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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Spiritual and unique—hear Ashley’s journey with Jessie’s Place

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Ashely 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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How Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is helping Birmingham nonprofits shield residents from loss

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The Alabama Food Bank Association adapted during the pandemic so they could continue fighting food insecurity. Photo via Alabama Food Bank Association’s Facebook.

Birmingham is a powerful city in more ways than one. Our local nonprofits, along with the support of companies like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, are a big part of what makes us so sturdy. Take a look at just a couple, out of the hundreds in the Magic City, who are fearsome in the face of COVID-19.

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Get groovin’ + movin’ at the Tchaik 5K Virtual Race—sign up now

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And the bass keeps runnin, runnin. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now.

Symphony fanatics, it’s time to trade your evening wear for a pair of gym shorts, because we’re taking this performance to the track. Over the week of May 23-30, when the Alabama Symphony Orchestra (ASO) was scheduled to perform, they are hosting a virtual 5K paired with a playlist featuring Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. Find out more, and register now for $35 per adult or $25 for children and students.

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Birmingham regional pet pantry serves over 600 families in one day—how to get involved

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The regional pet pantry keeps animals and owners together. Photo via GBHS (@TheGBHS) on Twitter.

While temporarily closed for adoptions, the Greater Birmingham Humane Society (GBHS) has done something amazing. The team transformed the Snow Drive Adoption center into a place where struggling pet owners can receive supplies and community members are able to give back as well. See how you can get involved!

Don’t forget, if you run a local nonprofit sign up for our guide of over 50 nonprofits and be featured on Bham Now’s site for FREE and in future guides.

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