Local doctor + community support create innovative vaccination drive-thru

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Celeste Reese-Willis, M.D, is leading an initiative to get more Alabamians vaccinated with support from United Way of Central Alabama and others. Photo via Jacob Blakenship for Bham Now

Drive up, get your shot, drive off. Thanks to Celeste Reese-Willis, M.D., Birminghamians have a hassle-free option to receive their COVID-19 vaccine at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport’s drive-thru vaccination site. But she’s not alone—learn how United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA) and its affinity groups play a role in this monumental feat.

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4th-grade super-volunteer + more honored as Hands On Birmingham celebrates 5 years

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Fourth-grader Ethan Hill receives his 2021 Ignite Award. Photo via United Way of Central Alabama

Thousands of selfless Birminghamians work overtime every year volunteering at their schools, churches, work and other areas to make a substantial impact. The 2021 Ignite Awards, presented by United Way Hands On, recognizes those outstanding community members who give their time to make the city we all love a better place.

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For the Tocqueville Society, it’s all about supporting Birmingham–here’s how

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UWCA members unite for a stronger Birmingham. Photo via United Way of Central Alabama (taken in 2019)

Birmingham shines on “best in the nation” lists, but one of its most impactful honors is its dedication to giving back. The United Way of Central Alabama’s (UWCA) Tocqueville Society beat out other major cities with the most members among all United Ways across the nation. Find out how its members have been making Birmingham brighter for 35 years.

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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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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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5 ways you can support Fultondale tornado disaster relief

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Tornado damage from the Fultondale/Center Point tornado on January 26, 2021. Photo via American Red Cross of Alabama

Local groups like the United Way of Central Alabama, the American Red Cross of Alabama and community groups throughout the region are stepping up to assist people impacted by the tornado that struck Fultondale and Center Point on the morning of January 26.

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Did you know United Way offers FREE tax assistance? Make life easier with only a few steps

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Judy Allen, Director of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program at United Way of Central Alabama, showed us how to receive free help on our taxes. Photo via Judy Allen

You know how the famous Benjamin Franklin saying goes—there are only two things certain in life: death and taxes. What if I told you there’s a third thing, too? Each year, you can get free tax assistance at United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA). Judy Allen, Director of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program at UWCA, shows us how to get started.

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Join United Way for MLK Day of Service + continue a nearly two-decade-long tradition

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Previous MLK Day of Service projects brought in 1,000-2,000 volunteers each year to help the Greater Birmingham community. Photo via United Way of Central Alabama, taken pre-COVID19

For nearly two decades, volunteers across Birmingham have built up vulnerable parts of our community through hands-on service projects. See why participating during United Way of Central Alabama’s (UWCA) MLK Day of Service is a tradition you’ll wish you were a part of sooner. Sign up today for service events taking place Saturday, January 16 and Monday, January 18.

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More neighbors are looking at a long + hungry winter—7 ways you can help food banks in Birmingham

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A mobile food bank with the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama. Photo via Community Food Bank of Central Alabama’s Facebook

COVID cases, unemployment and loss of family members all combine to mean more of our neighbors in the Greater Birmingham Area are facing a long and hungry winter. Food banks play a critical role in helping many people continue to eat. This holiday season, you can make a difference in your community by helping one of these organizations. Keep reading to find out how.

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33 United Way Loaned Executives finish first virtual campaign

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United Way of Central Alabama Loaned Executives. Photo via United Way

One of the reasons the United Way of Central Alabama is consistently ranked one of top nonprofits in the nation is because of programs like their Loaned Executive Program. Learn how this program makes a difference in our community.

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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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Meet Birmingham’s stellar service clubs, including three of the largest in the world

Meet Birmingham’s awesome service clubs. Photo via Rotaract Club of Birmingham’s Facebook

One thing that Birmingham doesn’t fall short on is our outstanding service clubs that bring some extra magic to the Magic City. Let’s meet each club and learn what they’re all about. Maybe you’ll even end up joining one that resonates with you.

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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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UWCA's Tocqueville Society and Young Philanthropist Society volunteering
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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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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