CASA Works has received a $2,000 grant to recruit, train and supervise five CASA volunteers to advocate for 10 abused children in juvenile court.
"The work of our nonprofit partners has never been more important as we watch needs emerge and evolve in this community," said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. "Some issues like the staggering rates of local human trafficking and the growth of rural gang activity -- were issues that emerged relatively recently. Other issues like hunger continue to plague our neighbors in the aftermath of the Recession. Unemployment's harsh lessons about the skills and talents our educational system must provide require the nonprofit sector to lock arms with the public schools to ensure our future. These issues, and so many others, were among those covered though our 2012 Discretionary grants throughout Middle Tennessee. The Community Foundation is honored to connect generosity with need through these annual grants and through other avenues throughout the year, but we couldn't have an impact without the bulwark of quality nonprofits offering solutions to our community's needs and vital services to our neighbors."
The Community Foundation awards discretionary grants annually from its unrestricted and field-of-interest funds, through an open application process, to Middle Tennessee nonprofits organizations addressing community needs and benefiting the well-being of citizens through valuable programs and innovative services.
More information on the grant process is online at http://cfmt.org/request/grants/.
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee oversees more than 850 charitable funds, providing customized philanthropic solutions with flexibility for donors, nonprofit organizations and the community. In the past 21 years, The Community Foundation has distributed more than $600 million to community programs and institutions.