United Way celebrates a big year—here’s what lies ahead

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United Way’s annual meeting. (UWCA)

United Way of Central Alabama held their annual meeting last week to celebrate raising $39 million in their record-breaking campaign, present awards and commemorate their 100th year of being the light they are in the community. Keep reading for more and what’s to come for UWCA.

Highlights of 2022

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United Way has made a huge impact this year. (UWCA)

2022 was a huge year for UWCA. President Drew Langloh expressed how proud he was of the work that was done this year and thanked everyone who helped make it all happen.

“Over the past year, we have made significant progress towards our mission, which is to increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another and to improve their community.

None of this would have been possible without the support of our generous donors and volunteers. Your contributions have made a real difference in the lives of people in our communities so whether you have donated your time, money, or resources, please know that you have played a vital role in our success.”

Drew Langloh, President, United Way of Central Alabama

Here’s a look at some of the incredible accomplishments of 2022:

  • The Meals on Wheels program, combined with UWCA’s Area Agency on Aging served over 531,000 meals to 4,000 seniors. 
  • United Way’s 2-1-1 Call Center handled nearly 27,000 calls for assistance. 
  • Through the Success By 6 programs, 1,300 children in 67 pre-school classrooms will be better prepared for success when entering kindergarten. 
  • United Way’s Housing Alliance served 5,050 households by preparing them for home ownership and associated financial responsibilities.   
  • The Free Tax Preparation service prepared more than 1,000 tax returns for area residents, generating more than $1.3 million in tax refunds that go back into our local economy. 

Want to be a part of the work UWCA is doing in the community? Learn how you can volunteer.

Moving forward into the next 100 years

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Drew Langoh presenting the gavel to Chip Bivins. (Callie Puryear / Bham Now)

Not only is it time for UWCA to look ahead into the next year, this also starts the 100th year of United Way of Central Alabama. To help forge the path for the next hundred years, Langloh introduced Chip Bivins as the 2023 and 2024 Chair of the Board of Directors.

Bivins—a long-time contributor and volunteer—has served a variety of roles including chair of the Strategic Planning Committee and most recently, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors. He jumped right into the Centennial plans for UWCA.

Here are a few highlights:

  • Increase the Endowment to more than $100 million in matured and expected gifts to position UWCA to meet the ever-changing needs of our community.
  • Make a gift back to each of the six counties UWCA serves by building a community park in each county.
  • Hold a summertime family celebration in June to celebrate and thank all who make Central Alabama a better place. (Stay tuned!)

“Looking ahead, we know that there is much work to be done but I am confident that we can leverage the energy and excitement surrounding the Centennial year to drive positive change and make a lasting impact on our community for another 100 years and beyond.  

I am keenly aware of the challenges in our communities that lie ahead but I am also filled with enthusiasm and optimism for what we can accomplish together and how we can best serve Central Alabama moving forward.”

Chip Bivins, UWCA Board of Directors, UWCA

UWCA continues to be a light in the community

Entering this centennial year, United Way is working to adapt to changing needs and community conditions as well as align their work with more of a community focus and engagement. Over the last several months, UWCA has identified key areas, issues and community leaders to partner with to effect long-term change.  

“As we pursue new ways to deliver greater access to services within communities facing the greatest disparity, we will be inclusive, action-oriented and balanced. This new approach will enable us to deliver specific services to those in greatest need while becoming a more valued and trusted partner known for helping people every day.”

Chip Bivins, UWCA Board of Directors, UWCA

Don’t miss any opportunities to help with United Way of Central Alabama this year. Learn how you can volunteer today.

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