JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – The Advisory Board of the Campbell Enhancement Fund (an affiliate fund of East Tennessee Foundation) is  the recipient of $20,000 to be utilized to assist local nonprofits in various Campbell County communities. The Tennessee Valley Authority announced earlier this spring that it will be providing $2 million in funds to support local initiatives that address hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic. This initiative is part of a comprehensive portfolio of assistance programs that TVA is providing to support communities and customers across the valley. TVA’s “COVID-19 Community Care Fund” seeks to amplify vital work being accomplished by nonprofit organizations to support families and businesses affected by pandemic conditions.

During an advisory board meeting held two weeks ago, discussions revolved around those who were most affected by the hardships brought on through the COVID-19 pandemic. Chair Zach Sheets said, “We determined that food and necessary home help resources would benefit the most from contributions to several nonprofit organizations which will in turn provide support to those who are in need.”

The following nonprofits were awarded grants:

Campbell County Senior Center – $5,000

Mountain Community Parent Resource Center, located in Duff – $2,000

Food Life Services, located in the old East LaFollette School – $1,000

Community Health East Tennessee Domestic Violence Shelter – $1,000

Open Arms Ministry Food Pantry, located in Jacksboro – $1,000

A future grant of $10,000 will be awarded to the Caring Neighbors Fund which assists those who need assistance in keeping their heat, air and water paid. It is an application process and applications can be obtained through LUB.

Local area organizations with COVID-19 related needs may be eligible for grant funding via East Tennessee Foundation’s Neighbor to Neighbor Disaster Relief Fund.  For more information, contact Trudy Hughes, vice president for regional advancement, by email or visit the website for additional information regarding the Neighbor to Neighbor Fund.

Campbell Enhancement Fund is an endowed fund for future needs, opportunities and challenges as well as a grant source for local Campbell County programs and services. Current Advisory Board members are Zach Sheets – Chair, Teresa Dabney – Vice Chair, Karen Cumorich – Secretary/Treasurer, Cliff Branam, Debbie Farmer, Johnnie Hickman, Deborah Purcell, and Rissa Pryse.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Campbell Enhancement Fund is encouraged to contact either Zach Sheets or Karen Cuoricmh. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 06/05/2020-6AM)