Each season the Nashville Predators Foundation spotlights four grant recipients that do tremendous work in the Nashville and Middle Tennessee community. This year the Foundation board selected four unique and devoted organizations to partner with – GraceWorks Ministries, Habitat for Humanity of Williamson Country, Tennessee Lion’s Club, and W.O. Smith Music School. These organizations will receive exclusive opportunities throughout the season including in-arena drives, Predators participation in events, tickets to home games, recognition in team publications as well as other unique opportunities.
The Nashville Predators will host collection drives at Bridgestone Arena for each charity during the season. Specific collection details will be posted closer to date.
The feature charities for the 2013-14 season are:
Nurses for Newborns
Predators Game Event on October 24, 2014: Infant diapers, powder formula, wipes, and thermometers. Please bring items in new condition.
Mission Statement: Nurses for Newborns provides a safety net for families most at-risk in order to prevent infant mortality, child abuse and neglect by providing in home nursing visits which promote healthcare, education and positive parenting skills.
Counties/State served: Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner, Montgomery, Maury and Williamson
About Nurses for Newborns: Nurses for Newborns was founded in 1991 in St. Louis, Missouri and brought to Middle Tennessee in October 2001. Nurses for Newborns (NFN) serves families by assessing women and infant health issues before they become major problems, providing important safety and health education and linking families with needed resources. NFN exists to provide a safety net for families most at-risk in order to prevent infant mortality, child abuse and neglect by providing home nursing visits which promote healthcare, education, and positive parenting skills. Support of families can begin prenatally and continues up to 24 months post-delivery if needed. Nurses for Newborns has established an effective clinical model for home-based prevention services.
Did you know?
Nurses for Newborns is the only organization in our area using registered nurses to provide in-home health services to medically fragile infants.
How the Predators Foundation Grant Money will be used: Nurses for Newborns is thankful to have funding from the Nashville Predators to help keep our clients safe and healthy. We have purchased over 90 pack-n-plays to provide families with a safe sleeping environment for their infant.
Predators Game Event: January 11, 2014
Mission Statement: Middle Tennessee’s premier nonprofit resource for interpreting, education, youth services for Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing communities.
Counties/State served: Davidson, Williamson, Maury, Robertson, Sumner, Macon, Trousdale, Smith, DeKalb, Wilson, Rutherford, Cheatham, Dickson, Montgomery, Stewart, Houston in Middle Tennessee.
About Bridges: The premier provider of Deaf and hard of hearing programs and services in middle Tennessee and THE gathering place for the Deaf and hard of hearing in Nashville.
Did you know?
It is estimated that three of every 100 school-age children have some hearing loss and struggle to hear the teacher.
How the Predators Foundation Grant Money will be used: Support for programs serving Deaf and hard of hearing children, youth and adults.
Predators Game Event: February 8, 2014
Mission Statement: GraceWorks is dedicated to sharing the hope and grace of God by helping our neighbors in need.
Counties/States served: Williamson County, Tennessee
About GraceWorks Ministries: GraceWorks gives help to families in need through programs including a food pantry, clothing bank, utility and rent assistance, medication assistance, school supplies, Christmas gifts, holiday food baskets, household items, income tax help, items for newborns and Fuel Bags providing weekend easy-to-prepare food for students on free/reduced lunches.
Did you know? Need exists even in wealthy Williamson County: 10% of county families’ household income is less than $25,000; 5,500 students in Williamson County qualify for free/reduced meals; the number of county families receiving food stamps increased 76% from 2008 to 2013.
How the Predators Foundation grant money will be used: The funds will be used to purchase backpacks for the 10th annual Big Backpack Giveaway, which provides backpacks filled with school supplies to students in need in Williamson County. This year’s event on July 27 is expected to give away 1200 to 1500 backpacks.
Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County
Predators Game Event on March 30, 2014: Hammers, tape measures, safety glasses, levels, work gloves, paint brushes, Lowe’s or Home Depot gift cards, or other small hand tools. Please bring items in new or like-new condition.
Mission Statement: The mission of Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County is to put God’s love into action by partnering with communities to build affordable housing, inspiring hope and life-changing stability for families through home ownership.
Counties/State served: Williamson and Maury Counties.
About Habitat for Humanity: Since 1992, Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County (HFHWC) has partnered with local churches, businesses, foundations and the public sector to provide 135 hard-working, low-income Williamson and Maury County families with the opportunity to purchase their own homes. Home construction and neighborhood development is funded through tax-deductible financial contributions and in-kind donations from high school students, local businesses, churches, civic organizations and individuals, as well as through profits generated from the affiliate’s ReStore. These contributions, along with the labor of sponsor employees, church members, and other volunteers, enable Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County to build and sell homes to families who qualify.
Did you know?
Habitat for Humanity does not give away its homes to families. Applicants are selected to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County based on three criteria: the need for housing, the ability to pay the mortgage and the willingness to partner. After a thorough qualification process, partner families must earn up to 500 hours of “sweat equity” by completing a homebuyer’s education program, working on others’ homes and their own home. HFHWC sells the homes at cost and does not charge interest on the mortgage loan, which makes the payments affordable. For more information about our homeownership program, please visit our website at www.habitatwilliamson.org.
How the Predators Foundation Grant Money will be used: The Predators Foundation grant will be used to support funding of our Habitat High Build in the Spring of 2014. The Habitat High program helps cultivate the next generation of community-minded leaders by providing high school students an opportunity to raise funds for and actually construct a Habitat home for a hard-working family. Since 1997, Williamson County high school students have built 12 homes. This video was shot during last year’s Habitat High and is a great window into how the Build affects young participants: http://vimeo.com/60481645.