Susan Moore Fire & Rescue received a grant to purchase fire hoses. The old hoses were old, out of date and too damaged to pass testing.

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The Foundry received a grant from Cawaco to purchase a meat slicer and range to support their employment readiness program. Program participants receive foodservice training which will allow them to be employable when they complete their program at The Foundry.

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Cawaco happily supports Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama in its efforts to keep seniors safe.

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This is a perfect time to plan and plant your garden!

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The 2021 Cawaco Grant Application is available until July 1. Remember, if you currently have an open grant with us, you are not eligible to apply!

https://www.cognitoforms.com/CawacoRCD/_2021CawacoGrantApplication

While we are currently in a flood and not thinking of water retention, this technique has multiple benefits, including good drainage, moisture retention and weed reduction. The best tomatoes are grown in straw bales, or have bales between them!

Do you live, work or worship in the Shades Creek Watershed? Are you concerned about the creek, or perhaps would like more access to the creek. Maybe it is polluted? If you have concerns, please attend one of 2 Open Houses. You can come at any time during the open house to voice concerns and share your vision of what you'd like to see happen in the future along the creek!

SAVE THE TREES! Here’s a great article about Francesca Gross and the Nature Conservancy initiative to study the Birmingham tree canopy and plant more green areas!

Chestnut Creek Heritage Chapel receives Cawaco grant.

Are you a teacher or parent looking for educational resources and activities for children k-5? Check out our Wacky Water Book. It is full of fun facts and activities and free to download.

Learn more about building the kind of community you want to live in!

Thanks to a Cawaco grant, the Allgood Fire Department now has a CERT trailer.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
Allgood will use the trailer to educated emergency responders throughout the county.
Cawaco would like to thank all first responders for their service and acknowledge Senator Shellnut and Representative Standridge for their support of our work and the communities of Blount County.

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FRAUD ALERT !!!! Cawaco has been made aware that someone has been representing themselves as a “granting attorney” for Cawaco. Cawaco does not make grants to individuals and does not have a “granting attorney”. Do not click on any links or send any money. If you are contacted by this individual, report them to the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov under “File a Consumer Complaint” and choose “Rip-offs and Imposter Scams”.

WE GOT A NEW LOGO!!
Cawaco (Cuh-Wah-CO) has often considered a name change, but one reason we haven't done it is because the name makes us easy to search! Now we have a new logo that we hope helps identify us as one of nine RC&D Councils in the state, and one of hundreds in the country. We are part of the State Association of RC&D Councils, one of the strongest councils in the Southeastern Association, and part of a National Association. If you are not in one of our counties, there IS a Council in your area!

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Cawaco works with local leadership to put projects on the ground in Alabama!

Check out this story about one of our favorite educators, Turkey Creek Nature Preserve manager Charles Yeager! Do you visit TCNP? If so, make sure to make a donation! It is not a state park and the city doesn’t pay for its management.

Another Cawaco project in the news!

We are SO PROUD to announce that Cawaco member Sheila Baker was chosen to win the Southeastern RC&D award for Board Member of the year!
We met Sheila Baker in the mid-2000’s, and approached her about becoming a Council Member. She was working for a Senior Service organization in Birmingham. She was delighted to serve, and has been an active and dedicated Board Member for at least 10 years. Sheila has always been involved in community improvement and social services, and has connected our council to many underserved, inner-city members and organizations throughout the Council area, and at times, beyond it.
Sheila rarely misses a Council meeting and if she does, she always tells us she will not be in attendance, and why. She attends every state board meeting possible, participates in board member trainings, and attends Southeastern as well as State Association annual meetings. She always volunteers or offers to help during meetings. Sheila serves on the Cawaco grant committee and carefully reads each application, often requesting further information before grading a grant. Sheila asks questions before making a decision.
Sheila actively seeks to connect Cawaco with organizations and projects in the area that affect the “invisible” members of society, whether they be handicapped, elderly, or disabled veterans. Sheila is one of the few Board Members who will tell others about the services Cawaco can provide them, and has been instrumental in establishing partnerships and projects with these organizations. Sheila has connected Cawaco with community gardens, women’s shelters, girl’s homes and the local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans. She has supported and created programs to teach seniors computer and job skills.
Sheila Baker is the only Cawaco Board Member who invested $100 in the Council and challenged the other Board members to contribute.
Sheila asks questions during meetings and reads the meeting documents and board policies prior to meetings; shares her knowledge of RC&D with everyone she meets; and is active in the State Association. Sheila demonstrates unwavering dedication and endlessly promotes the values of RC&D, and strengthens the State Association and the Southeast Association by providing diversity and identifying projects in areas we would not be able to access.

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Our latest Newsletter and 2019 list of all funded projects!

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Great stuff happening in Walker County!

We are proud to help M4A provide the training tools so first responders can provide the best care for citizens with dementia.

Want to be part of a Statewide Mural Trail?

Let us know about your community murals today!

The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development (UACED) wants to know about your community murals. We are in the process of creating a statewide mural trail and our first step is inventorying all existing murals in Alabama. After we have a good inventory of the existing ones we will then begin taking suggestions for locations for new ones! Deadline extended to August 16. If you have already submitted mural information please do not resubmit.

For more information contact:
Candace Johnson, 205-348-8338 or candace.c.johnson@ua.edu

https://www.uaced.ua.edu/mural.html

Thank a teacher

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have you ever heard about Camp Fletcher? It is a scout camp located in Bessemer, that was founded by the first African American Nurse in Alabama. We helped them get this sign so people will never forget the history of Camp Fletcher, or the great woman who founded it.

