A trinity of United Way’s philanthropic societies make great change for Birmingham

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J. Mason Davis hopes the society named in his honor makes big strides in Pre-K education.. Photo via United Way of Central Alabama

United Way of Central Alabama’s (UWCA) affinity groups move the needle in areas of our community where social services are lacking. As UWCA rolls into the peak of the #HopeHappens campaign, we’re shedding light on three leadership organizations that strive to fulfill UWCA’s greater goal of making a positive community impact by improving the lives of others through quality education, financial stability, better health, and access to services.

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Ruffner Mountain wins nation’s highest abandoned mine land reclamation award

Abandoned mine portal gate at Ruffner Mountain. Photo by Bob Farley, provided to Bham Now by the Alabama Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Program

A project at Ruffner Mountain has won the nation’s highest achievement in the field of abandoned mine land (AML) reclamation, thanks to efforts to protect residents along trails and bats living in abandoned mines.

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Enjoy the Great Outdoors, help Bham blossom + more reasons to volunteer at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

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You can play a role in protecting, nurturing, and sharing the wonders of Birmingham Botanical Gardens! Photo via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

If you’ve been outside at all in the last couple of weeks, you’ve probably noticed how gorgeous the weather has been. If you’re wanting to spend more time outside, meet new people and make a difference in Birmingham, we’ve got just the thing for you. But don’t take our word for it—keep reading to hear from volunteers with the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

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Magic City Wellness Center is now open in a new Lakeview space

Birmingham has some local nonprofits doing incredibly important work in our community. Photo via Magic City Wellness Center on Facebook

The newest healthcare facility in town is now open in Lakeview. Magic City Wellness Center and UAB’s 1917 Clinic are among the tenants—get all the details right here!

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Save 20% at 250+ retailers like Alabama Outdoors + Kendra Scott Oct. 14-25 at Shop Save & Share

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Shop 20% off the trendiest brands at Alabama Outdoors when you purchase a Shop Save & Share card. Photo via the Junior League of Birmingham

As calls to the Crisis Center increased and programs like Meals on Wheels pivoted to feed the hungry stuck at home, vital community support from the Junior League of Birmingham stood behind their efforts. Now, we can lend a hand too, by participating in the Shop Save Share event on Wednesday, October 14 through Sunday, October 25—here’s how.

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Jimmie Hale Mission turns homelessness to hopefulness—hear Nigil’s story

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Nigil, a client at Jimmie Hale Mission. Photo via Bham Now

What does life look like with a chemistry degree, a closet full of clothes and no place to go? Nigil, a client at Jimmie Hale Mission‘s homeless shelter for men, shared his experience with living on the streets. He shows us that just because you have everything you need, it doesn’t mean you’re not missing what’s most important.

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$10 million for breast cancer research—and you can be part of it

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Pink up the Pace, Birmingham! Photo via BCRFA

October may be the month we see pink everywhere we go, but this local organization is fighting for a cure 365 days a year. Get to know the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama and learn all the ways you can get involved today.

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3 BIG ways our city benefits from this company’s $230 million commitment

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Our city is getting stronger every day. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

It’s hard to scroll through your feed without seeing an abundance of bad news, especially regarding the pandemic. However, we found some info that takes a 180 turn on the doom and gloom. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama (BCBSAL) has paid, contributed and made available over $230 million to its members, doctors and hospitals, and the community in the ongoing fight against COVID-19.  Discover how it’s positively affecting our city’s residents.

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Local broadcast media hold United for United Way Sept. 30

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United Way Press Conference held in March 2020 announcing the Community Crisis Fund. Photo courtesy of United Way of Central Alabama

On Wednesday, September 30, something very special is going to happen in Central Alabama. For the very first time, local broadcast media outlets are joining forces to encourage viewers and listeners to support United for United Way. Learn more about this important event and why you should listen and tune in.

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5 local nonprofits providing employment assistance to those in need

Photo via Central Six AlabamaWorks! on Facebook

Securing steady employment can be a challenge under any circumstance. Oftentimes, it’s also integral to lifting families out of poverty, recovering from addiction, re-entering society and more. These Birmingham nonprofits are providing all kinds of employment help to those who need it. Check it out!

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7 Birmingham nonprofits that are fighting for a cure for cancer

These organizations are helping keep families together for a long, long time. Photo via Forge BCSC on Facebook

Everyone knows someone who’s suffered from one type of cancer or another. It’s one cause that’s personal for a whole bunch of us—including these Birmingham nonprofits. They’re fighting the fight right here in Alabama, and you can be a part of it.

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Meet 3 United Way partners who’ve taken community support to the next level + how you can too

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The A.G. Boys & Girls Club provides after school support to children aged 6-18 in Birmingham and Bessemer. Photo via A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club’s Facebook

COVID-19 is increasing the demand for needs from Birmingham nonprofits whose missions are dedicated to caring for our most vulnerable. By supporting vital agencies like YWCA of Central Alabama, the Crisis Center and the A.G. Gaston Boys and Girls Club through their annual campaign, United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA) is making hope happen in our community.

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3 new nonprofit initiatives in Birmingham, including Project Empathy

King’s Home recently dedicated this new facility. Photo via King’s Home

Our Birmingham nonprofits are constantly rising to meet the needs of our community, and 2020 has brought more needs than ever. These 3 local organizations are stepping up to the plate, and you can, too. Here’s how.

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