The Memorial Foundation is pleased to announce that it awarded 49 grants to nonprofit organizations in the first quarter of 2020. Grants will support a wide variety of vital services in Middle Tennessee.
Interfaith Dental Clinic
Interfaith Dental Clinic provides comprehensive and emergency oral healthcare for working, low-income families and older adults in Middle Tennessee. Their Davidson County clinic is located in the Compassion Collective, a shared space with Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee and Make-A-Wish. Last year, 256 clinical volunteers donated over 5,000 hours of care to provide more than 3,000 Interfaith patients with transformative oral healthcare. Funding from The Memorial Foundation provides general support for the following services:
- Emergency and Medical Clearance Clinic: Patients are relieved from pain, swelling, and infection through treatment, often preventing a costly emergency room visit. Treatment includes extractions, root canals, oral surgery, and medicated fillings.
- Transformation Clinic: Patients create treatment plans to eliminate dental disease, restore their mouth to functional and esthetic wholeness, and learn the necessary skills for lifetime oral health maintenance. Treatment includes restorative dentistry such as fillings, crowns, partials, bridges, and dentures.
- Wellness Clinic: Graduates of the Transformation Clinic receive ongoing disease risk management as long as needed. Treatment includes preventative dentistry such as regular cleanings and check-ups.
- Well Baby Clinic: Pregnant women with low incomes have access to dental care treatment that prevents the vertical transmission of dental disease from parent to newborn. Infants receive dental care through year one.
Nashville International Center for Empowerment
Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE) helps refugee and immigrant communities achieve long term integration into U.S society. NICE implements programs for education, employment, health, resettlement, and immigration to ensure that refugees and immigrants in Nashville flourish for generations to come. Funding from The Memorial Foundation provides support for the following programs:
- Adult Education Program: NICE teaches 7 levels of English language classes at five site locations each week. Additionally, they offer workforce prep classes, civic engagement & citizenship classes and pre high school equivalency classes to increase social participation among New Americans. Last year, over 1,200 immigrants and refugees participated in classes.
- Resettlement Case Management: NICE assists both individual refugees and family arrivals as they undertake the resettlement process, including documentation, housing, accessing essential initial services, scheduling medical appointments, registering for school, and mapping a new community. Last year, NICE provided resettlement case management for 402 refugees.
A.B.L.E Youth (Athletes Building Life Experiences) was established to support children and youth in wheelchairs by providing opportunities to participate in organized sports, explore careers, and gain independence. Programs teach youth wheelchair mobility and transfers, hand-eye coordination, and balancing objects while moving, as well as independent living skills like dressing, personal care, and techniques for performing household chores. Last year, 45 youth participated in A.B.L.E Youth programming free of charge. Funding from The Memorial Foundation provides general support for the following:
- Sports Program: Children and youth ages 3-22 can participate in a variety of organized sports, including Music City Thunder Wheelchair Basketball, Achilles Kids, and Wheelchair Track and Field. Last year, Music City Thunder basketball players competed in 4 regional tournaments and hosted one regional tournament at Middle Tennessee State University.
- Independent Living Program: Older children and youth have opportunities to practice independent living skills away from home. Last year, seven A.B.L.E Youth participated in a trip to St. Louis for the Gateway Games, a competitive adaptive sporting event. This year, A.B.L.E. Youth will compete in a regional adaptive sporting event and travel to Morgan’s Wonderland, the world’s first theme park designed for people with disabilities.
Together, these and other recipient organizations are making a lasting impact in the lives of people in Middle Tennessee.