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  • Writer's pictureMelissa Davison

Poarch Band of Creek Indians awards $250K grant to Madison Visionary Partners 

Updated: Feb 1

Grant will support the senior wing of the Madison Community Center

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PBCI) today announced a $250,000 grant to Madison Visionary Partners (MVP)  that will help fund a senior wing of the new Madison Community Center. The announcement came at a press conference held at  Madison City Hall that was attended by MVP and City leaders and supporters from the community.

PBCI Tribal Chair Stephanie Bryan (center) presents MVP Executive Director Melanie Thornton (center left) with a check at a press conference. Also pictured: Mayor Paul Finley, MVP Chair Brenda Matthews and PBCI Tribal Council Member Charlotte Meckel.

”We are so thankful to the Poarch Band of Creek Indians for recognizing the impact that the Center will have on our senior citizens’ quality of life,” said Melanie Thornton, Executive Director of MVP. “Thanks to this investment from the Tribe, our city’s growing senior population will have access to high-quality programs and services.”

The 34,000 square foot Madison Community Center, scheduled to open later this year, will house the city’s “Meals on Wheels” program, as well as multiple meeting rooms, arts and craft spaces, a music room,  and a multi-use gym for Madison's special needs community. An entire wing of the building will be home to Madison's Senior Center which, once complete, will greatly expand opportunities for Madison’s growing, and active senior community.

Members of the PBCI Tribal Council and staff toured the community center today with MVP and City Administrator Steve Smith.

”In our Indian culture, seniors are highly valued and respected, and they play an active role in the life of our community,” stated PBCI Tribal Chair & CEO, Stephanie A. Bryan. “It is very important to us that we support seniors and help provide ways for them to continue to live active, healthy lives and maintain their connections to others and to their community. We are honored to be able to be part of this truly visionary project.”

PBCI's commitment to philanthropy has left a lasting impact on communities throughout Alabama. Actively supporting numerous charitable organizations, PBCI allocates funding to a range of initiatives, including the arts, youth sports, senior care, and emergency support services. This reflects PBCI's dedication to addressing the diverse needs of the community.

“We are incredibly grateful to the Poarch Band of Creek Indians for their support and donation to our Community Center; a project that directly benefits the quality of life for all residents in the City of Madison,” said City of Madison’s Mayor Paul Finley. “We also appreciate Madison Visionary Partners continued efforts in leading our Community Center Capital Campaign, they are truly making a positive impact.

The City of Madison purchased the Three Springs property in 2020 with plans to transform it into a community center to support Madison’s growing population. Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations and collaborations with social service entities, the center will be a community hub with a focus on health and wellness programs; arts, recreation and technology classes and serve as a gathering place that includes 30 acres of outdoor space. You can read more about the Madison Community Center’s planned features here.

About Madison Visionary Partners: 

Madison Visionary Partners (MVP) is a community nonprofit in Madison, Alabama founded in 2014 by a group of community and business leaders. Our primary focus is garnering philanthropic support and collaborative partnerships for community projects. Our mission focus is enriching the quality of life for the City of Madison.

About the Poarch Band of Creek Indians:

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is the only federally recognized tribe in Alabama. From hospitality to aerospace, we continue to operate in a variety of industries across the World. Read more about our Tribe here.

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