Third Thursdays at Nick’s English Hut
A benefit for Stepping Stones
423 East Kirkwood
Thursday, July 19
5–8 p.m.

Once a month Nick’s throws open its doors to aid a local not-for-profit. The brainchild of Natalie Cabanaw, a fave wait staffer of yours and mine, “Third Thursdays” has brought in hundreds upon hundreds for our area agencies.

“It’s a great way for people who don’t have a lot of cash to help donate,” says Natalie. “It adds up!”

Natalie donates all of her tips the night of the event – as does bartender Andrew Hilton. Additional wait staff pitches in, and 20 percent of the total food bill goes straight to the agency. The not-for-profit is asked to take the reins in advertising the event.

July’s beneficiary is one of Natalie’s favorites -- Stepping Stones (www.steppingstones-inc.org), a nonprofit, independent organization that offers transitional housing for young people (16-20 years old) who are experiencing homelessness.

Three groups of young people experience homelessness: “system youth,” young people currently in foster care or transitioning out of it; “runaway youth,” who leave homes to escape physical and/or sexual abuse, substance abuse, or domestic violence; and “throwaway youth,” who are neglected or pushed out of their homes by parents or guardians.

“What a wonderful agency!” Natalie says, acknowledging two alarming trends: an increasing number of young people experiencing homelessness and a greater risk for young people to be homeless than for adults.

Nick’s menu of burgers, sandwiches, steaks, strombolis, pizza and beloved jambalaya is available as always, not to mention the full range of brews, wines and mixed drinks.

“We can all help our friends in need,” says social justice activist Dee Hupp-Sanders. “Natalie shows how everyday folks can utilize their resources to make the world a better place.”

Dee and Natalie are collaborating on a benefit for A Gathering Place, a Sunday-morning hot meal program located just down the street from Nick’s at First Christian Church (www.fcc-blmgtn.org).

The fall event at Nick’s will help volunteers secure food to feed our community members without an address.

For more info about Third Thursdays, visit www.nicksenglishhut.com. To request a slot for your not-for-profit, call Natalie at Nick’s, 332-4040.

Melissa McReynolds can be reached at galfriday07@hotmail.com.