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On Thursday, April 7, United Way of Southwest Alabama held its Inaugural Hometown NFL Huddle Charity Golf Tournament at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Magnolia Grove. Thirty-nine players, including 8 current or retired NFL players, spent the day on the course and helped bring awareness to the close partnership between United Way and the NFL that has existed for more than 40 years.

In front of an audience of roughly 150 community leaders, volunteers, supporters, and other community partners at United Way of Southwest Alabama’s (UWSWA) annual meeting and campaign celebration, Don Keeler, UWSWA 2015 Board of Trustees Chair and Vice President of Human Resources at Austal USA, thanked the community for their continued support of United Way through a year of transition and highlighted the collective power of United Way and its 49 partner agencies.

On Friday, April 8, Airbus Americas Engineering Mobile and United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA), in partnership with Mobile Area Education Foundation (MAEF), the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center (Exploreum), and Mobile County Public School System (MCPSS), held a day-long closing event for the Airbus Flying Challenge, a thirteen-week-long mentoring program funded by the Airbus Foundation that focused on character development and STEM activities for students at Palmer Pillans Middle School.

Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) has designated March 15, 2016, as National VITA Awareness Day. In celebration, United Way of Southwest Alabama is spreading awareness about the state and federal income tax preparation opportunities available for free to individuals and families with a 2015 household income of $54,000 or less.

This month’s Volunteer of the Month comes to us from one of our partner agencies in Clarke County, Alpha Women’s Resource Center. Alpha Women’s Resource Center does not perform or make referrals for abortion, but offers free and confidential services to pregnant woman including pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, educational opportunities, and ongoing prenatal resources. Diane Pruitt, Executive Director of AWRC, nominated this honoree after her 5 years of loyal service to the center. Congratulations to Mary Evangeline (Vangy) Johnson, United Way of Southwest Alabama’s March Volunteer of the Month!

On Wednesday, January 20, 2016, members of Student Philanthropists Actively Reaching the Community (SPARC) toured several UWSWA partners, in order to increase awareness of UWSWA and its partners, while also teaching Mobile County high school students about community needs, fundraising, and grantmaking. This program is designed to raise student awareness of community needs, while engaging them in raising and distributing money to address these needs.

On January 28, 2106, Project Homeless Connect served approximately 300 people at the Greater Gulf State Fairgrounds with medical, legal, housing, and employment services. Volunteers, including doctors, lawyers, nurses, dentists, social workers, and a judge gave their time while the Ground donated the venue for this event.