EAST TENNESSEE FOUNDATION AWARDING COVID-19 RELATED GRANTS FROM OUR NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR DISASTER RELIEF FUND

March 20, 2020

East Tennessee Foundation’s (ETF) Neighbor to Neighbor Disaster Relief Fund provides timely disaster grants to nonprofit organizations in our 25-county region in East Tennessee and is currently activated for the COVID-19 national emergency. ETF seeks to provide emergency funds to nonprofit organizations to meet some of the critical needs created by COVID-19 and is currently accepting grant applications. To apply, visit easttennesseefoundation.org. 

Our first grant has been awarded to Senior Citizen’s Home Assistance Service, Inc. (SCHAS) for their newly created SCHAS Out Shopping (SOS). This program provides an on-line order and delivery service for groceries for those who are immune compromised or over the age of 62 throughout 17 counties within our 25-county region in East Tennessee. Their first delivery occurred in Morristown, Tennessee to a blind individual working for Volunteer Blind Industries and due to the pandemic, his office is closed, and he has lost access to transportation. Due in part to ETF’s grant, SCHAS was able to help. For more information, visit schas.org.

As we have for more than thirty years, ETF’s role is one of working closely with community leaders and partnering with organizations providing disaster response and relief services. ETF’s long-standing relationships and networks allow us to identify agencies requiring support for providing immediate relief. Meeting with local community leaders and organizations helps us to determine the need for replenishing depleted resources as a result of our region's response, recovery, and rebuilding. 

To donate to ETF’s Neighbor to Neighbor Disaster Relief Fund, visit etf.org/N2N.