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Concert Music N.O.T.E.S December 2012

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Concert Music N.O.T.E.S December 2012

Recipient:  Music Therapy Gateway In Communications, Inc.

MTGIC is a non-profit 501c3 organization in the Chattanooga area with a mission of providing education and hands on assistance in the use of scientifically developed neurologic music techniques to help persons with special needs.

The UNFoundation funded an effort to present three performances of a solo piano recital, including a pre-concert lecture discussing neural effects of music on the brain. The result was a broader group of Chattanoogans are exposed to concerts and typical concert patrons gained an additional insight into music and a broader perspective of the role it can play in therapy.

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Emergency Weather Warning Systems October 2012

Recipient: Chris Berryman | Signal Centers

Chris was awarded $1,475 to install emergency warning systems into the homes of 9 identified deaf and/or handicapped families. These systems will strobe, shake the bed, and alert individuals in numerous ways of serious weather or other dangerous conditions that are on the way.

The units cost $165 a piece, and are unaffordable for the families identified for this project. Signal Centers is generously donating time and equipment required to install these systems!

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Nature Center Playground September 2012

Recipient: Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center

The Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center sees thousands of kids a year walk through their doors and into the wonderful world of natural experiences.  It is tough for families, however, to keep their youngest children entertained while the rest of the family enjoys the wonderful sights and sounds.  Our September grant will help pay for the renovation of their playground for the youngest CNC visitors!

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Don’t Touch August 2012

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Don’t Touch August 2012

Recipient: Amy Johnson

This project will be shedding light into the underground sex industry taking place in our region. We are especially intrigued at the role that Chattanooga plays, as we are a trucking hub that heavily feeds into the demand (Interstates 24 and 75 intersecting in our town). Many individuals around Chattanooga are being exploited by the industry, and local documentation has been almost non-existent.

Amy will be shooting in large format film and will be producing many large scale pieces to be shown in and around the Chattanooga area. You can find Amy's work here.

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Hill City Back To School Program July 2012

Recipient: Jessica Martin | Hill City Neighborhood Association 

Our July Grant filled a financing gap for a new “backpack donor” program for kids living in the Hill City Neighborhood of Chattanooga.  The new program sought to match kids with donors who would supply them with much needed backpacks and basic school supplies.  65 kids signed up for the program, but only 20 donors were available.  The UNFoundation stepped in to provide funds for 45 backpacks to fill the entire demand, as well as help fund a portion of their annual “back to school” party.  It’s hard to convey the goodness of a gym filled with kids getting a year’s worth of new school supplies on an awesome summer day!

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Girls Inc. Summer Camp Scholarships June 2012

Recipient: Shannon Colbert | Girls, Inc.

For June, we donated $1,200 to Girls Inc.’s summer scholarship fund, providing three economically disadvantaged girls with a safe and enriching place to spend their summer break.  Because of the UNFoundation, two girls attended “American Girl”, during which girls ages 6 to 11 investigated the differences and similarities between the urban, rural and suburban ways of life in America. Additionally, one girl attended “iGirl”, which introduced girls ages 12 to 14 to the exciting and ever-changing worlds of print, radio, television, and social media.

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MLK on MLK Mural May 2012

Recipient Kevin Bate

MLK on MLK was our May Grant, it’s a mural of Martin Luther King Jr. that will go on Martin Luther King Blvd. in the heart of Downtown Chattanooga. Martin Luther King Jr. fought for civil rights throughout his life and had an incredible impact on the world we live in today. He was a prominent, if not the most prominent, leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement, adopting nonviolence as a form of protest and civil disobedience. He organized and led marches for the rights of African-Americans to vote, desegregation, and labor rights. Honoring his legacy with a mural is going to be simultaneously one of the coolest and most reverent things we’ve ever funded, and we’re excited about that.

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Ukelele Camp April 2012

Recipient Christie Burns | Folk School of Chattanooga

In April, we granted to the Folk School of Chattanooga to enable them to pursue an effort to establish ukelele teaching programs in partnership with other Chattanooga non-profits. They currently already have a program underway at the St. Andrews Center and two others currently in development. The Folk School of Chattanooga will run a short series of teacher training sessions with the ukelele, enabling music instructors to teach and engage with their students in their communities. There will be a core curriculum that the ukelele projects draw from, ultimately enabling groups from all over the city to potentially come together and play in one large ensemble.

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