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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.

This year, the Wiregrass Foundation decided to match our Be The One theme and will award $411,111 if the Wiregrass United Way reached its goal of $2,811,111.11! 

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.

2017 Wiregrass Foundation Challenge Grant recipients:

Agency Requested Item Amount
Alfred Saliba Family Services Center 15 terminals for computer lab $7,419
Boys & Girls Club of Lake Eufaula Playground equipment for Abbeville Club $17,000
Boys & Girls Club of Ozark Mini Bus $37,000
Boys & Girls Club of Ozark Storage Building $4,845
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Wiregrass Shade structure for playground area $18,000
Catholic Social Services Replace old carpet and vinyl with commercial vinyl tiles $1,493
Dothan-Houston County Substance Abuse Partnership 8 laminate bookcases $2,581
East Geneva County Senior Citizens Center Chairs $2,000
Enterprise Public Library New carpet (flooring) $3,000
Enterprise School Health Services 1100 Ophthalmic Telebinocular Vision Screener Machine $1,500
Enterprise YMCA Fitness Center, Silver Sneakers & Afterschool Camp upgrades $7,599
Eufaula District Association Day Care Laptops and case for each classroom $4,500
Eufaula District Association Day Care Carpet replacement $7,000
Eufaula District Association Day Care Window (11) and Door (15) replacements $5,500
Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention Enclose screened porch area/repair education building $16,000
Family Services Center of Coffee County 6 desktop computers $6,090
Family Services Center of Coffee County Telephones $550
Family Services Center of Coffee County Expandable conference tables $2,365
Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama 2 cabins for Camp Humming Hills $4,631
Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama Zip line course at Camp Humming Hills $2,795
Girls Inc. of Dothan Exhaust fan for cooking room $2,800
Girls Inc. of Dothan 15 passenger van $23,396
Mary Hill Family Services Center Replacement of heating and cooling compressor $11,579
Southeast Alabama Youth Services, Inc. Repair and resurface basketball court $2,000
SpectraCare Health Systems, Inc. 15 passenger bus - Henry County Day Treatment $38,000
SpectraCare Health Systems, Inc. 15 passenger bus - Dale County Day Treatment $38,000
The Salvation Army Community center windows $11,500
The Salvation Army Replace seating in community center $5,000
Vaughn-Blumberg Services 15 passenger wheelchair equipped modified bus $49,000
Vaughn-Blumberg Services Air conditioner $11,000
Vaughn-Blumberg Services Greenhouse repairs $17,800
Vivian B. Adams School Shade cloth $11,500
Vivian B. Adams School 50 chairs and 15 tables for cafeteria $4,000
Wiregrass Angel House Laptop for dog program $800
Wiregrass Area Food Bank Replace electrical for warehouse lighting $14,920
Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity Handicap accessible ramp for new location $2,500
Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center, Inc. Kitchen upgrades $10,724
Wiregrass  2-1-1 Call center phone system $4,295
Wiregrass 2-1-1 2 computers and weather radio for call center $879