Strings For Hope Changes Lives For Women In Tennessee

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Strings For Hope is a Middle Tennessee initiative that aids local women in recovery of human trafficking, addiction, and domestic violence.

Strings For Hope, founded in 2011, started as a project to give back to the community it serves. Emily Winters, a native to the city, took over in early 2017 to offer opportunities for survivors.

“Our products embody everything that Nashville is: kind, creative and musical. We are proud to give back to the Nashville community and change the lives of survivors in our city.”

In the past 8 years, Strings for Hope has provided over $100,000 in supplemental income to Middle TN survivors. These women, often found in recovery programs such as End Slavery TN, Recovery Community Inc., Mary Parrish, etc., are provided job opportunities by the organization.

Emily and her team employ women to create their beautiful handmade jewelry products. Employment through Strings for Hope provides their makers with supplemental income while they are in transition, so they learn job skills and are provided a form of art therapy.

Starting with only bracelets, they now also sell necklaces, earrings, and rings to suit anyone’s accessory need. Different styles of each are available, including the most popular Nashville Bracelet.

Nashville Bracelet

Strings For Hope has partnered with many local and national artists in the past. Musicians of all genres can donate their strings, become an affiliate partner, and play at one of their upcoming events. The current partner roster includes Dalton Black, Garrett DeVaughn, Kelley Jeanne, Luke Caccetta, Paige King Johnson, and Shelby Lowe.

How do you collect musical strings?

“We have boxes all over to donate strings. One of which is in the back of Ascend Amphitheater, a famous venue that has tons of famous musicians perform there. Many have donated their strings while on tour.”

Donating your used strings is eco-friendly and helps the mission of Strings For Hope. Drop off locations include Carter’s Vintage Guitars, Shiloh Music Center, Modman Guitar, and Eastside Music Supply. If you’re outside of Nashville, you can mail your strings to 100 Taylor St. Suite C12, Nashville, TN 37208.

“Taking secondhand strings to provide second chances for survivors of addiction, domestic violence, and human trafficking.”

The dynamic team of four have some big plans for Strings For Hope in the near future. “Our goal is to employ more survivors. That would look like more partnerships with safe house and recovery programs. We’re hopefully expanding into more retail stores on the West Coast,” Emily says. “You can definitely expect more shows put on by us and more volunteer opportunities.”

The next time you’re in downtown Nashville, visit their kiosk in front of the lower Broadway bar, The Valentine, or in the Gulch next to the infamous “What Lifts You” mural.

Shop now with promo code NIT25 for 25% off your order!


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