2018 Christmas Clearinghouse

 

 

In December of 2018, the Executive Budget Office challenged other divisions within the Alabama Department of Finance to join them in participating in a local charity drive. Beth Ray, a Senior Budget Analyst with the Executive Budget Office, presented the idea of a Christmas Clearinghouse care basket drive. Each year, HandsOn River Region sponsors a Christmas Clearinghouse that collects care baskets for less-fortunate families in the region. These baskets were filled with items such as bed pillows, toiletries, paper towels, laundry detergent, and other household amenities.  All items were placed in small laundry baskets which served as an easy way to transport the items while also providing a practical gift at the same time.

Between the Executive Budget Office, the State Comptroller’s Office, State Purchasing, and State Business Systems Divisions, they were able to prepare and deliver around 35 care baskets to the Christmas Clearinghouse program. The items donated will help parents care for their children and free up much needed resources in the family budget.

Executive Budget Office Community Service Project

On May 4th, 2018, members of the Alabama Executive Budget Office set out to Billingsley, Alabama to help spruce up the local Senior Center and to provide lunch for the Seniors in attendance. The idea was a collaborative effort planned and organized by Assistant State Budget Officer Doryan Carlton and Office Administrator Lucretia Stephenson. The project involved pressure-washing the building, painting doors, planting flowers, and a whole myriad of landscaping jobs.  The Seniors were invited to attend a painting class given by one of the Budget Office staff members, or to play cards or dominoes from the newly-provided sets while they waited for lunch to be prepared. The whole experience was a good opportunity for the Budget Office to work together as a team in an environment outside of the normal office setting and to get out and provide for a portion of the community that really needed and appreciated the gesture.