February 23, 2022

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Good works

Cadence Bank said its Cadence Bank Foundation has made a $50,000 contribution to Urban Hope Development, supporting the organization’s mission to educate and enrich the lives of at-risk students from low-income communities.

Faith Chapel, in partnership with the Birmingham Urban League, established a $50,000 fund to assist JCCEO employees affected by recent layoffs.

The Sugar Plum Shop, presented by Regions Bank, was open at Children’s of Alabama for in-patients and their families who spent the holidays in the hospital.

Prosper is partnering with Vista Equity Partners, Boston Consulting Group, PayPal, the Walton Family Foundation and community leaders to launch the Southern Communities Initiative.

Cahaba River Society created the Gordon Black Legacy Fund in honor of retiring education director Gordon Black.

Dunkin’ teamed up with the American Red Cross to provide 18,000 vouchers for Red Cross blood and platelet donors in four states, including Alabama.

Birmingham AIDS Outreach Inc. (Blount, Cullman, Jefferson, Madison, St. Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa and Walker counties) is receiving $145,000 to provide referrals, emotional or safety services and assistance with compensation claims. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the agency’s grant from funds made available to Alabama by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded grants totaling $6.8 million to help provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault as well as training and resources to local law enforcement and nonprofit agencies. In the metro area, the following agencies received funds: SafeHouse of Shelby County Inc. (Chilton, Clay, Coosa, Shelby) got three grants totaling $868,504; King’s Home (Jefferson, Shelby) got $480,960; SAN Inc., better known as Turning Point (Bibb, Fayette, Hale, Lamar, Pickens, Tuscaloosa) got $50,908; Family Resource Center of Northwest Alabama Inc. (Walker) got $27,448; Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (Blount, Cullman, DeKalb, Jefferson, Marshall, St. Clair, Shelby, Walker) got $92,377; and Crisis Center Inc. (Blount, Jefferson, St. Clair, Walker) got $496,000.

Applications for Birmingham Promise scholarships are open for seniors in Birmingham City Schools who will start college next fall.

Birmingham Mayor Randall L. Woodfin has appointed two new board members to the Birmingham Sister Cities CommissionSonja Smith serves as a board member of the Birmingham City Schools serving District 8 and program manager for UAB’s Lifespan Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center. Damon Treadwell is owner of Mobile Luxury and Auto Broker. Their appointments began Jan. 1 and will continue through January 2025, with an option to be considered for a second term.

In 2021, RangeWater offices, including one in the metro, collected over 11,000 school supply kits for local schools. The Dress for Success campaign collected 4,114 pieces of job interview clothing for women with half of those items to Birmingham Nonprofit Morgan’s Closet in Woodlawn. The company promoted National Volunteer Month in April, which resulted in 1,015,000 meals from financial donations to local food banks. The 2021 Food-A-Thon resulted in cutting a check for $175,000, and more than $16,000 was raised for Leukemia and Lymphoma SocietyImpact Foundation gave its first grant of $15,000 to Morgan’s Closet.

Proceeds from Village Dermatology’s annual Botox & Bingo went to The WellHouse.

The Birmingham Career Center held a mobile job registration event at the Springville Road Regional LibraryTitusville Library hosted a community food/diaper giveaway in January.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is operating a Business Recovery Center at the Hoover Recreation Center to provide Alabama businesses with one-on-one assistance in submitting a disaster loan application if they were impacted by the severe storms and flooding on Oct. 6-7.

The Regenerate Society launched its 2022 season in January.

The Lettermen of the USA One Yard at a Time Gala is scheduled for March 11. Eli Gold, the voice of the Crimson Tide, will be the athletic honoree. The military honoree will be retired U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Willie Williams.

The Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities and Fowler Davis LLC have created a public awareness campaign that includes a general awareness video and five animated videos to help combat sex trafficking.

Signature Homes donated 43 acres along the Cahaba River to the city of Hoover for land conservation.

CREATE Birmingham’s Winter 2022 cohort began Feb. 7 and will meet every week for 10 weeks.

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