Nashville resident Benjamin “Ben” Perlin divides his time between professional pursuits and his activities supporting various charities. In addition to volunteering at the Tennessee State Veterans Home in Murfreesboro, Benjamin Perlin donates his time and resources to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville.
Like other local Habitat organizations throughout the country, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville oversees a variety of initiatives to create affordable housing for working families. Through its homeownership program, the group makes owning a home a reality for low-income individuals and families in the Tennessee counties of Davidson, Cheatham, Dickson, and Wilson.
To qualify for the program, applicants must meet residency and US citizenship requirements and pass a criminal background check. Applicants must also demonstrate a need for housing and provide an income and debt-payment history to show that they have the ability to pay back an interest-free home loan. The program provides three- and four-bedroom homes for a monthly mortgage payment that will not exceed 30 percent of the homeowner’s monthly income.
Those who qualify to receive a home must also agree to volunteer at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville. Habitat calls the volunteer time “sweat equity,” and it can be directed toward building one’s own home and/or that of another Habitat family. Volunteer hours can also be spent in a Habitat ReStore. For more information about owning a home through Habitat for Humanity, visit www.habitatnashville.org/ownership.
Home Repair Program
Benjamin (Ben) Perlin is a traditional film photographer with a passion for capturing scenes that capture his interest and imagination. A volunteer in the Nashville community where he lives, Benjamin Perlin works with Habitat for Humanity and has engaged with the local Restore retail center selling used furnishings and building materials.
Throughout Tennessee, Habitat for Humanity has helped build and rebuild many communities. In Holston, Habitat for Humanity recently launched a dedicated home repair program. The program helps homeowners who are unable to cover the entire expense associated with external repairs such as roof replacement, disability ramp installation, or siding painting.
Though the program, owners of single-family dwellings obtain access to dedicated repair funds, a portion of which is provided as no-interest loans. Applicants from throughout Sullivan, Carter, and Washington Counties on the Tennessee-Virginia border are encouraged to apply with Holston Habitat by the end of November. Following in-person visits to applicants’ residences, a dozen recipients will be selected and repair projects will commence as winter arrives.
Tennessee State Veterans Home
Benjamin “Ben” Perlin is a photographer and community volunteer living in Nashville. Dedicating much of his time to helping citizens of his local community, Benjamin Perlin volunteers at the the Tennessee State Veterans Home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and is happy and proud to hear veterans tell their stories and impart their wisdom.
With three locations throughout Tennessee, the Tennessee State Veterans Home has been providing quality care and rehabilitation to veterans since 1991. The goal of the facilities is to improve quality of life while providing a basic level of independence to patients, inspiring dignity and self-respect. Each Veteran Home offers 140 beds, as well as skilled nurses, doctors, therapists, and volunteers, all passionate about serving patient needs.
A variety of support staff and therapists provide top rehabilitation services, including holistic treatment approaches. For those who are in need of physical therapy, areas covered include fall prevention, joint protection and pain management, among others. Functional mobility therapy is also available, as well as dementia management and cognitive training.
Second Harvest Food Bank
Artist Benjamin Perlin contributes to his community through volunteer work. At the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Ben Perlin participates in the organization’s fundraising drives for outreach work. In addition, Benjamin Perlin also volunteers at the Second Harvest Food Bank.
The Second Harvest Food Bank is a community organization focused on distributing food and produce for impoverished communities throughout the country. Based in Silicon Valley, the organization works together with 320 partners to provide sustenance to over 250,000 people every month. In addition to food distribution, the Second Harvest Food Bank also lobbies for policies that address the root causes of hunger.
To engage community members in its advocacy, The Second Harvest Food Bank established a partnership with the creators of a mobile application called foodtweeks. Available for both Android and iPhone users, this app helps users create healthy meal plans. By using the promo code SHFBSCSM each time users “tweek” a meal plan, foodtweeks donates food containing twice the meal’s calorie content to the organization.
Through Second Harvest Food Bank’s partnership with foodtweeks, private individuals directly participate in the organization’s mission to end hunger.