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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.​

On Wednesday, December 2, United Way Emerging Leaders held their bi-annual wine tasting fundraiser at the Azalea Manor in downtown Mobile. This event raised over $2,200 and all of the proceeds go to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Mobile County.

United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) today announced that residents have saved over $2 million on their prescription medications through over 126,430 claims, thanks to its partnership with FamilyWize, an organization focused on improving the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities.