Happy Friday Clarksville! It’s time for a prime time Feature Friday! We’re so excited to re-introduce you to YAIPak Outreach. Founded by Sherry Nicholson just a few short years ago, Yaipaks’ purpose is to serve the under-resourced through acts of kindness. In May 2016, Sherry founded YAIPak Outreach, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit after a life-changing experience in Nashville, TN. YAI is an acronym for You Are Important, which is a message that Sherry loves to leave with everyone she encounters. Sherry herself experienced homelessness as a young mother, and the power of restoration through unconditional love. She is married to Steve Nicholson; together, they have 6 children and 14 grandchildren. YAIPak Outreach is a mobile outreach organization that exists to bring Hope. With four main projects affecting children in trauma, veterans moving from homelessness to housing, those affected by natural disaster, and large community outreach events. In six short years, YaiPak has gone from a living room operation of stuffing purses with necessities, to a massive warehouse operation and a team that is one of the first groups on the scene to aid in nearby natural disasters. YAIPak Outreach is an organization that has provided help to thousands of people in such a few short years, and we are always excited to see what they’re doing and support them in any way possible.
Sherry and her team head out each week to reach homeless encampments, making sure that these precious people are not forgotten and that they have their basic needs met. Through their Totes of Hope initiative, Yaipak provides basic household goods and furnishings for homeless Veterans as they transition into housing. They also provide necessities and comfort items to children in trauma, working closely with many area children’s services offices and local schools. You’ll also find them at community events year round handing out anything from school supplies to diapers and formula. Every Summer, they pack up loads of school supplies and clothing and head to East TN for their Operation Appalachian Kids outreach, which brings tons of fun and much needed necessities to Jellico, TN.
Sherry will be the first to tell you that none of this would be possible without the support of the community here in Clarksville! YAIpak has seen you all show up in times of need with donations and volunteering your time to help make the lives of our neighbors better. If you’d like to volunteer in the warehouse, you can show up at 1255 Paradise Hill Road, on Mondays from 9-12, Wednesdays from 12-2, or Thursdays from 5-8pm.