Walmart has announced it is making a $25,000 contribution to Families in Crisis to assist victims of domestic violence.
The grant, which was given to the nonprofit organization through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program, will help support its Economic Enpowerment Program, which provides comprehensive services to help victims of domestic violence become safe, independent and economically self-sufficient.
The program offers career readiness workshops, office operations programming, and personal finance education, while providing housing and childcare support and economic advocacy, when needed.
“For many domestic violence survivors, access to financial, housing, vocational and other community resources makes the difference between long-term stability and returning to a batterer or becoming homeless” said Kristy Stubblefield, executive director of Families in Crisis. “Currently, FIC centers our services on advocacy, safety, counseling, and legal services. With the help of the Walmart Foundation, FIC can launch the Economic Empowerment Program and begin to increase the opportunities that victims of domestic violence have in remaining violence free.”
Families in Crisis, or FIC-New Beginnings, is a comprehensive shelter service program with a dedicated staff of five serving more than 1,057 square miles of Warren, Grundy and Sequatchie counties in rural Middle Tennessee. Its mission is to interrupt the cycle of domestic violence, empowering individuals to create fulfilling lives for themselves and hold offenders accountable.
FIC offers a 24-hour crisis hotline with both a local and toll-free number, as well as access through the National Domestic Violence hotline. The FIC emergency shelter becomes a home for victims of domestic violence and their dependents by providing everything they may need, such as medical attention, food, clothing, personal items, transportation, daycare and referrals to community and agency resources that will enable them to heal emotionally, physically and economically.
“Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support the Families in Crisis Economic Empowerment Program,” said Walmart regional general manager Shana Bailey-DeSmit. “We are hopeful this grant will help domestic violence victims in Tennessee get the assistance they need to regain their independence.”
The contribution to Families in Crisis was made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s Tennessee State Giving Program. Through this program, the Walmart Foundation supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better. The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program strives to award grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.
In 2013, the Tennessee State Giving Program awarded more than $1 million to local organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs, Feed America First of Tennessee, and the YMCA of Middle Tennessee. In Tennessee, a team of local associates determine needs within each state, review eligible grant applications and make funding recommendations to the Walmart Foundation.
To be considered for support, prospective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application. Eligible applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum funding criteria. Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at http://foundation.walmart.com/apply-for-grants/state-giving.
In 2012, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $1 billion in cash and in-kind contributions around the world. This includes more than $30 million given locally in Tennessee.