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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The local feral cat issue is in crisis. Meet one resident tackling the problem

Meet Fluffy. Photo via Cindy Martin

Walking around my neighborhood, you’ll quickly notice that feral cats almost outnumber the human residents. And while they may be cute, they’re definitely a problem. Birmingham resident Kathy Stiles Freeland is leading an initiative against the issues feral cats wreak on our environment—here’s how.

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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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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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One volunteer is changing lives at the Ronald McDonald House—join her for the Virtual Red Shoe Run September 16-24

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Note: Photos featured in the article taken pre-COVID-19. The Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham is currently not allowing in-person volunteers, but you can still support their mission in many other ways.

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Allyson Harris has been volunteering with the RMHCA for close to seven years. Her efforts help change lives. Photo via Jennifer Hallman Photography for Bham Now.

It’s no secret that nonprofits run on volunteers year-round and need support, especially during the pandemic. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama (RMHCA) in Birmingham is so grateful for all of their volunteers. They found a special one when Allyson Harris came into their life—see how her efforts elevate the nonprofit and how you can too through the Virtual Red Shoe Run September 16-24.

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Here’s how Ashley found help at Jessie’s Place women’s shelter

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Ashley reconnected with her spirituality and herself through her stay at Jessie’s Place. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

A lot of people throw around the phrase “getting back on your feet,” but what does that really look like for each individual? Ashley, a client at Jessie’s Place shelter for homeless women and children, gave us a look into how she’s lifted herself up multiple times with help from a team urging her to succeed. Let’s hear her story.

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10 Birmingham animal organizations awarded $55,000 by Remy Fund

Never too many hugs for our furry friends. Photo via Shelby Humane on Facebook

In honor of its 10th anniversary, the Remy Fund for Pets and Animal Services is awarding $55,000 in grants to 10 local animal organizations. Keep reading for more details including how to support these nonprofits doing amazing work in Birmingham.

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Future leaders—10 Birmingham seniors receive the Memorial Scholarship

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The scholarship recipients were met with a warm congratulation committee from the JLB. Photo courtesy of the Junior League of Birmingham

After months of diligent hard work, they finally heard the news. The Junior League of Birmingham (JLB) awarded 10 Birmingham seniors the Memorial Scholarship. As they head off to schools across the country, their impact on Birmingham won’t be forgotten.

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