On April 28, 2020 United Way of Greater Kingsport (UWGK) announced a competitive, open grant process to aid local health and human service organizations in their response to COVID-19. UWGK now announces the allocation of $60,000 in grant funding from their COVID-19 Relief Fund.
Grant applications were reviewed by UWGK's COVID-19 Fund Distribution team, comprised of five UWGK Board Members. Individual grants ranged from $500 to $10,000 to cover both programmatic and/or operations costs, and were awarded to the following organizations:
Appalachian Regional Coalition on Homelessness
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN - Greater Tri-Cities
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport
Branch House Family Justice Center
CASA for Kids, Inc.
Covenant Counseling Center, Inc.
First Book - Greater Kingsport
Friends in Need Health Center, Inc.
Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians, Inc.
Girls Incorporated of Kingsport
Greater Kingsport Alliance for Development (GKAD) – Kingsport Housing & Redevelopment Authority
H.O.P.E. (Help Our Potential Evolve)
Hope Helps TN
Legal Aid of East Tennessee
Mountain Region Speech and Hearing Center
Providence Medical Clinic of Kingsport
Sequoyah Council, Boy Scouts of America
Shades of Grace
Small Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc.
The Oasis of Kingsport, Inc.
The Salvation Army of Kingsport
Greater Kingsport Family YMCA
"With this latest distribution, we are continuing to place dollars directly into the hands of nonprofits who are on the frontlines of COVID-19 response," said Becca Sutphen, UWGK Community Impact Director. A full list of allocations can be found at https://www.uwaykpt.org/covid-19-relief-fund-allocations.
This announcement, the latest of several from United Way of Greater Kingsport, brings the organization’s total distributions for local COVID-19 relief and response to $114,000, with all funds “focused on assisting vulnerable populations, including children, families, individuals experiencing homelessness, the elderly and ALICE," said Danelle Glasscock, Executive Director of UWGK. (ALICE is an acronym coined by United Way that represents all who are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. This demographic is made of men, women, and families who work hard and earn more than the official Federal Poverty Level, but less than the basic cost of living).
Those looking to receive help can visit the UWGK website at www.uwaykpt.org/covid19 for a list of resources or call Contact 211 of Northeast Tennessee by dialing 2-1-1. Individuals or companies interested in making a gift to the United Way of Greater Kingsport COVID-19 Relief Fund can visit www.uwaykpt.org/covid19 or text "Helping" to 30306. For givers who want to pay by check, please mail your gift to United Way of Greater Kingsport at 301 Louis Street, Suite 201, Kingsport, TN 37660.
United Way of Greater Kingsport (UWGK) fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community. UWGK’s mission is to improve lives. Our vision is a better life for all.