Nashville Predators Foundation Award SuperGrant To Mobile Crisis Response Program, YAIPak

The Nashville Predators Foundation and SmileDirectClub have awarded YAIPak, a mobile crisis response program, a SuperGrant totaling $35,500 at the Predators vs. Los Angeles Kings game on Saturday night (Jan. 21).

The SuperGrant will cover the cost of pallet shelving and the purchase of a forklift to increase storage capacity and better manage supplies.

“We are proud to partner with SmileDirectClub and present a SuperGrant to YAIPak,” Nashville Predators Vice President of Community Relations Rebecca King says. “The Preds Foundation has been committed to supporting deserving organizations in the Middle Tennessee community for over 20 years, and we are grateful for the opportunity to provide funding for resources at YAIPak. The resources provided by YAIpak to those in need is life changing and they are fulling a big need in our community.”

Since launching in 2016, YAIPak has provided mobile outreach across many communities to support individuals in need. The team provides access to clothing, hygiene and comfort items for children entering foster care; supplies new household items for veterans moving from homelessness to housing; offers necessities to low-income families and the homeless; and provides disaster relief supplies to communities impacted by natural disasters.

“At SmileDirectClub, we understand that access to care is life changing, yet out of reach for many,” SmileDirectClub Chief Marketing Officer John Sheldon adds. “We are proud to support the important work that the YAIPak organization is doing to offer direct access to important resources and care to members of our community.”

Introduced during the 2019-20 season as part of the partnership between the Predators Foundation and Nashville-based SmileDirectClub, multiple SuperGrants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 will be awarded each season to Middle Tennessee community organizations. Funding will be allocated to support programming or the completion of large-scale projects that empower people during times of life transitions.

Including the funds awarded to Home Street Home Ministries, Monroe Harding, Retrieving Independence and Maple Built, $200,000 in financial support was distributed by the SuperGrant program last season.

Steven Boero