Awards recommended by Y-12 employees in 2021 focused on at-risk youth, food insecurity, mental health, and aid to frontline workers
Consolidated Nuclear Security, in partnership with East Tennessee Foundation, recently awarded 17 grants totaling $100,000 to nonprofit organizations in 10 East Tennessee counties: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Hamblen, Knox, Monroe, Roane, Scott, and Sevier.
The CNS Employee Investment Advisory Committee at Y-12 National Security Complex reviewed dozens of grant proposals this year, conducted staff interviews, and made site visits before recommending funding based on the committeeâ€™s four focus areas for the year: at-risk youth, food insecurity, mental health, and aid to frontline workers.
With the latest round of community investment grants, Consolidated Nuclear Security topped $880,000 of investment in the East Tennessee community during the last five years, a press release said.
The CNS Community Investment Fund, established at Y-12 in 2015, is funded by CNS and managed by the East Tennessee Foundation, which serves 25 East Tennessee counties. The CNS Employee Investment Advisory Committee at Y-12 is a group of employees who serve two-year terms and recommend the distribution of funds. The committee allows employees to determine where corporate dollars are invested in their communities.
â€œThe Community Investment Fund is designed to ensure employees are involved in determining how the companyâ€™s charitable donations are allocated,â€ said Jason Bohne, senior director of communications for CNS. â€œThrough our partnership with the East Tennessee Foundation and the involvement of our employees, we are confident the money will have a positive impact in the region.â€
â€œIn five years, their grant making across East Tennessee has been substantial,” said Michael McClamroch, president and chief executive officer of ETF. â€œIn 2020, at the start of the pandemic, they worked closely with us to deploy their grants to assist those organizations requesting disaster relief and recovery. This focus continues in 2021 with their grant-making.â€
Since its inception, grants from the CNS Community Investment Fund have been distributed to organizations focusing on varied needs, such as school supplies for at-risk youth, school violence prevention, and meal delivery for seniors, the press release said.
The full listing of grants for 2021 is in the table below.
|Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties (ADFAC)||School supplies for at-risk youth|
|CASA of Campbell County||Advocacy for abused and neglected children of Campbell County|
|CASA Monroe, Inc.||Fostering Futures: Supporting youth transitions into adulthood|
|CONTACT Care Line, Inc.||National suicide prevention hotline|
|East Tennessee Childrenâ€™s Hospital||Grow with Me program to support at-risk youth|
|Family Promise of Knoxville||Safe-keeping prevention and diversion for at-risk youth|
|FISH Hospitality Pantries||Outreach for critical needs|
|Girls Incorporated of Tennessee Valley (GITNV)||Wellness initiative|
|Live Freeâ€”Claiborne||Family reunification program|
|Helen Ross McNabb Center||School-based behavioral health services at Willow Brook Elementary School|
|HOLA Lakeway||La Tienda de la Gente Project (The Peopleâ€™s Store Project)|
|The Mend House Sober Living Community for Men||To sustain the program|
|Metro Drug Coalition||Mental health first aid|
|Remote Area Medical||Free pop-up clinic and telehealth programs|
|SafeSpace||School violence prevention program|
|Scott County Shelter Society||Food stability and school resource funding|
|Senior Citizens of Campbell County (TN)||Prep-free, home-delivered meals|
For more information, contact Jan Elston, vice president for competitive grant programs for East Tennessee Foundation, by phon at (865) 524-1223 or by email atÂ [email protected]Â or contact Jason Bohne, CNSÂ seniorÂ director of communications and public affairs, by phone at (865) 241-1400 or by email atÂ [email protected].Â Â
Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC operates the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, under a single contract for the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration. CNS member companies include Bechtel National Inc.;Â Leidos Inc.; ATK Launch Systems Inc.; and SOC LLC.