Community partners feed 130 laid off coal miners & their families for the holidays

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Food Pantry set up in Hueytown for the workers and families mine workers recently laid off at the Shoal Creek Mine. Photo via the Central Alabama Labor Federation

On October 4th, 350 coal miners were temporarily and unexpectedly  laid off at the Shoal Creek mine, near Adger. These miners live across parts of Jefferson, Walker and Tuscaloosa counties.

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

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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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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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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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Seniors, individuals with disabilities + caregivers have a lifeline—1-800-AGE-LINE

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Photo courtesy of United Way Area Agency on Aging Facebook page

As someone who takes care of my in-laws in their mid-80s, there is one number we have on speed dial—1-800-AGE-LINE (243-5463). Here’s why it’s so important and how it can help seniors you know and care for in Jefferson County. 

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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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Join United Way’s first ever virtual campaign kickoff with weatherman James Spann on Sept. 10

James Spann wearing a United Way “Live United” T-shirt. Photo courtesy of United Way of Central Alabama

If there is one person in the Greater Birmingham area who can capture everyone’s attention by taking off his jacket and rolling up his sleeves, it is legendary ABC 33/40 weatherman James Spann.

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Since March, United Way Community Crisis Fund awarded $664,817 in grants to 90 nonprofits. Phase 2 has started.

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Preparing vegetables to giveaway to the community. Photo courtesy of the Jones Valley Teaching Farms

Drew Langloh, CEO at United Way of Central Alabama, has worked on a number of natural disasters during his professional career, including the tornadoes that ripped through Birmingham and Alabama in 2011.

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United Way needs almost 100 volunteers for its Visiting Allocations Team. I just signed up. Will you?

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Bham Now’s Pat Byington just became a member of the United Way Volunteer Allocation Team. Photo by Bham Now

Earlier this month, I volunteered to serve on the United Way of Central Alabama’s Visiting  Allocations Team (VAT). 

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See why United Way is going virtual for the 2020 Campaign, and how you can help

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Greg King, the 2020 annual Campaign Chair for the United Way of Central Alabama. Photo courtesy of United Way

Every year for nearly a century, committed volunteers fan out into our community to meet face-to-face with neighbors, co-workers and businesses to ask for support on behalf of the United Way of Central Alabama.

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It is a lifeline—United Way Community Crisis Fund has distributed $538,817 to 104 nonprofits

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Community Kitchens at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

It has been a lifeline. 

That is the consensus from groups we talked to who had been awarded COVID-19 relief grants from the United Way of Central Alabama Community Crisis Fund.

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About to lose your housing in Birmingham? Get help now

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Every month, rent or mortgage payments are due. Photo via Unsplash

In March, the US Congress “passed a federal mandate prohibiting evictions or foreclosures until July 24 in response to the coronavirus pandemic,” according to CNBC. Since July 24 is Friday, we pulled together resources for anyone in Birmingham that may be facing a housing crisis—whether eviction, foreclosure or homelessness.

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