CACF Awards Nearly $190,000 to River Area Nonprofits

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – On Wednesday, 25 River Region nonprofits that support family and wellness initiatives in Montgomery, Lowndes, Macon, Autauga and Elmore counties received a grant totaling $189,727 from the Central Alabama Community Foundation, or CACF.

“It’s amazing what these organizations are doing to help those less fortunate in our community,” said CACF President Burton Crenshaw. “Anyone can be a donor to a Central Alabama Community Foundation, and we’ll give that money back where it’s needed.”

Organizations like Easterseals say that without the money they would not be able to cover the cost of hippotherapy sessions for children with autism and developmental delays.

“It’s important that I distinguish this from a therapeutic riding program. This is not a therapeutic riding program. It is actually traditional occupational therapy using the horse as a piece of equipment. In this way, the child is encouraged to achieve their professional goals using the horse,” said *Debbie Lynn, Executive Director of Easterseas.

Rhonda McDavid of Southeastern Diabetes Education Services says the funds will allow children with type 1 diabetes to attend Camp Seale Harris.

“Children can learn to live healthy and well and live a very long life if they learn to take care of their diabetes 24/7, and that’s what we do at Camp Seale Harris,” said said McDavid.

The family, food, and medical grants awarded are part of the Family Welfare and Education grant cycle managed by CACF. Funds from these grants will go directly to help many people within these communities.

Central Alabama Community Foundation – $101,722

Family Grants – $33,916

  • $6,000 to CASA of Montgomery County to support the costs of recruiting, training and retaining CASA volunteers to partner as advocates with children in the care of Montgomery County Family Court
  • $5,254 to Catholic Social Services Montgomery to provide direct assistance in the form of utilities, food, clothing and medicine to financially insecure clients
  • $5,844 to Mental Health America Montgomery to support programming costs for the Psychosocial Clubhouse, which provides socialization opportunities and educational activities for clients with serious mental illnesses
  • $8,700 to the Noah Foundation to support the costs of the day program for young adults with disabilities, including transportation to outings and meals for students
  • $8,118 to United Methodist Children’s Home to cover the costs of the Family Intervention Specialist to serve 10 families residing at Mary Ellen’s Hearth

Food subsidies – $33,903

  • $6,703 to Common Ground Montgomery to purchase food to provide a full meal for out-of-school students each weekday during the school year
  • $10,000 to the Fathers of St. Edmund Southern Missions Inc. to purchase fresh food from Blackbelt farmers for distribution to financially insecure Lowndes County residents through the Center Food Store Good Shepherd community
  • $7,200 to MBA Community Ministries Inc. to purchase food to distribute through a network of churches and food pantries in Lowndes and Montgomery counties
  • $10,000 to the Montgomery Area Council on Aging to support Meals on Wheels North Route food costs

Medical Grants – $33,903

  • $7,500 to Impact Alabama, a student service initiative to provide vision screening to 350 Head Start/pre-K/day care students and follow-up eye care to 35 students in Lowndes, Macon and Montgomery counties in partnership with SightSavers
  • $6,733 to medical outreach ministries to cover the costs of medications and home monitoring supplies for Montgomery County residents
  • $13,670 to Shorter Fire Auxiliary to purchase a medical chest compression device and weight bearing equipment to provide high quality chest compressions over an extended period of time
  • $6,000 to Smile-A-Mile to support the annual costs of supporting five Montgomery area families impacted by childhood cancer with summer camp, hospital outreach and events of group

Autauga Region Community Foundation – $12,400

Family Grants – $5,000

  • $2,500 to the Butterfly Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center to provide forensic interviews, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and caregiver support sessions to two children in Autauga County
  • $2,500 to the Family Sunshine Center to cover the costs of a child therapist to provide evidence-based counseling services to children in Autauga County

Food grants – $2,500

  • $2,500 to the Montgomery Area Food Bank to provide two mobile pantry deliveries in Autauga County to serve food insecure families

Medical Grants – $4,900

  • $2,500 to Medical Outreach Ministries to cover the costs of medications and home monitoring supplies for Autauga County residents
  • $2,400 to Smile-A-Mile to help cover the annual cost of providing services to two families impacted by childhood cancer in Autauga County with summer camp, hospital outreach, and group events

Elmore County Community Foundation – $15,000

Family Grants – $5,000

  • $2,500 to Butterfly Bridge Children’s Advocacy to provide forensic interviews, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and caregiver support sessions to two children in Elmore County
  • $2,500 to the Family Sunshine Center to cover the costs of a child therapist to provide evidence-based counseling services to children in Elmore County

Food subsidies – $7,500

  • $2,500 to Epiphany Church to purchase food for the Beans and Rice Ministry, which will increase the amount given to current clients and expand the program to new clients with 25 pounds of food provided to 45 to 50 families per month
  • $2,500 to the Montgomery Area Food Bank to provide two mobile food pantry deliveries in Elmore County to serve food-insecure families
  • $2,500 to WELCOME Inc. to purchase food, toiletries and household items to distribute to Elmore County residents

Medical Grants – $2,500

  • $2,500 to Medical Outreach Ministries to cover the costs of medications and home monitoring supplies for Elmore County residents

CACF Technical Assistance awards $4,080.00

  • $1,580 to First Choice Women’s Medical Center to purchase three iPads, protective accessories and an annual subscription to HopeSync to create a system for digitally sharing educational resources and medical information with clients
  • $2,500 to the Samaritan Counseling Center to cover the costs of upgrading laptop computers used by therapists to meet current telehealth software requirements

CACF Interest Grants – $56,525

Merle S. & Mack C. Hunt CACF Diabetes Grant – $44,500

  • $4,500 to Children’s of Alabama to cover the cost of a Certified Diabetes Educator and Registered Nurse at 10 of the monthly Montgomery Diabetes Clinic days
  • $20,000 to Medical Outreach Ministries to expand the free one-on-one diabetes education program to 10 new clients and to provide annual supplies to 25 participants
  • $20,000 to Southeastern Diabetes Education Services to provide $800 scholarships to Camp Seale Harris for 25 children in the Montgomery County area where they learn to effectively manage their diabetes

CACF Group Homes for Children Grant – $10,000

  • $10,000 to Easter Seals Central Alabama to cover the cost of an instructor to conduct two eight-week hippotherapy sessions with 16 clients ages 4-14 with autism and developmental delays

CACF Mental Health Grant – $1,200

  • $1,200 to Mental Health America Montgomery to cover client transportation costs to and from the Psychosocial Clubhouse program

Also this week, CACF awarded $65,000 to nonprofit organizations in the Wiregrass area.

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