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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.

This month’s Volunteer of the month comes from our partner agency, Feeding the Gulf Coast-formerly Bay Area Food Bank. Missy Busby, Volunteer and Food Drive Manager, nominated this month’s honoree because of the tremendous help she has been to Feeding the Gulf Coast in their efforts to feed the hungry in our community. Congratulations to Marilee Maddin, United Way of Southwest Alabama’s February Volunteer of the Month!

At a special event on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center (Exploreum), United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) and Airbus Americas Engineering Mobile, in partnership with the Exploreum, the Mobile Area Education Foundation (MAEF), and the Mobile County Public School System (MCPSS) launched the Flying Challenge program in Mobile, one of two U.S. Flying Challenge sites and one of six around the globe.

United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA), in partnership with the South Alabama Free E-File (SAFE) Coalition, wants to make life a little easier for workers by alerting them about a special tax credit that can put money in their pockets. January 29, 2016, marks the 10th Annual EITC Awareness Day, a nationwide effort to increase awareness about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and free tax preparation sites available to eligible tax payers throughout southwest Alabama.

For one day each year, resources and volunteers across the city of Mobile unite to connect the most vulnerable residents to vital resources. By mobilizing city and community agencies, as well as hundreds of volunteers, Project Homeless Connect (PHC) is able to ensure that participants receive holistic care in a dignified setting.​