True Inspiration Award

The Chick-fil-A Foundation recently awarded Peacemakers of Rocky Mount with a 2021 True Inspiration Award.

Chick-fil-A recently announced that Peacemakers of Rocky Mount is the recipient of a 2021 True Inspiration Award from the Atlanta-based company.

Peacemakers was nominated for the award by Chick-fil-A’s Rocky Mount location at Cobbs Corner, operated by Bill Lehnes. The award comes with a financial gift of $100,000.

Lehnes said the True Inspiration Awards were created to support organizations that make a real difference in the lives of children in communities across the nation.

“Peacemakers does this for Rocky Mount, and I am thrilled that the Chick-fil-A Foundation has recognized them this year,” Lehnes said. “Peacemakers’ love for the children in our community is undeniable, and the hope they bring them is unforgettable. With care, compassion and love, they are inspiring our youth to lead successful and sustainable lives. Peacemakers is a blessing and an inspiration to us all, and I know this grant will have a huge impact on their ability to serve our community.”

Peacemakers concentrates its community development efforts in the South Rocky Mount neighborhood, focusing on the areas of education, job readiness and housing revitalization. Jesse Lewis, executive director of Peacemakers, said the award will have a major impact on the organization’s operations in 2021.

“We have some fairly aggressive plans for the coming year, including building renovations and the expansion of our existing programming,” he said. “This grant will go a long way toward helping us accomplish those plans, and we are so grateful to Chick-fil-A for their support of the South Rocky Mount community. Even beyond the nomination for this award, Chick-fil-A of Cobbs Corner is one of our most faithful community partners — their heart for our community is just incredible.”

Rodney Bullard, vice president of corporate social responsibility for Chick-fil-A, recognizes the importance of investing in under-resourced areas.

“We know our cities and neighborhoods can only become stronger when we work together to solve hard problems. We’re honored to invest in the futures of these community-based organizations so they can grow their programs and extend their impact,” Bullard said.

Peacemakers is a Christian community development 501©3 organization with the mission to empower residents of the South Rocky Mount community and surrounding areas with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead successful and sustainable lives.

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