Messer Foundation Grants: An Unwavering Investment in Community
In 2020, four organizations received $25,000 each to address their capital improvement needs and to support their economic inclusion, educational and/or workforce development efforts as part of the annual Messer Construction Co. Foundation Grant program.
Below are the 2020 grant recipients. 2021 applications are open now through March 28. Learn more here.
Cincinnati. Freestore Foodbank partners with 500 local food pantries across three states and offers culinary and warehouse management training for underemployed and unemployed individuals. Grant money will go toward the purchase of a new electric forklift to aid in the increased number of truck deliveries that rose from 40 a month to 25 a week due to increased food demand since COVID.
Charlotte. The seven-acre Hope Haven campus provides safe and stable housing for more than 300 men, women and families in need of services to support sobriety. Grant funding will be put toward upgrading a children’s computer lab with 10 new laptops, chairs, a printer, a TV, various software and educational games. All labor will be provided by Hope Haven staff and residents through the organization’s building maintenance job training program. See this Construction Executive article for a deeper dive into this organization and how the grant is making a difference.
Legacy Mission Village
Nashville. Legacy Mission Village serves 374 refugees per month, seeking to empower them with the education and skills to achieve stability and become part of the Middle Tennessee community. Grant money will be used to furnish an existing classroom with an adjustable floor-to-ceiling divider system, soundproofing panels and furniture for adult education classes. It will also support certification in Teach English as a Second Language (TESL).
Nativity Academy at St. Boniface
Louisville. Nativity Academy is an independent, tuition-free middle school serving students who reside in Louisville’s urban core and whose families live at or below the poverty level. As part of a larger project to renovate the 130-year-old building’s first floor, grant funds will be used to modify the front entrance and upgrade the security system to protect students and faculty from crime in the neighborhood.