Give back with these 7 ways to volunteer in Birmingham, including United Way

Family smiling and sitting in Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama
Want to see smiles like this? Support your local nonprofit in Birmingham. Photo via Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama on Facebook

This year has thrown us all curveballs, but there’s still so much to be thankful for. Take advantage of the season of thanksgiving by giving back! While you’re making your plans for Thanksgiving, make sure to check out these 7 ways you can donate or volunteer in Birmingham this year.

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AIDS Alabama wants you to eat at these 34 restaurants on September 24—here’s why

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People at Dining Out for Life in 2019 at 5 Point Public House Oyster Bar
2019 Dining Out for Lifers at 5 Point Public House Oyster Bar, pre-COVID. Photo via AIDS Alabama

For a decade, Birmingham-area restaurants have generously donated a portion of their proceeds from Dining Out for Life to AIDS Alabama. But this year, AIDS Alabama is giving back and wants you to get in on the action. Keep reading to find out how you can be part of Dining Out for Life on Thursday, September 24.

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4 major ways COVID-19 is impacting Hispanics in Birmingham—plus 11 places to get + give help today

Many organizations are helping the Hispanic community in Birmingham - you can help too
AIDS Alabama is one of many organizations helping Birmingham’s Hispanic community during COVID. Photo via Alabama Latino AIDS Coalition’s Facebook page

For the over 200,000 Alabama residents who, according to the 2018 American Community Survey, speak a language other than English in their homes, COVID-19 hit like a night-time tornado with no siren. We talked to leaders in Birmingham’s Hispanic community about the challenges they are facing, plus how to get and give help.

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5 reasons to be at the Funkiest Funky Food Truck Festival July 18 at Cahaba Brewing

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Cahaba Brewing will be the location for the Funkiest Funky Food Truck Festival
Keeping things clean at Cahaba Brewing. Photo via Cahaba Brewing’s Facebook page

If anyone knows how to throw a safe party during a pandemic, it’s the good people at AIDS Alabama. For their Funkiest Funky Food Truck Festival Saturday, July 18 at Cahaba Brewing, they’ve pulled out all the stops to make sure everyone has a good time eating delicious food while supporting a great cause. Keep reading to find out why you don’t want to miss this reinvented Birmingham summer tradition.

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7 organizations supporting Birmingham’s LGBTQ+ community & how to help

Birmingham, Central AL Pride, parade, Pridefest
Photo via Central AL Pride

Pride Month looks a little different in Birmingham this year. Most of the usual colorful events, celebrations and activities have been postponed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still participate. Here are 7 organizations supporting Birmingham’s LGBTQ+ community, plus how to help.

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7 ways you can help the Latinx community in Birmingham

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The Alabama Latino AIDS Coalition. Photo via ALAC’s Facebook page

If you’ve ever wondered how you can make life better for our Latinx neighbors here in Birmingham, you need to meet Jean Hernandez, AIDS Alabama’s Latinx Outreach Coordinator and head of the Alabama Latino AIDS Coalition. She and her team are on a mission, and they can use your help. Keep reading to find out how to get involved, or visit AIDS Alabama to learn more.

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Help raise $1m to build the Way Station, Birmingham’s only shelter for homeless youth

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An artist’s sketch of the entrance to the Way Station, courtesy of AIDS Alabama.

Did you know that Alabama has the fourth-highest rate of “unaccompanied, homeless youth without shelter” in the country? To help solve this problem, AIDS Alabama has already raised over $600k out of a total $1.5 million needed. They’re getting ready to build the Way Station, Birmingham’s only emergency overnight shelter for homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth.

Keep reading to find out why the Way Station is a game-changer. Help AIDS Alabama reach their goal—donate here, and be sure to designate the Way Station.

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What does Birmingham’s recent 100% inclusivity score mean? + 6 LGBTQ-friendly events

You are Beautiful quilt from the Magic City Acceptance Center.
Quilt from the Magic City Acceptance Center. Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Birmingham recently got a perfect 100 score on the national LGBTQ+ Municipal Equality Index. The Human Rights Campaign and the Equality Federation gave a record 88 out of 506 cities across the country this score.

To find out what this means to people in Birmingham, we dug into the nuts and bolts of the score, then reached out to four people in the community. And, we put together a list of 7 LGBTQ-friendly events for y’all. Keep reading for all the details.

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Throw down for a good cause, Birmingham, at Christmas is a Drag, Dec. 20, 8PM

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One of the fabulous performers at Christmas is a Drag at Saturn Birmingham.
Christmas is anything but a drag at this fun and festive drag show. Photo via Jaysen Michael

Why let the holidays drag you down when you could party like it’s 1999 at Christmas is a Drag?

All proceeds from this annual holiday favorite support Holiday Wish. This fun and generous program makes sure young people living in AIDS Alabama’s housing get the very best gifts. Get your tickets now.

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Art Alive!

Mark your calendar for AIDS Alabama’s  Art Alive! event on Saturday, July 27th from 6pm-9pm at Canary Gallery! Watch local artists create unique, original artwork during the event. Enjoy scrumptious food from El Barrio and complimentary beer, wine, and sangria. Works created during the event will be available through a silent auction, and other completed pieces of work from the artists will be available for purchase as well.

Featured Artists:

Anna Lyle

Chris Davis

Claire Godbee

Jon Osborne

Michael Molay

Paul Cordes Wilm 

Roger Torbert

Tim Blanton

Work by Eric Johnson Art and jewelry by Hunter Bell will be available in our gallery.

2 organizations in Birmingham offer help to individuals and families with HIV/AIDS, including AIDS Alabama

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Elise Hayes at Birmingham AIDS Outreach testing clinic. Photo via Birmingham AIDS Outreach

Did you know Birmingham has many great organizations that are working to help people and their families with HIV/AIDS and to prevent the spread of HIV? AIDS Alabama and Birmingham AIDS Outreach are two of them. Here’s a look at their services and how they help the community of Birmingham. 

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As World AIDS Day approaches, Birmingham prepares to remember and continues to support

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AIDS is no longer the death sentence it once was.  In fact, with careful management, people living with AIDS can live almost entirely normal lives.  With World AIDS Day (which promotes awareness, not AIDS) approaching, what are Birminghamians doing? Continue reading “As World AIDS Day approaches, Birmingham prepares to remember and continues to support”

Generosity: Rojo community fundraising tops $26,000 in 2016

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Rojo owners Laney DeJonge and Clark Lopez

Almost every Tuesday, Rojo, a neighborhood restaurant in the Highlands Park area, holds a 10% Tuesday night for local charities.

As the 2016 calendar year comes to an end, more than 40 nonprofit organizations have benefited from the weekly events, raising over $26,000.  

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