It's Cold. Offer Warmth!

December 23, 2022

Last night, it got suddenly, bitterly cold.

This has caused a few problems. Midday today, we learned from NES that TVA is requiring local power companies to reduce load, meaning we've had some rotating power interruptions today. This seems to have ended for now, but it's never a bad idea to try to take small steps to conserve energy.

Speaking of which, one of my favorite ways to offer energy assistance is the Community Foundation's Solar Angel Fund.

I've also had several people asking me how to help some of the most vulnerable people in our community. One of the best ways is to support the organizations who make our Cold Weather Community Response Plan work.

One of the best guides for unhoused Nashvillians is Where to Turn in Nashville. For the time being, it's only a print resource, but if you can get any to share among neighbors, it's a very useful resource for helping others.

There are still a few volunteer spots left on Dec 26 helping the unhoused navigate bus routes to extreme weather overflow shelters.

I know this is also a time when people plan end-of-year giving if they're able. If you're in the position of being able to be generous, one of my favorite local organizations is Our Place Nashville.

This year, Hanukkah and Christmas will overlap. Our family grew up celebrating both.

Regardless of your faith tradition, I hope you can share some joy with family and friends at the end of the year and share some warmth and kindness with your community.

Peace to you and yours ...



Freddie O'Connell

Metro Council, District 19

Mayoral Candidate, 2023


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