Y-12 employees support ETF’s Neighbor to Neighbor Disaster Relief Fund

May 08, 2020

Dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic is a challenge that has affected our health, our economy and our neighbors. Trying to stretch impacted budgets to cover food, medical supplies, utilities and rent/mortgage is a particular challenge for low-income families. 

“The thought that some of our neighbors are having to decide between paying for food, medicine or rent during this crisis is heartbreaking,” says Robert Keen, chair of the Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS) Employee Investment Advisory Committee. 

On #GivingTuesday as part of the #COVIDgiveWhereYouLive campaign, CNS donated $100,000 to the East Tennessee Foundation’s Neighbor to Neighbor Disaster Relief Fund (N2N). ETF is awarding grants weekly to help nonprofit organizations meet critical needs, particularly for low-income families.

Fund provides flexibility 

The CNS Community Investment Fund typically solicits grants for focus areas as determined by the Employee Investment Advisory Committee. The fund, created in 2014, is funded by CNS and is managed by the East Tennessee Foundation. 

With the strains placed on local families during the pandemic, the committee determined a different approach was necessary. Even without the advantage of face-to-face communications to build consensus, the decision to apply 2020 funds to N2N was unanimous. 

Keen says, “The committee appreciated the ability to direct these funds to current critical needs in the community. We’re confident that ETF will leverage these funds through N2N to do the most good for the most people.” 

Partnership benefits community, company

ETF has managed the CNS Community Investment Fund for six years. Through the partnership, CNS is able to leverage ETF’s long-standing relationships and network to direct corporate donations to focus areas determined by the Employee Investment Advisory Committee. With this donation, CNS has donated more than $700,000 to the community through the partnership. 

N2N has already awarded grants to several organizations, such as Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties (ADFAC), Chattanooga Area Food Bank, Covenant Counseling Center, Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge and Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service. The foundation’s ability to identify needs and appropriate charities make it an invaluable resource for companies like CNS that want to maximize the impact of donations. 

“CNS’ donation to our Neighbor to Neighbor fund will facilitate support to those organizations providing vital assistance during this national emergency,” says Jan Elston, Vice President for Competitive Grant Programs for East Tennessee Foundation. 

How to donate, apply

Those interested in supporting N2N may do so on ETF’s website. Please visit etf.org/N2N. Nonprofit organizations who are addressing the critical needs created by COVID-19 may apply for a grant at easttennesseefoundation.org. 

For more information, please contact Jan Elston, Vice President for Competitive Grant Programs for East Tennessee Foundation, at (865) 524-1223, or via email at jelston@etf.org or contact Jason Bohne, CNS Senior Director of Communications, at (865) 241-1400 or via email at Jason.bohne@cns.doe.gov