The Memorial Foundation provided 46 grants to nonprofit organizations in the first quarter of 2022. Grants will support a wide variety of vital services in Middle Tennessee, such as:
HOPE Family Health
HOPE Family Health provides quality healthcare to medically underserved communities in rural Macon, Sumner, Trousdale, and surrounding counties. Services are offered on a sliding scale for uninsured and under-insured patients. Last year, HOPE served over 5,800 patients across all programs including medical and behavioral care, clinical pharmacy services, access to dental care, insurance application assistance, radiology, and a Bilingual Patient Navigation Program. In 2022, funding from The Memorial Foundation will support a pilot staff care program to expand access to mental health services and training for HOPE Family staff experiencing unprecedented work-related stress and burnout through the pandemic.
Homework Hotline helps students understand and complete challenging academic assignments and master new concepts through free one-on-one tutoring by phone or online. Services are provided by certified or retired teachers in 7 languages and target students who are academically underserved due to socioeconomic status, ethnicity, native language, disability, or lack of transportation. Last year, Homework Hotline provided over 9,000 free tutoring sessions for approximately 3,400 students and caregivers. 94% of students successful completed the assignment and nearly 70% of students proved mastery of the concept on a post-test assessment. Funding from The Memorial Foundation in 2021-22 will support outreach and tutoring sessions for Middle TN students and families as they continue to navigate the unique learning challenges and learning loss from COVID-19.
Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition
Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition is a statewide, immigrant and refugee-led coalition that seeks to promote the integration and full participation of immigrants in U.S. society. Approximately 25,000 immigrants and refugees representing over 60 nationalities are served each year. In 2022, funding from The Memorial Foundation will support the following free or low-cost programs:
- English Classes – English language learning and digital literacy instruction for adult immigrant and refugee students. Classes are provided in partnership with the GOAL Collective in Nashville and offered 3 times per year using a hybrid of virtual and in-person instruction.
- Legal Services – provided for individuals seeking DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) renewal assistance or citizenship assistance in order to attain greater participation in community and civic life. Workshops are led by staff and volunteer immigration attorneys in multiple languages.
- Resource Referrals – connect families to mental health assistance, educational resources, legal aid, or food banks.
- COVID-19 Outreach – includes resource referrals and community education to ensure immigrant and refugee families have access to accurate and timely information about COVID-19.
Together, these and other partner organizations are making a lasting impact in the lives of people in Middle Tennessee.