First Tennessee Development District Foundation

WHAT PROGRAMS DOES THE FTDD FOUNDATION SUPPORT?
 
Whether you support programs that help our most vulnerable seniors live safely in their homes as they age, our youngest children gain the reading skills they will need to be successful, or growing the regional economy by ensuring a new generation of skilled employees, your financial support is crucial.  Programs supported through the FTDD Foundation include:

Home-Delivered Meals

Hunger in Northeast Tennessee is a critical problem. Three of the region’s eight counties have food-insecurity rates of 15–19 percent of the total population, and seniors are among the most vulnerable.  To combat this issue, the First Tennessee Area  Agency on Aging and Disability (FTAAAD) provides nutritious home-delivered meals to more than a thousand qualified older adults, but there are just as many on the waiting list due to a lack of program funds. Just $130 a month or $1,560 a year provides hot weekday meals for a homebound senior on our waiting list and ensures that they have access to nutritious food and can continue to live independently in their homes.

 

Emergency Assistance Program (EAP)

Another program helping low-income seniors is the FTAAAD Emergency Assistance Program. This program, which provides payments for small (less than $200) yet crucial needs that qualified seniors are unable to afford on their own, receives no state or federal funding. Instead it is solely supported through fundraising efforts. Approximately 20–30 older adults in need per year are currently being assisted through the EAP, but greater funding means that greater numbers of older adults can be helped with necessities like eyeglasses, pest control, new locks, and other requests.

 

CareerQuest TN

CareerQuest TN is an interactive career fair for middle- and high-school students in Northeast Tennessee that is sponsored by private-sector industries and administered by FTDD. These annual events expose students to the array 

of careers in healthcare, advanced manufacturing, construction and IT available in this region, as well as the education and training required to attain them. Participating employers have the opportunity to engage their future workforce and demonstrate exactly what their positions entail and how best to achieve them.

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FOUNDATION FUNDRAISING EFFORTS
 
The FTDD Foundation is funded through a combination of grants and fundraising efforts. No donated funds are ever used for Foundation administration—administration costs are funded through FTDD as part of their operating costs.
Fundraising efforts to date have primarily focused on the FTAAAD annual Silent Auction. This is held every year in conjunction with the FTAAAD Annual Conference on Aging. Funds raised through this popular event go the the Emergency Assistance Program which provides $200 grants to older adults in need of small necessities that they cannot afford for themselves.
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HOW CAN I DONATE MONEY OR TIME?
 
Charitable contributions can be directed toward a specific program or area of special concern like those outlined on this page, or toward the Foundation’s general fund. CLICK HERE to donate, or CLICK HERE to learn about volunteer opportunities..
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FTDD FOUNDATION BROCHURE
 
Download the complete FTDD Foundation brochure HERE.
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