Marietta, Ga. (Nov. 16) — Thanks to the support of our community, Cobb County Safety Village was recently awarded 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, which will be used 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, which were 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.
“These organizations are doing remarkable work in education, leadership development and youth entrepreneurship, so we are thrilled to be able to help support their goals for 2017,” said Rodney Bullard, vice president of community affairs for Chick-fil-A and executive director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation.
The Cobb County Safety Village is the most comprehensive and unique safety training environment in the Southeast region. 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.
For more information about the Cobb County Safety Village, visit cobbcounty.org/safetyvillage. For more information about the True Inspiration Awards, visit chick-fil-afoundation.org/news-events/.