December is the perfect month to show your love and support for your community.

A community's strength should not be measured by its strongest or wealthiest members. Instead, it should be measured by the strength of communal bonds between those at the top and those at the bottom. As entrepreneurs, we know what is means to struggle, to rise to the top, and to fall to the bottom. We've experienced the highs and lows of our communities firsthand. We know what it means to stumble. We also know that we didn't rise again on our own. How can we not offer to pay that kindness forward?

Maybe you feel like you're at the top right now. Maybe you feel pretty close to the bottom. Or maybe you're like most of us, and you're comfortably hanging in the middle. Wherever you are right now, there's someone in our community who is struggling more. Someone who needs that hand up the same way you once did. A little kindness goes a long way towards raising up a community. Let's work together to raise up the Upper Cumberland this season. 

To give back to the community that has given us so much, The Biz Foundry is partnering with local charities. We are collecting donations at our Cookeville location and at our four networking events during the month of December. 

You can choose to bring one of the items listed below to it's designated event, or you can bring it to our Cookeville location between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. We are accepting donations until Dec. 20th.

McMinnville Happy Hour

Dec. 10th      5 to 7 PM

118 S Court Square

For our McMinnville Happy Hour, we are collecting donations for Be a Santa to a Senior. This is a charitable drive sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care. Through the drive, senior citizens of the Upper Cumberland can request specific items which they will receive for Christmas. 

Items to Donate:

  • blankets

  • scarves & hats

  • hygiene products

  • cleaning supplies

Ladies Lunch & Learn

Dec. 12th      11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

114 N Cedar Ave. Cookeville

Ladies Lunch & Learn is partnering with Food to the Rescue to empower young girls and women to take control of their bodies. The organization is collecting items to create preteen/teen hygiene bags for those in need. Feminine hygiene is a stigmatized and confusing thing for teens. Let's help to change that.

Items to Donate:

  • deodorant

  • feminine hygiene products

  • shampoo/conditioner

  • body wash

Pitches & Pints/

Cookeville Happy Hour

Dec. 17th      5 to 7 PM

Red Silo Brewery

December's Pitches & Pints is returning to a good ol' fashioned Happy Hour event. We won't be doing pitches, but we will be collecting food items for the TTU Food Pantry. The pantry helps students and faculty in need.

Items to Donate:

  • shelf staple & nonperishable food items

Sparta Happy Hour 

Dec. 18th      5 to 7 PM

Happy Trails Brewery

Our Sparta Happy Hour is partnering with the White County Animal Shelter to help out our four-legged community members. The pups as the shelter are always in need of food, toys, and other odds and ins.

Items to Donate:

  • dog/cat food

  • dog treats

  • "kong" style dog toys

  • cleaning supplies

  • dog shampoo