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Predators Foundation highlights these featured charities

The featured charities for the 2005-2006 season were:

logoBoys and Girls Club of Middle Tennessee

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The Boys and Girls Club was opened long before the establishment of the National Hockey League. Starting as the Nashville Boys Club and Aid Society in 1903, which provided games, snacks, and services to newsboys in downtown Nashville, it joined with 52 other Boys Clubs around the country in 1906. In 1988, the Club expanded to include girls and changed the name to the Boys and Girls Club.

Today, the Boys and Girls Club includes seven Club facilities, a school site partnership with the YMCA, and an extension program in the Middle Tennessee area. Last year, over 1,000 kids attended the facilities each day.

Through varied educational programs ranging from tutoring, computer training, sports education, homework help, and mentoring, the Club seeks to provide self-esteem, courage, and positive values.

Did you know?
Of Club alumni, 52% said that the Boys and Girls Club saved their lives. And, 87% of Club members who participated in Project Learn had lower school absences and an 81% increase in homework completion over their peers.

 

How the Predators Foundation's Grant Money will be used:
The funds will help increase the physical fitness level of Club members by offering more sports programs to more young people. Intramural sport programs such as basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball are currently offered, and a flag football program will be available at the Smithson Craighead Boys & Girls Club in the fall of 2004. A new athletic program focused on sustained physical activities, such as walking and jogging, will be initiated to promote long term health benefits and goal setting.

Counties Served:
Cannon, Davidson, Williamson and Wilson

Mission Statement:
To inspire all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.



logoMonroe Harding Children's Home

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In memory of her late husband, Dr. James Monroe Harding, Fannie E. Harding donated their twelve-room residence and surrounding land in 1883 to form the Monroe Harding Children's Home and help orphaned children.

Today, the Monroe Children's home offers various programs to enhance the skills of the youth they serve as well as develop new skills that will aid those youth to become independent and productive in their communities.

Did you know?
One of the programs of Monroe Harding Children's Home is Project S.H.A.R.E. This project matches volunteers with an elementary school student who is falling behind academically, struggling with truancy, or needing a positive influence. That volunteer spends one hour a week with the child. S.H.A.R.E. stands for Sharing Healthy Attitudes Regarding Education.

How the Predators Foundation's Grant Money will be used:
To hardwire the fire alarm system in two residential homes to ensure the safety of the youth. The recent news and reports concerning residential facility fires have shown the importance of hardwiring the electrical system with the fire alert systems.

Counties Served:
Bedford, Benton, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Cannon, Carter, Cheatham, Clay, Coffee, Cumberland, Davidson, Decatur, DeKalb, Dickson, Fayette, Fentress, Franklin, Giles, Grainger, Greene, Grundy, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Hawkins, Henderson, Henry, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, Knox, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Marion, Marshall, Maury, McMinn, Middle Tennessee, Monroe, Montgomery, Moore, Morgan, Overton, Perry, Pickett, Polk, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Robertson, Rutherford, Sequatchie, Smith, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Van Buren, Warren, Wayne, White, Williamson, Wilson

Mission Statement:
To help children and youth in need realize their full potential by providing education, counseling and residential care that nurtures the mind, body and spirit.



My Friend's House

My Friend's House provides temporary shelter for children. The average length of stay is 16 days. Even though their stay is brief while they are residents at My Friend's House, children attend a year-round school at the facility.

Academics as well a practical living skills such as cooking, cleaning, budgeting and working within guidelines and structure are taught. Counseling is also provided to residents at My Friend's House. Each resident is required to participate in daily group counseling sessions and each resident is offered individual counseling as needed.

Did you know?
Predators' Head Coach Barry Trotz has worked with My Friend's House for six years.

How the Predators Foundation's Grant Money will be used:
Renovate the residential group home kitchen, which is in need of serious repair to cabinets, appliances, and counter tops.

County Served:
Williamson

Mission:
To provide emergency, temporary shelter for children ages 13-17.



logoSt. Luke's Community House

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S. Luke's Community House was created in 1913 by the Episcopal churches in Middle Tennessee. Today the program helps a part of Nashville that has low-income working families making $14,000 or less annually.

Did you know?
On of St. Luke's programs is the Toy Store that operates in early December, allowing a parent, grandparent, or caregiver to pick out three toys, one book, one stuffed animal and a stocking stuffer for each child living in their household. A total of 581 children benefited from this last year.

How the Predators Foundation's Grant Money will be used:
To provide youth participating in the summer camp program the opportunity to experience both educational and recreational activities that they would not otherwise have access to in their daily lives. These experiences may include a visit to the Frist Center for Visual Arts, the Parthenon, the Nashville Zoo, Adventure Science Center or other Nashville area venues.

County Served:
Davidson

Mission Statement:
To help low-income working families in West Nashville achieve their potential and prevent problems that threaten the stability of families and community. Its vision is to see parents, children, youth, seniors, and extended family members develop the inner strength and support to deal with life's challenges and opportunities.



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