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Walker Area Community Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Community Coalitions, Community Foundations, Philanthropy

Mission: The mission of the Walker Area Community foundation is to serve as a nonprofit dedicate to the nurture and advancement of the community through forming and preserving charitable capital and using the proceeds of that capital to better the community as a whole.

Programs: A program to engage youth in community service, to teach them about philantrophy, and to allocate funds to local nonprofits.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Chris61

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe that the WA Community Foundation serves a vital need for our community. As a long time community volunteer, I have witnessed their work first hand. Presently, I serve as the president of the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama. The Foundation has enabled us to serve girls in the community of Cordova, who otherwise would not have had the opportunity to participate. Also, more recently, after a merger of 4 Councils, the Foundation was instrumental in helping us with technology issues, specifically, computers. I give a great big THANK YOU to the Foundation and all who support it.

1 Joanna4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Being affiliated with the Walker Area Community Foundation through my non-profit employer, I get to see, first-hand, the benefits WACF brings to our community. WACF is an integral part of this community in building partnerships with non-profits, businesses, agencies, donors, volunteers, educators and others. The committment displayed to preserve community history and educate our youth on that history and area heritage is unmatched. The Walker Area Community Foundation ensures tools and training opportunities are available and appropriate for local non-profits thus enabling those non-profits to better serve our community. The WACF is extremely valuable to this community - many organizations manage funds and provide grants, but few invest in the community, its partners and heritage like WACF does!

2 Holly14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our community has a rare jewel in the Walker Area Community Foundation! Not only is it unusual to have a foundation in a community this size, it is also most extraordinary to have one that is as large and caring as this one. The Walker Area Community Foundation makes a difference in every life it touches – from the people it helps, to the donors that give, to the volunteers that work in the trenches. We are all united in a common cause, to make this community a better place for everyone that lives here. With this organization, every dollar counts, every minute counts and every person counts.

2 Charla G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What makes the Walker Area Community Foundation such a shinning start is that it touches so many people and organizations in so many ways. While Director of the Jasper Area Family Services Center , we were given invaluable financial support through grants for operations and outreach. Several programs housed there recieved grants for specific projects involving social services. The WACF was instrumental in starting our Non-Profit Council which facilitated ongoing communication and colaboration amoung the areas many non-profits. Now as a retired volunteer , I am privileged to be a part of the opening of many doors into a rich local history through the stories and exihibits on display in the Bankhead House and Heritage Center adminstered by the WACF. Education, Lilteracy, social services, collaboration, history, and culture are all goals seeded and nurtured by the Community Foundation.

1 Mimi6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WACF works tirelessly to serve our community and make it even better that it already is whether working with the Long Term Recovery Committee after the April storms last year to partnering with area nonprofits to have an impact in Walker County and the surrounding counties.

1 Beth39

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Walker Area Community Foundation was chosen by my family to facilitate the final will and testament wishes of our mother. We entrusted WACF with a precious endeavor. We share time, talent, treasure and TRUST.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Walker Area Community Foundation is such an essential to Walker County! The job of the Foundation is to make Walker County a better place, and that they are doing!

3 Miss Charli

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello, I am a Client Served. An amazing thing happened.... I never felt like a "client" or like I was being "served". This staff of awesome individuals possess the gift of making one feel like a "friend or family member". Walker Area Community Foundation is courteous, compassionate, and professionals in their field. They have made it possible for me to live the rest of my life to the fullest extent in a functioning, safe, weatherproof, beautiful home that now my grandchildren can visit (and they do) without a fear of danger. I am very grateful and appreciative of the time, attention, and effort the WACF has given me and my family. Thank you so much and be blessed WACF.

2 Suzanne18

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Walker County Community Foundation lives and breathes its mission statement. It continues to serve the community by assessing it needs and finding solutions to make our community the best of the best.

2 Paul51

Donor

Rating: 5

I believe the Foundation is at the center of creating a better tomorrow for the people in our area. The Foundation matches donors, with needs of the community based on aggressive research and collaboration. It is a fun and rewarding way to build the community I want for my children.

3 Pat_10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am the chairman of the Heritage Committee and a retired teacher and coach from Walker High School. I believe that the Walker Area Community Foundation is the best thing that has ever happened to Walker County. Not only is it a non-profit, but it helps many other non-profits around the surrounding area. There full time staff of Paul, Mimi and Christy are an outstanding fit for the Foundation and extremely well qualified with each one demonstrating an unusual understanding of their particular part of the program. Their Vista program adds another level of professionalism with Tyler and Sarah taking up the slack and helping in many different areas. Their volunteer program takes advantage of a wealth of knowledge and experience. I would sincerely hope that everyone would check into this awesome program and find what role you can play in making the WACF even better and more effective than it is now.

2 Trecia B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Inspiring greatness, compassion, charity and community throughout the Walker County Area.

Such a great vision but what really makes it great is this is actually what Walker Area Community Foundation fosters in Walker County.

2 Patricia30

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization! From helping the ones in need to bringing art and culture to a small town, enabling many to see the arts that would not otherwise. The staff is a group of dedicated people who truly care about helping others as well as promoting our city

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Walker Area Communiy Foundation is an amazing nonprofit working in Walker County. Their helping hands reach far beyond beyond one's expectations. The staff goes above and beyond to make sure the needs of the community are met. The Foundation is always looking for new ways to get involved and to get others active as well in the community.