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Macon Water Alliance Provides Service, Outreach

Jan 25, 2019 by Chris Wood, Ph.D.

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Volunteers from YKK USA at the most recent Ocmulgee Alive! Macon’s annual river cleanup is a signature community event made possible by the sponsorships and contributions to the Macon Water Alliance.

As we turn the calendar over from 2018 to the New Year, MWA customers, employees, partners, and event sponsors can take pride in the many successful projects and programs made possible this past year by their contributions to the Macon Water Alliance.

The MWA established the Macon Water Alliance, Inc. as a Non-Profit, 501c3 subsidiary to oversee and administer the public education programming, charitable assistance, and related projects and events of the Authority and its community partners.

By the end of the fiscal year, the Alliance’s funding was approaching $85,000, thanks to MWA customer contributions and employee payroll deductions, sponsorships of events, and donations from individuals and companies interested in the Non-Profit’s mission. The Alliance hopes to add Public and Private Grants and other funding sources in the future as well.

Founded in 2015, the Macon Water Alliance Mission is to work with relevant partners to ensure that residents of Middle Georgia are provided access to environmental education and programs, charitable assistance, and access to clean drinking water, regardless of personal economic conditions. The purpose or the Non-Profit is to build a stronger, more unified Middle Georgia through environmental engagement, education, and partnerships.

Some of the projects, programs, and services provided by the Macon Water Alliance this past year included:

• Macon’s annual river cleanup, Ocmuglee Alive!, held Oct. 6, 2018.

• The annual Kids Fishing Derby, held June 2, 2018.

• The ongoing Water Assistance Program, which now includes the MWA Customer “Round-Up” initiative, to assist qualified, disadvantaged and underserved residents with paying for water and sewer services – a program administered by Bibb County DFCS.

• Assistance with plumbing repairs and/or upgrades for disadvantaged or underserved local residents, including in-kind services and contributions to Non-Profit Partners such as Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Macon. The Alliance provided a donation of $5,000 last year to Rebuilding Macon, which funded 14 residential rehab projects, with a similar donation planned for Habitat for Humanity this year.

• Assistance provided to Altamaha Riverkeeper for specific projects or activities protecting the Altamaha Watershed, which includes the Ocmulgee River.

• Support of Georgia Earth Day Events.

• Support of Georgia Adopt-a-Stream Programs.

The Macon Water Alliance meets quarterly and is governed by a five-member Board of Directors who are comprised of MWA Board Members to serve staggering two-year terms. The current Macon Water Alliance Board consists of: Dwight Jones, Chairman, Frank Patterson, Vice Chairman, Larry Schlesinger, Member, Dr. Anissa Jones, Member, and Tony Rojas, President.

Media contact:
Chris Wood, Ph.D.
P: 770-757-1681
E: chris@jwapr.com

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