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We are always happy to support environmental education in Alabama! A big shout out to Charles Yeager and the spectacular job he does at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, as a manager and as an educator.

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We are proud to support the agencies that protect and serve our communities. Many thanks to Rosa,Susan Moore, Allgood and the City of Oneonta for doing what it takes to keep their citizens (and first responders) safe.
One of these grants paid for heat-sensing cameras for the Oneonta Department if Public Safety, where the fire department shares the cameras with law enforcement. The cameras bring another level of “seeing”- whether it be to check a car seat to determine if an accident victim was ejected, to being able to detect footprints of a wandering child- this technology saves lives. One grant paid to help train EMT’s; another bought necessary equipment to lift trauma patients. All of these funds serve the public and save lives.
Without the support of local legislators, the funds would not exist for these projects. So we greatly value the local leadership in Blount County! Senators Shedd and Shellnut and Representative Standridge stay active and aware of needs in their districts.
We also want to make sure the gear our local heroes wear keeps them safe. We appreciate the brave first responders! Remember to thank an officer or a firefighter for what they do!

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BASIC sports and academic program’s objective is to close the learning loss gap through reading and math instruction in an environment that is friendly, fun, and actively engaging. BASIC is dedicated to improving student learning, creating positive relationships with peers, and increasing their self-esteem, self-confidence, and physical activities.
Cawaco is a proud supporter of this very successful program!

We are currently visiting projects! Here are some gardens that we supported through the free seed delivery and soil program. If you’d like to highlight your project on Facebook, call us! 205.623.0457

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The Smith Lake Civic Association coordinates cleanups and installs fish habitats around the lake. On June 20, members spent the day creating and installing structures made from bamboo, that fish will use for shelter and spawning purposes. Cawaco is proud to support this project!

The Smith Lake Civic Association coordinates cleanups and installs fish habitats around the lake. On June 20, members spent the day creating and installing structures made from bamboo, that fish will use for shelter and spawning purposes. Cawaco is proud to support this project!

Posted by Cawaco RC&D on Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Very excited to attend the Kings Bend canoe launch official opening yesterday! This was a long term project that is a benefit to Cleveland residents and all of Blount County!

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ANNOUNCEMENT!!
Cawaco Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc. is seeking grant applications for the 2020 Challenge and Educational Grant Programs in Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, Shelby and Walker Counties of Central Alabama.

Qualifying applicants must be a non-profit residing in one of the above qualifying counties. More information about Cawaco can be accessed at www.cawaco.org, or by contacting the Programs Manager, Patti Pennington @ 205-623-0457 or grantfunds@live.com.

Applications are available online: https://www.cognitoforms.com/CawacoRCD/_2020CawacoGrantApplication


Proposals must be received prior to July 1, 2019

Bluff Park Elementary Project - Purchased 2 Zipgrow Farm walls and mounted them in a high traffic area next to the gym and cafeteria. They also purchased a portable tower garden along with books (related to gardening to be added to the Literacy Makerspace that CAWACO previously funded), growing supplies and some materials and items for students to cook with the produce grown.
According to Ms. Katie Collins, the powerhouse behind this project:
"The students used hydroponics in all areas of the curriculum. Hydroponics served as a springboard for deeper learning. Here is a video of an experience with hydroponics from one class' perspective. Please note that this is only one class' experience and that the funding that you have provided has reached an entire school-wide population."

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Here is a video the students of Bluff Park Elementary made that highlights what they've learned in Ms. Katie Collins class. THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT!!

Littering isn't cool but this PSA is!

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Thanks to Cawaco RC&D’s sponsorship of the Birmingham Schools Conservation Partnership, close to 80 students had the opportunity to walk through the Discovery Hall at the NaturePlex, and get up close to the gigantic rat snake coiled
tightly under tree bark; a sly snapping turtle lurking in the water; tree frogs clinging to branches; and a variety of other native reptiles and amphibians.

https://cawaco.org/mdocs-posts/a-field-trip-to-the-natureplex/

A BLAST from the PAST! Check out this presentation about the stream restoration we managed on Town Creek in Jasper way back in 2009.

We attended a special event in Shelby County last week! Little graduates received their diplomas!

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) is a home-based, parent involvement program that brings early learning educational materials into the homes of those most at risk because of poverty, parents' limited education, and social isolation. It teaches parents as well as children.
A grant from Cawaco made it possible to expand the program by purchasing curriculum.
This curriculum was used to provide services to rural Shelby County. The HIPPY Grant Program operates under the supervision of Shelby County Board of Education Federal Programs, supervised by Mary Cooper.

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We do like to see children being exposed and learning about the natural world!

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We appreciate Senator Greg Reed for supporting the Smith Lake cleanup and for continuing to reach out to his constituents, find their needs, and contact Cawaco for assistance.
We appreciate Senator Reed and his dedication to the people of Alabama.

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Cawaco RC&D supported this project by funding the winners with cash prizes. Way to go to the winning teams and to Jefferson County Soil & Water for doing such a great job! Students in local schools competed to create an anti-litter video. I saw the winning video last night on a local station!

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Cawaco proudly supports the cleanup efforts and the fish habitat restoration by the Smith Lake Civic Association. Good job, guys!

So many children go home hungry on the weekends. This woman was determined to do something about it. This is one of the Walker County projects that Cawaco proudly supports.

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On May 1, the City if Hoover officially opened the EXPLORE playground and splash pad. It’s a big deal for the state of Alabama and Cawaco helped fund a portion of it! See what makes it so unique!