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2013 was a year of focused growth.

As many of you know, in August 2010, the United Way of Southwest Alabama Board of
Trustees approved “The Building Blocks for a Better Community,” which focus on
education, health, financial stability, and essentials. This new community impact model was designed to enhance accountability and transparency while proactively targeting and addressing important human service issues facing our region.

In front of roughly 350 donors, volunteers, community leaders and community partners, United Way leaders kicked off the United Way of Southwest Alabama’s (UWSWA) 2014 campaign and declared their new priorities and community indicators.  The event was held at VIA Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center in Mobile for the third year in a row.

On June 19, United Way of Southwest Alabama President and CEO Alan H. Turner II, Vice President of Resource Development Tina Blackmon, and Vice President of Community Impact Fran Eaton met with Brett Dungan, the Mayor of Bayou La Batre, and Frazier Payne, the District Representative from Congressman Bradley Byrne’s office.

The Fourth of July is right around the corner and we could not be more excited for all the celebrations occurring this weekend. However, we want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.

There will be many outdoor activities over the three-day weekend and we want to be sure you are prepared for the heat, water, and fire(works)!

Here are some safety tips to keep your holiday celebrations happy and risk-free:

Loaned Executives are selected by their employers, and from mid-August until about November, they work with United Way staff to coordinate and manage employee campaigns at businesses throughout Mobile County.

We would like to thank the following companies for helping us LIVE UNITED by providing Loaned Executives for 2014:

Hurricane season is here and while hurricanes are one of the more severe natural disasters that can impact southwest Alabama, it is not the only one that can strike. Our area is susceptible to tornadoes, fires, floods, and a slew of other natural disasters. However, you do not have to be vulnerable to whims of Mother Nature.

Here are some resources to ensure that you and your family are prepared the next time severe weather strikes:

In March, United Way of Southwest Alabama’s President and CEO Alan H. Turner II was interviewed by Mandy Hicks, the Director of Marketing and Communications of United Way of Southern Kentucky.

Find out how he prepared for his role as President and CEO, who influenced him the most, what his typical day looks like, and his advice for future United Way leaders here.