9 Little Free Pantries + other “take what you need/leave what you can” spots for food and more

You can find Little Free Pantries all across Birmingham, including this one at Trinity United Methodist Church. Photo via Jacob Blakenship for Bham Now

It’s not hard to spot a Little Lending Library around your neighborhood, but have you ever seen the Little Free Pantries throughout Birmingham? They operate the same way, except instead of books they’re filled with food and other essential items for individuals in need. See where you can find one and other options if you’re facing food insecurity.

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“United Way was built for times like this”—5 ways the nonprofit stepped up during crises in 2020

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Outgoing President Mallie Ireland passes the gavel into incoming United Way of Central Alabama Chairman of the Board, John M. Turner. Photo via United Way of Central Alabama

This past year challenged us in ways we never thought imaginable. Thanks to United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA), however, many residents made it past tough times. At UWCA’s 2021 Annual Meeting, the nonprofit and its agencies discussed how their partnerships led them to deliver exceptional services to our city’s most vulnerable.

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100 Acts of Service from the Junior League of Birmingham opens volunteer opportunities to the public—sign up today

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100 Acts of Service is a new program by the Junior League of Birmingham providing volunteer projects to Birmingham residents. Photo via the Junior League of Birmingham

For nearly a decade, former Junior League of Birmingham (JLB) Community Vice President Lee Ann Petty dedicated countless hours of service to Birmingham. In honor of her memory, the JLB is opening up volunteer opportunities to the entire community through 100 Acts of Service. Sign up today and give back to your city.

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5 ways to support Birmingham’s homeless population now

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Meal prep at the Firehouse Shelter. Photo via Firehouse Shelter on Facebook

With the recent freezing conditions and snowfall, you may be wondering how you can help Birmingham’s homeless population now. There are many amazing non-profits in our city providing essential services to vulnerable folks in our community. Here are five organizations to support to make a direct impact.

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9 Birmingham running trails to put a little spring in your step

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This grey weather has me dreaming of running trails and days that look like a Billy Collins poem. Photo by Claire Hancock for Bham Now

While we stay inside and watch the snow tumble down today, I doubt I’m the only one dreaming of running through the woods on a sunny spring day. So to warm up (if only in my head), here are nine of Birmingham’s best running trails for spring.

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Feb.11 is 2-1-1 Day—how the 3-digit number from United Way helps thousands in Alabama

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The team is connected to thousands of ways to help you. Photo via United Way of Central Alabama

In preparation for 2-1-1 Day on February 11, we decided to learn how three little numbers make a huge impact in Alabama. United Way of Central Alabama’s (UWCA) 2-1-1 line, a 24/7 free service, is an invaluable asset when we come across hard times.

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Homewood’s Magic City Acceptance Academy breaks ground and barriers

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Inside the Magic City Acceptance Academy prior to the wall-breaking. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Today marked a new day for the Magic City Acceptance Academy (MCAA) as it hosted a ceremonial “wall-breaking” on the Birmingham area’s newest charter school. The MCAA will be the first openly LGBTQ affirming school in Alabama and one of the first in the US.

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Each valentine you send to families at the Ronald McDonald House is matched with a $10 donation—here’s how

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Writing a note of encouragement will bring a lot of smiles like this one to families at the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham. Photo via Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama

Like our parents always taught us, a handwritten note can go a long way—especially for families and patients staying at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama (RMHCA). Send a note of encouragement and an anonymous donor will match it with a $10 gift in your name. Donations help keep families with sick children together in Birmingham.

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Demolish stereotypes + learn more about construction careers for women Mar. 9 at Power UP—register today

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CAUTION: Successful women ahead! Photo via Central Six, taken pre-COVID-19

Anything boys can do girls can do too, and in heels at that. Do you know a 6th-12th grader interested in crushing a career in construction? Have her register for this year’s Power UP: It’s a Mother-Daughter Thing! Network, learn from the experts and earn a chance to win prizes during 2021’s virtual event.

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Send a little love this February by joining the Project Holiday Hope campaign

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Project Holiday Hope campaign, December 2020. Photo via Addiction Prevention Coalition

Valentine’s Day is around the corner. If you’re wondering how to spread some love and encouragement this February, take part in Addiction Prevention Coalition’s Project Holiday Hope campaign. Here’s how.

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Pose, share, inspire—register to be an organ donor and participate in #ALgivehope

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Find Legacy of Hope’s mural wall in downtown Birmingham, AL. Photo via Legacy of Hope

Keep life beating. Register to become an organ donor and inspire others by participating in Legacy of Hope‘s #ALgivehope campaign. Continue reading to learn how to leave a legacy. 

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Make a BIG impact in 2021—volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alabama

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Ready to find your match? Volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alabama. Photo via BBBS of Greater Birmingham

Looking for ways to make a big difference in 2021? Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Alabama is in need of volunteers. Here’s how you can get involved.

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Did you know United Way offers FREE tax assistance? Make life easier with only a few steps

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Judy Allen, Director of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program at United Way of Central Alabama, showed us how to receive free help on our taxes. Photo via Judy Allen

You know how the famous Benjamin Franklin saying goes—there are only two things certain in life: death and taxes. What if I told you there’s a third thing, too? Each year, you can get free tax assistance at United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA). Judy Allen, Director of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program at UWCA, shows us how to get started.

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