Learn about United Way’s Day Of Action + celebrating Juneteenth

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United Way Staff members lead Day of Action by planting in Tuxedo Garden. (United Way)

United Way’s Young Philanthropists Society (YPS) and its J. Mason Davis Leadership Society (JMDLS) recently sponsored Day of Action and Juneteenth community projects across Birmingham.

The J. Mason Davis Leadership Society of United Way

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The JMDLS’s first Juneteenth project was in 2021 at an East Birmingham elementary school. (United Way)

JMDLS is made up of African-American changemakers who align with the society’s mission of having a positive impact on the community through philanthropy, volunteerism and advocacy. They continued their mission of being a catalyst for change by participating in a few events during the weekend of June 18-21.

Honoring Juneteenth

(Birmingham Civil Rights Institute)

In honor of Juneteenth, JMDLS sponsored the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) Juneteenth celebration that took place on June 18. 

The Institute hosted a day-long celebration with a “Backyard Boogie” theme. The event was filled with music, dancing and even a film screening and discussion for the film, Through Her Eyes, directed by Trenton Lumpkin. 

United Way’s Day of Action

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Early morning project in Highland Park neighborhood. (United Way)

The spirit of United Way’s Days of Action, which took place on June 21 and coordinated locally by United Way’s Hands On,  is when hundreds of United Ways and thousands of volunteers gather virtually and in person to make a difference in communities where they work and live.

“Each of us can make a difference by volunteering.”

Tawana Willoughby, Community Liaison, United Way Hands On

The Highland Park Racquet Club and Tuxedo Community Garden

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Volunteers at Tuxedo Junction Community Garden. (United Way)

Nick Whatley, a United Way’s Day of Action volunteer from Alabama Power, applauded United Way of Central Alabama for doing a great job of providing volunteering opportunities in the community.

Members from United Way’s Young Philanthropists Society (YPS)volunteers helped prepare the Highland Park landscape through: 

  • Painting stair rails and brick area
  • Planting bushes and flowerpots
  • Removing debris
  • Shoveling and sweeping around tennis courts 
  • Trimming trees/bushes 

They also held another community service opportunity in preparation for The World Games 2022 at the Tuxedo Community Garden located in Ensley in an effort to enhance the community garden.

“We were able to plant fresh plants and flowers as well as clean up some overgrown areas around the tennis courts. In just a few short hours, the team made a visible impact that will improve the experience of everyone that visits Birmingham’s premier public tennis facility.”

Nick Whatley, a volunteer, Alabama Power

Learn more about United Way of Central Alabama’s J. Mason Davis Society + the Young Philanthropists Society TODAY.

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