Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Free Continuing Education, Focus on ADD/ADHD

RE: Free Continuing Education, Focus on ADD/ADHD

WATCH 2010 and Glover Drug are proud to announce that they have worked in collaboration to organize a free educational seminar on ADD/ADHD In Jasper at the CHS Building November 4th at 6:30 p.m.

The speaker for this event is the recognized author and professor of psychology at Lee University, Dr. Heather Quagliana. Dr. Quagliana’s areas of clinical specialty include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), disruptive behavior disorders, childhood trauma, autism, and expressive therapies with children. Dr. Quagliana has presented and published her research in these areas of specialty. A professional with as much experience and expertise as Dr. Quagliana will be a great resource for teachers, parents, and medical workers in Walker County.
The program is scheduled to take place on November 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Health Systems Activity Center (CHS) 204 East 19th Street downtown Jasper.
ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a problem with inattentiveness, over-activity, impulsivity or both. It often goes undiagnosed in young children. It is especially difficult to identify because normal hyperactivity is often characteristic of young children. Jennifer Weathers, an RN at Glover Drug, is responsible for envisioning this educational event. When asked what the chief purpose of it is, she responded saying, “Our primary goal of the event is to provide educators that are in the classrooms with our children information that can help them excel at their jobs.” This program is open to everyone but is specifically tailored to meet the needs of teachers, parents and medical professionals. The specific objectives of this session are to…
• Educate professionals about the symptoms and presentation of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and disruptive behavior problems in children and adolescents

• Identify the neurobiological origins associated with the development of ADHD and further understand the diagnostic issues associated with disruptive behavior problems in children and adolescents

• Discuss current intervention strategies including therapeutic and classroom/school-based interventions

• Understand behavior modification in the treatment of ADHD in multiple contexts

• Emphasize the importance of multidisciplinary approaches in the treatment of ADHD and disruptive behaviors
Glover Drug and WATCH 2010 are hoping to get a large turnout for this program. Hopefully, depending on how this initial seminar goes, there will be several more like it in the future.

Your Contact:
Jennifer Starnes Weathers RN
Glover Drugs
Bus: (205) 304-4485
E-mail: jennifer@gloverdrug.com
Web Page: www.gloverdrugs.com

Will McCollum
AmeriCorps – VISTA / WATCH 2010
Mobile: (205) 302-0001

Monday, October 25, 2010

Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham is announcing a new grantmaking strategy

The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham is announcing a new grantmaking strategy and process for 2011 with a series of meetings to inform you, our nonprofit partners. We want to make sure that our past and prospective grant applicants understand the rationale behind the new strategy and the changes in our process.
We have scheduled informational sessions throughout the five counties we serve as well as two conference calls. Pick your date and place from the list below and complete your online registration through EventBrite.

To prepare for the sessions, please go to http://www.foundationbirmingham.org/results for more information about our new Results Framework, our four targeted results and associated strategies.

Your partnership is so important and we look forward to these meetings with you.
James McCrary, Senior Program Officer

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2010 (lunch provided)
Walker Area Community Foundation
800 West 7th Street
Jasper, AL 35501
12:00-1:30 p.m.

Conference call on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. http://infosession120810.eventbrite.com
Conference call on Monday, Dec. 13, 2010, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. http://infosession121310.eventbrite.com

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

United Way of Central Alabama - Service Opportunity

Good Morning,

Thank you to everyone who has had an opportunity to register to serve as a 2010 United Way Visiting Allocation Team (VAT) volunteer. To date, we have 162 of the 600 volunteers needed by August 20th. If you haven’t registered, please click the link below and take a few minutes to complete the registration form.


We look forward to working with each of you this Fall. Please continue to support our recruitment efforts by placing the aforementioned link on your Facebook page and/or emailing the information below to others who may be interested.

Sonya King
Vice President, Agency Impact



Each year over 600 community volunteers participate in the United Way of Central Alabama’s annual Allocations Process as Visiting Allocation Team (VAT) volunteers. Through this citizen review process, United Way campaign dollars are distributed to partner agencies and initiatives throughout the United Way service area. Ideal volunteers should have a strong desire to make an impact in our community and the flexibility to attend a few week day meetings this Fall.

To register and/or obtain additional details, please visit www.uwca.org. The website provides a full description of the roles and responsibilities of a VAT volunteer, the 2010 Allocation time line, a downloadable recruitment flyer, and our on-line registration form. If additional assistance is needed, please contact Sonya King at 205-458-2063 or via email at vat@uwca.org.

