Impact 100 Baldwin County awarded four $96,000 grants totaling $384,000 to four area nonprofit agencies in Baldwin County during its annual meeting Nov. 1 at the Marriott Grand Hotel in Point Clear. This year’s award recipients were African Universal Church Resource Center, Daphne Search and Rescue, Baldwin County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association and ARC Baldwin County.

The 2015 Impact 100 grant winners are, from left: Baldwin County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association -  Katy Bridges and Kevin Welch; AUC Resource Center - Cassandra Boykin and Pastor Jerry Boykin; Daphne Search and Rescue - Lt. Joshua Gibbs and Capt. Ronny Champion; ARC Baldwin County - Kathy Fleet.

The 2015 Impact 100 grant winners are, from left: Baldwin County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association – Katy Bridges and Kevin Welch; AUC Resource Center – Cassandra Boykin and Pastor Jerry Boykin; Daphne Search and Rescue – Lt. Joshua Gibbs and Capt. Ronny Champion; ARC Baldwin County – Kathy Fleet.

Since its founding in 2008, Impact 100 Baldwin County, an all-female organization, has awarded $1,744,000 in grants to area nonprofits that have helped improve the community in the areas of arts and culture, education, environmental preservation and recreation, family and health and wellness. The organization’s membership has grown from 82 members in its inception to more than 366 members in 2015.

Located in Daphne, the African Universal Church Resource Center will use the Impact 100 grant to enhance and update an existing day care center, after-school program and summer camp, thereby providing at risk children and youth the opportunity to continue the education process after school and during the summer months. The enhancements will include new computers, software, workstations, playground equipment, and a new 15- passenger van and a used wheelchair accessible van.

The Daphne Search and Rescue team will use the grant to fund a “Safe Waters” project to purchase state of the art high-resolution sonar technology and other safety equipment, which will help locate missing persons, vessels and other objects in waterways.

Robertsdale-based Baldwin County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association will use the grant to help ease the transition to foster care for both the child and the foster family. The organization will provide a “Life Bag” to children currently in or going to foster care. “Life Bags” will include age-appropriate items such as underwear, school uniforms, pillow, blanket, toiletries and books, which will ease the financial burden on the foster families and give the child a sense of security and normalcy.

ARC Baldwin County, which serves the county’s intellectually disabled, will use the grant to fund the purchase of three vehicles, two of which would be handicap accessible, to provide safe, efficient, and reliable transportation of disabled individuals to an average of 200 medical appointments each month and 90 hospital visits a year.