Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment Resource Project: SOCM-RP (Knoxville, Tenn.)

SOCM-RP supports and promotes leadership development and skills training, grassroots community organizing, public education around important public policy, and active civic engagement in the democratic process. Its origin story is closely connected to the Vanderbilt Student Health Coalition. At a SHC-organized community meeting in January 1972, SOCM was formed and grew to represent 5 East Tennessee counties. Now, it is statewide with projects in East, Middle, and West Tennessee. SOCM is committed to  to overcoming social and institutional racism, and to an embrace our diverse cultures.

2022 Grant Recipient  The grant this year supported SOCM goals to promote advocacy and leadership training that emphasizes environmental and social justice.

2021 Grant Recipient  The Legacy Fund grant helped with purchase of water testing supplies for members in the field.  It also helped to ensure access to internet hot spots for members working in areas where there is no broad band or affordable internet access.   It contributed to intern/staff support especially in Knox, Anderson, and Cumberland counties.