September 2006

AWCI Cares Disburses $11,000+
If one of your employees is killed in an accident, how will his family get by while they grieve and transition into a new life?

The answer to that question is the reason that AWCI Cares was created: to help good people when bad things happen to them.

We first told you about the new AWCI Cares program in December 2005, and since then more than $8,500 has been donated to the program, and grants totaling $11,893 have been awarded to employees who work for AWCI-member companies.

AWCI Cares provides financial support to AWCI member company employees and/or their dependents who have experienced a major illness, accident or hardship beyond their insurance and financial capabilities. Recent grant recipients have included cancer patients and a single parent who has a brain tumor.

The program was started with $20,000 in funds donated by the Foundation of the Wall and Ceiling Industry, and is now funded by the Foundation via corporate giving and tax deductible contributions, such as the jewelry raffle that takes place during AWCI’s convention. The Foundation’s Annual drive campaign kicks off this month, and you will have the option to designate that your donation go to the AWCI Cares program.

The Foundation will invest the funds until needed. When a special need request is made by an AWCI member, the members of the AWCI Cares Leadership Team will review the application for assistance and determine if an award should be made.

The applications for assistance are available in the "About the Foundation” section of AWCI’s Web site, The information provided on the application is held in the strictest confidence, used only by the members of the AWCI Cares Leadership Team and the liaison staff person to determine.

Questions regarding this new member benefit should be directed to Jane Northern, or (703) 538.1615.

AWCI Introduces Safety Web Site
AWCI’s new safety Web site, which made its debut last month, contains many informative and useful features such as compliance tips, a message board monitored by a safety consultant, safety calendar, articles, notices and safety posters that can be downloaded. The site also contains information on association products and services.

The Web site is designed and maintained by Intec, developers of the AWCI Safety Software.

The site can be accessed through AWCI’s home page at