The Community Foundation of South Alabama (CFSA) awarded $268,600 to 22 nonprofit organizations across its service area in Southwest Alabama. These funds will support programs that provide resources and basic needs to those in Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe and Washington counties effected by COVID-19.
The Phase II COVID-19 Response and Relief grantees include Feeding the Gulf Coast, McKemie Place, Crittenton Youth Services, Pride of Atmore, Boys & Girls Club of South Alabama, Inc., Victory Health Partners, South Baldwin Literacy Council, Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, Via Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center, Liberty Learning Foundation, Inc., Dumas Wesley Community Center, Dwell Mobile, CARE House, Inc., Mobile Symphony, CASA Mobile Program, Volunteers of America Southeast, Inc., American Heart Association, Goodwill Industries-Easterseals of the Gulf Coast, Inc., Housing First, Inc., Alabama Free Clinic, Prodisee Pantry, and Family Counseling Services of Mobile, Inc. (DBA Lifelines Counseling Services).
“The Foundation recognized early on that our communities needed more help,” said Community Foundation of South Alabama President & CEO Rebecca Byrne. “COVID has definitely turned so many lives upside down, but the organizations that we’ve funded in this second phase of the COVID-19 Response and Relief grant cycle are dedicated to helping our local communities navigate life during a pandemic.”’
The purpose of the grant from The Community Foundation of South Alabama's COVID-19 Relief & Response Fund is to provide support for relief efforts to aid those affected by COVID-19 in southwest Alabama. Grant funding will be used to provide at least 800 families with children on free/reduced lunch and low-wage workers without access to meals with at least a week of food via mobile food distributions, and the opportunity to connect with supportive local resources. Mobile food pantries will be implemented in Baldwin, Mobile, Clarke, Choctaw, Monroe, Escambia, Washington, and Conecuh Counties.
The Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church was awarded $15,000. That money will be distributed to the following churches:
Baldwin County: Morgan's Chapel United Methodist Church (UMC) in Bon Secour.
Choctaw County: This event will likely take place in the southern part of the county that has fewer resources.
Clarke County: FUMC Jackson
Conecuh County: Evergreen UMC
Escambia County: Brewton UMC
Mobile County: Dauphin Island UMC
Monroe County: First UMC of Monroeville
Washington County: This event will likely take place in the Mt. Vernon area.
“We are honored to receive this grant from The Community Foundation of South Alabama,” stated Bishop Graves, resident bishop of the Alabama-West Florida Conference. “This speaks to our conference priorities of staying focused on the mission of the church by being the hands and feet of Christ. Our UMC churches who are receiving will be empowered to minister to their communities in impactful ways.”
For more information about The Community Foundation of South Alabama, visit communityfoundationsa.org