It was hoped that the recent holiday season could give Nashville a needed respite from a trying year, which included devastating tornadoes in March and a yearlong effort to battle the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
But the calm of a Middle Tennessee Christmas morning was shattered by a suicide bombing in a downtown district which displaced dozens of businesses and residents.
It is during times of recovery that organizations like the Urban League of Middle Tennessee step into the breach and aid those impacted by tragedies and circumstances out of their control.
“Helping our neighbors is essential to the Urban League of Middle Tennessee,” said Clifton Harris, the organization’s president and CEO. “We care about our neighbors – it’s the motivation behind empowering communities and changing lives.
“With your support, we are certified to provide workforce employment services over the days, weeks, and months ahead for our neighbors impacted by the Christmas morning bombing. We are stronger together.”
When Nashville Superspeedway revealed Ally as the title sponsor of its Father’s Day NASCAR Cup Series race in January, it was also announced that Ally would make two $25,000 donations to Nashville-area organizations as part of its introduction to the community.
“It wouldn’t be an Ally event if we didn’t ‘Do It Right’ by making a lasting impact through donations to support first responders — like those who saved so many lives in December’s bombing — and to an organization that has long provided necessary assistance to this community,” said Andrea Brimmer, Ally’s chief marketing and public relations officer.
The Urban League of Middle Tennessee, a civil rights and urban advocacy organization providing direct services that impact thousands of people in underserved communities across the state, and Box 55 Association, which provides support for first responders, are the two groups designated for the funds.
The two entities are the first of many soon to benefit from Nashville Superspeedway’s community engagement effort, which hopes to boost many Middle Tennessee organizations in the near future as it prepares for its June 18-20 NASCAR tripleheader weekend, including the “Ally 400” NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, June 20.
“As we continue the rebirth of Nashville Superspeedway, we are committed to becoming a valued piece of the fabric of Middle Tennessee,” said Erik Moses, Nashville Superspeedway’s president. “From our sports and entertainment offerings to our future charitable contributions, we want to be a force for good in this community. Helping organizations such as the Urban League of Middle Tennessee and Box 55 Association that are committed to providing direct support to our neighbors and this community is the appropriate first step in that process.”
For the Urban League of Middle Tennessee, donations both big and small help it sustain its mission of enabling African Americans, other minorities, and disenfranchised groups to secure economic self-reliance, power, parity and civil rights.
“Both individual and corporate donations allow the Urban League to expand our reach and provide services free of charge to individuals in need,” Harris said. “Ongoing support from donors like Ally is critical to our long-term success.”
The Urban League of Middle Tennessee, founded in 1968, focuses on all aspects of community empowerment and development, including workforce development, education and youth projects, health and wellness, advocacy and civic engagement and minority contractor training.
“Partners of the Urban League of Middle Tennessee demonstrate a commitment to equality for all Middle Tennesseans,” Harris said. “As a partner, Nashville Superspeedway provides needed resources to help us make communities across Middle Tennessee stronger.”
For more information on the Urban League of Middle Tennessee or to donate, visit www.ulmt.org. Donations can also be mailed to:
Urban League of Middle Tennessee
Att: Clifton Harris
58 Vantage Way, Suite 201
Nashville, Tenn. 37228
“Every day, our partners help empower historically underserved communities, create and build wealth through workforce development, entrepreneurship, education, housing, and health services through signature programs and initiatives,” Harris said.
“Partnership with the Urban League of Middle Tennessee is much more than a financial investment. Partnering with the Nashville Superspeedway makes the Urban League of Middle Tennessee stronger.”