The Giving List 2020

In the spirit of the season, we have provided The Giving List for our readers to reference local and area organizations, charities and opportunities in the hopes that it will make someone’s holiday season, including yours, a little brighter this year. The organizations and charities listed are current for this year, and each one comes with a brief explanation to help make your choices easier. Happy Holidays.
1.) Aging at Home Support (Casa of Jackson County)
Consists of various programs aimed at keeping seniors safely in their homes.
What can you do?
Volunteer to be a Telephone Assurance Caller. Donate medical equipment, either new or used in good condition, ensure nutritional products, and of course, financial assistance to offset the cost of ramp building materials, grab bars or other equipment needed for safety.
Where does your money go?
All funds go toward materials and equipment to keep seniors safe in their own homes. To provide durable medical equipment for seniors that might be cost-prohibitive to them, subsequently having them go without. This non-profit operates in Jackson County, and all funds and services are applied to residents of this county.
Where do you go?
Call Aging at Home Support at 256.259.3736 for more information. Or email casaofjacksoncounty@gmail.com. You can also mail tax-deductible donations or stop by, 250 South Broad Street, Scottsboro, Ala. 35768.

2.) Scottsboro Woman’s League
A service organization that was founded in 1968. They raise funds for local programs and organizations that provide services to the people of Jackson County that are vital to the community.
What can you do?
Volunteer, participate, advocate, donate.
Where does your money go?
Scottsboro Education Foundation; IMPACT Learning Center; Jackson County Christmas Charities; Habitat for Humanity of Jackson County; Mountain Lakes Behavioral Center; The ARC of Jackson County; Turning Point Pregnancy Center of Scottsboro; Celebrate Recovery; Crisis Services – Domestic Violence Coalition; Downtown Scottsboro; DHR of Jackson County; Local Scholarship; Scottsboro Public Library Summer Program; Scottsboro Life Resource Services; Room at the Inn; Nourish One Child; Friends of the Family of Jackson County.
Where do you go?
Email: scottsborowomansleague@gmail.com or Web: scottsborowomansleague.com

3.) Hospice PromiseFoundation
When an obituary says, “In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ______ hospice,” those funds are earmarked by hospice employees in a secret giving account.
What can you do?
Volunteer, participate, advocate, donate.
Where does your money go?
Toward utility bills, monthly expenses, taking the family pet to the vet, fulfilling a last wish, providing a headstone, or anything a patient might need. This foundation operates locally, every cent goes toward their wishes or needs, and the funds stay in the community.
Where do you go?
Call Heartlite Hospice at 256-259-1754 for more information. You can also mail in that donation or stop by 111 East Laurel Street, Scottsboro, Ala. 35768.

4.) Jackson County United Givers Fund (UGF)
UGF provides financial assistance to non-profit health and human service programs that administer vitally needed services to the people of Jackson County. Solicitation of donations encourages community support and sets forth ideas for business and industry to promote employee awareness and involvement.
What can you do?
Volunteer, participate, advocate, donate.
Where does your money go?
The American Red Cross; ARC of Jackson County; Boys & Girls Club, Ben Sanford Center; Care Assurance System for the Aging (CASA) and homebound; Christmas Charities of Jackson County; Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama; Crisis Services of North Alabama; Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama; Greater Alabama Council of Boy Scouts of America; IMPACT Learning Center/21st Century Council; Jackson County 4-H Clubs; Michael Scott Learning Center; Northeast Alabama Health Services.
Where do you go?
Call 256-259-5611 or all tax-deductible, 501(c)(3) donations may be mailed to Jackson County United Givers Fund, P.O. Box 581, Scottsboro, Ala. 35768 or for more information, visit united givers.org.

5.) Jackson County Christmas Charities
This charity serves children, families, seniors and handicapped persons in need during the holiday season. Applicants qualify based on poverty level. A donor can walk in to various locations provided and adopt a person(s) or family for the holidays and grant wishes or fulfill lists. Or a donor may make a donation to the charity itself or volunteer to work in the office.
What can you do?
Come to their new office, located at the Old Brownwood Elementary School on 305 Bingham Street in Scottsboro, or one of their many service areas throughout the county and get the information you need.
Where does your money go?
Your donation will go directly toward the wishes and needs of any person(s) or family who has applied with the organization and has qualified based on their poverty level.
Where do you go?
There are several locations throughout Jackson County for your convenience: Bridgeport/Bridgeport Lions Club Building/256.663.0484; Dutton/Dutton Library/256.228.6392 or 256.228.4090; Flat Rock/Bryant/NSM/Union Baptist Church/256-605-7995; Pisgah/Rosalie/256.575.6056; Section/Macedonia/Section Town Hall/256-228-3280; Stevenson/Fackler/256-437-2985; Scottsboro/Hollywood/Langston/Skyline/Woodville/Paint Rock/Jackson County DHR/256-575-6056.

