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									FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 30, 2010

                                                                                  Contact: Rebecca Finley
                                                                                             615-321-4939
                                                                                             615-480-4412
                                                                                          rfinley@cfmt.org

                                                                                            Kallie Bienvenu
                                                                                             615-321-4939
                                                                                             615-497-1809
                                                                                       kbienvenu@cfmt.org

 To-Date The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
Has Awarded $2.9 Million in Flood Relief Grants to More Than
                     75 Organizations

Nashville, Tennessee – The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee announces its latest grants
from its disaster response funds, totaling $210,500 to 10 local organizations providing flood recovery
services. To date, $2.9 million in flood relief grants have been awarded to more than 75 organizations
from The Community Foundation’s two disaster funds. Organizations can apply for flood relief grants
online at www.cfmt.org/floodrelief/nonprofit.

On August 23, The Community Foundation awarded the following flood relief grants from its disaster
funds:

Metro Nashville Disaster Response Fund grantees:

$10,000 to Gateway to Recovery to provide gift cards to flood victims in the Pennington
Bend/Donelson/Hermitage area.

$56,000 to Rooftop to provide rental and mortgage assistance to flood victims.

Tennessee Emergency Response Fund grantees:
$15,000 to Ark Community Resource to provide rental and mortgage assistance, utility assistance and
gift cards to flood victims.

$35,000 to Centerstone to support ongoing “in the field” mental health counseling to flood victims in
Antioch, Bellevue and the “Nations” area of Nashville.

$10,000 to Fairfield Church of Christ to provide cash assistance to flood victims.

$35,000 to Humphreys County Long Term Recovery Organization to provide long-term recovery
assistance for families with unmet needs in Humphreys County.

$14,000 to Long Term Recovery of Macon County to provide long-term recovery assistance for
families with unmet needs in Macon County.

$500 to River Edge Farm Horse Rescue to support hay and feed costs for rescued horses.

$10,000 to Southern Middle Tennessee Resource Conservation and Development to support the
local cost sharing required by the federal government to assist in clean-up of debris and repair work, in
coordination with the USDA, for five sites in Lawrence County and 11 sites in Giles County.
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$25,000 to Tennessee Farm Bureau to support farmers, farm families and Middle Tennessee farming
communities suffering as a result of the floods.

In addition to the above organizations, flood relief grants have been distributed
from The Community Foundation’s two disaster funds to the following:

Metro Nashville Disaster Response Fund grantees
$10,000 to Belle Meade United Methodist Church to provide rental and mortgage assistance, food,
home repairs, and other household services to victims of the flood.

$10,000 to the Bellevue Community Center to continue to provide support to Bellevue residents
affected by the flood.

$10,000 to Catholic Charities of Tennessee to support the cost of offering case management services
to flood victims, which began on May 5 with the organization moving three existing staff members into the
role of offering flood relief support services on a long-term basis.

$10,000 to Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee to provide translated materials to
various ethnic groups affected by the flood, including information on applying to FEMA and SBA,
accessing legal help and removing mold; to support outreach to disseminate information; and to assist
clients with filing or following up on FEMA claims.

$10,000 to Centerstone of Tennessee to provide training and critical incident services to flood first
responders in Middle Tennessee. The organization has worked with the Mayor’s Office to provide training
to Metro employees who may handle emotional situations with flood victims, as well as providing post-
event individual and/or group services to both traditional and non-traditional responders in Middle
Tennessee.

$10,000 to Community Food Advocates (Manna – Food Security Partners) to connect flood victims to
emergency food stamp resources. The organization has used the grant to support its SNAP
(Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Food Stamp Outreach program, and will continue to provide
outreach and advocacy to Nashvillians affected by the floods.

$10,000 to Community Resource Center to collect and help distribute non-bulk or small quantity
donations for victims and volunteers, such as new clothing, hygiene items, masks, tools, and more.

$10,000 to Conexion Americas to respond to the needs of low-income families in Antioch, many of
whom work hourly jobs and did not work for a week or more after the flood, increasing their financial
stress. The organization has used grant funds to offer financial assistance to help families pay rent,
mortgage and other immediate financial obligations.

$10,000 to Family and Children’s Service to provide material assistance, such as clothing, diapers or
help with utilities, to mothers who were directly impacted by the flood and who may have had insufficient
resources to bridge the gap while waiting on FEMA and other forms of support.

$125,000 to Hands On Nashville to assist in the rebuilding of approximately 75 flood damaged homes
with volunteer labor by November 2010. In coordination with Rebuilding Together, Hands On Nashville
will work with homeowners through the We Are Home program, and then assess homes, determining the
scope of work, requisite supplies and volunteer duties, providing volunteer leaders, general volunteers,
and building supplies.

