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 the journey of becoming an anti-racist organization, to overcoming social and institutional racism, and embracing our diverse cultures. A small grant will help provide access to water testing supplies for members in the field, access to hot spots for member leaders working in areas where there is no broad band or affordable internet access, and contribute towards intern/staff support especially in Knox, Anderson, and Cumberland counties.