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Each season the Nashville Predators Foundation spotlights four grant recipients that do tremendous work in the Nashville and Middle Tennessee community. These organizations will receive exclusive opportunities throughout the season including in-arena drives, Predators participation in events, tickets to home games, recognition in team publications as well as other unique opportunities.The Nashville Predators will host collection drives at Bridgestone Arena for each charity during the season. Specific collection details will be posted closer to date.
The featured charities for the 2014-15 season are:
Beads of Courage
Predators Game Event: March 21 - Change Drive
Mission Statement: The mission of Beads of Courage, Inc. is to provide arts-in-medicine programs for children coping with serious illness, their families and the clinicians who care for them.
Counties/State served: Tennessee, Worldwide
About Beads of Courage: Beads of Courage® Programs aim to transform the treatment experience, strengthen resilience based outcomes, and improve the quality of life for participants as they experience the healing benefits of narrative medicine. Through the Beads of Courage Program, children receive colorful beads that symbolize each step of their treatment journey. The beads they receive provide a powerful dose of narrative medicine that visually translates their treatment experience and helps them cope with the many uncertainties of their treatment journey. Every bead makes visible the otherwise invisible. Beads of Courage serve as metaphors that help the child derive meaning from their experience, and help them connect to others in their life that might otherwise never comprehend all that they have been through.
Did you know?
Beads of Courage Programs currently support over 30,000 children in over 250 participating member hospitals in the United States, Japan, New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom. In Tennessee, we are proud to support the following Member Hospitals: Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt (Nashville), Children's Hospital at Erlanger (Chattanooga), Niswonger Children's Hospital (Johnson City) and Le Bonheur Children's Hospital (Memphis).
How the Predators Foundation Grant Money will be used: We believe strongly in supporting family-centered support and the generosity of the Predators Foundation allows us to not only support the child coping with a serious illness, but also their siblings. Research shows siblings often suffer from extreme anxiety and worries and our goal is to support and alleviate stress experienced by siblings through meaningful support. You can learn more about the Beads of Courage Sibling Program here.
Predators Game Event: School Supply Drive for students in grades K-12
Predators Game Event: January 16 - School Supply Drive
Mission Statement: Homework Hotline provides one-on-one free tutoring by phone to Tennessee students and parents. With Homework Hotline, students tackle new concepts, complete challenging assignments, and gain academic skills.
Counties/State served: Tennessee
About Homework Hotline: Homework Hotline helps students achieve and thrive - one assignment at a time. Students who get the help they seek return to school better prepared and less discouraged. Since 1990, Hotline teachers and volunteers have provided more than 460,000 sessions of tutoring. Bilingual assistance is available in six languages: English, Arabic, Kurdish, Spanish, Swahili, and Somalian. It's all free - thanks to Maddox Charitable Fund, Metro Schools, Sonic Drive Ins, the Scarlett Foundation, Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Nissan, Tandem Realty, and MyTV 30/CW 58/Fox 17.
Homework Hotline’s Call It Reading program provides intensive reading intervention by phone for 75 failing third grade students. Call It Reading is designed for these Nashville children, all from low-income families, who scored “basic” or “below basic” in reading, and are unwilling or unable to attend traditional tutoring. Each child receives two 30-minute sessions of reading remediation per week for up to 35 weeks, focusing on deficits identified by schools and tests.
Did you know?
This school year Hotline teachers will provide 20,000 sessions of tutoring to more than 5,000 struggling students, teach 70 third grade students to read, distribute 30,000 sets of multiplication flashcards, and mentor 25 high school students through the college application process. We will also provide tutoring in six languages that include Spanish, Arabic, Kurdish, Somali, Swahili, and English.
How the Predators Foundation Grant Money will be used: The Nashville Predators Foundation grant will provide 30 mini-books for each of 75 children (2,250 mini books/stories for the third grade students in the Homework Hotline Call It Reading program).
Interfaith Dental Clinic
Predators Game Event: April 4 - TBD
Mission Statement: The mission of the Interfaith Dental Clinic is to restore, protect, and improve the oral health of uninsured, low-income, working people, their children and the elderly in Middle Tennessee through access to affordable quality dental care, oral disease prevention services, and oral health education.
Counties/State served: Wilson, Williamson, Davidson, Rutherford, Dickson, Cheatham, Robertson, Sumner.
About Interfaith Dental Clinic: Interfaith Dental Clinic creates a healthier, happier population. People who have suffered from oral disease for years before coming to the clinic experience a life-altering transformation in their overall physical, social, psychological and spiritual health through our services. By providing comprehensive and emergency dental care the burden of the tax-payer is reduced as emergency room use for dental needs declines. Absenteeism from work and school due to dental pain and infection decreases and employment opportunities increase as people restore their smiles and their confidence. The effect of Interfaith's program is felt for generations to come as families learn proper oral hygiene and the importance of preventive dental care, breaking the cycle of poor oral health in their families and moving many out of poverty. This saves our community health dollars in the future. Interfaith Dental Clinic is grateful to have community support from volunteer dental professionals who help treat our patients.
The goals of the Interfaith Dental Clinic are:
To increase employability and work attendance by lessening pain and improving appearance. To educate patients about proper oral hygiene and nutrition so that they can keep their teeth for a lifetime and pass good habits onto family members. To improve patients’ overall health, self-esteem and quality of life through improved oral health.
Did you know? Tennessee ranks 47th in the nation for level of overall oral health. We are working to change this statistic!
How the Predators Foundation grant money will be used: During the 2014-15 year, Interfaith will be working with a middle school in our community to provide oral hygiene education and a dental home for care. Each child is screed by an IFDC dentist, provided with oral hygiene instruction and fluoride varnish, and referred to a dental home for ongoing care. An additional arm of the program is the implementation of a daily, in class brushing program designed by Interfaith. Test classrooms will utilize an interactive video and pre-pasted, disposable toothbrushes. The goal is to expand the brushing program to the whole school.
Predators Game Event: February 28 - Luggage Drive
Mission Statement: Youth Villages helps children and families live successfully.
Counties/State served: Youth Villages serves over 22,000 children and their families in all 95 counties of Tennessee as well as the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington D.C.
About Youth Villages: Youth Villages is a private nonprofit organization that has been serving emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families since 1986. Helping children who have suffered abuse, neglect and/or violence to heal and rebuild their lives and saving broken families are at the heart of Youth Villages' mission to help children and families live successfully. The organization effectively accomplishes this mission through a continuum of innovative, research-based services, including residential treatment, in-home services, group homes, therapeutic foster care, special needs adoption, transitional living services, specialized crisis services
Did you know?
That 88% of all children served by Youth Villages this past year are living successfully at home with family or independently.
How the Predators Foundation Grant Money will be used: The Predators Foundation grant money will help Youth Villages’ clients and their families by providing basic necessities to those who are in desperate need and are trying to better their situation so they can focus on counseling. All of these children and families are well below the poverty line and have experienced extreme difficulties in getting back on their feet.