Barge Design Solutions Donates $16,000 to Nashville Organizations

12 / November / 2019

Nashville, TN – (November 12, 2019) Barge Design Solutions, Inc., Community Fund recently awarded over $32,000 to various organizations local to the company’s regional offices. $16,000 of this grant money was awarded to organizations in Nashville and the surrounding areas: Begin Anew of Middle Tennessee, Rebuilding Together Nashville, Walk Bike Nashville, Discovery Center of Murfreesboro Spring, and Friends of Franklin Parks.

The Community Fund awarded one of its fall grants to Begin Anew of Middle Tennessee. Begin Anew seeks to empower individuals to overcome obstacles caused by poverty by providing education, mentoring, and resources. The $3,000 grant will benefit the nonprofit’s Education Program for Adult Learners, in which students can enroll in three education tracks: High School Equivalency Test, English as a Second Language, and Computer and Job Skills Training. This grant will specifically support Begin Anew’s efforts to provide free childcare, connect students with a mentor, and seek to create a safer community through education.

Hunter Moss, Strategic Communications Specialist at Barge, is a member of the Executive Board of Begin Anew and nominated them for this grant.

The Community Fund awarded $5,000 to Rebuilding Together Nashville (RTN), a non-profit that preserves affordable housing, prevents the displacement of low-income families, and restores the fabric of Nashville’s changing neighborhoods. This grant will assist the organization’s Safe and Healthy Home Improvement Plan (SHHIP). SHHIP addresses critical health and safety hazards in the homes of low-income seniors, Veterans, and those living with disabilities. Through this program, RTN also educates these homeowners about ongoing home maintenance and repair.

Mary Vavra, Senior Planner and Landscape Architect at Barge, is on the Board of Directors at Rebuilding Together Nashville and nominated the organization for this grant.

Walk Bike Nashville received $3,000 from the Barge Design Solutions Community Fund in support of their campaign, Vision Zero Nashville. Walk Bike Nashville is dedicated to safe streets and healthy transportation options. The goal of Vision Zero Nashville is to see that no one will die or become seriously injured in a traffic accident. This grant will support the organization in their efforts to advocate for new policy implementation, provide public education, engage local volunteers, and create momentum around changes that would ultimately help them achieve their goal of safer streets for Nashville.

Daniel Spann, Senior Vice President and Director of Barge’s Transportation Business Unit, is an active member of Walk Bike Nashville and nominated the organization for this grant.

Local non-profit Discovery Center at Murfreesboro Spring (DC) received $2,500 from the Community Fund. DC is a hands-on science and nature center with a mission to engage curious minds to fuel the future. This grant will support the organization’s efforts to strategically redesign their exhibit “Tennessee Live.” In 2020, DC will reimagine Tennessee Live into an exhibit that will welcome visitors to a pretend campsite and other similar settings. In so doing, DC hopes to encourage families to spend time together outdoors, inspire children to discover and care for natural resources, and more intentionally incorporate math concepts and engineering processes to better align with their value of transformative learning.

Friends of Franklin Parks (Friends) was awarded a $2,500 grant. Friends works closely with the City of Franklin and the Franklin Parks Department to identify needs in their system of sixteen parks and connect the community to opportunities through these natural and historic resources.

Barge’s grant will help the organization kickstart fundraising for an inclusive playground at the City’s Southeast Municipal Complex. The City of Franklin will be funding the infrastructure and supporting structures, and Friends will be raising funds to cover the purchase of the inclusive playground equipment. This playground will be the only of its kind in the City of Franklin park system.

Paula Harris, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, nominated both The Discovery Center of Murfreesboro Spring and Friends of Franklin Parks for these grants.