How we started

See a need, meet it. See a hurt, heal it.

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Outreach Base Nashville started with the kindness of a pastor trying to help his community. In 2011 Bart Williams, pastor of the Pavilion Church in Madison, began taking his church bus to a local food bank, loading it up, and delivering to a low income housing facility. Over the past nine years, he continued to be faithful to help the community even without any volunteers.

In late 2016, Bart, with the generous team at Pavilion Church, rented our first box truck and was able to get 6 pallets of produce and groceries to the needy and poor. The increase was enough that he was able to set up weekly deliveries to multiple low income housing complexes in Nashville. 

In early 2017, Outreach Base Nashville was formed as a separate non-profit, in order to better serve our community by specifically targeting the needs of the economically disadvantaged.

On our weekly food run, we now deliver 14 pallets worth of food and serve 8 low income housing facilities. But the best part is, we can do more. There is more food that we can deliver and there are more places to deliver. We are currently working to obtain our own refrigerated truck and increase our food run to three or four times a week. We increased our volunteers from Pastor Bart Williams, to up to 20 volunteers making a difference in our community.

In late 2019, we began to expand as a non-profit. We brought on new leaders and visionaries, looked at our community and knew that 2020 was the year for expanding our reach. Thanks to the help of our new directors Alex & Trinity Wahl, we have begun working with Nashville Interiors & Exteriors to provide one construction project a month to a family in need!

There is so much need in our city, but we can start with what we have and where we are already. Our mission is simple: See a need, meet it. See a hurt, heal it. 

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