$10,000 to Hands On Nashville to underwrite the cost of organizing and deploying almost 15,000
volunteers during the first two weeks of the flood. The organization deployed volunteers throughout the


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community to staff shelters, sort and distribute food and water, sort in-kind donations, clean
neighborhoods, and demolish damaged sections of individual homes.

$200,000 to The Housing Fund to provide up to three months of rental assistance to 250 households
who do not have sufficient resources to carry the burden of mortgage and rent payments after insurance
and FEMA.

$450,000 to The Housing Fund to support flexible grant and loan options for homeowners affected by
the flood.

$10,000 to Jewish Family Service of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, Inc. to provide direct
emergency assistance to more than 100 people, Jewish and non-Jewish victims of the flood, including
financial stipends, free counseling sessions, and donated items, as well as help coordinating housing
arrangements and completing paperwork.

$25,000 to Legal Aid Society to provide direct legal assistance and counseling to Middle Tennessee
victims dealing with civil legal issues in the aftermath of the flood through walk-in legal clinics and direct
representation to low-income and elderly victims.

$10,000 to Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands to provide legal services to
flood victims. In addition to staff members providing advocacy, information and referral to low-income and
senior flood victims, volunteer attorneys through the organization’s Nashville Pro Bono Program are
participating in legal clinics offering assistance on civic legal questions related to the flood, such as
landlord-tenant and lease issues, obtaining unemployment benefits for lost jobs, recovering records and
legal documents, and more.

$10,000 to Martha O’Bryan Center to assist those who needed food and transportation, such as bus
passes, immediately following the flood, and provide long-term case management, from helping victims
find resources like a clean-up crew to mental health professionals.

$5,490 to The Mental Health Association to provide resources and recovery strategies for flood victims,
including three conference sessions in Spanish for flood victims, friends or family members in the Latino
community, as well as short-term assessment and intervention sessions for Spanish and English
speaking flood victims.

$10,000 to MusiCares to distribute funds for music people within 48-72 hours of the disaster, covering
the most immediate and basic needs including food and clothing, temporary housing, home repairs,
gasoline and transportation, clean up efforts, relocation costs, medicine, and other critical supplies.

$10,000 to North Nashville Flood Relief Group to continue its work to help flood victims in North
Nashville.

$10,000 to Northwest Family YMCA to support those affected by the flood by helping to provide short-
term care needs which may include food, clothing, household items, and transportation assistance. The
organization reports that it hopes to provide some long-term assistance including ongoing home repair,
building assistance and social services support.

$12,500 to Pastoral Counseling Centers to provide counseling to individuals affected by the flood.

$20,000 to Rooftops to provide rental and mortgage assistance to individuals and families affected by
the May 2010 Flood.

$10,0000 to Salvation Army to support its immediate response to the needs of flood victims, which
included helping 19,847 families and individuals with meals, personal care items, food boxes, water,
clothing, cleaning kits, and spiritual and emotional care, all powered by staff, officers and 4,006 volunteer
hours. Of those served, 899 cases for additional assistance were opened and are being processed.

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$125,000 to Salvation Army to provide direct and long-term assistance to victims of the flood.

$10,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank to meet an increased demand for food in the wake of the flood,
which included acquiring additional food and supporting the fuel and operating cost of two additional
delivery trucks. The organization also used funds to lease replacement equipment while two damaged
tractors were being repaired.

$10,000 to Southeast Nashville Flood Relief Team to continue its work to help flood victims in
Southeast Nashville.

$10,000 to St. Luke’s Community House to provide long-term case management including help with
food and housing vouchers, access to counseling services, navigating the rebuilding process, and direct
assistance in purchasing construction materials.

$10,000 to St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church to assist residents affected by the flood with
food, bedding and temporary housing.

$5,516 to Tennessee Foreign Language Institute to provide written translation of various flood
materials and on-site and telephone interpreter services for those affected by the flood.

$17,500 to Tennessee Kidney Foundation to provide transportation services, in the form of cab rides, to
clinics for dialysis patients, many of whom temporarily lost MTA/Access Ride transportation or had to go
to a different clinic location because of the floods.

$20,000 to United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee to provide medical equipment and home
access repairs for disabled victims of the flood.

$10,000 to United Way of Metropolitan Nashville to supports its 2-1-1 service, Tennessee’s free
community services help line, which had, as of early June, answered 3,587 calls related to flood
assistance. Those who called the help line were connected with real people who helped flood victims find
programs and volunteers, as well as helping callers wanting to donate or volunteer to find outlets for their
gifts.

$10,000 to West Nashville Flood Recovery Network to continue its work to help flood victims in West
Nashville.

