Y-12 employees support East Tennessee through grants program

  • Posted: Monday, November 19, 2018, 5:35 pm

Local residents needing help with mental health and substance abuse and organizations focused on historic and cultural preservation will soon get more assistance thanks to the employees of Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC. Local residents needing help with mental health and substance abuse and organizations focused on historic and cultural preservation will soon get more assistance thanks to the employees of Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. –There is no better time to lend a helping hand than now as the holidays approach.

Local residents needing help with mental health and substance abuse and organizations focused on historic and cultural preservation will soon get more assistance thanks to the employees of Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC.

CNS manages and operates the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Y-12 has three missions: maintaining the U.S nuclear deterrent, reducing global nuclear threats, and fueling the nuclear Navy.

CNS Y-12 Community Investment Fund

In total this year, CNS employees awarded 22 grants totaling $125,000 to nonprofit organizations in eight East Tennessee counties—Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Knox, Loudon, McMinn, Monroe and Roane.

The CNS Y-12 Community Investment Fund was created in 2014, is funded by CNS and is managed by the East Tennessee Foundation, which serves 25 East Tennessee counties. The distribution of funds is recommended by the CNS Y-12 Investment Advisory Committee, a group of Y-12 employees who serve two-year terms. The committee allows employees to determine where corporate dollars are invested in their communities.

The employee committee reviewed dozens of grant proposals, conducted staff interviews and made site visits before recommending funding based on the committee’s focus areas: mental health and substance abuse and historic and cultural preservation.

Mental health and substance abuse

This year, employees felt strongly about focusing on mental health and substance abuse. The employees awarded grants to local nonprofit organizations including Blossom Center for Childhood Excellence in Anderson County and COMPASSion Counseling in Blount County.

“It’s difficult to find someone who hasn’t had friends or family members affected by mental illness or substance abuse,” says Meghann Parrilla, chair of the committee. “We want to play a role in helping solve these problems.”

Historic and cultural preservation

On the focus areas of historic and cultural preservation, Parrilla notes Y-12’s 75th anniversary made the committee more aware of the need to preserve history and culture. “Y-12 is built on the legacy of some great American patriots, and we’ve been fortunate to be able to share that story extensively this year. The committee wanted to ensure the history and culture of this region is also preserved for future generations.”

Awarding the grants

Grants from the CNS Y-12 Community Investment Fund were awarded on November 15 at a reception to the following organizations:

Organization Project summary
Avery Trace Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Place a monument at the Roane County Heritage Center dedicated to the patriots of Roane County who fought in the Revolutionary War
Blossom Center for Childhood Excellence, Inc. Implement a program that promotes psychological and emotional well-being for children aged one through 12 years of age
Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival Support this festival that celebrates the African American country/jazz mandolinist/fiddler from the coalfields of rural East Tennessee, Howard (Louie Bluie) Armstrong
CDJ Media Support interviews of blacks in Blount County for a project that is archived at Berea College in Kentucky
Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge Repair, preserve and prepare Flat Top home for visitors and create a historical interpretive program
City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Enhance the fort buildings and surrounding property at Fort South West Point
Coal Creek Miners Museum Promote and educate the public about the contribution and sacrifices by the miners who settled and developed the mining fields of East Tennessee
Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking Equip survivors of human trafficking in our community with coping mechanisms and avenues of improved mental and physical health
COMPASSion Counseling Provide clinical and educational services and transportation assistance to those seeking treatment
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Support the “Grow with Me” program that serves those discharged from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Organization Project summary
Friends of the Grove Theatre, Inc. Replace old lighting structures with energy efficient LED lighting
Knoxville Family Justice Center Help adult/child victims of domestic violence recover from mental health issues through Services to Empower Survivors
Main Street Athens Bring history alive in Downtown Athens through development of a walking tour
Mayme Carmichael School Organization, Inc. Capture the history and cultural significance of the Oliver Springs African American Community
Mental Health Association of East Tennessee Provide early intervention and increase mental health treatment engagement in youth to prevent suicide
Milly’s Wings Provide playground equipment specific to children sensory sensitives as a result of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Postmark LaFollette Contribute to facility improvements at Postmark LaFollette Arts, Culture and History Center
Quilts of Valor Foundation for Starr Mountain Quilts of Valor Quilters Purchase material to make quilts for service members and veterans
Rhea-Craig Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Restore Soloman’s Temple Cemetery in Vonore
Roane County Heritage Commission Repainting the brick on exterior walls as part of the restoration of the Historic Roane County Courthouse
Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding Support program for veterans with disabilities working in partnership with horses
The Florence Crittenton Agency Implement the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery for Girls program, which serves adolescent women in State custody who are struggling with serious, life-threatening mental health and substance abuse problems

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 Director of Communications and Public Affairs, at (865) 241-1400 or via email at Jason.bohne@cns.doe.gov.

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