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Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks announces recipients of 2008 Community Grants

May. 1, 2008, 10:56 AM

Grant recipients were announced this week for the 2008 Vanderbilt Health at One Hundred Oaks Community Grant Program. The grants program was created in the spirit of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s new partnership with the 100 Oaks community to select grant applications benefiting Metro Council District 16 with projects in four main categories — public safety, educational initiatives, cultural activities and community development. A total of $25,000 has been awarded to seven different organizations. A community arts festival, a program to aid senior citizens and a Junior Achievement program are among the varied group of seven community and school organizations that will receive grants.

Vanderbilt is readying a 440,000-square-foot medical campus extension at 100 Oaks, located off I-65, four miles south of downtown Nashville. The following awards were given:

• Glencliff High School was awarded $6,000 to help fund a wellness center for students, faculty and staff. The wellness center will be open to community residents after hours.

• The Neighborhood Resource Center, which works with residents of the Nolensville Road community to improve health, general welfare and safety in the area, was awarded $5,000.

• The South Nashville Family Resource Center Crisis Response Program was awarded $4,000.

• Flatrock Community Garden was awarded $3,500. Vegetables grown in the community garden will be used to teach local residents about cooking and improved dietary choices.

• The Hands Together in Flatrock Music and Arts Festival, which is intended to encourage interaction and tolerance among residents of the Flatrock community, was awarded $3,000. • The Junior Achievement program based at Glencliff High School was awarded $2,500.

• The Council on Aging was awarded $1,000 to distribute its Directory of Senior Services in the 16th Council District.

“As we congratulate our grant recipients and salute these deserving community programs, we look forward to getting to know more of our new neighbors,” said C. Wright Pinson, M.D., Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s associate vice chancellor for Clinical Affairs. “It’s our intent not only to support the 100 Oaks community but to be part of this community.”

The grants program is open to community and school organizations in Metro Council District 16, encompassing the communities of Glencliff, Radnor, Woodbine, Sadler Village and Vultee.

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