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TTCU Partners with Nashville Homeless Student Assistance Program

4/14/2017

The Tennessee Credit Union (TTCU) has partnered with UniCycle, a volunteer-run program that coordinates the collection and redistribution of “outgrown, not worn out” Standard School Attire within Metro Nashville Public Schools, to collect more clothing for Nashville students who could use a hand.

UniCycle, in its second year of distribution and giving out an average of 1,000 items of clothing each month, will now host collection locations at two TTCU branches – Rivergate Branch (917 Rivergate Parkway in Goodlettsville) and the Main Nashville Office (1400 8th Ave. South, Nashville). These two new UniCycle Collection Locations add a non-school donation drop-off option and a new audience for the effort as they join the approximately 30 collection locations located within MNPS schools throughout the city.

“We try to support Nashville schools and students whenever possible,” said Lisa Carlisle, TTCU Business Development Manager. “This program is making a difference every day for students, making them feel good about looking good to start their school day with clothing that fits and “fits in.” We are excited to bring an easy way for our members and employees to donate school-age children's clothing and uniforms they no longer need so we can provide these items to kids who do need it.”

Standard School Attire is a requirement of MNPS schools for students K-12 and is a basic “uniform” of a solid-colored, collared shirt paired with khaki, black or navy pants, shorts, skirt or a dress. Many MNPS families struggle to meet these requirements due to financial strain, and the burden is most extreme on the approximately 3,000 students who experience homelessness at some point in each school year.

UniCycle brings the practice of sharing “outgrown, not worn out” clothing from a family or neighborhood model to a citywide model.

Volunteers collect clothing in participating schools and community locations, then redistribute it through a partnership with the Homeless Education Resource Office for Families in Transition (HERO), and by implementing in-school UniCycle Exchange closets. The closets are maintained by a volunteer UniCycle Coordinator at each school, and teachers and counselors give clothes to students on an as-needed basis with no red tape.

Students in the HERO program receive clothing when first accepted into the program and then upon request throughout the year, following growth spurts and weather changes.

The partnership with TTCU will expand the Unicycle footprint in Nashville, serve as a handy drop off location for those without an MNPS UniCycle school on their usual route, and will bring in even more Standard School Attire to be redistributed to Nashville students.

“We look forward to doing new things with our first major community partner - we hope to host special collections throughout the year to supplement our ongoing efforts - think "New Socks September," or a "Bring a Belt to the Bank" during the summer - and are excited to engage a new audience that may not be directly affiliated with an MNPS school,” said UniCycle founder Jami Oakley.

For more information:
Jami Oakley, UniCycle - phone 713.301.7815, unicycle.nashville@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/UniCycle.Nashville

Reminder: 
2 TTCU Branch Drop-Off Locations are:
*  Rivergate Branch (917 Rivergate Parkway in Goodlettsville) 
*  Main Nashville Office (1400 8th Ave. South, Nashville)
Look for the white bins inside the branches!

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