September is Attendance Awareness Month

September is Attendance Awareness Month

We’re only a few weeks into the fall semester for the Mobile County Public School System (MCPSS), but even in these early days of the new school year, some students are already heading toward academic trouble because they are missing too many days of school.

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Tips to Prevent Summer Slide

Tips to Prevent Summer Slide

“Summer slide” is the tendency for students, especially those from low-income families, to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year.

Children in low-income households fall behind an average of 2 months in reading during the summer. And, summer slide is cumulative, with these learning losses building up each summer. Differences in children’s summer learning experiences during their elementary school years can ultimately impact whether they earn a high school diploma and continue to college.

Too often students scowl at the idea of summer learning, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, summer is the perfect time to dive into some fun, engaging learning activities. Here are some tips to help prevent summer slide.

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United Way Hosts Second Annual Hometown NFL Huddle Charity Golf Tournament

United Way Hosts Second Annual Hometown NFL Huddle Charity Golf Tournament

On Friday, March 24, 2017, United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) held its Second Annual Hometown NFL Huddle Charity Golf Tournament. The event, co-chaired by University of South Alabama Head Football Coach Joey Jones and Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback AJ McCarron, took place at Magnolia Grove, a Robert Trent Jones course recently named one of the “Top 50 Public Courses” by Golf World Magazine readers.

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40 for 40 Challenge

40 for 40 Challenge

Lent is a time of reflection for many individuals and families. Your United Way is challenging you to “give up” something this Lent as a way to give back to your community.

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Tips for Savings

Tips for Savings

When it comes to saving money, it seems everyone has advice. Some people say “pay yourself first,” While others say, “keep your change”.  In truth, there are many ways to save money, but they basically come down to one thing:

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H&R Block & United Way Announce Enhanced Security Features to Free Online Tax Filing Tool

H&R Block & United Way Announce Enhanced Security Features to Free Online Tax Filing Tool

Building off its longstanding partnership in providing free online tax filing services, H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) and United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) announced enhanced security features to MyFreeTaxes designed to further safeguard taxpayer information. MyFreeTaxes is a free, safe and easy way for anyone earning $64,000 or less to file state and federal taxes.

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Second Year of Airbus Flying Challenge Officially Launched

Second Year of Airbus Flying Challenge Officially Launched

Students from Palmer Pillans Middle School and employees from Airbus Americas Engineering in Mobile launched the 2017 Airbus Flying Challenge at a special event at Camp Beckwith on Friday, January 13, 2016. This fun-filled morning featured several outdoor activities designed to promote team work and good communication between the students and Airbus mentors.

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A Cautionary Tale from United Way

A Cautionary Tale from United Way

United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) and the South Alabama Free Electronic-File (SAFE) Coalition know that the holidays are a time of financial burden for many in our community and warn taxpayers to not fall prey to predatory tax preparers, who often cost taxpayers more money by promising immediate payment of tax refunds.

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United Way to Support Walter Payton Man of the Year Award

United Way to Support Walter Payton Man of the Year Award

United Way is a new supporter of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. United Way will join with the NFL and Nationwide to support the charities of choice of all 32 team award winners and Character Playbook in each team winner’s market. In total, nearly $4.5 million will be donated to Character Playbook and each nominee’s charity of choice.

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USA Raises $260,000 for United Way

USA Raises $260,000 for United Way

At a campaign wrap-up event, the University of South Alabama announced the total of their 2016 United Way campaign of $259,263. A total of 2,618 employees and retirees made gifts, an increase of 144 donors over last year’s campaign.

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