CNS awards $180K to dozens of nonprofit groups

686929 loresMike and Suzy Kitchens of Smoky Mountain Service Dogs talk with Y-12 Site Manager Bill Tindal, right, at a recent celebration for nonprofits that received grants from Consolidated Nuclear Security’s  Y-12 Community Investment Fund. The nonprofit organization acquires and trains service dogs to help disabled veterans at no cost to the recipients. (Y-12 photo)

Consolidated Nuclear Security, the government’s managing contractor at Y-12, announced that an employee-directed fund had provided grants totaling $180,000 to 30 nonprofit organizations in East Tennessee. The fund, which is known as the Y-12 Community Investment Fund, is administered by the East Tennessee Foundation.

All told, the grants were distributed in 10 East Tennessee counties. According to information released by CNS, the Eat Tennessee Foundation issued a call for proposals late last year and the winners were honored at a reception in early May.

Mike Fierley, chairman of the Y-12 employee committee, said deciding on the awards was a “really tough process.” He said in a statement, “There were so many worthy projects, but we had to make decisions with the dollars we had available.”

For more information about the Community Investment Fund and a complete list of the winners, check out the Y-12 website.

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