Wellmont Receives Honor from HOPE Tri-Cities for Supporting Nonprofit Agency Serving Children

march 10, 2017 | KINGSPORT, Tenn.

Wellmont Health System has earned a special award supporting a nonprofit organization that helps children throughout the region develop skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

HOPE Tri-Cities recently held a Black History Awards celebration to honor local leaders who have made a remarkable impact on the community. Wellmont was recognized for its contributions to the organization.

In addition to sponsoring the organization, Wellmont has generously donated items to furnish a duplex at the HOPE center, 309 Carver St. Wellmont allowed HOPE to choose several pieces of furniture for the duplex, including desks, filing cabinets, chairs and a conference table.

“We love partnering with Wellmont because it is so supportive of HOPE,” said Stella Robinette, the organization’s founder. “Wellmont does a great job staying connected with us throughout the year, and we hope to continue working with the health system.”

HOPE Tri-Cities is a nonprofit organization, which is located in Kingsport but serves children from multiple communities in the region. The organization focuses on helping youth, ages 11-19, who aspire to develop life skills for ongoing success. Its mission is to help young people in the area achieve goals related to education, future careers and community service.

Services HOPE offers include college preparatory programs and a Dress for Success initiative, which teaches children about appropriate attire. The organization also provides etiquette, banking and CPR classes and encourages its members to become involved with local businesses and charities.

Plus, graduating high school seniors who have a grade point average of at least 3.0 have an opportunity to apply for a $500 scholarship from HOPE for college.

HOPE is an acronym for Help our Potential Evolve. The agency has a goal to educate and advocate for multicultural understanding within the region.

“We are pleased to ensure HOPE is provided with needed materials to promote achievement for local youth,” said Brad Price, Wellmont’s senior vice president of resource management. “We have been fortunate to receive tremendous support from the community, and it is our privilege to give back by supporting this innovative organization. I am blessed to work with supply chain team members who are wonderful trustees, not only of Wellmont but also the whole community.”