Nashville Restaurants Join British StreetSmart Effort To Help the Homeless Here

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Y'know how it's hard to say no when the cashier at a store asks if you want to buy a paper shamrock for charity so you can scrawl your name on it and post it behind the register? Impulse charity is a great way to raise money for worthy causes by amalgamating lots of small donations.

Back in 1998, some charitable people in Britain started the StreetSmart initiative, which encourages diners to leave a little extra on their tab when they eat out in November and December. A full 100 percent of these proceeds go to benefit organizations that aid the homeless. (Visit their website to see testimonials from supporters like writer-actor Stephen Fry and chefs Fergus Henderson and Gordon Ramsay.)

Here in Nashville, Room in the Inn is the benefactor of our new StreetSmart program. If you add a buck to your bill, Room in the Inn will receive every penny of every dollar raised by the participating restaurants, to help fund programs ranging from work preparation training, rehabilitation and even art classes.

The Nashville arm of StreetSmart is the first time that a U.S. organization has partnered with the British initiative to raise money to help the homeless. If you're interested in helping out, just dine at any of these participating restaurants between now and the end of the year:

1808 Grille
360 Bistro
Burger Up
Cabana
Chago's
Cooper’s on Porter
Giovanni’s
Mad Platter
Mambu Restaurant & Bar
Merchants, Miel
Midtown Cafe
Sunset Grill
The Patterson House

New restaurants are still signing up to participate, so keep visiting Room in the Inn's Facebook page for the latest updates.

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