We make a lot of site visits at the Community Foundation, sometimes before we make a grant and sometimes, like last week, with an official check presentation as part of the event. A team of employees from Brownell Travel, including two Walker County natives, joined Director of Initiatives Gus Heard-Hughes to present an over-sized check for $50,000 to the Walker Area Community Foundation and its president Paul Kennedy.
The check. dedicated to tornado recovery efforts, was presented at the Walker County Long Term Recovery Committee meeting. This gave us a chance to celebrate the partnership between Brownell and the Community Foundation which transformed the Brownell 125th anniversary into a fundraiser for tornado recovery as well as our longstanding collaboration with Walker Area Community Foundation and the LTRC.
The visit also included stops at the homes of two families whose homes were rebuilt through the LTRC and at the facility in Cordova used by the LTRC for case management and construction/volunteer coordination. As Cristy Moody, WACF program officer, explained, the grant from the Brownell Travel Tornado Recovery Fund of the Community Foundation will help survivors directly with unmet needs and support faith-based volunteers whose efforts save thousands of dollars in labor costs.
The site visit was a moving experience for all and a great inspiration to give even more for tornado recovery across our region and our state. Many thanks to Brownell for the creativity and generosity that resulted in more than $150,000 for tornado recovery!