In November Torch Helps awarded a $500 small grant to the Huntsville Tennessee Valley AMBUCS organization.
AMBUCS is a non-profit service organization that is dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities. With matching funds, AMBUCS purchased four AmTrykes for children who have disabilities that prevented them from experiencing the fun and freedom of riding a bike. AMBUCS needs volunteers who are willing to work with their clients at the Safe Kids Rodeo on Saturday, May 8, from 10am to 1pm. If you are interested in helping with this event, even for an hour, please visit the link below for additional details and fill out the form to become a volunteer.
The Huntsville Bike Club and the Huntsville PD Bike patrol will also be there to teach the kids bike safety and practice safety on a track.
Torch Helps contributors selected The Way, Inc. as the recipient of the Spring 2010 large grant.
“Jeans for Justice” Originated in 1999 when a judge overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans at the time of the assault. The judge said it was common knowledge that jeans can’t be forcibly removed. We are asking employees to pay $1.00 to wear jeans on April 29, 2010.
The dollars will be sent to HELP Line Rape Response to help provide services for rape victims.
ALS was nominated by Anita Woods and selected by Torch Helps contributors to receive the quarterly grant for the Summer of 2009. They will use these funds to assist their local clients who are affected by Lou Gehrig’s Disease and to help in the search for a cure for this debilitating disorder.
For more info about the ALS Association of North Alabama, please visit their web site at http://www.alsa.org/
The generosity of our contributors and the continued growth of the company have allowed us to increase the Quarterly Grant by 33% from $7500 to $10,000.
A special thanks to all our employees who continue to support the mission of Torch Helps through payroll deductions and those who have volunteered their time to make sure that we are good stewards of those donations. This increase is further evidence that:
Together Our Resources Can Help!
Torch contributors have selected CASA of Madison County for our $10,000 Quarterly Grant for Fall 2009. The details of the presentation will be posted soon.
CASA provides local services to aging and home-bound individuals to allow them to remain at home. The grant money will be used for minor home repairs that impact home safety including grab bar installation for tubs and showers, exterior hand rails, and repairing doors and latches. The money will also be used for their Wheelchair Ramp program to train volunteers and buy materials to build ramps that meet OSHA and ADA standards..
For more information about CASA of Madison County, please visit their web site at http://www.casamadisoncty.org/.
Christmas Charities Year Round invited us to attend their annual Rag Tag Day this year to demonstrate their new baler and let us tour their facility on Jordan Lane. They started baling the rags about 2 months ago (March 2009) and they finished baling the 24th bale while we were there. The recycling plant will pay $2000 for 40 bales which they expect to deliver in the next few months.
CCYR also takes gently used clothing and all kinds of items for children including toys, games, and ever furniture. For more information about CCYR and their mission, please visit their web site at http://www.christmascharitiesyearround.org
We also got a nice mention in an article on al.com regarding Rag Tag Recycling Day.
Still Serving Veterans was nominated by Bill Howle and selected by Torch Helps contributors to receive the quarterly grant for the Spring of 2009. They will use these funds to serve wounded veterans and their families by helping them re-integrate into the workforce and community.
SSV has committed to be there to assist in this transition and help the Veteran and family get back on their feet and be a contributing member of the Huntsville Community.
For more info about Still Serving Veterans, please visit their web site at http://www.stillservingveterans.org/
Christmas Charities Year Round was nominated by Sue Clark and selected by Torch Helps contributors to receive the quarterly grant for the Winter of 2008. They will use these funds to purchase a rag baler. They are currently throwing away about 700 pounds of soiled/damaged clothes each week. With the baler, they will be able to recycle these as rags by selling them to a company in Athens for $3000 a year or more. This will reduce waste, generate needed revenue, and allow CCYR to become more self sufficient.
For more info about the CCYR, please visit their web site at http://www.christmascharitiesyearround.org/
ABC Homes was nominated by Mr. Cagle and selected to receive a special $5000 grant during the Winter of 2008. They will use these funds to purchase and install commercial grade flooring in some of their homes. The new flooring will provide a safe, healthy environment for the children in their care. The flooring will be installed at their Decatur campus which has two homes for girls, one for boys, and an emergency shelter for short term needs.
For more info about the ABC Homes, please visit their web site at http://www.alabamachild.org