Over $513K awarded to 23 organizations in 2 weeks by the Community Foundation.

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Photo courtesy of the East Lake Initiative

Before the COVID-19 crisis, the East Lake Initiative, in collaboration with partner organizations Thrive Together and Serving You served 800 emergency food bags to low-income individuals and families. Since the  impact of the pandemic hit a little less than a month ago, the need to feed the community has tripled.

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4 things you need to know about Shelby County’s plan for growth

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Shelby County’s 2020 career readiness volunteers recognized at the chamber’s annual Industry Appreciation Reception. Photo courtesy of The Shelby County Chamber

Just south of Birmingham is Alabama’s fastest-growing county (according to the last census). Odds are, many of you reading this live, work or at least spend time in Shelby County. The county chamber is currently in the middle of an ambitious five-year plan. Here are four things you need to know.

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4 ways Glenwood, Inc. makes a difference in Birmingham

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Residential services at Glenwood, Inc.
Glenwood, Inc. has residential services that provide 24-hour residential care focused on each person’s unique needs. Photo courtesy of Glenwood. Inc.

Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 59 children will be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and up to 20 percent of school children will be diagnosed with mental health disorders? Those stats suggest it’s likely we all know someone affected by ASD or a behavioral or emotional disorder.

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College, career and life ready: get to know the Birmingham Education Foundation

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The Birmingham Education Foundation (Birmingham Ed) is getting students ready for life after high school. Photo courtesy of Birmingham Ed

Did you know there’s a nonprofit in Birmingham that prepares kids for life after high school? It’s called the Birmingham Education Foundation (Ed), and the organization is making an impact on students in Birmingham City Schools.

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Alabama turns 200: Birmingham children get free books to celebrate

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Clayne Crawford of the Clayne Crawford Foundation reads to the children in attendance at Reach Out and Read’s UAB Primary Care Clinic event in Birmingham in July. Photo via Reach Out and Read Alabama

The 200th anniversary of Alabama’s statehood is this month. Did you know there’s a children’s book commemorating the occasion? And two programs are providing kids across our state with this book and others for FREE. Learn more.

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Black Warrior River. East Lake Park. Cahaba River. How The Nature Conservancy in Alabama is protecting Birmingham waterways

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Jason Throneberry, director of freshwater programs for The Nature Conservancy, explains freshwater mussels ecology to visitors to the Cahaba River. Photo via The Nature Conservancy

Do you love Alabama lakes? Did you know they are actually rivers? Alabama is connected by a vast network of rivers and streams that are a life-giving force, sustaining human and ecological communities here in Birmingham and across the state. Find out what The Nature Conservancy in Alabama is doing to protect our most precious natural resource.

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THE YARD HBCU Tour will be at Birmingham’s Magic City Classic October 25. 7 things you need to know

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Winner of the Think Big Now pitch competition. Photo courtesy of THE YARD.

Birmingham-based THE YARD HBCU Tour has reached 38,000 students since its inception. You can check them out at The Magic City Classic October 25.

Find out what this means for students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and how you can get involved.

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Medical research in Birmingham improving lives of people with cystic fibrosis

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Tré, a 24-year-old with CF, wearing his vest for chest physical therapy. Photo via the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Birmingham is a leader in cystic fibrosis (CF) research. Thanks to the work of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, UAB and Southern Research Institute, those with CF are receiving better treatments and living longer than ever. Learn more about CF and how you can get involved, including the Shoot for a Cure event on October 11.

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Alabama PALS working towards cleaner campuses, cleaner roads, cleaner shores – a cleaner state

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Students at Flowers Elementary in Montgomery. Photo courtesy of Alabama PALS

No one likes seeing litter on the side of the road. Alabama People Against a Littered State (Alabama PALS) is teaching kiddos about the negative effects of litter in Birmingham and beyond through educational programs. Learn more about how to get your child involved, and check out ways you can help.

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Fun facts about Red Mountain Park, including a new section of High Ore Line Trail opening spring 2019

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Let’s zip right through this list. Photo via Red Mountain Park’s Instagram

Boasting 15 miles of trails, this Birmingham treasure is almost twice the size of New York City’s Central Park. It is a prime example of a community working together to create urban green spaces. Welcome to Red Mountain Park. Check out what else you may not know.

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Top 5 reasons not to miss Beaker Bash at McWane Science Center on Saturday, February 2

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Family fun at Beaker Bash 2016. Photo submitted

On Saturday, February 2, 5-8PM, you will find McWane Science Center transformed into a magical world filled with acrobatics, intrigue and the forces of nature. It’s all part of Beaker Bash Carnivale 2019, McWane’s big annual fundraiser.

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Pig Iron BBQ Challenge on Oct. 19 supports Children’s Harbor. Vulcan Materials Company participates for 22nd year. Get the deets here.

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Vulcan Materials Company’s “Haunted Hog Asylum”-themed tent at the 2017 Pig Iron BBQ Challenge. Photo submitted

It’s one of the oldest barbecue competitions in Birmingham, and it is all for a good cause. Children’s Harbor is a local nonprofit that provides essential free services to seriously ill children and their families. Come out to see Vulcan Materials Company throw down with more than 30 corporate teams at the 22nd Annual Pig Iron BBQ Challenge at the Hoover Met on Friday, October 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and kids 12 and under get in free.

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Cahaba River Society’s Annual Fry-Down, Great Food for a Great Cause, this Sunday, September 30

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Students participating in the Cahaba River Society’s CLEAN program. Photo courtesy of Cahaba River Society

Join the Cahaba River Society this Sunday, September 30, 2018, from noon to 4pm at Railroad Park for the 9th Annual Fry-Down.

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The hokey pokey, storytime and fundraising are a few ways The Bell Center in Homewood benefits from Vulcan Materials volunteers

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Vulcan Materials Company Cindy Huerkamp and Joe Lawhorn with The Bell Center 2 year old William Gunn. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

About 4 years ago, Joe Lawhorn, a senior accountant at Vulcan Materials Company was asked to fill in and volunteer one day for his manager at The Bell Center, the highly acclaimed children’s early intervention program in Homewood.

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