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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.