$10,000 to Westminster Presbyterian Church to provide tools and tool replacement for crews helping
with flood recovery.


Tennessee Emergency Response Fund grantees
$10,000 to Advocates for The Upper Cumberland to provide emergency assistance to displaced flood
victims in Clay and Smith counties, including help with mortgage and rent payments, utilities, deposit
fees, and medical supplies.

$10,000 to American Red Cross of Maury County to provide first response services, meeting
immediate needs of victims in the aftermath of the flood.

$10,000 to American Red Cross of Montgomery County to provide first response services, meeting
immediate needs of victims in the aftermath of the flood.

$10,000 to Ark Community Resource Center to provide assistance to flood victims who lost income and
wages, clothing, furniture, and housing related items.




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$10,000 to Bethesda Community Center to provide first response services, meeting immediate needs
of victims in the aftermath of the flood.

$5,000 to Bethesda Community Mission to provide assistance in rent and utility expenses for flood
victims, some of whom are collecting unemployment.

$6,000 to Bethlehem Centers to provide assistance to families suffering flood related losses and
financial hardship as a result. Funds may be used for day care tuition assistance, and the replacement of
clothing and other household items.

$1,500 to Blakemore Child Center to provide day care tuition assistance to a family suffering flood
related losses and financial hardship as a result.

$20,000 to Centerville Church of Christ to continue providing aid to residents of Hickman County
affected by the flood. Approximately 25-30 victims per week are receiving services including clothing,
building supplies, and appliances.

$10,000 to Centerville Church of Christ to provide supplies to flood victims such as food, personal
hygiene items, cleaning supplies, and tools, and freight to ship donated building supplies.

$5,000 to the Central Basin Resource Conservation and Development Council to assist in clean-up
of debris and repair work for eight sites in Trousdale County.

$10,000 to Dickson County Help Center to provide first response services, meeting immediate needs of
victims in the aftermath of the flood.

$8,000 to Eighteenth Avenue Community Center to provide assistance to families suffering flood
related losses and financial hardship as a result, including the replacement of furniture, washer and dryer,
freezer and other household items, and repairs to roofs, ceilings, basements, and a septic tank.

$2,500 to Fairfield Church of Christ to provide five grants of $500 each to help individuals whose
homes were destroyed or damaged.

$4,000 to Fannie Battle Day Home to provide day care tuition assistance to families suffering flood
related losses and financial hardship as a result, including families who lost homes, a car and a home
business.

$10,400 to Feed America First of Tennessee to work with a network of more than 200 agencies to
provide food, water and supplies to families affected by the recent flooding in Middle Tennessee counties,
including Davidson, Hickman, Humphreys, Lewis, Macon, Perry, Rutherford, and Williamson counties.

$5,000 to Gallatin Cares to meet the immediate needs of families in the aftermath of the flood and
support their long-term recovery, by helping with FEMA paperwork and clean up efforts and providing
food, clothing, bedding, cleaning supplies, household furniture, and ongoing support services.

$5,000 to Goodlettsville Help Center to provide first response services, meeting immediate needs of
victims in the aftermath of the flood.

$10,000 to Graceworks Ministries to meet immediate needs of victims who had flood damage or missed
work in the aftermath of the flood by providing food, utility and car payment assistance, and bedding.

$125,000 to Hands On Nashville to assist in the rebuilding of approximately 75 flood damaged homes
with volunteer labor by November 2010. In coordination with Rebuilding Together, Hands On Nashville
will work with homeowners through the We Are Home program, and then assess homes, determining the
scope of work, requisite supplies and volunteer duties, providing volunteer leaders, general volunteers,
and building supplies.


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$10,000 to Harpeth River Watershed Association to support trash and debris clean-up efforts and
damage mitigation along more than 60 miles of the Harpeth River.

$10,000 to Helping Hands of Hickman County to provide first response services, meeting immediate
needs of victims in the aftermath of the flood.

$5,000 to Hendersonville Samaritan Association to provide first response services, meeting immediate
needs of victims in the aftermath of the flood.

$2,500 Hickman Humane Society to provide foster care, adoption and numerous medical services for
dogs and cats injured and displaced in the floods.

$1,500 to Holly Street Daycare to assist families suffering flood related losses and financial hardship as
a result of the flood. Funds may be used for day care tuition assistance and the replacement of clothing
and other household items.

$100,000 to The Housing Fund to provide up to three months of rental assistance to 250 households
who do not have sufficient resources to carry the burden of mortgage and rent payments after insurance
and FEMA.

$450,000 to The Housing Fund to support flexible grant and loan options for homeowners affected by
the flood.

