The East Tennessee Foundation awards grants to local agencies

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By Natasha LaFayette



Recently, the East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) awarded grants to local agencies as well as agencies that serve local people.

Year-end grants were made to 19 East Tennessee agencies that serve people in all of the ETFs 25 county service area.

Among the 19 agencies provided funding was REACHS, now known as Community Health of East Tennessee.

Community Health of East Tennessee operates a multitude of programs in Campbell County while providing limited services to Claiborne, Scott, Morgan and Anderson Counties.

The agency was provided $6,000, which CEO Teresa Dabney said, will go toward the domestic violence shelter and clinic.

“As people start to loose their jobs there is a greater need for our services,” said Dabney about a greater number of people using the domestic violence shelter and health clinic. “Sadly, domestic violence is on the rise.”

ETF Senior Program Officer Jan Elston said the funding is a deliberate attempt by the foundation to reach beyond the individual organizations receiving money to the counties they serve.

A total of $100,000 was given to the 19 agencies. With the financial challenges faced by many non-profit agencies, ETF is trying to provide for charitable agencies fighting hunger, homelessness and many other physical and social ills.

“It’s a mixed blessing when you can give away $100,000 to agencies in great need,” said ETF CEO Mike McClamroch. “But you have to choose only a few in order for the money to have any impact.”

Second Harvest Food Bank was also a recipient of a grant in the amount of $4,000. The organization provides food for 18 counties, including Campbell.

“We have had a substantial increase in demand,” said Second Harvest Executive Director Elaine Streno.

Streno said Second Harvest has experienced an increase of 30,000 requests for food.

“That’s why we are so grateful to ETF,” said Streno.

Also a recipient of ETF funding was the Children’s Center of the Cumberlands. The organization services a four county area and received $4,000 from ETF.

The Children’s Center of the Cumberlands is a partner center with the Campbell County Children’s Center. The two centers share services in the foster care program.

“We are trying our best to be true to our mission of making communities stronger and lives better through thoughtful giving,” said McClamroch.