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Why Community?

For people living in poverty, being connected to a community can change everything.

180,000 people in Greater Chattanooga can’t afford basic necessities

That’s nearly 60% of the population of the Greater Chattanooga region. The majority live in isolated areas and spend hours every day trying to access necessities for their family. Not only does striving for basic resources put a strain on families, but the time spent finding these resources often comes in a way that doesn’t inspire hope for a better future.

But connected community means increased education, health, and stability for children and families.

Community Changes Everything.

Health and Well-being

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Education

60% of children at risk of not being ready for school.

Through providing educational resources through Chattanooga Basics, reading through the Imagination Library (link) and Mentoring through MentorChatt(link) we can empower students with the hard and soft skills to succeed.

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Family Stability

35% of babies born in Chattanooga this year will stay stuck in poverty for life.

Access to basic needs gives communities more time to grow food, earn an income, and go to school — all of which fight poverty.

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Economic Mobility

Chattanooga ranks 9th worst in the country for economic mobility

When a community can depend on each other and access basic resources, families get their lives, and their hope back. They start businesses, improve their homes, and take charge of their own futures.

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How do we tackle our community’s toughest problems?

We work with local experts and community leaders to find the best sustainable solution in each neighborhood, whether it’s nutrition, educational resources, a mentor, or a family life coach. And with every community investment, our partners create relationships and coordinate trainings, to create long-lasting impact for years to come.

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Connection to a community changed the Lives of:

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Education Story

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Economic Story

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Starting at $10,000 we can tackle real neighborhood-based projects

It’s a solid investment; access to diverse giving communities is perhaps the single most powerful tool for sparking economic growth that humanity has ever known.