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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.

For the third year in a row, United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) is working to help reduce chronic absenteeism by raising awareness among parents and guardians about the impact of school attendance on academic achievement.  Chronic absenteeism in the primary grades is a predictor of lower reading scores.  By middle school it is a warning sign that students are at risk of failing classes and dropping out of high school.

Our November Volunteer of the month was nominated by our 2015 award winner for Outstanding Partner, The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile. Liz Calci, Assistant Director at RMHC, nominated this person because of her longtime volunteer status and her commitment to helping others. Congratulations to Suzanne Miller, United Way of Southwest Alabama’s November Volunteer of the Month!

Every superhero has a different origin story – a cause that drives them to crusade for a better world. Despite these various causes, one thing remains constant: whether it be Batman, Wonder Woman, or the entire Justice League, superheroes and great leaders always do the right thing by serving others.

So, here is a little backstory about the superhero who is leading UWSWA and serving others in southwest Alabama:

Penelope House Family Violence Center nominated this month’s Volunteer of the Month in conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is also in October. Penelope House helps victims of intimate partner violence to gain social and economic independence through shelter, counseling, advocacy, and referral of community resources and agencies. The prevention of domestic violence through education and public awareness is their goal. The work of Penelope House could only be done with the help of dedicated volunteers such as this month’s honoree. Congratulations to Johnnette Quinn, United Way of Southwest Alabama’s October Volunteer of the Month.

This month’s Volunteer of the Month comes to us from Victory Health Partners, a Christian organization that meets the needs of the medically under-served by providing affordable, quality health care services. This UWSWA partner serves clients in Mobile and surrounding counties that are low income, uninsured, do not qualify for government healthcare and cannot afford healthcare.