First Horizon Foundation announced it will donate a total of $130,000 to various local nonprofits in an effort to provide relief during the coronavirus pandemic.
Nonprofits receiving donations include United Way of Greater Chattanooga, United Way of Northwest Georgia, Orange Grove Center, Boys & Girls Club of Chattanooga, YMCA of Chattanooga, Salvation Army, Austin Hatcher Foundation, Chattanooga Area Food Bank, Partnership for Families, Children, and Adults, Chambliss Center for Children, Room in the Inn, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga and others.
Of the total Foundation funds, $25,000 will go towards United Way of Greater Chattanooga’s Restore Hope Fund, which was created in partnership with a group of nonprofit agencies that serve a wide variety of populations and are working to meet the most pressing, on-the-ground needs.
Chattanooga market President Jay Dale said, “Now more than ever, it is important that we do all we can to take care of each other. These nonprofits support and take care of so many individuals and families in our community, so we want to do everything we can to ensure they are able to continue to provide their great services to our community.”
With over 800 staff, 64 homes and the Derby Street campus, Orange Gove Center’s need for PPE, as well as extra cleaning materials and supplies has significantly increased. Orange Grove Center Director of Development Heidi Hoffecker stated, “We are so thankful for First Horizon’s generous grant during this time of great need. The grant funds will primarily go towards PPE, but will also help cover the increased expenses incurred from more than doubling our usage of cleaning materials and supplies.”
The special COVID-19 relief funds being provided are in addition to the Foundation’s annual charitable giving grants that supported 650 organizations in 2019.