Murfreesboro Post, January 18, 2011
NASHVILLE – The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a charitable organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the 40 Middle Tennessee counties it serves, has distributed $9,800 in grants to five Rutherford County nonprofit organizations as part of The Foundation’s annual grantmaking process.“This has been an incredibly trying year for Middle Tennessee, with the devastating flood and a still challenging economic climate. Through it all, however, our nonprofit partners have played a crucial role in continuing to meet the needs of our community,” said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. “We’re honored to connect generosity with need through these annual grants to local nonprofits providing vital services for our community.”The Community Foundation awards grants annually from its unrestricted and field-of-interest funds, through an open application process, to Middle Tennessee nonprofits organizations addressing community needs and improving quality of life through valuable programs and innovative services. The Community Foundation’s flood relief grants to organizations are awarded from two disaster funds through a separate application process. More information on each grant process is online at www.cfmt.org.Specific grants to Rutherford County organizations include:
• Domestic Violence Program, Inc., has received a grant to provide emergency, supportive and follow-up services to 50 or more seniors who have been victims of abuse or other personal crimes.
• Elders First Adult Day Services Association has received a grant to provide fee assistance for 150 days of adult day care to low income individuals, ages 55 and older with Alzheimer’s or other incapacitating conditions.
• Jesse C. Beesley Animal Humane Foundation has received a grant to provide spay/neuter surgeries for pet owners in financial distress.
• Murfreesboro Youth Orchestra has received a grant to perform for two area elementary schools and teach students about the different parts of the orchestra.
• Ziggy’s Tree Wildlife Rehabilitation Center has received a grant to expand the rehabilitation facility to support the growing number of orphaned animals.
These contributions are part of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s annual grantmaking process which, this year alone, has distributed more than $756,000 to 154 nonprofit organizations throughout 27 Middle Tennessee counties.