Athens Federal provides $116,000 in grants

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Posted 11/5/17

For seven years, the

Athens Federal Foundation has been making investments in the community. The

return on that investment has already been too valuable to put into terms of

dollars and …

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Athens Federal provides $116,000 in grants


For seven years, the Athens Federal Foundation has been making investments in the community. The return on that investment has already been too valuable to put into terms of dollars and cents.

Forty-two local charitable and nonprofit organizations in Athens Federal Community Bank's service area received just over $116,000 in funds from the Athens Federal Foundation during an awards and recognition luncheon in mid-October.

These organizations carry out work ranging from helping the uninsured receive proper medical care to providing warm meals for those who might not otherwise receive one.

The 2017 recipients included: Coordinated Charities Inc., Helping Hands Ministry, The Grace House in Athens, Grace & Mercy Ministries, Wesley Memorial UMC Helping Hands,  Love Thy Neighbor Project (Tennessee Wesleyan University), Niota United Methodist Church (Christian Co-Workers Children’s Aid, Englewood Goodwill Workers – Daily Bread Food Ministry, Miracle Lake, Nourish One Child – Outreach of Keith Memorial UMC,Good Faith Clinic Inc.

Full Circle Medical Center for Women, Etowah Rescue Squad, Englewood Rural Fire Department, McMinn County Emergency Rescue Squad, Morning Star Ministries Inc., Women at the Well, McMinn County Educational and Community Foundation, Let’s Read 20 – Initiative under the umbrella of the McMinn County Education Foundation, Athens-McMinn Family YMCA, The HOPE Center Inc., CASA Corridor of East Tennessee, Women United in Community Service, McMinn County Senior Citizens Inc.,  Homeless Management of Monroe County, Straightway Ministry Inc., Lift & Redemption Ministries (DBA The Caring Place). 

Better Living Center, New Bethany Missionary Baptist Church, Love Nancy Inc., Monroe Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department, Monroe County Rescue Squad, Family Promise of Bradley County, Family Cornerstones, Boys & Girls Club of the Monroe Area, Lee University (English Language Center),  Monroe County Imagination Library, The House that Mercy Built, Child Advocacy Center of the 9th Judicial District (Loudon), CASA Monroe, CASA of Bradley County, an Benton United Methodist Church.

  “As we consider the work being accomplished in our communities, we recognize this is a powerful group willing to face trouble and hardships head-on,” said Athens Federal Foundation President and CEO Jeff Cunningham. “We not only thank you, but we are proud to support you. As volunteers, directors and board members, each of you takes up the cross for a mission – you are the heart and soul of your organization."

"Your deeds do not go unnoticed and, on behalf of the Athens Federal Foundation, we are truly honored to be your partner,” Cunningham added.

"The need does not radically change from year to year as our area continues to experience a crucial shortage of basic life essentials, including food, shelter, and adequate healthcare," Cunningham said. "The foundation is committed to helping overcome those adversities and inspiring others to continue endowing our communities. As the Athens Federal Foundation grows and we refine our efforts, we hope to touch even more people in need."


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