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The Abilene Alliance for Women and Children Gets a New Kitchen

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With roots dating back to 1919, the Abilene Alliance for Women and Children has been an important part of this west central Texas community for nearly 100 years. The Alliance for Women and Children provides quality programs to empower all women and children by educating and assisting women to be health conscious and self-sufficient. Their mission also includes providing a nurturing and safe environment for school-aged children.

Through their after-school care program for children, “A-Teens” program for teenage girls and the Gaining Professional Success (GPS) program for women, The Alliance encourages self-assurance, continued success and promotes well-being for not only the mind but also the body.

ALON is proud to be associated with the Abilene Alliance for Women and Children because of all the good work they do in their community. As a good corporate citizen, we not only enjoy giving back to the communities in which our stores operate but we also feel it is our responsibility to pay forward our success to organizations that are creating a positive environment.

Recently, The Alliance won ALON’s “Load the Code” contest and received a check for $30,000! The money will help them pay for much needed upgrades to their kitchen. The “A-Teens” program uses the kitchen extensively throughout the summer months teaching girls how to cook, follow a recipe and use different kinds of kitchen equipment — giving them skills that will help themselves and others as they grow. The kitchen is also used to prepare snacks for the after-school care program as well as during various women’s programs and other events. The kitchen is also used by tenants who rent out The Alliance’s building.

Currently, the Alliance for Women and Children’s “A-Teens” program is in full swing this summer providing girls an “All Access Pass to Awesomeness.” When school starts in August, the after-school care program will take off again providing a safe and positive environment for over 500 children in Abilene. In September, The Alliance will host its annual Fall Luncheon — an annual fundraiser event — with special guest Elizabeth Smart.

For more information about the great things the Abilene Alliance for Women and Children is doing in their community, visit their website at http://www.allianceforwomenandchildren.org.

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