The National Alliance on Mental Illness states that one in five Americans suffer from mental illness. As research, headlines, and personal testimonies reflect the devastation that mental health conditions can create, rural America is at an even greater risk of limited access to mental health resources. Therefore, the “Pathways to Mental Health” program serves as a source of refuge to rural citizens who otherwise would not have access to trained mental health counselors. “Pathways” focuses on mental health awareness, healthy mental lifestyles, and stigma removal. The program provides education tailored for children and adults, age 5 and up, and it gives each group an opportunity to dispel some of the myths associated with mental health conditions and health awareness. “Pathways” creates a judgment free, open dialogue environment in our communities and in our schools that encourages mental health awareness discussions. Moreover, it is an opportunity to conduct research and to collect data in the form of forums, surveys, and storytelling in an effort to provide resources to meet existing and future needs.
Black Belt Mobile Pantries operate through Selma Area Food Bank. We collect and distribute on average around 12,000 lbs of food per mobile pantry. This poundage includes but is not limited to, fresh meat, produce and canned good items. We distribute the products in the four counties we service which are: Dallas, Perry, Marengo and Wilcox. All of the food we distribute through Mobile Pantries are completely free of charge for the individuals participating and Selma Area Food Bank incurs all charges for the product.
ChiLLy Fest, our Christmas event, is Lindens largest event. It includes a free concert, carnival, vendors, chili cook off, parade, and fireworks.
The Liberty Learning Foundation provides civic-engagement programs, Hands on Liberty and Super Citizen, to help schools teach crucial lessons in civics, character, financial literacy and social studies despite school budget cuts. We strive to change the lives of individual students by empowering them to become informed independent thinkers who are motivated to improve their communities.
Marengo County Extension Office host a one day Safety Day for all of the 3rd graders (325) in Marengo County. This educational program provides training and resources for local communities to conduct safety and healthy training programs. Safety Day is designed to be age-appropriate, hands-on, fun and safe for children. The students will visit nineteen different stations. Some of the stations are atv safety, sun safety, knife safety and bicycle safety. These sessions are conducted outside in May and we need to provide adequate shade out of the hot weather for our presenters and our third graders.