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Small Business Relief Fund

The CFWA partnered with the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Tuscaloosa to aid the small business community during the pandemic and subsequent shut down related to the COVID-19 virus.  All total about 300 businesses in West Alabama received $1.25 Million.  These funds were directed at the small businesses to help bridge the gap until additional help arrived from the State and Federal government.  We have a wonderful community!

CFWA Celebrates 20 Years

Some of the directors for the CFWA are shown at a recent event.  The CFWA turns 20 this year.  There have been many wonderful directors and others who have contributed so much to our success.  As we turn 20 years old, we are nearing a milestone of $20 Million contributed to the needs in West Alabama.  Thank you for your wonderful support!

2019 Education Grant Recipients

These educators were presented funding for various projects: Julie Reid – Myrtlewood, Kristi Elmore – Maxwell, Laura Bailey – Verner; Georgia Tidwell – Westlawn, Misty Turner – Westwood, Alicia Bynum – Walker and Kathy Perkins – Verner.

Fall Grant Recipients

The Fall Grant Recipients front row: Kevin Croom of the Croom Foundation, Amy Echols and Exa Skinner of Kentuck, Pam Jones of Tuscaloosa Safe Center, Rhonda McDavid of Camp Seale Harris, Judy Watkins with Heritage Learning Center, and Roland Lewis of the Boy Scouts. Back row is Debbie Glass of Arts and Autism, Becci Hauser of Eagles Wings, and Carla Harris of Junior Achievement.

Scholarship Winner

Samantha Jones of Tuscaloosa County High School is the 2019 recipient of the Pat Faucett Scholarship. The scholarship is for $6,000 per year for up to 4 years. Samantha is shown with Glenn Taylor and Sam Faucett.

Restoration Springs

The Will Bright Foundation and Restoration Springs is one of many good works in West Alabama.  It is located in Fayette and under the oversight of resident manager Mike Emmanuel.  Glenn is picture with Mike at the recent Southeast Fiddle Championship in Fayette.

The Community Foundation of West Alabama has issued a grant of $10,000 from its Disaster Recovery Fund to the East Alabama Community Foundation to help with the recovery efforts in Lee County.  “Tuscaloosa remembers all too well the storms of April 2011,” commented Glenn Taylor, President of the CFWA. “When that tornado ravaged our community, our peer institutions from around the country rallied to our aid. This is the least we can do to help our friends in Lee County.”

Glenn, Mary Bess, Cynthia, and Claude met to discuss the grant.

Area Teachers

Glenn is pictured with former students from his days in education.  Angie Fuller Morrison is a former student at Tuscaloosa County High School.  Samantha Logan Harbin and Alicia Edmundson Bynum both graduated from Northside High School.  They are all serving as teachers in our area.

Fall Grant Recipients

These organizations received funding through the CFWA Fall Grant Cycle:   Hayse Boyd with the West Alabama Heritage Learning Center, Kim Turner of Boys and Girls Club, Misty Moon of Catholic Social Services, Lisa Maddox of Child Abuse Prevention, Holly Morgan of UA, Jim Medley of Kings Home, and Matt Holdbrooks of Kid One Transport.

Education Grant Recipients

Teachers from the Tuscaloosa City and County Schools receiving grants in the Fall Grant Cycle are Stephanie Hamilton, Eva Vest, Lori McGill, Kathy Perkins, Georgia Tidwell, Allison Wright, Julie Reid, Alicia Bynum, and Samantha Harbin.