Press Releases

July 7, 2011
Contact: Daphne Yarbrough-Jones
Public Relations Manager
Telephone: (910) 755-1755
FAX: (910) 754-5499


Shallotte, NC -- ATMC has awarded Community Connections grant funds totaling $25,000 to 17 organizations serving Brunswick County. The cooperative recently honored its sixth annual community grant recipients with a reception at ATMC's corporate headquarters in Shallotte. Representatives from each organization talked about the programs for which the grant funds were rewarded and how these grants will positively impact area residents.

Those receiving funding were:

Arts & Culture -Brunswick Little Theatre – The Fabulous Fable Factory: help fund a musical that will feature the classic Aesop's fables of children's literature

Emergency and Disaster Planning -American Red Cross – Disaster Response & Preparedness Education: educational materials for outreach programs and emergency assistance for local families

Health and Human Services -Brunswick Adult Medical Clinic – Beyond Basics: program to help cover the costs associated with diagnostic testing, lab, x-rays, consultations and other services that go beyond basic healthcare for the working poor and uninsured patients of Brunswick County -Hope Harbor Home – SafeMeds Program: purchase a locking medicine cabinet for storage of shelter residents' medications -Lower Cape Fear Hospice & Lifecare Center – Live Well Caregiver Conference: program to educate and encourage caregivers of Hospice patients -New Hope Clinic – Fight the Flu 2011: provide flu vaccinations to uninsured and low-income high-risk patients with chronic medical conditions

Civic and Miscellaneous -Brunswick Community College Interagency Program – Healthy Smiles Project: provide dental services to developmentally disabled adult students -Brunswick County Literacy Council – Audiotape Assisted Oral Literacy Skills Training: using audiocassette tapes to intensify and expedite reading comprehension and fluency skill training -Communities in Schools of Brunswick County – Parenting Education Programs: purchase materials to teach parenting and family skills through the Parenting Wisely Program -Countywide Community Development Corporation- Fresh Start/Financial Literacy & Credit Repair Academy: financial education program for low-income and unemployed residents with a poor credit history -The First Tee of Brunswick County – NC Life Skills & Leadership Academy: assist with the telecommunications needs for the N.C. Life Skills & Leadership Academy at The First Tee of Brunswick County -Marine Corps League/Detachment 1036 – Brunswick County Holiday Dinners: provide holiday dinners to needy families in area elementary schools -Shallotte Lions Club – Vision Van Ventures: Conduct vision screenings and provide glasses for students at five local schools -Smart Start of Brunswick County – Just Watch it Grow: combat childhood obesity by promoting outdoor activity and engaging children in planting, growing and tasting vegetables from their own garden -Warrior Ride – Warrior Ride 2011: assist in the purchase of supplies and a special adaptive bicycle for a veteran/wounded soldier to use in annual ride that raises awareness of veterans' issues and the physical and emotional costs of war -WAVES4K.I.D.S. – Stuff'n School Book Bags 2011: provide school supplies to disadvantaged children in Foster Care and Child Protective Services -Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry – The Atlantic Telephone Home: repair substandard housing for the elderly and low-income individuals and families

The ATMC Grant Program began in 2006, and the majority of the cooperative's corporate contributions and sponsorship dollars are now given directly through the grant program. The grants awarded recently will impact a diverse group of individuals across Brunswick County of all ages, races and sexes, and touch on a broad range of health and human service needs among the county's rapidly-growing population.

Allen Russ, CEO/General Manager of ATMC, commented, "I am honored to stand among such a fine group of community supporters today and am always amazed at the great work you are doing in Brunswick County. ATMC is proud to serve you, and we hope that these contributions will assist you in helping those in need in our own backyard. Thank you for caring so much about our community."

To-date, ATMC has awarded $245,000 in community and education grants. ATMC will also be awarding education grants through its Smart Connections program in the fall of this year. Smart Connections applications and packages will be distributed after school reconvenes and will be accepted beginning late August. Up to $25,000 will be issued through these grants, which will focus on education needs in our county's schools as well as any pre-school education-related issues.

For more information on ATMC's grant program or to obtain a copy of program guidelines or an application, visit ATMC's website at, or stop by the cooperative's corporate headquarters at 640 Whiteville Road in Shallotte or the Customer Service Center at The Village at Sunset Beach.

PICTURED (left to right, seated): Vicki LaBelle (American Red Cross); Debbie Gurreri (Communities in Schools of Brunswick County); Debbie Skillman (Brunswick Little Theatre); Jo Ann Mathews (Hope Harbor Home); Dorothy Hoerr (Brunswick County Literacy Council); and Judy Wallace (Shallotte Lions Club). (2nd row, standing): J.C. Skane (Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry); Cindy Cheatham (Lower Cape Fear Hospice & Lifecare Center); Sheila Roberts (New Hope Clinic); Helen Gabriel (Smart Start of Brunswick County); Annette Laska (Brunswick Adult Medical Clinic); Kay Wolf (WAVES4K.I.D.S.); and Doug Hawes (ATMC Director). (3rd row, standing): Deborah Ahlers (Warrior Ride); Gene Ward (ATMC Secretary/Treasurer); Rebecca Albin (The First Tee of Brunswick County); Richard Rust (Marine Corps League/Detachment 1036); Krista Engels (BCC Interagency Program); and Allen Russ (ATMC CEO/General Manager)