Jefferson Health Care Foundation Fund: Adventures in Philanthropy

“The Jefferson Health Care Foundation Fund was excited to provide funding to this extremely important agency due to the work they do in improving the quality of life for young girls in our community. With the program’s emphasis on being outdoors and promoting education, this fits well into the purpose and mission of the Jefferson Health Care Foundation. We applaud their continued efforts.”  - Roger L. Mynatt, Board Chair, Jefferson Health Care Foundation.

The Girls Inc. of Hamblen County summer camp had been on a long hiatus due to the pandemic, but in summer 2022, the girls were welcomed back in Dandridge, Jefferson City, Strawberry Plains, and White Pine. Through the camp, Girls Inc. of Hamblen County staff learned the tremendous value of getting kids outside as part of overall child development and wellbeing, especially given the stress caused by the pandemic. Simply put, the day camps make learning fun in unique ways and encourages physical activity in the beauty of nature.

In a recent summary report provided to East Tennessee Foundation (ETF), Girls Inc. of Hamblen County Executive Director, Lise Bender, wrote, “Our staff was greeted with joy by the girls who attended, some who had brought little sisters who were finally old enough to participate. Our program had been absent but not forgotten and conversation with parents led us to believe that we had become an important and anticipated fixture in the summer for many girls.

It is always a joy to direct these competitive grant programs, working with volunteers, fundholders, and grantees alike, to see firsthand the impact of our collaboration in service to this incredible region,” said Ashley Siferd Butler, ETF Director of Competitive Grants.