The Boys & Girls Clubs of Chattanooga has been serving the city’s youth since 1955. The Club currently services over 2,300 children ages 6-18. Most of the Club members live in the Alton Park, Bushtown, Eastlake, Highland Park, and Orchard Knob neighborhoods. Club programming focuses on sports and recreation, academics, health and wellness, the arts, career planning, and college access and success. During the COVID-19 crisis, the Club delivered/served 130,000 meals, providing breakfast and lunch daily to 950 students in Hamilton County.bgccha.org
Chambliss Center for Children provides early childhood education and 24/7 childcare for primarily low-income and single parent families, foster care for children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect, and transitional living for teens aging-out of foster care. The agency has continued to serve the community throughout the pandemic. Their childcare program has played a critical role in allowing essential employees to be able to keep working and providing for their families. Their School-Age Program has been modified to include care for students during school hours who are participating in remote learning. And their Residential Program has continued to meet the complex needs of children, teens, and foster families as they navigate this unprecedented time.chamblisscenter.org
Serving 20 counties in Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia, covering 7,000 square miles, the Chattanooga Area Food Bank works with over 200 partner agencies. Last year, the organization distributed more than 14 million meals – or nearly 17.3 million pounds – of nutritious food to children, adults, seniors, and veterans. Thanks to generous financial donations, volunteers, and team members and partner agencies on the front lines, the organization has pivoted to address critically underserved areas affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Food Bank tripled capacity to distribute emergency food boxes, added and expanded mobile pantries into all 20 counties, partnered with organizations to establish home delivery, and positioned itself for providing long-term food assistance.chattfoodbank.org
Since 1924, Northside Neighborhood House has been promoting the independence of Hamilton County residents living north of the Tennessee River through programs of education and stability. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its financial impact, hundreds of individuals in the service area have turned to NNH for resources to assist with rent or mortgage, utilities, groceries, clothing, school supplies, and other necessities. Of those who have sought services, 41% did not utilize NNH pre-pandemic. NNH has experienced a 296% increase from 2019 in the spending required to support those in need, and the team has spent well over 300 hours supporting other organizations in their COVID-related food distribution efforts.nnhouse.org
Signal Centers is a mission-driven organization that promotes lifelong independence. Signal has responded to support families across Hamilton County as they cope with the fallout from the pandemic and tornadoes. This year the organization has provided essential resources and support, such as emergency financial assistance, technology for individuals with disabilities, food, childcare for essential workers, support groups, 65,000 diapers to young families, as well as virtual services to over 2,500 individuals.signalcenters.org
Join our mascot, Jac, as he spreads holiday cheer to the area organizations that are giving back to our community. We are pleased to continue our annual tradition of supporting deserving organizations who positively impact our community. In our biggest Season of Giving yet, we will benefit five organizations who have been instrumental in meeting the needs of others in 2020. As we head into the New Year, we hope you will join us in taking steps both inside and outside of the office to make a difference in the lives of those around us.
We appreciate each of you and thank you for being a valued part of our family.