The Memorial Foundation provided 44 grants to nonprofit organizations in the second quarter of 2023. Grants will support a wide variety of vital services in Middle Tennessee, such as:
NashvilleHealth seeks to improve health outcomes and advance health equity through strategic partnerships and initiatives. This year, NashvilleHealth will pilot a project focused on underlying nonmedical barriers that contribute to high hypertension rates in Nashville’s 37208 zip code. Project participants will receive primary care services for uncontrolled hypertension at Matthew Walker Community Health Center. In addition to medical care, participants will receive wraparound support to address hypertension-related social determinants of health, including medically tailored meals from the Nashville Food Project. Outcomes from the pilot will be tracked and analyzed by the Belmont Data Collaborative and the Sycamore Institute.
Building Lives Foundation
Building Lives helps homeless veterans transition to independent living and permanent housing. Services include affordable housing placements, job placement assistance, mentoring, access to healthcare and counseling, life skills training, and case management support. For veterans facing addiction, chronic homelessness, and/or mental health challenges, Building Lives offers a structured residential program that provides up to 2 years of housing and intensive wraparound support. Last year, Building Lives served 120 veterans experiencing homelessness.
Harvest Hands Community Development Corporation
Harvest Hands provides holistic community development programs for students who live or attend school in Napier-Sudekum and other South Nashville neighborhoods. Services include afterschool and summer programs that provide reading and math intervention, STEM activities, mentorship, social-emotional support, and healthy meals for K-8 students. Older students can receive job training, employment, and mentorship at their social enterprise coffee shop, Humphreys Street. Last year, Harvest Hands served 80 students through out-of-school programs and 20 students through job training at Humphreys Street.
Together, these and other partner organizations are making a lasting impact in the lives of people in Middle Tennessee.