Funded Programs

United Way of Southwest Alabama’s (UWSWA) Board of Trustees approved investing more than $2.18M annually in 2016 and 2017 to support local programs and services that address key issues in the areas of health, education, financial stability, and essentials.

During 2016 and again in 2017, UWSWA will be investing in 101 programs, run by 44 Partner Agencies.  Within Clarke, Mobile, and Washington counties, $634,500.00 will be invested in education, $669,707.73 in health, $175,500.00 in financial stability, and $701,016.68 in essentials.

In addition to the funds that are allocated through the Community Impact process, UWSWA invests in and its donors designate approximately $2.5M each year to local programs, services, and Partner Agencies throughout Southwest Alabama. Some of those programs that receive funding include: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, United Way 2-1-1, United Way Volunteer Connect, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, and the Washington County Dental and Vision Care Program.

Education:

Clarke County:
United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile ($2,000) – New Journey – Early Intervention; Provides services and support to babies from birth to age three who are born with disabilities and their families
Southwest Alabama RSVP ($1,000) – RSVP Reading Tutors; Volunteers provide tutoring to students in grades 1-4

Mobile County:
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of South Alabama ($40,000) – Beyond School Walls: School-based Mentoring Program; School-based mentoring program for “bigs” and “littles”
Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama ($5,000) – My Future; Provides foundational and advanced technology skills to students
Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama ($25,000) – Project Learn Academic Enhancement; Reinforces and enhances the academic, social, and behavioral skills and knowledge children learn at school
Child Day Care ($25,000) – Star Map; Addresses all aspects of quality learning programs that prepare children to enter school ready to learn
Dearborn YMCA ($35,000) – After School Academy; Tutoring assistance in reading and math for ages 5-13
Drug Education Council ($45,000) – Juvenile Drug Testing; Student drug screening and student/parent education in MCPSS
Dumas Wesley Community Center ($25,000) – After School Achievement Program; After-school education activities for ages 8-18
Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast ($40,000) – Adult Education Program; Improves reading and math proficiency to earn GED
Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast ($35,000) – Early Childhood Education Program; Supports families with young children to encourage literacy skills, emotional intelligence, and kindergarten readiness
Gulf Regional Early Childhood Services ($70,000) – Early Head Start Mobile; Partners with child care centers for comprehensive services to children, families, and teachers
Mobile Area Education Foundation ($55,000) – Mentorship: From the Students’ Desk to the Teachers’ Desk; Reading Buddies and Engaging Youth through Engineering
Mobile Preschool for the Sensory Impaired ($65,000) – Preschool Center for the Deaf and Blind; Classroom instruction for children plus parent education/support
St. Mary’s Home ($40,000) – Trailblazer Academy/Transitional Learning; Helps students become proficient learners
The Learning Tree ($20,000) – Little Tree Preschool; Maximizes learning opportunities for children with developmental disabilities; includes parent training
The Learning Tree ($20,000) – Woody’s Song School; Helps children with developmental disabilities reach their full potential; includes parent training
United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile ($25,000) – Preschool; Provides children with disabilities education and therapeutic services
United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile ($15,000) – Project Special Delivery: Early Intervention; Provides instruction, service coordination, and therapy services to children, ages birth to three, who have disabilities
Wilmer Hall Children’s Home ($25,000) – Education (Tutoring); Builds skills and strengthens areas of academic weakness
Wilmer Hall Children’s Home ($15,000) – Transitional Family Program; Provides a save place to live for single mothers and their children while they increase skills for life success

Washington County:
Lifelines Counseling Services ($500) – Rape Crisis Center of Mobile; Provides sexual assault prevention education and training to students and professionals
United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile ($6,000) – New  Journey – Early Intervention; Provides instruction, service coordination, and therapy services to children, ages birth to three, who have disabilities

Essentials:

