More than just donations—how this Birmingham org changes lives


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When times get tough, United Way of Central Alabama steps up. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Everyone in Birmingham knows just how generous the community truly is. Want to see one of the truest examples? Take a look around at your neighbors, and you’ll see people who have been impacted by the United Way of Central Alabama’s Tocqueville Society.

Wait. What’s the Tocqueville Society?

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The Tocqueville Society inspires all members to live united. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

The Tocqueville Society isn’t some hoity-toity exclusive organization where people sit around sipping tea. Oh no. It’s actually a group of dedicated members who donate at least $10,000 a year to support the United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA). Talk about generosity.

Want to know why the UWCA’s work is so important? They support organizations that have a major impact on our six-county region—like Meals on Wheels and Girls Inc. Central Alabama.

“We all want to help our neighbors be stronger.”

Meals on Wheels volunteers
Last year, United Way volunteers pivoted to continue supporting their community. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

If you’re a foodie like I am, you know how important a great meal is for your happiness. But for plenty of our homebound neighbors, it’s hard to get nutritious meals on a regular basis. It’s even harder to find the human connection that often comes with sharing food with loved ones.

That’s where Meals on Wheels comes in. Volunteers deliver nutritious meals to homebound seniors throughout Jefferson County, provide a friendly face and are able to report anything that seems out of the ordinary with them.

“Until you actually get in there and meet people and see what the needs of the community are, you just don’t really have any idea.”

Jill Deer, Volunteer, Meals on Wheels

When the pandemic hit, UWCA volunteers had to adjust. From changing the way they deliver meals at Meals on Wheels to supporting local businesses, they showed that the best of Birmingham is its citizens’ generosity.

Support United Way of Central Alabama and their partner agencies by giving today.

Uniting around a better Birmingham

J. Mason Davis, United Way of Central Alabama Tocqueville Society
J. Mason Davis. Photo via UWCA

J. Mason Davis has been a part of the Tocqueville Society since its founding in Birmingham over thirty years ago. Throughout that time, he’s seen just how important the agency is for building a brighter Birmingham—for everyone.

“United Way means everything to the city, because it’s the agency that funds all of the other agencies that do helpful things for the entire community.”

J. Mason Davis, Member, Tocqueville Society

Members of the Tocqueville Society love the city, so they want to help it succeed. Their generous donations support the UWCA’s many organizations, including:

Whether you’re looking to volunteer time or provide financial support, check out the United Way of Central Alabama website and follow their journey via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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