The Butler Snow Foundation has awarded grants to community organizations in the Nashville, Birmingham, Mississippi Delta and Denver areas. Foundation donations for 2015 are focused on benefiting HIV/AIDS patients, community gardens and after school programs.
This year’s foundation recipients are:
- Nashville Cares – For nearly 30 years, CARES has provided education and services to more than 45,000 adults and youth annually to help reduce the risk for HIV infection and support those living with AIDS. Through group workshops and individual counseling, CARES offers a comprehensive approach to HIV prevention. CARES also provides HIV testing and screening, distributes education and prevention materials, conducts workplace training and consults on HIV issues.
- Urban Ministry, Inc.’s WE Community Gardens, Kitchen and Food Pantry – WE Gardens trains and employs young men from the community, hosts quarterly community events and garden classes, and provides support for local community gardens. Additionally WE sells affordable produce at two local markets providing access to fresh, healthy food in a food desert.
- Delta Fresh Foods Initiative – The Delta Fresh Foods Initiative (DFFI) is a diverse coalition of community stakeholders committed to establishing sustainable, equitable community food systems in the Mississippi Delta. Members of the group include growers, consumers, health and agriculture educators, food retailers (including farmers’ markets and other outlets), community-based organizations, funders, healthy food advocates and more.
- Summer Scholars – Summer Scholars is recognized as a national leader in the extended learning field and was honored with the 2005 Excellence in Summer Learning Award from the Center of Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University. More than 20,000 young people have participated in Summer Scholars programs over the past 15 years, and Scholars After School effectively doubled the amount of tutoring hours available to students. The Family Literacy Program, including adult education and parent and child time together, successfully engages parents in a manner proven to enhance student achievement.
“We are proud that so many deserving groups are doing such great work in our communities,” said foundation chair and Butler Snow attorney Thomas E. Williams. “We are honored to deliver the foundation’s contributions each year, and seeing these organizations flourish in the communities they serve offers great promise for the future.”
The Butler Snow Foundation was established in 1997 by a generous gift from a client of the law firm Butler Snow. The Foundation funds worthy causes or social services organizations in communities Butler Snow serves. Since its inception, the Foundation has supported organizations such as Mission First, Habitat for Humanity, Youth Life Learning Centers, Mississippi Episcopal AIDS Committee, Hands-on-Memphis and the Boys & Girls Club of the Gulf Coast.