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Luminary Award Recipient: Charlane Oliver

Welcome to Family and Children’s Service’s 4th Annual Family Biscuit Breakfast! This year’s version will take place online and will celebrate the organization’s two impressive Luminary Award recipients; provide an update about what FCS has been doing during 2020’s many challenges; and will raise money to support more than 20 essential social service safety net programs at FCS. This online campaign will feature email and social media posts from August 25 – 31, and is made possible by the generous presenting sponsorships form Northwestern Mutual and Integrum Wealth.

Pictured: Luminary Award Winner Charlane Oliver; Joshua Livingston, YLC Board President, Michael McSurdy, FCS President & CEO, Charlane Oliver

Today we highlight Charlane Oliver, one of this year’s recipients of the Luminary Award for Community Service. The Luminary Award honors young leaders that have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to community service and is co-sponsored by Family & Children’s Service and the Young Leaders’ Council.

Charlane Oliver is co-founder and founding executive director of The Equity Alliance, a nonprofit that empowers, equips and mobilizes black voters to be engaged in the civic process. Oliver served as board chair of the organization prior to becoming the executive director, and her leadership in The Equity Alliance has helped to catapult the organization into a nationally recognized powerhouse. Oliver is an award-winning community advocate, respected movement builder, public relations strategist and rising star among Music City’s political scene. Even at her young age, Oliver has more than 12 years of experience in nonprofit management, civil service, public relations and communications. She has worked with more than 35 nonprofits and public agencies over the course of her career, and her expertise has led to a track record of taking organizations and programs “from good to great.” A graduate of Vanderbilt University and University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Oliver remains active in several community service and professional organizations and boards.

Family & Children’s Service celebrates Charlane and joins her in a commitment to justice, accessible services, and support to all our community. Born of a desire to be culturally and linguistically available to the Nashville Community, FCS has evolved to be a diverse workforce reflective of the community we serve.

FCS provides a venue and gives voice for a variety of concerns and issues from the challenges of grandparents parenting for grandchildren to social and racial injustice, FCS uses its experience and voice to raise issues and concerns in hopes of increasing awareness and resources and opportunities for our neighbors. Family & Children’s Service Counseling, Crisis Line, Case Management, and Healthcare Access Programs all succeed at providing evidenced-based, quality care that is linguistically and culturally relevant to our clients. And we serve nearly 50,000 clients annually in Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

This virtual event would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors: