SNC Community Investment Fund surpasses $1 million in donations – WYSH AM 1380

(CNS Press Release) 22 East Tennessee nonprofits received a total of $121,600 from the Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS) Community Investment Fund at a ceremony Oct. 17.

Since 2015, the fund has awarded 180 grants to more than 120 nonprofit organizations and educational institutions

institutions in 20 East Tennessee counties, totaling $1.04 million.

The Community Investment Fund is a partnership between CNS, the management and operations contractor for National Security Complex Y-12, and the East Tennessee Foundation.

“The Y-12 National Security Complex is invested in our community, and our partnership with the East Tennessee Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that do vital work,” said Gene Sievers, Y-12 site manager. “This year marks a milestone in our corporate giving, and we are pleased to announce new grants to 22 nonprofit organizations.”

“This year, our grants committee has chosen to focus on organizations that provide support and development for early childhood education, at-risk youth and young adults; support for immigrants in East Tennessee; and teacher support. said Jamie Uptgraft, chair of the Y-12 Community Investment Advisory Board. “It is an honor to award grants to these organizations that work so diligently to improve the lives of East Tennesseans.”

Recipients provide services to 20 counties. The grant recipients’ work will reach 20 counties in eastern Tennessee, with 13 of the grants spanning multiple counties. This year’s winners are:

 Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, to support school readiness for youth from pre-kindergarten through

Lonsdale Primary School;

 Funding for refugee occupation opportunities by Bridge Refugee Services [ROOF]who tops up accommodation costs;

 CASA of Tennessee Heartland for the Fostering Futures initiative, which provides volunteer mentors to empower young adoptees ages 14-18;

 Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, Inc., Office of Immigrant Services, to provide free, low-cost legal assistance to immigrants;

 Communities in Schools of the Appalachian Highlands, Building Resiliency through Integrated Student Supports, to place coordinators in schools to support at-risk students in Cocke and Hamblen counties;

 Community Tutoring, to expand their territory to offer academic support to more students;

 Freedom Village of Hope, East Tennessee Freedom Schools, to fund six-week summer enrichment

program to improve reading skills;

 Friends of Literacy’s Literacy to Go program, which aims to reduce literacy disparities;

 Girl Talk, Inc., Life Prep Academy, to prepare girls in grades 10-12 for life after high school;

 Helen Ross McNabb Foundation, for school-based behavioral health services in Willow Brook

Primary school;

 HOLA Lakeway Immigrant/Refugee Transition Program, to provide support to immigrant and refugee families by helping families through various transitions;

 Knoxville Area Urban League’s Healthy Minds Healthy Hearts, to provide minority high school students with the support and strategies needed to prioritize their mental and emotional health;

 Koinonia Foundation Tennessee for Koinonia Classroom, a virtual learning program created for

classroom use by special education teachers;

 Mental Health Association of East Tennessee, to support young people in determining their exposure to

negative childhood experiences, develop positive coping strategies and get the help they need;

 Metro Drug Coalition, to implement mental health first aid training for teachers, administrators and

school resource officers;

 Oak Ridge Schools Preschool/Head Start for Conscious Discipline Teacher Support, to provide ongoing systematic group training and individual coaching to staff serving approximately 200 children;

 Our Place Art Organization, Inc., career preparation program, which provides transitioning youth and young adults (14-22) with tools to develop independence on their journey to adulthood;

 SafeSpace School Violence Prevention Program, to provide violence prevention education to students in the Sevier County school system;

 Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding’s (STAR) Changing STRIDES Life Skills program, which provides at-risk youth (ages 12-19) with the tools to better manage their lives and foster positive relationships;

 Shora Foundation University Centre, to provide mental health and education resources and access to food; and

 Street Hope TN, to provide free exploitation prevention programs for children and youth throughout Tennessee.

CNS worked with the East Tennessee Foundation to create an innovative and effective way to contribute to the community in a way that would also better engage Y-12 employees. The Y12 Community Investment Fund was established in 2015.

“We are honored to be part of the East Tennessee community,” said Jason Bohne, senior director of communications for CNS. “As we surpass $1 million in donations since the launch of the Community Investment Fund, we are proud of the many ways the fund has made a difference in the lives of our neighbors through the commitment and compassion of our non-profit partners.

Y-12 employees who sit on the Community Investment Fund Committee are chosen for a two-year term to represent their colleagues. Twenty employees participated in 2022. Committee members reviewed dozens of grant proposals, conducted interviews with nonprofit staff, and conducted site visits before recommending funding.

“As an employee, I appreciate CNS allowing us to determine how they invest in the community,” Uptgraft said. “Participating in this process has been incredibly rewarding.”

SNC Senior Director of Communications Jason Bohne speaks at the SNC Community Investment Fund grant ceremony held at Y-12 on October 17.

Jill E. Washington