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DANCE WITHOUT LIMITS

Dance Without Limits (DWL) strives to provide professional dance instruction to all special needs individuals – regardless of their dis”ability.”

All of our dancers participate to their maximum potential. Wheelchairs are forgotten, tight muscles are stretched, social skills and confidence are enhanced and no speech is needed in dance. It is truly an art form that we believe EVERYONE can participate in! Each dancer gets a “helper” to assist them through class. Some need no assistance, just some encouragement. Others need help standing, staying with the beat or just help staying on task. These “helpers” are all incredible volunteers ranging from Occupational or Physical Therapy school students, Camp Smile Volunteers, Special Ed teachers, moms, or just really incredible individuals with a heart for special needs kids. They are what make DWL work and we love them!

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$25,000

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS

The Big Brothers Big Sisters mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. 

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$25,000

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Little Angels, inc.

Little Angels, Inc. is a newly formed nonprofit organization in Mobile County providing unique assistance to children at an economical disadvantage. Their mission is to help families in meeting the needs of children from birth to five years of age who are negatively impacted by the economy by providing certain daily essentials. Little Angels will implement the Teen Parenting Project and will provide free access to diapers and wipes to children in need while preventing and diminishing abuse and neglect. These funds will be used to support administrative costs of Little Angels and to purchase diapers and wipes to increase their inventory designated for the participants of the Teen Parenting Project.

 

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$5,000

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Mobile baykeeper

Mobile Baykeeper’s mission is to protect and preserve the beauty, health, and heritage of the Mobile Bay Watershed, Alabama’s waterways, and coastal communities. These funds will be used for the Strategic Watershed Awareness Program (SWAP) educational project. SWAP addresses the lack of connection and awareness to local watersheds by educating and engaging youth and adults about the environment to encourage lifelong learning and stewardship. Mobile Baykeeper will conduct 25 full day sessions of SWAP. The goal for attendance to each session will be 60 students, resulting in approximately 1,500 students being engaged throughout the program year. Excursions will also be conducted allowing approximately 110 students to participate in guided kayak trips and delta safari boat trips.

 

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$15,000

Mobile police department

Mobile Police Department (MPD) will use these funds to expand the “You Still Have a Choice” program throughout the Mobile County Public School System. MPD will use these funds to train officers by having them complete a ten-hour online training program. Following completion of online training, the officers will attend the immersive program in Chicago that teaches the officers how to operate within the classroom space for the above named initiatives. Officers will then use these enhanced skills to interact with 6th grade students in a classroom setting with the goal of fostering more permanent relationships with the students as they enter high school. Together with the Fuse Project IMPACT program, MPD’s goals for the 2017-2018 school year are to help the students acknowledge who they are, eliminate bullying, and encourage them to report any illegal activity.  

 

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$7,250

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100 black men of greater mobile 

The 100 Black Men of Greater Mobile, Inc. is a non-profit organization designed to create a pool of resourceful leaders who are committed to the formation and implementation of programs set up to enhance the four goals of the future: Mentoring, Education, Health/Wellness, and Economic Development. Mentoring The “100 Way” is designed to help boys and girls, who exhibit poor academic performance and who frequently engage in risk taking behavior. We at the “100” provide these students a positive, adult role model to assist in becoming productive citizens. The tutorial program is designed to improve academic performance, increase self-confidence, improve school behavior, and increase knowledge of career choices by providing individual and group mentoring on a regular basis.

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$10,000

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University of south alabama college of education

The University of South Alabama’s College of Education’s (USA) Literacy Center serves as a community outreach program that provides best practice literacy instruction and educational support to P-12 students and families seeking to acquire the skills necessary for success in academics and, in doing so, to improve their quality of life. These funds will be used for center materials and supplies, Summer Literacy Camp for an estimated ten students, Fonde Elementary Literacy Enrichment Camp for an estimated 40 students, Williamson High School and Middle Grades Preparatory Academy tutoring for an estimated 20 students, and assessment and 20 one-on-one tutoring sessions on-site for an estimated ten students with financial need.

 

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$20,750

Boys & girls club of south alabama

Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama’s vision is to provide a world-class club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through their doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle. The Boys & Girls Clubs plans to utilize this funding for their Power Hour: Making Minutes Count homework help program at our 5 Clubs. This program provides every child the opportunity to complete their homework Monday – Thursday at the Club with staff and volunteers. Specifically, the funds will help restock their homework areas with the needed supplies such as pencils, paper, folders and other school supplies for youth.

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$1,200

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big brothers big sisters of south alabama

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. 

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$25,000

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Light of the village

Light of the Village is a hands-on Christian Ministry designed to share Christ’s message of faith, hope and love to the inner city.  Serving six days a week, the organization strives to have a consistent presence where the love of Christ can be discovered.  In May 2016, Fuse Project’s Order of Fuse Organization approved the donation of $22,040 so Light of the Village could purchase a van for use at their summer bible camps.

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$22,040

NEST of Mobile

NEST of Mobile serves the needs of at-risk families and children in Mobile County.  Their goal is to nurture children, equip parents, strengthen families, and transform communities by pairing teams of court approved volunteers with at-risk families who are in need of support, mentoring and skill development.  They utilized this grant to provide academic tutoring funds for their newly formed teams. Their teams work with families and schools to help coordinate the tutoring sessions for their youth referral. Team members provide transportation to these sessions as well. The number one need for NEST youth is academic assistance.

