The Village Creek Watershed environment is an educational and beautiful historical resource for Birmingham. This important watershed needs your help to improve its fundraising and data management in order to continue providing education, advocacy, and economic development to improve the quality of life in the three sections of the 44 mile watershed.
TechBridge recommends VCS implement Cloud Essentials for Nonprofits in order to:
- Improve fundraising with sponsors and individuals and develop permanent stakeholders
- Pursue federal grant dollars this year
- Do more advocacy with schools, agencies, communities
- Be at the forefront of sustainability in the watershed area
- Involve people from a variety of communities on advisory board
- Track volunteer opportunities and volunteer involvement
- Manage program data for grants
- Manage photos/marketing materials
About the Nonprofit
Village Creek has a wonderful story to tell. It was, and still is, the only notable stream in the Jefferson County area. Village Creek was the first source of drinking water for the residents in the City of Birmingham, and Alabama’s first coal operations are recorded to have happened along the banks of Village Creek in the 1820’s.
From atop Red Mountain, James T. Milner, a railroad engineer, had a vision for the lovely valley as he sat on his horse. He purchased seven thousand acres along the Village Creek Watershed and this vision became the City of Birmingham on January 26, 1871.
Families moved into the Village Creek Watershed in the 1920’s. The church was the hub for family activities, and yearly revivals, Sunday school, summer bible school, choir rehearsal, church plays and fish fries were the sources of enculturation. All families had beautiful gardens, fruit trees and grape arbors. Chickens were raised to broiler size and placed in the freezer. No one ever went hungry, and children had responsibilities and chores. Every child received positive family and neighborhood reinforcement. Many of Birmingham’s leaders today grew up in the Village Creek Watershed environment.