Registration Deadline: August 20, 2010

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Foundation Endowment earns more than $2 million dollars

News Release for Immediate Use
Walker Area Community Foundation
Jasper (Walker County), AL – USA

Foundation Endowment earns more than $2 million dollars
The news is great on the performance of the Foundation’s endowment. At the most recent meeting of the Walker Area Community Foundation the Board of Directors learned from Canterbury Trust Company, that the Foundation’s portfolio has exceeded the benchmarks and performed in the top of its class. The Foundation has earned 27% in the calendar year ending 2009. We started the year at $8,902,413 and ended the year at $ 10,909,980. According to John T. Oliver, Jr., President of the Foundation, “The Community Foundation has weathered the worst economic recession since the 1930’s and has emerged as a strong and vibrant foundation and public charity”.

The investments are strong and the Foundation is healthy and growing. Community contributions have been strong through the economic recession and the basic needs of many of the nonprofits providing essential services have been met by grants from the Foundation’s Community Fund. The Foundation closed out the year with $465,970 of grant monies invested in 63 programs to benefit the people of Walker County and the surrounding area.

The Board is also elated to report that the interior of the Bankhead House & Heritage Center at 800 West Seventh Street is complete. They are especially proud that no money from the endowment (the grant making portion of the Foundation) was used for the restoration. The Board thanked Mr. Oliver for his exceptional service raising private funds to complete this project outside of the normal work and apart from the budget of the Foundation. The $1,050,000 investment in downtown Jasper is a landmark for the Community Foundation as we now have a permanent home for the Heritage, Arts, and nonprofit business of Walker County.

The exterior of the Heritage Center is on track for completion in 2010.

To learn more about the exceptional work of the Community Foundation join with us on May 7, 2010 for our Annual Luncheon. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased by calling (205)302-0001. Congressman Robert Aderholt is the keynote speaker.
# # #
Paul W. Kennedy
Walker Area Community Foundation, Bankhead House & Heritage Center
800 Seventh Street West, Jasper, AL 35501, (205) 302-0001 o, (205) 300-4062 m
pkennedy@wacf.org, www.wacf.org

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

(ADECA) Toolbox for Successful Grants workshop

Anyone interested in grantwriting needs to attend this workshop.
Paul Kennedy

On Tuesday, June 15, 2010, the CEDS Committee will host the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) Toolbox for Successful Grants workshop from 8:30am-12:30pm. Please save the date and spread the word to your respective communities that registration will open up in early May.

Thank you,

Yvonne Murray
Economic Development Specialist
Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham
1731 1st Avenue North, Suite 200
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Main: (205) 251-8139
Direct: (205) 264-8428
Fax: (205) 264-8480

Thursday, March 25, 2010

"Export 101 - How to Achieve Global Success"

"Export 101 - How to Achieve Global Success"
sponsored by the Interstate 22 Alliance (representing Fayette, Franklin, Marion, Lamar, Walker and Winston Counties) in cooperation with Bevill State Community College and the Alabama Development Office Trade Division. This 1 hour workshop is being presented on March 31, 2010 at 1 p.m. at BSCC in Jasper (see attached flyer for details).
Please help disseminate this message and attached flyer to as many businesses, industries and individuals as possible so that we might facilitate learning and expanding of business into new markets and in turn grow jobs in northwest Alabama.


Alabama Strengthening Communities Project

The Walker County Non-Profit Council has been selected to participate in the Alabama Strengthening Communities Project!!!! This group includes those that submitted applications:

The Arc of Walker County (lead applicant)
Capstone Rural Health Center
Celebrate Recovery
Concerned Citizens for Our Youth (Beacon House)
Durrs-Christ Connection
Equines Assisting Special Individuals (EASI)
Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama
Greater Jasper Area Ministerial Association (GJAMA)
Jasper Area Family Services Center
Literacy Council – Walker County Chapter
Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Walker County
Walker Area Community Foundation
Walker County Children’s Policy Council
Walker County Human Society

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

$1 Million to Start Regional Loan Fund For Energy-Saving Measures

February 3, 2010

Riley Awards $1 Million to Start Regional Loan Fund For Energy-Saving Measures

MONTGOMERY— Gov. Bob Riley has awarded a $1 million economic stimulus grant to help businesses and governments in five central Alabama counties make upgrades that save energy and cut utility costs.

The grant, awarded to the St. Clair County Commission, will start the Regional Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan Fund for Bibb, Blount, Chilton, St. Clair and Walker counties. Low-interest loans made through the fund will help local governments and businesses finance energy-saving improvements to their facilities. Utility-bill savings can then be used to repay the loan.

“Increasing the energy efficiency of our buildings is a good investment for taxpayers, Alabama businesses and the environment,” Riley said. “The projects made possible by this cooperative financing effort will pay huge dividends for many years to come.”

Projects eligible for loans include purchase and installation of energy-efficient equipment, windows and doors; installation and use of renewable energy technologies; and projects that reduce environmental waste.

St. Clair County officials estimate that 10-20 loans will be made from the initial funding with more financing available as loans are repaid. The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham will administer the loan fund.

