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November 2, 2012

United Way receives $25,000 from CCCDC

CULLMAN — At a time when donations have decreased, United Way of Cullman County got a big boost from one local organization recently.

During the Cullman County Community Development Commission’s monthly meeting, a grant in the amount of $25,000 was awarded to United Way to help with the funding of more than a dozen non-profit agencies.

“Donations have decreased, while the needs have increased,” Kasey Kearce, Executive Director of United Way of Cullman County said. “We’re extremely grateful to the commission for the maximum grant funding allowed to help the people of Cullman County. It will go a long way, from food to shelter.”

Because they are a non-profit, United Way depends heavily on donations from the community through company payroll deductions at their place of work. Other donations come during the organization’s fundraiser season, which runs from September to December. This is the first time, Kearce said, they’ve taken advantage of what the CCCDC has to offer.

“This is a new avenue of revenue we tried so that we can be able to help fund our partnering agencies,” she said.

In addition to United Way of Cullman, three other organizations also received grant money.

Fairview School was awarded $12,500 to help improve the sewer system. Meanwhile Walter Fire Department was given $9,750.00 for work on their station. Bethsadia Fire Department received $4,523.45 to buy equipment for their station.

The CCCDC was created through a House bill passed in the Alabama Legislature in 2009. According to an Alabama statue passed in 2006, all counties who receive certain monies were required to pass local legislation to distribute it. The TVA money in question accounts for an extra three percent added to the 75 percent of funding north Alabama counties receive from TVA’s annual in-lieu-of-taxes payment to the state. The three percent is paid only to dry counties that are TVA customers.

As stipulated in the bill, 50 percent of the alcohol money is automatically dispersed among the municipalities based on population.

The next CCCDC meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 27 at the United Way building  located at 304 1st Ave. NE.

Ashley Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131, ext. 225, or by email at agraves@cullmantimes.com

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