Community Fund donates $5,000 to support Nashville tornado relief efforts
15 / April / 2020
On the night of March 2nd and morning of March 3rd, tornados tore through parts of west and middle Tennessee, including the cities of Nashville, Mount Juliet, and Lebanon. These tornados reached speeds of up to 175mph and one travelled just over 60 miles – one of the longest continuous damage paths in Tennessee’s history. While Barge’s Headquarters in Nashville were remarkably unscathed, sections of the City just a few miles away were devastated. Hundreds of homes and businesses were destroyed.
In response to terrible damage left in the wake of this storm, on March 12th the Barge Community Fund gave $5,000 to the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to be used where it was needed most. A Barge employee also designated an additional gift of $200 for this expressed purpose, which was then given to the same organization.
Our firm is committed to caring for the communities in which we live, work, and serve. The Community Fund was established to support these efforts, and we are so proud of all the ways our employees are bettering their communities. As an employee-funded granting organization, the Foundation typically awards grants in fall and spring cycles to employee-nominated nonprofits, however, emergency gifts are considered outside of these time frames when called for. Over $239,000 has been donated to employee-nominated, 501(c)3 charitable organizations since 2014.
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