Local Foundation Funds Project on Life-Literacy Skills for Youth

child in gardenToday, the Washington County Community Foundation (WCCF) joined East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) in granting a check for $100,000 to a local, collaborative grant recipient: S.O.S., which stands for Sowing Seeds of Success and Self-Sufficiency in Washington County for Neighborhood Nutrition and Food Literacy.

The grant of $100,000 will be utilized during the next two years to enhance and improve the life-literacy skills of Washington County youth. The SOS collaborative partner agencies include the Appalachian RC&D Council, Mountain Empire Literacy Outreach, and ETSU’s Quillen College of Medicine Library.

Raven gardenPreston McKee, president of Morris-Baker, chairs the WCCF advisory board and serves alongside Jean Conger, Anne Darden, Mark McCalman, and Dr. Randy Wykoff. WCCF is an affiliate fund of ETF. Affiliate funds serve a specific community, county, or geographic region and choose to affiliate with ETF to create a local presence for philanthropic giving and grantmaking as well as to gain the ETF’s technical expertise and support. Affiliate funds have local advisory boards that engage in endowment-building and fundraising activities, develop their own grant-making criteria, review applications, make grants, and promote philanthropic giving and community-building.

Today’s event was held at the Science Hill High School Alternative Center, 820 West
Market Street, in Johnson City.

WRITTEN BY: Shuly Cawood