6.)Jackson County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC)
A facility established to better serve the growing number of child victims in Jackson County. In FY2019, 145 child victims received over 557 individual therapy sessions, and 69 forensic interviews were conducted. Jackson County DHR received 408 reports concerning the abuse or neglect of children. These reports represent 659 children of various ages. An average of 118 children were in DHR custody in FY2019. The CAC allows a child to be interviewed by a trained therapist while law enforcement agencies surveil the proceedings, allowing the recounting of an event to be relived once, instead of multiple times to each separate agency. The CAC provides a safe, comforting atmosphere to allow this to happen.
What can you do?
Volunteer, participate, advocate. Your donations are desperately needed as the CAC was informed that a large part of their grant budget would be cut by over $37,000 with more budget cuts looming for the next fiscal year.
Where does your money go?
Your donations allow the center to stay up and operational and to serve child victims in all of Jackson County. They cover salaries, insurance and utilities. Not to mention other needs like, snacks, toys, blankets, etc. The home currently in use as the facility was generously donated to the CAC free of charge for one year by Tom and Barbara Perkins. After this year, they will need to attempt to purchase the home for permanent use. The home was initially listed at $179,900.
Where do you go?
You can set up an automatically-recurring gift. This allows you to break your gift up into a manageable, monthly amount and provides sustainable funding to the CAC. Contact their Treasurer, Tim Haston at Peoples Independent Bank, 820 South Broad Street, Scottsboro, Ala. 35768 / 256-259-8844. Or you can donate directly by mail. Send a check payable to Jackson County Children’s Advocacy Center, P.O. Box 902, Scottsboro, Ala. 35768. Your donations are tax-deductible.

7.) Scottsboro – Jackson Heritage Center Museum
The museum is housed in the historic Brown-Proctor House, the historic pioneer village Sagetown and the Little Courthouse. Their purpose is to maintain a non-profit museum dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of cultural and social history in Jackson County and the northeast region of Alabama. Serves as a repository for historical documents, collections and genealogical information. Accommodates the visual and performing arts and supports a wide variety of community activities. Visited by genealogists and patrons from all over the world each year.
What can you do?
Volunteer, participate, advocate and donate.
Where does your money go?
The Center is currently fundraising for the completion of an additional 3,000 square feet of space to be able to continue their mission. In this space there will be access for all and restroom facilities. The pieces will be stored to their merit and showcased tastefully. There will also be more room for functions like exhibits and receptions for the community to enjoy and partake in.
Where do you go?
The Heritage Center is located at 208 South Houston Street in Scottsboro. Give them a call at 256-259-2122 and set up a tour to see for yourself. At any time, your tax-deductible donations for the addition or to the Center itself may be made to The Heritage Center, or mailed to them at Heritage Center, P.O. Box 53, Scottsboro, Ala. 35768. There are varying levels of donations, and brick pavers are available.

8.)The Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center
Commemorates the lives and legacy of nine young African Americans who, in the 1930s became international symbols of race-based injustice in the American South. Celebrates the positive actions of those of all colors, creeds and origins who have taken a stand against the tyranny of racial oppression. The museum is about to celebrate its 10th anniversary on February 1, 2020. People from all over the United States and the world come to the museum each year, in the thousands.
What can you do?
Volunteer, participate, advocate, donate. Special appointments to see the museum can be made by contacting Ms. Shelia Washington at the number below.
Where does your money go?
Currently the museum is undertaking fundraising for a renovation of Joyce’s Chapel, where the museum is housed. Your funds can go directly to this fundraiser, or they can go toward the museum itself. Or both.
Where do you go?
You can call the museum’s director, Ms. Sheila Washington at 256.912.0471 or 256.609.4202 to learn more, or if you’d like to make a donation, an account has been set up at Redstone Federal Credit Union in Scottsboro. You can donate through Paypal and specify if the donation is for the renovation project, the museum itself or both. You can also find them on Facebook under the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center. Checks or money orders should be made payable to the Scottsboro Boys Museum and mailed to P.O. Box 1557, Scottsboro, Ala. 35768. Please do not send cash through the mail. Your donations are tax-deductible.

