Who We Are
The Organized Neighbors of Edgehill (ONE), was birthed in 1968 as an nonprofit arm of Edgehill United Methodist Church (EUMC). Under the pastoral leadership of Pastor Bill Barnes and in partnership with Edgehill residents, the organization became a model for the city of how residents could come together to follow Rev. Bill Barnes example and " fove our city".
A major strength of ONE is its rich history in an very diverse and historic neighborhood. Edgehill is one of Nashville’s oldest neighborhoods and ove the years it has been reshaped again and again. However, ,through it all runs a common thread of vision, perseverance, and diverstiy. In the face of natural disasters, urban renewal, and the continual encroachment on neighborhood boundaries, the residents of Edgehill have maintained solidarity through strong neighborhood identity. As a result, Edgehill has been recognized as one of Nashville’s most vocal and active communities by the Nashville Civic Design Center, 2003.
The second iteration of ONE began in 1991 and the organization continues to exist to give residents a voice to express their concerns and provide the tools to effectively take action on issues most important to them. ONE organizes around issues like crime reduction, public school monitoring, healthy food access, and affordable housing.
Under the ONE umbrella is the Edgehill Family Resource Center which connects the community to much needed services. The ONE/Barnes Scholarship Program couples financial resources for higher education with mentorship and support to send Edgehill students (of all ages) to school. The ONE housing program provides some of the residents a chance to stay in Edgehill through the provision of affordable housing.
In the most recent iteration of ONE in 2015, the organization is leading a coaltion of community leaders trying to respond creatively to the growing threats of urban density and the loss of affordable housing in our city. This thrust is aimed at helping the community remain economically and racially diverse.
For almost 50 years, ONE has sought to make and keep Edgehill a place we can all call "home". We welcome you as a member!