Riley awarded the grant as part of $9.6 million in grants to be awarded under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program. The program helps governments and nonprofit groups improve the energy efficiency of buildings and vehicles, reduce fossil fuel emissions and create or retain jobs.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the award from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

St. Clair County is serving as the chief fiscal agent for the grant. Riley notified Stan Batemon, chairman of the St. Clair County Commission, that the grant had been approved.

Contact: Mike Presley, Larry Childers
For more information, visit: http://www.adeca.alabama.gov/

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

CNS - VISTA Position approved for WACF

The Walker Area Community Foundation has just received authorization to bring on a fifth VISTA. We are looking for a talented, highly motivated individual to assist in the development of greater capacity in the Walker County Area. If you or someone you know is interested in one year of service (with some benefits beyond the exceptional experience they will receive), please call me ASAP.

For more information on the Program, eledigibility, etc, check out the link to the CNS website at:http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/programs/americorps_vista.asp

Monday, March 15, 2010

Sherer Family Foundation Fund established at WACF

Press Release - For Immediate Use
Walker County - Jasper, Alabama, USA

We are pleased to announce the establishment of the Sherer Family Foundation Fund as a component fund of the Walker Area Community Foundation in Jasper, Alabama.
Endowed by Dr. and Mrs Jerald M. Sherer of Jasper, Alabama, the fund will be dedicated to support the aesthetic enhancement of our city and surrounding areas.

Community Foundation President John T. Oliver, Jr. said "An endowed fund is a lasting legacy that addresses the needs of today and the challenges of tomorrow. We are very grateful to the Sherer Family for the trust they have placed in the Foundation. By establishing this very generous Designated Fund, the Sherer's are enabling improvements and benefits for our community for generations to come."
This fund is the latest to be established under the Community Foundation's portfolio.

For more information on the Walker Area Community Foundation, its funds and Programs, please contact our staff at (205) 302-0001 or visit us on the web at www.wacf.org

Paul Kennedy
Executive Director
(205) 302-0001 w
(205) 302-0424 f
(205) 300-4062 m

Monday, February 22, 2010

Walker Area Community Foundation Grant Applications Available

Press Release for Immediate Use
February 22, 2010

Jasper, AL

Walker Area Community Foundation Grant Applications Available

The Walker Area Community Foundation announces its Spring Grant Cycle. Grant applications are available for 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organizations only. Applications are due no later than March 1, 2010. If you applied for a grant in September of 2009, you must wait until September 1, 2010 to apply again. To review our grant guidelines, please visit our website www.wacf.org.

Paul W. Kennedy
Job Title: Executive Director
Company: Walker Area Community Foundation
POB 171
Jasper, AL 35502-0171
Bankhead House & Heritage Center
800 Seventh Street West
Jasper, AL 35501
Bus: (205) 302-0001
Bus Fax: (205) 302-0424
E-mail: pkennedy@wacf.org

Monday, January 11, 2010

Dramatic Performance opportunity - Walker County

Dear Educators:
The WACF gave a grant to the UAB Children’s Theater to bring live dramatic performances to students in Walker County. We have 3 performance openings yet to be booked. Below are the schools that have booked performances and at the bottom are the dates and shows that are available. Please distribute this widely and encourage your schools to make use of this offer. Your point of contact for all of the details is:
Melissa "Mel" Christian
Program Manager
Theater UAB
ASC 257
1530 3rd Avenue South
Birmingham AL 35294-1263
Bus: (205) 934-3237 dir
Bus 2: (205) 934-3236
Bus Fax: (205) 934-8076
E-mail: cmel@uab.edu
Web Page: http://theatre.hum.uab.edu/

Walker Area Foundation Grant Funded Performances

# Shows Booked
1 Oct 31 Amazing Traveling Aesop Show 1:00pm
1 Jan 15 Amazing Traveling Aesop Show 1:30pm
1 Feb 26 Kids on The Block Bullies & School Safety 1:30PM
1 Feb 26 The Women of Shakespeare 1:00pm
1 April 2 The Women of Shakespeare 10:00AM
1 April 23 Amazing Traveling Aesop Show 9:00am
1 April 23 Amazing Traveling Aesop Show 1:00pm

To book 12 we still need to book three more.
I have dates available for the following:
Friday, Feb 12 Kids on the Block 10am or 1pm
Friday, Feb 19 Kids on the Block 10am or 1pm
Friday, Mar 19 Kids on the Block 10am or 1pm
Friday, Mar 19 Shakespeare Ensemble 10am or 1pm
Friday, Mar 26 Kids on the Block 10am
Friday, Apr 2 Shakespeare Ensemble 1pm
Friday, Apr 2 Kids on the Block 10am or 1pm
Friday, Apr 2 Aesop 10am or 1pm
Friday, Apr 16 Shakespeare Ensemble 10am or 1pm
Friday, Apr 16 Kids on the Block 10am or 1pm
Friday, Apr 23 Shakespeare Ensemble 10am or 1pm
Friday, Apr 23 Kids on the Block 10am or 1pm