The paddles were acquired so that there would be ample supply available for visitors and park attendees for boat rentals. Equipment was also purchased to help with maintenance of the grounds. Office equipment was also purchased to provide efficient and speedy service to park registrants and visitors.
We applied for this grant to help in the purchase of an Actiontrack Track Chair to be used in our aiding our disabled participants. Hope Outdoors strives to provide meaningful outdoor experiences to special needs individuals of all ages. Being active in the outdoors is something we sometimes take for granted, but for these individuals having this opportunity is sometimes only possible through these events. Adaptive equipment is necessary to provide these experiences for them, and is very expensive to purchase. Grants such as this give us the ability to have the necessary equipment available for them if needed.
We had 4 to 5 kennels that were rusted and completely uninhabitable. We always have a waiting list as we are only volunteers and not funded by our county. We were able to repair and replace those kennels which moved 5 more dogs off of our waiting list.
For a number of years, the Marion-Perry County Library has not been able to secure enough funds at the local level to operate the library on a fulltime basis. Last year during Covid we had to reduce the number of days that we were open to three. We simply did not have enough funds to pay staff to be open more than three days a week.
This year, with the funds from RC&D we have been able to pay our monthly bills and apply our local funds to staffing expenses, thus allowing us to be open four days a week. This has mean a great deal to our patrons, many of whom rely on the library on a daily basis for internet and computer service. We were also able to buy more books this year with the money that was freed up for collections when RC&D funds helped us with our utilities.
Today, Old Cahawba Archaeological Park is an important archaeological site located in Orrville, Alabama and a place of picturesque ruins. Nature has reclaimed much of Old Cahawba, but historians and archaeologist are working hard to uncover Cahawba’s historic past and to create a full-time interpretive park.
Old Cahawba is Alabama’s most famous ghost town and a wonderful place to visit, create memories, explore, and learn. The Park sponsors wagon tours, bird watching, cemetery preservation, bike rides, haunted history tours and much more. There are few places where the wonders of nature combine with so many elements of history. Old Cahawba’s grounds as well as the historic St. Luke’s Church are used for family reunions and large gatherings. Old Cahawba is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been featured on dozens of travel websites as an important site to see when visiting Selma.