The Black Belt

We believe that the Black Belt region of Alabama offers incredible opportunities and challenges for improving educational outcomes, increasing employment, and supporting its diverse culture.

Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read

A grant of $75,000 over three years to support the American Academy of Pediatrics, Alabama Chapter’s expansion of Reach Out and Read. ROR gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. Children receive a new book at annual checkups with their pediatricians, and parents are equipped with tools and knowledge to ensure that their children are prepared to learn when they start school.

For more information, visit roralabama.org.

Build a Better Community

Build a Better Community

A grant of $10,000 to Build a Better Community to support its summer learning program, Vredenburgh’s Adventures in Learning (VAIL), and its year-round educational programs. Located in Wilcox County, BABC offers after-school tutoring and summer learning programs to area children. These programs also provide employment opportunities to area parents and teachers. The VAIL program provides over forty Vredenburgh children with a rigorous six-week academic program focused on math and reading.

For more information, visit facebook.com/BABC4Vredenburgh.

Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center

Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center

A grant of $22,000 to support expansion of this gallery space dedicated to local artists. The grant will also underwrite the cost of the ARTrepreneur Initiative, consisting of classes focused on enhancing the business, creative and professional skills of Black Belt artists. The objective of this project is to make available business training and artistic development opportunities.

To learn more, go to blackbelttreasures.com.