Pictured (from left): Rev. Ed Simmons from Mountain T.O.P.; Sherry Fults, Hillcrest Village; Jackie Lawley and Jack Baggenstoss, Grundy County Swiss Historical Society; Mayor Larry Phipps, Town of Tracy City; Norma Sparks and Dr. Garrett Adams, Beersheba Springs Medical Clinic; and Jack Murrah, Community Fund grants committee member.
The South Cumberland Community Fund (SCCF) held a reception on December 8 at Mountain T.O.P. in Coalmont to announce the recipients of the Fall 2013 grant cycle. The five recipients include organizations involved with health and senior care, educational facilities, and recreational infrastructure.
“We’re honored to be able once again to support such worthwhile causes with grant funding. The five recipients of the Fall 2013 grant round will do wonderful work on behalf of the people of our communities,” said Scott Parrish, SCCF board chair.
Below are the grant recipients and their projects:
Beersheba Springs Medical Clinic was established in 2010 to provide free medical services, especially for the medically indigent in the area. Staffed with a nurse practitioner, office manager, and medical assistant, the organization recognizes the need for leadership to ensure the sustainability of the clinic. This grant of $15,000 will go toward the salary of an administrator who will help in an executive role for oversight and management, as well as lead a development campaign for long-term funding.
Hillcrest Village, Inc. operates two facilities, Hillcrest Village and Meadowood Apartments, to provide housing for elderly and disabled residents of the plateau. This grant of $5,000 will enable the organization to upgrade amenities that provide recreational and social outlets for the two facilities. These include handicapped accessible outdoor benches, tables, and container gardens, plus the conversion of office space at Meadowood to provide a room for crafts, devotionals, entertainment, and exercise. The grant will be paid to the First United Methodist Church of Tracy City.
Grundy County Swiss Historical Society, host of the Annual Celebration for 38 years, maintains a Farm Museum to educate visitors about the unique history of the Swiss settlement in the Gruetli-Laager area. This grant of $15,000 will provide part of the funding needed to construct a pavilion with a metal roof reminiscent of the old Swiss school. The pavilion will ensure that there is covered space for the annual festival and a variety of other educational and community events.
Mountain T.O.P. is a Christian mission that serves the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of families of Tennessee’s Cumberland Mountains. Among other programs, the organization attracts youth and adults from across the country to do home repair in the area, and it operates day camps for Grundy County children in the summer. This grant of $4,500 provides partial subsidy for the new Neighbors Helping Neighbors week-long residential camp, where youth from small churches, mostly in Grundy County, can participate in the mission work of Mountain T.O.P., helping with projects like home repair and emotional support activities in their own region.
Town of Tracy City, working with a downtown revitalization program sponsored by the State of Tennessee and with the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance, is seeking to establish a park on the south side of downtown on the site once occupied by the train depot and the Mountain Goat Railroad Roundhouse. The Town has offered to purchase the four-acre site for appraised value, and assuming that a contract can be successfully negotiated, this grant of $15,000 will go toward that purchase. The park is envisioned as a node on the Mountain Goat Trail between Cowan and Palmer, and as a complement to other downtown improvements.
The South Cumberland Community Fund’s mission is to improve the quality of life across the plateau by increasing philanthropic giving and providing community leadership to build on the strength of the area’s people, communities and natural setting; enhance community capacity and collaboration; and support innovative ways to solve community problems. Go to southcumberlandcommunityfund.org for more information.