Kiwanis Club of Nashville’s Priority One Youth Foundation has donated $13,000 to The Salvation Army’s Emergency Services Center to provide emergency funds to assist families “up and over” the wall of poverty.
Since 1998, Kiwanis Club of Nashville has collectively donated over $185,000 to the Salvation Army through its Priority One Youth Foundation. The foundation’s funds are raised from the club’s annual pancake breakfast, charity golf tournament, nut sales and president’s banquet and raffle, all of which go into the club’s Up & Over Fund, established in 1998 by past president Penny Kiel. According to Linda Meeks, director of The Salvation Army’s Emergency Services Center, their requests for emergency assistance for food, shelter and utilities has multiplied five times since April 2008 – from an average of 400 calls per month to the current average of 2,000 calls per month.
“The Salvation Army could not respond effectively to any of those requests without the financial support of Kiwanis Club of Nashville’s Up & Over Fund, a refilled reservoir of monies we count on for year round distributions each year,” said Meeks. Other benefactors of Kiwanis’ Priority One Youth Foundation’s benevolence include: CASA; United Neighborhood Health Services; Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation; Sexual Assault Center (formerly the Rape & Sexual Abuse Center), and Boys & Girls Clubs. All recipients must designate awarded grant monies to benefit children. Grants from Kiwanis’ Priority One Youth Foundation are awarded once a year. Application forms for 2010 may be obtained by visiting Kiwanis’ web site at http://www.kiwanisofnashville.org. Deadline for submissions is August 14, 2010. Founded in 1916, Kiwanis Club of Nashville, is comprised of over 200 business leaders in all professions, including health care, law, accounting, banking, real estate, and retail. Its club members make an impact on the Nashville community by performing many worthy community service projects to serve children and young adults.