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Crisis Fund grant illustrates long-lasting partnership

April 30, 2009

A $50,000 grant award from the Community Foundation recognizes the vital role of the Community Crisis Fund created by United Way of Central Alabama in response to the current economic crisis. This is just one more way that the Community Foundation and United Way have been vital partners for the past 50 years, including the creation of the UW Food Bank during another severe economic crisis in the 1980s.

Like the Community Foundation’s Housing Stability Fund, UW’s Community Crisis Fund is focusing on needs that arise from the economic downturn. Where the Housing Stability Fund focuses on keeping people in their homes, the Crisis Fund is awarding grants to local nonprofit organizations that serve a variety of needs, including food, shelter, emergency medical transportation, prescription assistance and utility assistance.

Also supporting the Crisis Fund, in addition to the Community Foundation grant, are dollars set aside from United Way’s annual campaign and gifts from individual donors outside of the campaign. So far in 2009, as recently reported in the news, the Crisis Fund has received 23 applications from nonprofit organizations in the five-county area around Birmingham and awarded 14 grants totaling almost $30,000 to the following organizations:Abiding Hope Ministries, Bridge Ministries, Catholic Center of Concern, Cornerstone Life Church of God, Greater Birmingham Ministries, Fellowship House, Hope House, I.N.S.P.I.R.E., Jefferson County Child Development Council, Kid One Transport, Ministry Center at Green Springs, People Development Center, Project People of Walker County and The Salvation Army. To find out more, click here.

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