Cawaco Provides Funding for Household Hazardous Waste Day

On April 26, beginning at 8AM, there will be a household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at McClendon Park at Legion Field. Address: 400 Graymont Ave. West, Birmingham AL

This collection day will assist the public in the responsible disposal of hazardous items such as:

  • Paint
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Electronics
  • Refrigerators
  • Batteries
  • Ammunition
  • Appliances
  • Motor Oil

More information can be found here

Grants for job and leadership skills

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Approximately $73M in YouthBuild grants to help disadvantaged youth
develop job and leadership skills made available by US Labor Department.

If you are a non-profit or municipality and lack staff or resources to apply for federal grants, call us! We can help to write and administer your grants for a small fee.

To find out more about this grant opportunity, click here

Spring Clean Up!

2014 “Don’t Drop it on Alabama”
PALS Spring Cleanup
May 3, 2014

OAK GROVE High School Spring Clean Up- Saturday, March 1- Learn more about the Oak Grove cleanup here.

This Spring Cleanup targets household trash, litter and debris that will easily fit into the bags provided. Target areas include common areas throughout neighborhoods and communities; roadways and creek banks; and roadside ditches and storm drains.
Alabama PALS (People Against a Littered State): PALS is a statewide non- profit 501C3 organization whose mission is working with Alabama communities to promote a cleaner and healthier Alabama. The programs are designed to assist cities, counties, schools and communities by providing programs that address litter prevention, cleanup and litter control.
Sponsors: Honda Manufacturing is the title sponsor for the PALS Spring Cleanup. Other financial support comes from ALDOT, ALFA, Vulcan Materials, Alabama Farmers’ Cooperative and several others.
Event Information:
The Spring Cleanup event will take place Saturday, May 3. Residents will meet at a central location in the community and clean up along the roadways and throughout the community. Bags of debris will be placed at roadway intersections designated in the community.
Materials: Free trash bags and media kits will be provided to Jefferson County Communities/Organizations interested in participating in this Spring Cleanup event. Each community will select a coordinator for this Spring Cleanup who will be responsible for picking up materials and reporting results. A few weeks prior to the cleanup, materials can be picked up from the County’s Storm Water Management Department (Jefferson County Courthouse, Room B-210 716 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd., N., 35203).
Results Reporting: On the completion of the event the Community Coordinators will need to submit in the following: Volunteer sign in sheet Target areas for cleanup (roadways and community areas) Digital photographs (registration table, volunteers, bags of debris Number of bags collected
To Register Your Community: Storm Water Management Department will coordinate the AL PALS Spring Cleanup with the local communities and organizations in Jefferson County. We need to hear from you by March 5, 2014. Email Hana Burwinkle, burwinklej@jccal.org or call 205-325-8741for more information.
Community coordinators will be responsible for obtaining and distributing materials, as well as coordinating volunteers. At the conclusion of the Spring Cleanup, community coordinators will be responsible for providing the results.

 

FREE SEEDS FOR COMMUNITY AND SCHOOL GARDENS IN ALABAMA

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Seeds (1)Cawaco has vegetable seeds to DONATE to school and community gardens! In order to receive seeds, please follow these directions:

PLEASE EMAIL THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO Patti Pennington @ grantfunds@live.com :

· GARDEN SIZE
· GARDEN LOCATION
· # OF VOLUNTEERS
· CONTACT PERSON
· PURPOSE OF GARDEN (COMMUNITY NEED, EDUCATION, ETC.)
· WHO GETS THE PRODUCE AFTER HARVEST?
· WHAT TYPES OF SEEDS DO YOU PREFER?

*** PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL TRY TO GET YOU THE SEEDS YOU REQUEST BUT IT MAY NOT BE POSSIBLE**

IF YOU INTEND TO DISTRIBUTE THEM TO OTHER COMMUNITY GARDENS, PLEASE PROVIDE A LIST FOR OUR RECORDS.

TREE GIVEAWAYS IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

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The Forestry Commission and Arbor Day Foundation are hosting tree giveaways in an effort to heal the wounds of tornado-ravaged areas. 18 north Alabama communities will receive a total of 25,000 trees during February, in an effort to support recovery and help restore the tree-lined streets, shaded parks, and beautiful neighborhoods of the state that were damaged by the April 2011 tornados. This is in addition to the 60,000 trees the campaign has already delivered in the large-scale, multi-year initiative launched jointly in 2012 as a partnership between the Alabama Forestry Commission and the Arbor Day Foundation.
The specified locations for this year’s tree distributions include the following 18 communities: Argo, Birmingham, Blountsville, Clay, Fairfield, Forkland, Fultondale, Geiger, Henagar, Irondale, Midfield, Moody, Myrtlewood, Pinson, Rainsville, Sylvania, Vestavia Hills, and Woodstock.
While the cleanup and rebuilding will continue for years to come, all Americans still have the chance to support the Alabama Tree Recovery Campaign and help in the healing process by making an online donation at www.arborday.org/Alabama. For every dollar in donations, the Arbor Day Foundation, in coordination with the Alabama Forestry Commission, will deliver a tree for distribution to Alabamians affected by the devastating tornados.
 
