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The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee provides $100,000 to five East Tennessee organizations in wake of wildfires

MAKE A GIFT TODAYNashville, Tenn. – The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has distributed a second round of funding to help in the rebuilding efforts of areas impacted by the wildfires in East Tennessee.
 
On the heels of an announcement that The Community Foundation partnered with Dollar General to provide $200,000 in gift cards for families receiving assistance from the Dollywood Foundation, the Middle Tennessee nonprofit has granted an additional $100,000 to five organizations located in East Tennessee that are providing services to the medically uninsured, those in need of short-term housing, legal aid, food, and volunteer efforts.

During a recent trip to Gatlinburg, The Community Foundation’s Scott O’Neal hand-delivered $20,000 grant checks to the Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic, Sevier County Food Ministries, Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, and Volunteer East Tennessee.
Sevier County Food Ministries director Jim Davis embraces The Community Foundation’s Scott O’Neal after receiving a surprise $20,000 grant to the organization to help with relief efforts following the wildfires in East Tennessee. Photo by Anthony Scarlati 

O’Neal was greeted by an overwhelming response of gratitude from dedicated residents clearly exhausted by the devastation endured during the community’s unprecedented wildfires.
 
“It was an emotional high, handing the checks to such dedicated, hard-working, tireless folks, whose reactions were just pure joy and appreciation, even relief,” O’Neal said. “Then, to see the utter destruction, total obliteration in many areas – hundreds and hundreds of structures just gone – only foundations and ash remaining, my emotional high descended to an incredible low.  There is so much loss for so many, just surreal.”
Pictures from GatlinburgPersonal belongings left behind remain in the ashes where homes once stood erect for hundreds of Smoky Mountain area residents. Photo by Anthony Scarlati 

The grants were made possible by generous gifts donated to the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville Emergency Response Fund that was established through The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee upon immediate notification of the disaster in late November.
 
The Community Foundation, no stranger to disaster response, continues to accept donations to the Fund as the organization focuses on the long road to recovery and areas of need.
 
“We know when disasters strike, there are no quick fixes,” said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. “We need to support the affected communities and the nonprofits on the ground helping victims and addressing their needs.” 
 
Gifts for the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville Emergency Response Fund can be made to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee or online at www.CFMT.org.
 
About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org.
 
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