Community Outreach Selection Guidelines for Charity Donations:
(1) For charities that benefit women, children, families in need and veterans
(2) Limit our selection to local charities in the Birmingham/Shelby County Area
(3) Give favor to charities where our donation will make a significant financial impact
(4) Charities previously selected are eligible to be nominated every three years
2016 Charities Supported by the Highland Lakes
The Community Outreach Committee met to review six nominations received for 2016 charitable contributions. In attendance were Committee Members: Mary Ray – Kathy Banks – Joy Doering – Lynnette Clemmons and Connie Cox. Officers in attendance were Fran Stainback, Marilyn Chiaramonte and Teresa Pfefferkorn.
At our December 6th meeting, Committee Chairwoman, Mary Ray, presented the following three charities that met the Club’s established guidelines for a charitable contribution:
The Greystone YMCA Youth Development Program, St. Michael’s Iron Horse Charity and The Just Keep Smiling Foundation.
The Club voted unanimously to approve the Committee’s recommendation to donate $1,500 to each charity.
Club members Lydia Mathis, Mary Ray, and Fran Stainback have delivered checks to each of the chosen charities.
L to R: HLWC Outreach Committee Member Mary Ray delivers check to Just Keep Smiling Foundation Founders: Sue Jeffreys, Debra Cook and Patrice Brooks. Each founder expressed her appreciation to the HLWC members for their generous donation. Donations are used to assist families with critically ill children by providing financial aid that allows the parents the opportunity to stay at their child’s bedside without worrying about immediate financial burdens. For more information please see their website:www.justkeepsmiling.org
A check for $1,500 was presented to Kathy Threatt, St. Michael's Iron Horse Foundation, for their King's Home Project. Along with the work they do for our veterans, each year, they provide Christmas gifts and birthday gifts for every child at King's Home. There are 11 homes for orphaned, abused children going through DHR. The Foundation budgets $300 for each and every one of the over 70 children. The King's Home Project is just one of the many charitiable outlets that the Foundation supports. www.stmichaelsironhorse.org
2015 HLWC Donates to Four Local Charities
The Highland Lakes Women's Club voted to donate $1,000 to four local charities during the December 2015 HLWC meeting. The checks have been delivered to the following charities: King's Home, Three Hots and a Cot, Alabama's Children's Food, and Hearts in Hand. The recipients of the donations expressed appreciation to the HLWC members for their generosity.
Three Hots and a Cot - Lynnette Clemmons and Brian Curtis
AL Childhood Food Solution - Fran Stainback, Mary Ray, Linda Jones, Jim Jones, Brenda Gustin