UWSWA Awarded Alabama Power Foundation Elevate Grant
(Clarke County, AL) – United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) was awarded one of four Alabama Power Foundation Elevate Grants. Elevate grants strengthen communities by funding projects, providing capacity-building workshops and assisting in networking opportunities for non-profit organizations across the state. UWSWA requested the funding to open a United Way Clarke County Outreach Center in Grove Hill, Alabama to provide multiple services to the citizens of Clarke County in one central location. A physical presence will help mitigate transportation challenges as well as increase awareness of the programs and services available to residents. UWSWA also plans to increase funding in the county to provide more resources to its partner agencies.
“The new outreach center is a game-changer in Clarke County,” said President & CEO of UWSWA Jill Chenoweth. “With it many more people in need can access the services United Way and our partners provide. Those services will change and save lives. The Elevate Grant is helping us to make that happen.”
“Alabama Power Foundation is pleased to support the United Way of Southwest Alabama as it works to bring important services to citizens who need them,” said Alabama Power External Affairs Manager Beth Thomas. “We especially like the wrap-around concept that United Way is adopting in Clarke County because it brings services all together under one roof. It is an efficient way to serve the community.”
UWSWA partner agencies that have expressed interest in occupying the center include: American Red Cross serving the Gulf Coast, Catholic Social Services, Drug Education Council, Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama, Gulf Regional Early Childhood Services, Lifelines Counseling Center, Sickle Cell Disease Association, and South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program. Partner agencies will provide their full spectrum of services and will not be limited to programs funded by UWSWA. The United Way Clarke County Outreach Center is scheduled to open in Spring 2019.
About Alabama Power Foundation
The Alabama Power Foundation celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014. Since its creation in 1989 with funds donated by shareholders, the foundation has provided support to Alabama communities, educational institutions and non-profits with non-ratepayer money through more than 20,000 grants and scholarships. To learn more about the Alabama Power Foundation and its charitable initiatives, please visit https://powerofgood.com.