Nashville’s most beautiful philanthropists
Family and Children’s Service—Celebrating 70 Years
Founded in 1943, Family and Children’s Service provides counseling, crisis and family permanency services to more than 32,000 clients, and phone-based referral services to another 240,000 clients each year. Its programs include a 24-hour-a-day crisis call line, adoption support, and family and child crisis counseling. FCS often ‘fills in the gaps’ in social services, creating a safety net to ensure that all children and families can be safe, healthy and connected.
Junior League of Nashville—Celebrating 90 Years
In 1922, Nashville and surrounding communities in Middle Tennessee heard the rhapsody of a call-to-action by twenty of its forward-thinking and energetic citizens, the founding members of the Junior League of Nashville. This rallying call to improve the lives of women and children in the community was first voiced by Cornelia Keeble Ewing. Over the past 90 years, thousands of women from the Davidson County area heard and answered that call by implementing new initiatives ranging from establishing the first children’s hospital in the area, The Home for Crippled Children, later to become Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, to funding the latest nationally recognized program, The Junior League Fetal Center.
The Junior League of Nashville is in the business of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the actions and the leadership of its trained volunteers. In 2012, the League continues to strive to be “the premier provider of education, development, and leadership training of women” in the Nashville area. Today over 1,600 forward thinking and energetic women are members in the Junior League of Nashville. These League Members are leading the charge and answering the call-to-action to make a positive impact and improve the community where they live.
Friends of Children’s Hospital—Celebrating 40 Years
Friends is a volunteer organization of members supporting the mission of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt through fundraising, community awareness and service to the patients and their families, in partnership with the faculty and staff of Children’s Hospital.
Friends was established in 1972 by a group of women with a vision to foster a comforting environment for patients and families at Children’s Hospital. Friends membership has grown from 125 founding members 40 years ago to more than 3,000 men and women in 2012. Friends members provide extra touches such as serving meals to and coordinating activities for the patients and their families. Friends volunteers also coordinate fundraisers to support the hospital’s needs, including Friends and Fashion, The Holiday Project and support of The Friends Shop. Membership in Friends is open to anyone wishing to support the patients, their families and staff at Children’s Hospital.
NPT is the winner of dozens of regional EMMY awards, including statuettes in recent years for Next Door Neighbors, NPT Reports: Children’s Health Crisis and TN Civil War 150. It has also twice been awarded the Making Kids Count Award from the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, the Welcoming Tennessee Award from the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition and the American Academy of Pediatrics Friend of Children Award.
Nashville Public Radio’s reach extends to more than 20 counties in Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky and serves nearly 200,000 people each week. Featured programs include NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, Car Talk, A Prairie Home Companion, The Nashville Symphony and Opera season broadcasts, and daily news reports and feature stories produced by WPLN’s award-winning news department.
Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee—Celebrating 100 Years
Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee serves more than 15,500 girls and 7,500 adult volunteers in 39 counties throughout Middle Tennessee. It is part of Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), the largest girl-serving organization in the world. Today, as when founded 100 years ago, GSUSA builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee prepares girls for their future by educating them in the areas of leadership, healthy living, financial literacy, the arts and sciences, technology, engineering and math.
Friends of Warner Parks dedicates itself to the preservation, protection and stewardship of Percy and Edwin Warner Parks. It works to protect the natural and historical integrity of the area by supporting appropriate recreational activities, maintaining and enhancing its features, and promoting programs that inspire appreciation and conservation of the Parks.
Fannie Battle Day Home for Children—Celebrating 120 years
Created in 1891 by Miss Fannie Battle, the Fannie Battle Day Home for Children is the oldest child care center in Middle Tennessee. Miss Battle realized that unsupervised children were roaming the streets of Nashville while their parents worked and, as a result, rented a room and began caring for children. Her determination led to the creation of the Day Home.
Today, their mission is to continue the tradition: to provide affordable, high-quality child care for at-risk children in a nurturing environment, while empowering families to reach their potential. For over 120 years, they have served families facing economic and educational hardships: 92% of their children are from poverty level or low-income families, 31% live in public housing, 84% are from single-parent homes, and 97% qualify for free/reduced meals.
Their program offers full-time, year-round, high-quality early childhood education for 102 children ages 6 weeks to 12 years. Because they offer sliding-scale fees, parents are able to complete school, obtain and maintain jobs, and improve their economic conditions. In this way, Fannie Battle helps change the course of poverty and crime for at-risk families.
The services, which are free of charge regardless of treatment facility, complement cancer treatment by assisting people in navigating their way through a cancer diagnosis and positively influencing their quality of life. The MPCF is an active organization whose guiding principles honor Minnie Pearl’s generosity and caring spirit. In addition to celebrating 25 years in 2012, the MPCF celebrates Minnie Pearl’s 100th birthday.
Boys and Girls Club of Middle Tennessee—Celebrating 110 Years
For 109 years, serving as one of the original Boys & Girls Club organizations in America, Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee has been dedicated to enriching the lives of young children through its youth development programs and services. Its mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. The Boys & Girls Clubs operate under a set of core beliefs. These beliefs call for each Boys & Girls Club to provide its young people with a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, life enriching programs with character development experiences, and finally, hope and opportunity.
To positively impact its young people, the Boys & Girls Clubs strategically operate under an initiative called “Formula for Impact.” This formula calls for each Club to focus on those youth who need it most coupled with an outcome-driven Club experience. When this initiative is fully implemented then the following priority outcomes will be achieved: academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. Great Futures Start Here!
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