5 mistakes you’re making when it comes to housing stability + how to fix them

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Register for UWCA’s free 2021 Housing and Financial Empowerment Webinar Series to build your knowledge of housing. Photo via Unsplash

Whether owning, renting or considering a new investment, there are many questions surrounding housing stability and best practices. Approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA)‘s Housing Alliance can help answer them. Register for their free 2021 Housing and Financial Empowerment Webinar Series to build your knowledge of housing.

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See how 6 Birmingham nonprofits are celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday

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A student at Desert Island Supply Co. reads her work at one of the organization’s programs. Photo via DISCO Birmingham’s Facebook

Happy birthday Dr. Seuss! March 2, 2021 honors the 117th birthday of the famous writer and illustrator with National Read Across America Day. See how Birmingham literacy nonprofits and local libraries are celebrating the national holiday this year.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Ready to join The Pack? It’s more than adorable dogs—you’ll bring joy through special programs

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Hand in Paw transitioned many of their programs virtually this past year, but they still had the same great impact. Photo via Hand in Paw

How much return on investment did you really get binging that Netflix series this weekend? For the same price as a subscription to a streaming service, join The Pack, Hand in Paw’s (HIP) monthly giving community, and uplift Birmingham citizens through animal-assisted therapy. Discover why we’re mutts about the program.

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United Way of Central Alabama surpasses 2020 campaign goal by $1.5M, despite the pandemic

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Greg King, the 2020 Campaign Chair, pivoted to lead UWCA through the Hope Happens campaign virtually this year. Photo via United Way of Central Alabama

They weren’t sure how it was going to happen, but they knew it would. Thanks to the generosity of Birmingham’s community and a hardworking team, United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA) exceeded its campaign goal by $1.5M and raises $36M during the annual Hope Happens campaign.

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This United Way of Central Alabama society is #1 in the US for fundraising—what’s their secret?

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Each year, the Tocqueville Society and UWCA’s Young Philanthropist Society (YPS) complete a joint project at the Community Food Bank. Photo via United Way of Central Alabama (taken in 2019)

Birmingham has a lot to brag on, but this is one we’ll be boasting about for a while. United Way of Central Alabama’s (UWCA) Tocqueville Society ranked number one in 2020 for most funds raised out of all United Ways across the nation, beating out large cities like Houston and Chicago.

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Jimmie Hale Mission’s Active Recovery program gave James a second chance. Now, he’s giving one to others

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James Poe speaks at a recent graduation for Jimmie Hale Mission’s Active Recovery Program. Photo via Jimmie Hale Mission

Jimmie Hale Mission (JHM)’s free services continue to open new doors for clients. They stopped one Birmingham resident from going down a darker path and now he’s helping implement JHM’s new Active Recovery Program. Hear James Poe’s story and how the nonprofit can provide the same hope for others when you donate to the Mission.

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United Way of Central Alabama expands to Chilton, adding a sixth county

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Drew Langloh, President and CEO of United Way of Central Alabama, announces the expansion of the organization to Chilton County. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA) is expanding to Chilton County after voting to combine efforts with Chilton County United Way (UWCC). At a recent press conference, members from both boards announced the new transition. Representatives also shared plans moving forward in 2021, including the Hope Happens campaign.

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“The Ronald McDonald House will always mean strength.” Read the Hubbards’ story

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The Ronald McDonald House is helping make life a little easier for families with sick children. Photo via Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama

What does the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama (RMHCA) mean to you? For the Hubbard family, RMHCA means support and a safe place to stay after a heart transplant surgery. Hear how the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham became a big blessing and the ways it’s impacting community members, including a local doctor.

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3 ways Jimmie Hale Mission gives back + provides a future to people in need

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A client at Jimmie Hale Mission receives keys to the apartment he’ll move into upon graduating from the nonprofit’s program. Photo via Jimmie Hale Mission

There are a lot of ways Jimmie Hale Mission (JHM) gives back to Birmingham’s community, but there aren’t a lot of organizations offering similar free services. Discover how your donation is changing lives and providing opportunities for members to have a future full of hope at this one-of-a-kind nonprofit.

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