9.)The IMPACT Learning Center
A 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Some of the things they do include: job search, help with resumes, interview practices. They also partner with both school systems and the local college. They assist business and industry with job fair and training, offer free computer classes, professional workshops and service local communities with the Skills on Wheels mobile computer lab van.
What can you do?
Volunteer, advocate, donate.
Where does your money go?
The IMPACT Learning Center has no means of permanent funding, so they rely on grants and fundraising each year. Their money stays here to help provide educational resources and training for Jackson County citizens and fund new projects and programs as needed. Their funds also go toward normal upkeep and business expenses.
Where do you go?
IMPACT Learning Center is currently located at 23123 John T. Reid Parkway in Scottsboro. Phone is 256.218.2121. Visit their website at impactlearningcenter.org.

10.)Beauty and the Beast Fund
A non-profit established in 2008 to provide a small assistance to Jackson County residents who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation for breast cancer treatment. They depend on fundraisers and donations to fund this.
What can you do?
Volunteer, advocate, participate in fundraisers, donate.
Where does your money go?
All funds go to Jackson County residents. The same amount is mailed each month to local patients, and they may use these funds for gas to commute to the doctor and/or treatments. Or they may use the funds in any way they may need it.
Where do you go?
Call Ann Looney at 256.599.1505 for more information or mail your tax-deductible donations to 406 West Charlotte Avenue, Scottsboro, Ala. 35768.

11.)Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
CASA of NSM, serving the children of Jackson and DeKalb counties provides advocacy, comfort, reassurance, protection and guidance to children navigating the legal system and procedures. There is a formal 30-hour training program, and advocates, upon completion, are sworn in by a judge and qualified to be assigned to a case by the court. CASA of NSM currently has 18 volunteers who served 159 local children in the last year.
What can you do?
Become a CASA volunteer, advocate about this organization and spread the word, participate in fundraisers. Donate.
Where does your money go?
Your funds go directly toward the training and outreach of more volunteers and the sustainment of this organization. They are a 501(c)3 organization, so those donations are tax-deductible. Because they operate on only a partial grant, the rest of their crucial funding must run operations and must come from donations or fundraising.
Where do you go?
Find their fundraising/volunteering group, Hope’s Circle on Facebook or contact sarah.casansm@gmail.com. Donations or training: contact Kelly at kelly@alabamacasa.org. Phone: 205.478.8389. Find more information at casaofnorthsandmountain.org or alabama.casa.org.

12.)Turning Point Pregnancy Center
A ministry that provides a safe place for those who have unplanned pregnancies. One can receive a pregnancy test, ultrasound and receive client coaching about options as well as encouragement for their well being. They provide material resources for clients as well as the community.
What can you do?
Partner with Turning Point through volunteering in a wide variety of activities and in giving toward the vision and mission of finding life and direction from Jesus Christ.
Where does your money go?
Donations enable Turning Point to spread the message they all are image-bearers of God and sharing the Gospel. Funds also retain two staff members who run the center, and they hope to expand this to include a part-time Nurse Manager.
Where do you go?
Call 256.259.8772 for an appointment or to speak with someone about Turning Point. Tax-deductible donations may be made payable to Turning Point and mailed to P.O. Box 122, Scottsboro, Ala. 35768. Please date checks for December 1.

13.) Crisis Services of North Alabama
CSNA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides free services to survivors of intimate partner violence in Jackson, Madison, Morgan and Limestone counties. Forensic nurses offer exams to anyone who has been phusically or sexually assaulted and work to provide evidence to law enforcement when requested. CSNA runs 24-hour crisis counseling services called HELPline, and it is the local 211 program where a database of resources for basic human needs is maintained.
What can you do?
Volunteer, advocate, donate.
Where does your money go?
Money donated to CSNA goes directly to keeping their services being provided in Jackson, Madison, Morgan and Limestone counties.
Where do you go?
For local services, contact CSNA of Jackson County at 256.574.5826, or send a tax-deductible donation by mail to CSNA Administrative Office, P.O. Box 368, Huntsville, Ala. 35804.

14.) Scottsboro Jackson County Rescue Squad
A non-profit volunteer organization formed in 1960, having served Jackson County to date. The squad has 36 members who provide services to the citizens of Jackson County and the surrounding areas. They respond to many different types of calls, including searches for missing and/or lost people, water incidents on the Tennessee River, caving accidents and many other emergencies throughout the county. They also assist law enforcement when needed.
What can you do?
Donate, advocate, volunteer, educate.
Where does your money go?
Funding received is used to support the day to day operations, update equipment and provide training to their membership.
Where do you go?
Tax-deductible donations can be made to the Scottsboro Jackson county Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1115, Scottsboro, Ala. 35768.
If you would like to see your charity or non-profit organization on this list, email your answers and information to editorial@theclarion.org.

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