Montgomery Humane Society
For the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2019, the Executive Budget Office chose to support the Montgomery Humane Society for their quarterly charity drive. The Budget Office staff gathered donations all quarter including dog and cat food, treats, toys, cleaning supplies, towels, and blankets. Additional funds raised through the office’s cantina were used to purchase much-needed cleaning supplies for the shelter. The Budget Office staff also spent half of a day volunteering at the shelter, bathing puppies, cleaning, and exercising some of the larger dogs. Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to visit http://www.montgomeryhumane.com/.
A Day at the Shelter
Arc of Shelby County
On April 5th, 2019, the Executive Budget Office delivered supplies and materials to the Arc of Shelby County as part of their quarterly community service projects. The Arc of Shelby County’s Early Intervention program provides resources, support, and services for infants and toddlers, birth to age 3 years with a 25% delay in cognitive, communicative, physical, adaptive, or social/emotional development. The Executive Budget Office requested a wish list from the program, enabling them to donate new arts and crafts supplies used by the providers to work with the children in the program. With the remaining funds raised, the Executive Budget Office was able to provide gift cards to assist parents with attending Arc events.
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.