Fuse Project is thrilled to invigorate the community to support these seven worthy causes. For some perspective on the type of projects we look for, please watch our video below on our Evening Alternative Program project that was funded in 2014.
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.
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.
Wilmer Hall Children’s Home is a non-profit faith-based organization that has been serving children in need in Mobile, Alabama 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.
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. In the fall of 2016, Fuse Project awarded funding to Prichard Preparatory School to aid in the addition of a new 3rd-grade class for the 2017 school year. The funding is for: 16 Student desks, 1 Kidney table with 4 chairs, 2 Bulletin Boards, Classroom Manipulatives, 1 Marker Board, 1 SmartBoard, Student Computers for AR Testing/assessments, 1 Teacher desk, 1 Teacher chair, and 1 Classroom Rug.
Big Brother Big Sisters of South Alabama
Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama is the largest mentoring organization in South Alabama. Its mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. In the fall of 2016, Fuse Project assisted in enhancing BBBS’s activity bonds by providing funding for new educational board and book activities for all of the elementary schools in the 4 counties where BBBS currently offers a School-based program.
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.
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.
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.
Fuse Project’s Nonprofit Co-Working Space
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.
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.
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. Fuse Project has awarded funding to NEST of Mobile so they can continue to expand these teams in an effort to continue to improve the lives of these children and families in the NEST program.
Victory Teaching Farms
Victory Teaching Farm is an urban teaching farm located one block south of the historic cannon in Midtown Mobile with a focus on sustainable agriculture. Victory Teaching Farm sees their victory as:
- Increasing health and wellness;
- Reducing hunger; and
- Environmental sustainability and repair; and
- Community development and beautification; and
- Economic development; and
- Increased access to locally grown food and the promotion and creation of a local food system.
Fuse Project awarded a scholarship to Victory Teaching Farms so they can become a member of Fuse Factory, our nonprofit co-working space in downtown Mobile.
Infirmary Health’s Operation Fit Kids
Infirmary Health’s Operation Fit Kids is an 8-week program offered in the spring, summer and fall whose goal is to teach children the importance of a healthy lifestyle so they can grow into healthy adults that can give back to their communities. In collaboration with the Junior League of Mobile’s Community Assistance Fund, Fuse Project awarded this grant to allow OFK to expand the program to reach more children ages 7-11 in Mobile & Baldwin County and assist with the costs of health screenings, exercise equipment and other tools needed to teach children about nutrition and daily exercise.