United Way of Madison County concerned about possible state budget cuts


We’ve heard about the possible closure of state parks and drivers license facilities. Now, we’re learning more on services that could be cut because of the state budget deficit.

After hearing about the proposed budget cuts, United Way of Madison County did some number crunching of its own.

“Of the severe cuts we’re talking about are really going to come out of that health and human services area,” said Clay Vandiver, President and CEO of the United Way of Madison County.

Health and human services are what the organization works on daily.

“Agencies that supply those services have to reduce programs dramatically or maybe even close their doors,” said Vandiver.

Some programs include Phoenix Industries, the Boys and Girls Club, Girls Inc., the National Childrens Advocacy Center, and the Alabama Kidney Foundation.

But, one program stands out from the rest. The Arc in Madison County. 

“They are the one we fear for the most because they can’t move money around like larger companies,” said Vandiver. 

Large cuts like this can be detrimental. Which means the Arc’s group homes, employment services for the disabled, and day programs may come to an end.

But, there is something you can do. Vandiver recommends you picking up your phone, calling your legislator and asking what can be done.

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