this event or that you know that has reserved a spot. Sorry for the confusion and we hope to see you on the 25th to pick up your reserved food box! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • I've overlooked a thank you that needs to be made. Thank you Global Vision Bible Church for your food donation as well as your diaper donation. Both of these will help us meet needs here at WCCHC! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director