is among six Georgia-based nonprofits to win a $25,000 grant from Southwest Airlines.
Fernbank was selected from 352 applicants for the final round of voting by the public. The six groups with the most votes each recieved the $25,000 grant.
To celebrate the start of Southwest Airlines service from Atlanta in February, the airline launched LUV Grants for Good, a competition for $150,000 in grant money earmarked for six nonprofit organizations in Georgia.
- Fernbank Museum of Natural History: Fernbank is committed to developing the full potential of the community, particularly its youth, by presenting hands-on, minds-on programs that inspire a lifelong interest in science and human culture, and ensure a better environment by connecting people to the natural world. As an educational institution, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History is dedicated to opening people's eyes and broadening their horizons.
- Senior Connections: The mission of Senior Connections is to provide essential home and community-based care that maximizes independence. For almost 40 years, Senior Connections has provided 600,000 nutritious meals, 50,000 hours of in-home care, millions of home repair dollars, and health and wellness programs that helps seniors remain in the communities they've called home for decades.
- The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABLP): ABLP plays a vital role in realizing the Atlanta BeltLine vision for a network of parks, trails, and transit supporting vibrant, healthy communities. The ABLP catalyzes the social objectives of the Atlanta BeltLine, including affordable housing, job creation, and healthier living.
- Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (UCR): For 18 years, UCR has worked to ensure this region has enough clean water now and in the future. UCR is the only nonprofit environmental organization focused solely on protecting the most important and heavily-used river in Georgia. UCR has raised the profile of the Chattahoochee and helped guide this region toward meeting the challenges that face our endangered waterway through advocacy, science, policy, education, and public outreach programs.
- Good Mews: Good Mews rescues approximately 350 cats per year, providing spay/neuter and medical care until they are adopted. The goal is to significantly reduce Metro Atlanta's number of stray and homeless cats while promoting a no-kill philosophy that characterizes the organization's respect for the value of companion animals.
- Nuci's Space: The mission of Nuci's Space is to prevent suicide by providing obstacle-free mental health treatment to people suffering from depression and other such disorders, and to assist in the emotional, physical, and professional well-being of musicians.