Two separate grant opportunities netted $4,500 for Communities In Schools of Walton County from the Walmart Distribution Center in Monroe.
The first opportunity came in the form of a Facility Grant, for which Walmart DC general manager and CIS board member Stacey Hodoh invited CIS to apply. CIS was among several local charitable agencies to receive funding through the Facility Grant program.
The second opportunity resulted from the associates' participating in the 3rd quarter "Volunteering Always Pays" program, an initiative to encourage Walmart managers to volunteer by rewarding the charities they serve. Associates earned $3000 for Communities In Schools of Walton County by conducting the Stuff the Bus school supply drive in August and the Clothing Drive in October.
"Walmart is a new partner for us this year, and the support they have given us has been amazing," said Angela Yarman, CIS executive director. "Each time they have been involved in a project for us, we have been struck by the scale of their activities. Their capacity to impact a need is just huge!"
From school supplies to clothing, coats and canned goods, from sponsoring CIS families for Christmas to supporting our operation with grant funding, Walmart has made a tremendous impact on CIS this year.