CCUW luncheon recognizes donors

Published 5:12 pm Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Chilton County United Way handed out awards of recognition to 11 various local businesses that were instrumental in helping the non-profit organization reach its 2018 goal.

The awards were handed out as part of the CCUW’s annual appreciation luncheon on Feb. 26.

Certificates of recognition were given to Clanton Walmart, Allstate in Jemison, Williams-Transco, Dr. Ritky Dy, the Chilton County Board of Education, Wayne and Lynn McKinnon, Lynda Northcutt, Rep. Jimmy Martin, Richard and Sally Moore, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama and South Company.

Each certificate was framed and served as a thank you from CCUW for the donations given by the companies and the individuals honored.

Chilton County Department of Human Resources Director Marilyn Colson was the guest speaker at the event.

Although DHR is not a member of the CCUW, they still receive the benefits of donations as the other non-profit groups.

“It’s a symbiotic relationship,” Colson said. “When one group benefits, all the groups benefit.”

The Perfect Peaches dance team performed a routine during the event. (Photo by Anthony Richards)

DHR averages 135 foster children, but the number can vary depending on the day.

According to Colson, the primary driving force leading to that number is drug use by parents, grandparents or relatives that are supposed to be the ones looking out for their children.

“We always need more foster homes,” Colson said. “We like to match kids with a home and school that they are the most comfortable with.”

One of the recent challenges that Colson has seen is an increase of teenagers entering foster care.

However, one of the positive signs that she has seen is a lower case load in welfare checks.

“Folks are working,” Colson said. “Work is one of the solutions to many of our problems. If you are able to provide for your family, it can make a difference.”

Last year, 17 foster children wound up being adopted by their foster families.

She also mentioned the new building that the department will be getting in the future.

“I’m excited, my staff is excited and I think the county is excited,” Colson said.

Members from the Turning Point Foundation in Thorsby volunteered to help setup prior to the event and in the cleanup process afterward.