Safety Village Grant to Build Internet Program
As published in the Marietta Daily Journal - November 16, 2016
Journalist: staff reports
The Cobb County Safety Village recently received a grant as part of Chick-fil-A’s True Inspiration Awards. The Cobb Safety Village was the Southeast region’s runner up and was awarded $15,000 to develop a new internet safety program. The Safety Village was nominated for this award by Zach Thomas, operator of the Chick-fil-A at Macland Crossing.
“We are honored that Zach, the Chick-fil-A Foundation and our community understand and value our mission of building a safer community through hands-on education,” Allison Carter, director of the Cobb Safety Village, said. “Out of 150 organizations that applied for grants this year, we are elated to be one of 22 awarded funds to continue our important work. We will use this grant to develop a new internet safety program tailor-fit to our community’s needs.”
This is the third year the Chick-fil-A Foundation has granted the True Inspiration Awards created to honor the legacy of Chick-fil-A’s late founder, S. Truett Cathy. Before opening voting to customers, foundation staff reviewed applications and selected a list of finalists that demonstrate a commitment to supporting youth and education. More than 76,000 customers voted nationwide and this was the first time people were able to vote for organizations in their communities via a mobile app. More than $1.1 million in grants were awarded to 22 not-for-profit organizations in 16 states.
The Cobb County Safety Village is the most comprehensive and unique safety training environment in the Southeast. Built on an eight-acre site, it is a place where children and adults can gain knowledge through hands-on experiences. This safety education enables our residents to help and protect themselves and others from accidental death, injury and destruction of property.