Igniting passion for transformational change
Change happens when bold leadership meets opportunity. Our Community Foundation is dedicated to addressing our communities’ most challenging issues and providing hope for the future. By bringing together the dedication of community members and the generosity of philanthropic partners, we work to be a center for progress and a catalyst for change.
Hearts of Wheels
$30,000 to support the Car Ownership and Mentoring Program that empowers economically disadvantaged youth by providing participants with a car and with car safety, maintenance, and ownership courses.
Cahaba River Society
$50,000 to expand river restoration impact, combat litter and invasive species, create internship opportunities, engage community volunteers, and advance equity and inclusion in CRS’ work and outreach.
Fruit of Eden
$6,000 to support a program targeting COVID-related learning loss focusing on reading comprehension, math, technology, art, and life skills to elementary and middle school students.
News & Updates
The 2022 Remy Fund for Pets and Animals Grant application period opens March 15, 2022. Applications are due by midnight, Saturday, April 30, 2022.
After months of tension, Russia invaded Ukraine on Thursday, February 24. Attacks of war have put millions of civilians at risk. Many have volunteered to fight or been caught in the crossfire, with refugees escaping to neighboring countries. Ukrainians desperately need emergency aid.
Kerlyn Mendez has always had an entrepreneurial spirit, but it wasn’t until she moved to Alabama in 2016 that she decided it was time to start her own business. Her passion for decorating and crafts led her to the leadership courses at ¡HICA! that helped her develop a plan for her own floral design and decorating business. In 2019 she received a loan from Affinity Group Lending, ¡HICA!’s micro-loan program supported by a grant from the Community Foundation, and opened her own business, Happy Angels.