More information on the sites of these giveaways and the types of trees available can be found HERE.

Board Member Spotlight

BOARD MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

ALLAN LOWE

Shelby County Member At-Large

 Allan Lowe is our At- Large member from Shelby County, and is Shelby County’s representative on the Cawaco Grant Committee. He is owner of Lowe Insurance Agency and also Associate Broker with Lowe and Associates Realty, Inc.

Allan Lowe, At-Large Member for Shelby County, says, “I can't name all the projects that were accomplished through the direct involvement, and funding, by CAWACO.  Local schools, businesses, ecological and agrarian organizations have all benefited tremendously.”

Allan Lowe, At-Large Member for Shelby County, says, “I can’t name all the projects that were accomplished through the direct involvement, and funding, by CAWACO. Local schools, businesses, ecological and agrarian organizations have all benefited tremendouslyand also Associate Broker with Lowe and Associates Realty, Inc.

Allan tells me he originally went into the insurance sales career because he had just returned from a military tour in Southwest Asia during Operation Desert Shield/Storm, and was tired of being in the sun and the sand and the dust storms in the Middle East.  He figured it might be nice to wear a suit and learn something new, so he accepted an offer to become an agent with Nationwide Insurance.  He’s been an agent since 1992, and says he’s grown to see the value in being there to help people through tough times in their lives.

Allan has been a Cawaco board member since 2006. Cawaco needed an at-large member and although Allan was the Mayor of Columbiana at that time, he found time to serve on the Cawaco Council.

When I asked him what was his favorite project Cawaco has helped with in his area, he replied, “I can’t name all the projects that were accomplished through the direct involvement, and funding, by CAWACO.  Local schools, businesses, ecological and agrarian organizations have all benefited tremendously.”

Since retiring from the military, he has had the time to go back to woodworking, a hobby he’s loved since his first days in Woodshop at Shelby County High School. “ I never did drugs, so I don’t know what kind of high you get from them, but I can’t imagine getting a better feeling than I get from woodworking.” He says.

When I asked if there was anything else he would like to share, he said, “I am a proud graduate of Auburn University!”

Board Member Spotlight

BOARD MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
SHEILA BAKER
Jefferson County Member At- Large

Jefferson County Member At- Large, Sheila Baker says she would like to see Cawaco become more self-sufficient.

Jefferson County Member At- Large, Sheila Baker says she would like to see Cawaco become more self-sufficient.

Board member Sheila Baker was raised in Bridgeport, CT and went to school at
UAB. She currently resides in Birmingham. Like many of us, she moved here to be
closer to her family.
When I asked Sheila what she likes most about Alabama, she replied, “I like the
feeling of being home. I love that the signs upon entering the state say, Welcome
to Alabama the Beautiful. I could go on and on about this. The land is beautiful,
whether it be rivers, farm land, the mountains, awesome beaches or the inner city
streets. I also love how communities come together in the spirit of doing what is in
the best interest for our communities.”
The only things Shelia doesn’t like about Alabama: Too many tornadoes and not
enough snow.
Sheila is employed as a Social Worker with Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging.
She says she enjoys her job because she helps people become self-sufficient by
empowering them.
Sheila has been on the Cawaco Board since 2007, when working in the same
building with the Cawaco staff, she became intrigued by RC&D. RC&D, she
realized, went hand in hand with her own beliefs of self-empowerment. She is
most appreciative of the Cawaco project that helped to bridge the digital divided
between seniors and the rest of their community. “It is awesome to see seniors
using the internet to keep in contact with their families, receive and sending
pictures of grandkids and great-grandkids or to complete a job application on-line.”
she said. One thing that Sheila finds disturbing is the lack of healthy food choices
for the elderly and lower-income individuals. “If healthy foods were affordable,
people would be more inclined to eat healthy. But how many can realistically
afford to eat healthy when the cost is so much greater than purchasing cheaper,
processed food?”
When I asked her what she would like to see Cawaco do, she said “I would like to
see Cawaco become completely self-sufficient. I envision us as having income that
is generated for our community projects earned by ventures from us. I know it’s
good business sense and in my heart of hearts I know we will make this great
achievement especially with the leadership that we have in the Staff and our Board
Members.”
Among Sheila’s many hobbies and interests, she enjoys reading, cooking and
traveling