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Wiregrass Foundation Challenge Grant

Each year, the Wiregrass Foundation has made a Challenge Grant pledge to the Wiregrass United Way--if we reached our yearly fundraising goal, they will award the WUW with an additional $400,000 to give to our agencies. The Wiregrass Foundation Challenge Grant money is used by our agencies to fund capital improvement items & projects such as building renovations, facility maintenance equipment, technology upgrades, furniture and linens for shelters, food service equipment, telephone systems, handicap accessible doors, medical equipment, etc. This grant money does not replace the monthly allocations our agencies receive on a monthly basis thanks to the generosity of our donors - this is in a sense, "bonus money" they can use to make improvements at their respective agencies. Agencies submit a list of "wish list" projects each year and the Funds Distribution Committees made up of volunteers from each of the six WUW counties visit with each one of our agencies and decide which projects to recommend to the Wiregrass Foundation Board of Directors for final funding approval.

Upon reaching the $2,840,000 goal for the 2017-18 WUW campaign, the Wiregrass Foundation once again awarded the WUW $400,000 in Challenge Grant funds. 

Special thanks to our campaign chairs, boards, loaned executives, agencies, campaign coordinators and everyone else who played a role in securing this grant for our community.

2018 Wiregrass Foundation Challenge Grant recipients:

Agency Requested Item Amount
Boy Scouts of America Camp Alaflo Health Lodge Renovation $20,000
Boys & Girls Club of Abbeville Swing set, merry go round and awning for Abbeville playground $16,349
Boys & Girls Club of Ozark Commercial size warner and cooler $4,500
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Wiregrass Create bus lane $56,511
Christian Mission Centers, Inc. Renovation of Men's Bathroom $18,000
Coffee County Family Services Center Office furniture $4,800
Dothan-Houston County Substance Abuse Partnership 3 desktop bundles $3,147
East Geneva County Senior Citizens Center New laptop office computer $700
Enterprise YMCA Gymnasium floor project $15,900
Eufaula District Association Day Care Total playground renovation and safety fence replacement $25,000
Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention Office repairs (door, insulation, windows, baseboards) $2,000
Girls Inc. of Dothan Paging system & security keyless door panels $6,875
Southeast Alabama Youth Services, Inc. Kitchen Renovations $15,000
Spectra Care Health Systems, Inc. 15 Passenger Bus - Barbour & Henry  Counties $38,000
SpectraCare Health Systems, Inc. Roof Replacement - Court Referral Office $40,000
The Salvation Army of Dothan Roof for Community Center $15,000
The Salvation Army of Dothan Security System $5,000
The Salvation Army of Dothan Fence $4,000
Vaughn-Blumberg Services Air Conditioner $7,000
Vivian B. Adams School Mini Bus $55,000
Wiregrass 2-1-1 2-1-1 Call Center Technical Equipment $828
Wiregrass 2-1-1 2-1-1 Call Specialist Computer Chairs $690
Wiregrass Angel House Pet grooming tub and table $1,700
Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center, Inc. Commercial Laundry Equipment $44,000