$15,000 to Hull-York Lakeland Resource Conservation and Development to support the local cost
sharing required by the federal government to assist in clean-up of debris and repair work for damaged
roads and infrastructure, in coordination with the USDA, for 85 different sites in Clay, Jackson and Macon
counties.

$2,500 to Lafayette Church of Christ to provide first response services, meeting immediate needs of
victims in the aftermath of the flood.

$50,000 to Legal Aid Society to provide direct legal assistance and counseling to Middle Tennessee
victims dealing with civil legal issues in the aftermath of the flood through walk-in legal clinics and direct
representation to low-income and elderly victims.

$5,000 to Loaves and Fishes to provide and serve 9,502 meals to help those in need, as well as
additional food assistance to almost 1,000 people.

$2,500 to Macon Helps to help individuals such as senior citizens on a fixed income with no flood
insurance by purchasing items such as building supplies, and necessities such as mattresses.

$13,000 to McNeilly Center for Children to provide assistance to families suffering flood related losses
and financial hardship as a result. Funds may be used for day care tuition assistance, and the
replacement of clothing and other household items.

$10,000 to Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency to provide first response services, meeting
immediate needs of victims in the aftermath of the flood.

$36,000 to Mission Discovery to provide materials for home repair assistance for approximately 40
families in Davidson and Sumner counties. Home repair assistance is being provided to the elderly and
families who have do not have flood insurance and did not receive FEMA aid.

$10,000 to Mission Discovery to provide demolition, mold removal, floor and drywall installation, and
debris removal to damaged homes in Sumner County.

$10,000 to Neighbors Concerned to provide first response services, meeting immediate needs of
victims in the aftermath of the flood.

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$5,000 to Portland Cares to provide first response services, meeting immediate needs of victims in the
aftermath of the flood.

$5,000 to Refuge Center for Counseling to provide more than 170 counseling sessions to those
suffering emotional distress or trauma in the aftermath of the floods.

$125,000 to Salvation Army to provide direct and long-term assistance to victims of the flood.

$50,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank to provide 14 mobile pantries for food distribution in flooded
Middle Tennessee counties.

$10,000 to Smith County Help Center to help families with temporary lodging in the days following the
flood, as well as with temporary housing and utility bills.

$10,000 to Smyrna LaVergne Food Bank to provide food assistance to flood victims like those who
have lost jobs due to the flood and those living with friends and relatives who cannot afford food.

$5,000 to South Central Human Resource Agency to meet immediate needs of 13 families flooded out
of their homes in Perry County, which included help purchasing food, cleaning materials and household
items.

$100,000 to South Central Human Resource Agency to provide rental/mortgage assistance and other
household services to flood victims in Hickman, Lewis, Perry and Wayne counties.

$10,500 to St. Luke’s Community House to provide assistance to families suffering flood related losses
and financial hardship as a result. Funds may be used for day care tuition assistance, and the
replacement of clothing and other household items.

$10,000 to St. Mary’s Villa to provide assistance to families suffering flood related losses and financial
hardship as a result. Funds may be used for day care tuition assistance, and the replacement of clothing
and other household items.

$10,000 to Wilson County Help Center to provide utility assistance, mortgage assistance and temporary
housing to flood victims.

Additionally, on August 19, grants totaling $133,000 were awarded to Red Cross chapters providing
continued support to flood victims throughout Middle Tennessee. These grants were made possible
through a gift from the Tennessee Titans and the National Football League and were distributed to the
following Red Cross chapters:

$16,052 to the Heart of Tennessee chapter serving Rutherford and Wayne counties;

$6,011 to the Lawrence County chapter;

$3,206 to the Marshall County chapter;

$7,587 to the Maury chapter serving Giles and Lewis counties; and

$100,476 to the Nashville chapter serving Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Putnam, Robertson, and
Wilson counties.

The Community Foundation continues to assess evolving and emerging needs and work with community
leaders, long-term recovery committees and volunteer committees to provide strategic grant funding to
organizations serving victims of the flood. Middle Tennessee organizations are encouraged to apply for
flood relief grants online at www.cfmt.org/floodrelief/nonprofit.


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Donations to The Metro Nashville Disaster Response Fund and The Tennessee Emergency Response
Fund can be made online at www.cfmt.org or by mailing a check to The Community Foundation of Middle
Tennessee, P.O. Box 440225, Nashville, TN, 37244.

To learn more about The Community Foundation’s flood relief efforts, visit the Flood 2010 section at
www.cfmt.org.

About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee oversees more than 760 charitable funds. In the past
19 years, The Foundation has distributed more than $491 million to community programs and institutions.
It is located at 3833 Cleghorn Avenue, #400, Nashville, Tennessee 37215. For more information, call
615-321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org.

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