Meals on Wheels helps keep more than 1,100 Jefferson County seniors from going hungry. See how you can help.

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Photo from United Way of Central Alabama video profiling Meals on Wheels.

The numbers are staggering.

In Jefferson County, Alabama, our local Meals on Wheels (MOW) Program delivers more than 1,100 meals per day, five days a week. Roughly 231,645 meals were delivered last year to every corner of the county. This year, the program is on track to serve 285,000 meals.

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Meet Shep. One of United Ability’s superheroes leading their Champions Campaign in Birmingham

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United Ability superheroes at Hand in Hand. Photo from Kati Maddox

Every year, United Ability holds its Champions Campaign, a year-end fundraiser that supports the Hand In Hand Early Learning program for children 6 weeks up to 5 years of age, living with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Down syndrome, hydrocephalus, and other lifelong challenges.

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What are native plants and why do they matter here in Birmingham?

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HICA volunteers weeded and planted in Ruffner Mountain’s bird habitat garden. Photo courtesy of Bob Farley

You might have heard talk about ’native’ plants. But, what are they and more importantly, why should you care? We’re going to take a look at these questions in this first of a three part series. I invite you to come along with me to explore.

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Rodney Scott’s, Ruby Sunshine Cafe, Todd English, received 95 and above food service scores in November

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Find Rodney Scott’s BBQ at the location of the former Saigon Noodle House in Avondale. Photo by Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Several Birmingham area food service establishments, including Rodney Scott’s BBQ in Avondale, Ruby Sunshine Cafe in Homewood, Uptown’s Todd English PUB and Lakeview’s Los Amigos received 95 and above on their health inspection scores in November 2019.

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Birding expert discovers “Thanksgiving miracle” at UAB. Latest confirmed robin nesting in Alabama.

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Here is fun nature story for Bham Now readers.

Greg Harber, a volunteer and renown  birding instructor at Alabama Audubon, witnessed a “Thanksgiving miracle” while working at UAB on Thanksgiving.

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Over 500 local volunteers visit United Way of Central Alabama partner agencies. See why it matters.

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United Way Visiting Allocations Teams. Photo courtesy of United Way of Central Alabama

Earlier this year, Bham Now reported how United Way of Central Alabama has received the highest rating possible from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest independent charity evaluator for 17 consecutive years.

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Birmingham business licenses will be available online December 2. See how that’s good news for small business

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Business licenses in Birmingham can be secured online on December 2, 2019. Photo from the city of Birmingham

Beginning December 2nd, doing business in the Magic City is about to get much easier.

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See Wells Fargo sign removed from Birmingham’s tallest building (7 videos and photos)

If you were around downtown Birmingham on Saturday morning, you got to see a real treat.  It is not everyday you see and hear a helicopter  hover over a skyscraper some 500+ feet high removing a sign off the Magic City’s tallest building.

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Birmingham shines. Here’s how United Way of Central Alabama and United Way Worldwide stack up

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United Way of Central Alabama staff. Photo courtesy of United Way of Central Alabama

You’ve heard that Birmingham is one of the most philanthropic cities in the U.S., and it’s true! We help each other. Our giving nature makes Birmingham special. And, we have organizations here, including the United Way of Central AL, that are leading the impact of our giving. How do they stack up against other philanthropic organizations across the nation and the world? Find out below.

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Breakout the Santa hats! 22 Christmas parades and tree lighting events throughout the Birmingham area

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Birmingham’s 2017 Christmas tree at Linn Park in front of City Hall

Let’s face it – Birmingham loves Christmas Parades and Christmas Tree Lighting ceremonies.  Who needs the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

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Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has 3 alternatives to talking politics with family this Thanksgiving

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In June, the Community Foundation’s Instruments of Hope Unity Fund held a productive and ground-breaking discussion about race and religion at the historic 16th Street Baptist Church. Photo credit: D. Jerome Smedley

Who doesn’t love Thanksgiving dinner? The food, family, friends and football—which in Alabama, of course, includes a little rivalry talk about the Iron Bowl.

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