United Way gives $75K to defray costs of flooding

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 3:17pm
Staff reports

United Way’s Restore the Dream Fund on Wednesday announced $75,000 in grants to help nonprofit and community organizations defer costs sustained during the May floods.

These seven grants bring to $671,633, the total United Way has invested since the floods.

The largest of the most recent grants ($37,300) will allow Eighteenth Avenue Community Enrichment Center, a 76-year-old nonprofit that provides childcare and family enrichment programs to more than 500 low-income working families in northwest Nashville, to replace the damaged roof on its 50-year-old building on Osage Street.

Other grant recipients include:

• 10,000 to Penuel Ridge Interfaith Retreat Center in Ashland City to repair damage to the property sustained in the flood

• $9,690 to the Cheatham County Long-term Recovery Committee to fund two part-time
positions to assist residential home rebuilding in the county

• $7,800 to Moore Elementary School in Franklin to repair damage to its facility

• $6,355 to Rochelle Center to reimburse expenses incurred as a result of the flood

• $2,500 to St. Luke’s Community House to help provide case management to families
recovering from the flood

• $2,000 to CASA Inc. to reimburse costs incurred after the flood

Over 90 percent of the donations pledged to the fund since the flood have been invested to date and the remaining funds will be awarded to qualified applicants who meet the criteria for the grants, said Eric Dewey, president of United Way of Metropolitan Nashville.

The Restore the Dream Fund grant committee continues to receive grant applications as nonprofit organizations settle with their insurance companies and realize the true extent of their physical damages, as well as the increased demand of their services for long-term flood recovery, Dewey said.

The United Way Restore the Dream Fund was established more than 12 years ago to assist local nonprofits recover and resume operations when disaster strikes.

After the May flood, United Way activated the fund and has raised approximately $700,000 through corporate and individual gifts.

1 Comment on this post:

By: shoreg on 10/7/10 at 8:49

So, based on this article, since they activated the fund, they have raised $700k and given away $671,63. If correct, that is impressive!!