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West Alabama Works

Total Qualifying Score: 9
County (ARC Region): Yes
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: No – 1
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : Yes (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: $250,001 to $1.5 million – 5 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: No – 1
Q9. CARES Act Funding: Yes – 0
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


West Alabama Works
Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama 35401

County (ARC Region) Tuscaloosa
State (ARC Region) Alabama


Q1. Mission:

The mission of the West Alabama Works is to promote the economic prosperity of our region through well-managed, coordinated, integrated and quality support services for employers and job seekers at all levels. 

Q2. How organization aligns with ARC’s Plan & Goals:

West Alabama Works was created by industry to support the Region 3 Workforce Council.  The purpose of the regional workforce development system is to facilitate the establishment and implementation of a comprehensive, coordinated, seamless workforce development system for the region that supports economic and workforce training activities.  The West Alabama Works is business led and industry driven.

Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(3)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: No

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 16/5 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 15/1 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $464,788/$474,706

Q6. Fiscal Year: Calendar

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $760,088 / $763,842

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $464,788 / $474,706

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): No ($)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): Yes ($15,000)
Received From: State of Alabama   Date Received: 9/23/2020
For What Purpose(s): Mortgage Payment

Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

Many organizations were able to take advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), but unfortunately, our organization did not qualify. Therefore, many staff members were furloughed. Two staff members were exposed to COVID at a socially-distant community meeting, causing five total staff members to be tested and put on quarantine for 14 days. This caused a larger void in our organization to effectively do our job with the community and our members. Our annual career exploration and hiring event for juniors and seniors, WOW 2.0, was held virtually to comply with COVID-19. Due to the virtual nature of the event, only 75 students were able to participate, while the event usually draws 2,000+ juniors and seniors from West Alabama. Though the event was meaningful for the few who were able to participate, COVID-19 took away the impact this annual event has for our region’s juniors and seniors, which allows them to meet with colleges and interview for full- and part-time jobs.

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
Businesses have shut down and laid off employees due to the pandemic. As a workforce development organization, we must have reliable employer partners to help put individuals to work. If we continue to lose employer partners due to closings, we won’t have enough jobs to help those out of work due to COVID-19.
Financially, our organization relies on grant funding and sponsorships. Fortunately our funders have been flexible during COVID-19, and we haven’t lost funding. However, sponsorships are at risk, as many businesses are ending corporate giving and sponsorship programs to stay afloat during the pandemic. Worlds of Work, our signature career exploration event for eighth graders, is funded through sponsorships. Without these sponsorships, we worry if our programming can take place.
Though there are measures and programs to help our organization pivot during this time, many of those resources are expensive and require time and training. We hope to find a platform that we can afford to make our student events memorable and successful, but it will be difficult to fund. It will also be a challenge to train our employees, who are already working on more projects than normal due to COVID-19.

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

This program will assist West Alabama Works in navigating the unprecedented times we are currently living in. Since March, our organization has developed resources to help businesses and community members affected by COVID-19, including a nationally-recognized reopening playbook, comprehensive PPE database, small business relief fund, childcare database to assist working parents, unemployment claims guide. 60+ public webinars on COVID-19 regulations and a digital resource guide. As we continue to develop solutions brought on by COVID-19, participating in this program would help us continue to reach community members through safe, virtual platforms by helping fund these platforms. It would also help us to continue offering resources to help our businesses stay open and our unemployed citizens find meaningful work with living wages. We would have the resources to continue adding to what we’ve already developed, responding to and assisting our community during this unprecedented time.


Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? No

Q13. Executive Director or CEO Will Participate in the Program? Yes

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Fundraising

Course #2 Choice: 2-Short-term Financial Management

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Fall 2020: 11-Week Course (Nov. 9, 2020 -Jan. 24, 2021)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Winter 2021: 10-Week Course (Jan. 25. 2021 – Apr. 4, 2021)


Name: Donny Jones, Executive Director

Application Approved by Organization Director or CEO? Yes, Approved by Executive Director/CEO

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