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$1,200

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Team focus

Team Focus is an enrichment program for fatherless boys, founded by Mike and Mickey Gottfried in the year 2000, that aims to fill the “void” in the lives of these boys and young men and help each to succeed and become a moral productive citizen that contributes positively to society. In 2017, Fuse Project’s Order of Fuse approved the donation of $25,000 to Team Focus for Team Focus Summer Leadership Camp on July 13-16, 2017 in Mobile, Alabama. The goal of Team Focus is to provide young men that do not have a father figure in their life (ages 10 – 18) with leadership skills, guidance, Godly values and a continual relationship with a mentor. Implementing Fuse Project’s IMPACT standards, Team Focus will strive to achieve this goal by serving 70 young men in the local community during the 2017 summer camp.

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$25,000

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the learning tree

The Learning Tree’s mission is to provide a warm and loving environment with individualized empirically validated services and supports to persons with a significant educational, medical and behavioral challenges; helping them develop and maintain a quality of life expected by non-disabled members of their family and community. Woody’s Song School is a non-traditional year-long day school serving children with autism spectrum disorders. This unique educational program focuses on increasing skills in the areas of language, socialization and cognition, while decreasing behaviors that interfere with learning.

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$25,000

Feeding the gulf coast

Feeding the Gulf Coast’s mission is to provide nutritious food and meet the challenge of feeding people who are hungry as a result of personal crisis or disaster. They work to educate the public regarding domestic hunger, proper nutrition, and related issues.  In 2016, Fuse Project’s Order of Fuse organization approved the donation of $25,000 for Feeding the Gulf Coast’s feeding and nutrition programs in Baldwin County. During the 2016-2017 year, Feeding the Gulf Coast will implement the following programs in Baldwin County:

4 Cooking Matters for Kids Series;

2 School/Community Gardens; and

15 Taste Tests; and

15 School Pantry Distributions.

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$25,000

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Daphne Kappa League

Nationally, the Kappa League revolves around five separate but mutually interactive phases: Self–Identity, Training, Competition, Social and Health Education. Projects, which vary from attending cultural affairs to planning college fairs, to learning proper etiquette in formal and informal settings are all generated from the nucleus of the five phases. The Daphne Kappa League consists of students from the following schools: Baldwin County High School, Daphne High School and Spanish Fort High School. Fuse Project will help fund college tours and college readiness programs for the Daphne Kappa League.

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$5,000

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prichard preparatory school

Prichard Preparatory School was founded in 2005 and provides top quality education to children in low-income areas. Prichard Prep offers the choice of private school to parents at a highly discounted, affordable tuition rate. The school will outgrow its classrooms next school year and needs to reconstruct parts of the second building in preparation. Fuse Project would help with funding for this endeavor.

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$5,000

wilmer hall children's home

Wilmer Hall Children’s Home is a nonprofit faith-based organization that has been serving children in need in Mobile since 1864. Wilmer Hall serves children and young adults through several on-campus programs that provide tutoring, on-campus living and other tools needed to succeed. In the fall of 2016, Fuse Project donated funding for new laptops for Wilmer Hall’s Satellite Education Program.

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$3,000

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The Family center

The Family Center’s mission is to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect by providing free and low-cost education, training and support to parents and caregivers in Southwest Alabama. Fuse Project provided funding that would be utilized for their Divorce Care 4 Kids Program, which is a 12-week course for children ages 6-12 experiencing the difficult transition of their parents’ divorce. The children will meet two hours each week and do a variety of activities and lessons with the group leader, an LPC, and two co-leaders.

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$500

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soccer4life

Soccer4Life’s founder is Zenzo Ndlovu, Coach Z, who came to the University of Mobile from Zimbabwe on a soccer scholarship in 2000. After graduating, Coach Z accepted as his life’s mission to use his soccer skills to bring discipline, faith, respect for self and others, and an emphasis on education to at-risk inner city children. Soccer4Life currently provides fall, winter, spring and summer soccer programs with some 60-70 children in each program. Fuse Project will help funding for insurance, assistant coaches, transportation and equipment.

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$5,000

the exploreum

The mission of The Exploreum is to inspire curiosity and ingenuity through active exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM). Fuse Project will sponsor a day camp for recruitment of new mentors in the above Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Campers will register for age appropriate and riveting topics- they will also have the change to fly REAL planes with Airbus Flight Camp!

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$2,000

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Fuse Factory

Fuse Project's Nonprofit Co-Working Space is a new co-working space for local nonprofits located on the 4th floor of 200 Government Street. It will be a modern space that is forward thinking for our community and will continue the groundswell of momentum for the re-development of downtown Mobile. It will allow nonprofits to collaborate, network and share ideas to eliminate cross-over and create best practices among them.

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$30,000

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alabama coastal foundation's mobile bay estuary corps program

ACF's Mobile Bay Estuary Corps Program is now able to promote wise stewardship to 1,200 area middle school children about water quality and living resources of Alabama's estuaries through education, volunteer experience, and career path guidance. Alabama's natural resources are at risk, and the best way to correct this problem is through education.

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$10,000