KNOXVILLE (AP) - Levi Strauss Foundation announced Tuesday more than $500,000 in grants to help communities affected by the closing of a 900-employee Levi's pant factory in Powell a year ago.
The so-called "transition grants" will go to 16 community organizations, from the Knoxville YMCA to the Sexual Assault Crisis Center, serving Knox, Campbell, Sevier, Cocke and Hamblen counties.
The intent is to help women through difficult life crises, such as domestic violence, job loss, divorce and illness, the San Fancisco-based foundation said.
"Our goal is to generate positive, long-term change for those facing these challenging circumstances so their quality of life can be greatly improved," said Stuart Burden, the foundation's U.S. program director.