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

  • Happy Fourth of July to our Facebook Family! We will be closed on Saturday, July 4rth in observance of Independence Day.

  • Thank you to City Limit Café staff & customers for their food drive that brought in 120 pounds of food for WCCHC! I was more than willing to pick this up today so I had an excuse for some good cooking for lunch! Thanks City Limit Café! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • Will you be open Saturday?

  • A big shout out to Rock-Tenn Company for their June food drive that brought us this huge basket filled with 300 pounds of food for the pantry. They were here bright and early this morning to deliver collected canned goods and dry goods to make a difference in feeding Wilson County! Thank you! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • Thank you to our long lost friends at Performance Food Service - Lester for your recent donation of 248 pounds of food. So good to have you drop in for a visit and the food will go to good use! We appreciate it so much. - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • While in a meeting I was asked about regular volunteers. I responded that we have around a dozen that we see here on a dedicated weekly basis. As I talked about them I realized that most of them help in the clothing area and one or two help out with receiving. We have zero dedicated volunteers in the thrift area and there must be a few people out there that would enjoy helping in this category on a weekly basis. Keep us in mind if you are needing a little extra involvement and we will put you work! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • We are currently in need of towels and wash cloths. This area of donation is always a challenge for us and we provide these items to those who need them at no cost. Please be sure to tell your friends and neighbors about this shortage. We all have a few that we really don't need! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • We are currently in need of towels and wash cloths. This area of donation is always a challenge for us and we provide these items to those who need them at no cost. Please be sure to tell your friends and neighbors about this shortage. We all have a few that we really don't need! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • Thank you to Sammy-B's for their recent event that created $176.00 in funding for WCCHC. Thanks so much to Mark & Gina for making this happen. Good food and good people at Sammy-B's! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • Do you know someone who is having a Christmas wedding, a golden wedding anniversary or is responsible for decorating their place of business for the holidays? We have giant beach ball sized gold bulbs that have come in and there are at least two dozen of these stunning ornaments to enhance any celebration. Come and get them before they get gone! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • SHARE THIS POST AND WE WILL DONATE $5 TO THE Wilson County Community Help Center ON YOUR BEHALF AND ENTER YOU INTO OUR WATKINS RAFFLE THAT WE WILL BE DRAWING A WINNER FOR TODAY AT 5PM!!! Today's 10 year anniversary special is 10% off all canvas prints!! Today only and be sure to mention this to get your discount!!!

  • The temps are climbing and we are beginning to hear from people in situations where the A/C is out. If you have window units that are in good working order please donate them here. We see very few A/C window units and when we do we try to get them in the hands of those who need them as a free service. Thanks as always for your help. - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • I just heard from Bob Fossler's daughter Amy. Bob is through surgery, the doctor's report is that it went well and by this time his family should be with him in recovery. We ask for your continued prayers for Bob and his wonderful wife Pat that this part of the journey will be successful as they get through rehab. - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • We are blessed to have some great restaurants that are supporting us this month! Drop in at City Limits Café and help them with their food drive targeted to help WCCHC. Also mark your calendar for June 18th and help support us again at Sammy-B's! All beverage and food orders will create a 10% donation to WCCHC through their 'Top Shelf' venue from 6pm to 8pm. This is open to the public so tell your friends and bring one along! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • I would be remiss if I didn't mention our special guest today! Not only is it half price Saturday but the Iris Society is here selling rhizomes, and perennials galore. Come join us on this beautiful day and green up your personal space as well as finding some treasures inside and supporting our efforts here at WCCHC. - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • Well he's probably going to fuss at me but please be praying for Bob Fossler, our receiving pro. He will be going under the knife on June 10th for a knee replacement and his last day for a while will be Friday June 5th. We expect him back after a full recovery with his jovial good spirit and ready willingness to help. Filling some very big shoes until this 85 year old youngster can be back with us will be a young man that, well, is a younger version of me! My son Lane will be filling in for Bob. Please be sure to welcome him. Looking forward to having some time with my son and already looking forward to Bob getting back! We can barely keep up with Bob now. Look out world when his recovery is complete! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • We are also having weekly raffles during our anniversary month. This week is a Country Fixins basket, that includes corn bread mix, sweet potato butter, chow-chow & Watkins vanilla extract. Tickets for the raffle are $1.00 or 6 for $5.00. Proceeds from the raffle will go to the Wilson County Community Help Center. The winner will be drawn on Saturday at 5pm and will be notified by phone.

  • We are having a food drive to giveback to our community. Any non perishables, canned meats are requested.

  • We will be observing Memorial Day as a company holiday. Please be safe, honor those who have given so much for our freedom and we will see your smiling faces on Tuesday! - Ben Spicer / Executive Director

  • 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