The Alabama Power Foundation has awarded 38 Good Roots grants totaling more than $33,000 to help communities across Alabama plant trees. Ten grants were awarded in and around the East Alabama this year.
In partnership with the Alabama Urban Forestry Association, the foundation provides Good Roots grants to cities, towns and nonprofit organizations to purchase trees. Good Roots helps beautify and strengthen communities with tree-planting projects that also benefit the environment and can support recreation and economic development efforts. Volunteers plant the Good Roots trees and maintain them.
“Helping to keep our state vibrant and healthy is a top priority for Alabama Power,” said Julia Segars, Eastern Division vice president. “We are excited to be awarding so many worthy recipients in the Eastern Division this year and look forward to seeing the impact in the community.”
Communities and organizations in the Eastern Division that are receiving this year’s Good Roots grants include the City of Jacksonville and Jacksonville State University. Others are Alexander City, Anniston Museum of Endowment Corp, Boy Scouts of America, City of Attalla, City of LaFayette, City of Talladega, Southside High School and Sylacauga City Board of Education.
To date, Good Roots has awarded more than $650,000 benefitting almost 700 cities, towns and nonprofit organizations. Good Roots trees have been planted at schools, churches, city parks and other locations.
Good Roots is one of several community grant programs funded by the Alabama Power Foundation. For more information on Good Roots and other Alabama Power programs, visit www.powerofgood.com .
Each year, the Alabama Power Foundation awards more than 1,000 grants, using non ratepayer money. Since it was founded in 1989 with an investment by Alabama Power shareholders, the foundation has given more than $140 million through more than 20,000 grants and scholarships. Its current assets exceed $140 million, making it one of the largest corporate foundations in the state.