Clarke County:
American Red Cross Alabama Gulf Coast Chapter ($1,000) – Disaster Preparedness and Response; Serves people affected by personal or wide-spread disasters
American Red Cross Alabama Gulf Coast Chapter ($1,000) – Service to the Armed Forces; Provides critical assistance and resources to service members, veterans, and their families
Bay Area Food Bank ($1,750) – Child Nutrition Program; Provides summer snacks and meals for children
Bay Area Food Bank ($1,500) – Emergency Food Distribution; Collects, sorts, warehouses, and distributes food through a network of agency partners
Catholic Social Services of Mobile ($2,500) – Clarke County Social Services; Meets immediate needs for individuals in crises
Community Action Agency of South Alabama ($1,000) – Safety First; Assists with food, financial assistance, and other basics for those in need
Home of Grace for Women ($1,000) –  Residential Recovery Program; 90-day program for women with addictions
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile ($1,500) – Family Room Respite Program; Gives parents, caregivers, and close family members of pediatric patients a place of refuge in the hospital
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile ($4,000) – Ronald McDonald House Overnight Lodging Program; Provides temporary housing for families of hospitalized children
United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile ($500) – Community Resources; Provides adaptive equipment, food, home modification, and other environmental supports to people with disabilities

Mobile County:
American Red Cross Alabama Gulf Coast Chapter ($25,512.17) – Disaster Preparedness and Response; Provides assistance to people who experience a verified disaster, such as a home fire, and supports emergency responders
Bay Area Food Bank ($16,500) – Child Nutrition Program; Provides meals for children when they are out of school
Bay Area Food Bank ($25,000) – Emergency Food Distribution; Collects, sorts, warehouses, and distributes food through a network of agency partners
Catholic Social Services of Mobile ($35,000) – The Service Center; Meets immediate needs during times of crisis and personal challenges
Dumas Wesley Community Center ($45,000) – Sybil Smith Family Village Transitional Housing Program; Transitional housing program for homeless families
Family Promise of Coastal Alabama ($15,000) – Interfaith Hospitality Network Shelter Program; Shelters and serves families with children who are experiencing a homeless crisis
Home of Grace for Women ($90,000) – Residential Recovery Program; Provides basic needs (food, clothing, housing, counseling) for clients
Housing First ($60,000) – Supportive Services for Veterans Families; Provides support services to homeless and very-low-income veteran families to provide housing stability
Lifelines Counseling Services ($30,000) – Rape Crisis Center of Mobile; Provides high-quality, comprehensive services to sexual assault survivors and educates the community on sexual violence
McKemie Place ($10,000) – Food and Shelter Program; Provides food and shelter to women who are homeless
Mobile Arc ($30,000) – Residential Respite Services; Provides respite care for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Mulherin Custodial Home ($25,000) – Individual Assistance Program; Financially supports individual residents who have no family and/or no financial support options
Penelope House Inc. ($90,000) – DV Emergency Shelter Program; Provides safe emergency shelter and services to survivors of intimate partner violence and their children
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile ($10,000) – Family Room Respite Program; Gives parents, caregivers, and close family members of pediatric patients a place of refuge in the hospital
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile ($16,000) – Overnight Lodging Program; Provides temporary housing for families of hospitalized children
St. Mary’s Home ($20,000) – Trailblazer Academy/Transitional Learning; Provides basic necessities for children placed in St. Mary’s
The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama ($15,000) – Center for Women and Children – Essentials; Shelter and services for homeless mothers and their children
The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama ($40,000) – Red Shield Shelter; Overnight and short-term shelter for homeless men
Wilmer Hall Children’s Home ($15,000) – Transitional Living Program; Housing and supportive services to 18-21 year-olds to help transition to independent living

Washington County:
American Red Cross Alabama Gulf Coast Chapter ($10,000) –  Disaster Preparedness and Response; Serves people affected by personal or wide-spread disasters
Bay Area Food Bank ($700) – Child Nutrition Program; Provides summer snacks and meals for children
Bay Area Food Bank ($3,000) – Emergency Food Distribution; Collects, sorts, warehouses, and distributes food through a network of agency partners
Educational Center for Independence ($35,054.51) – Assisted Habilitation Program; Provides essential skills to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Home of Grace for Women ($6,000) – Residential Recovery Program; 90-day program for women with addictions
Lifelines Counseling Services ($1,000) – Rape Crisis Center of Mobile; Provides high quality comprehensive services to sexual assault survivors and educates the community on sexual violence
Mobile Community Action Inc. ($3,000) – Emergency Assistance with Financial Literacy; Assists households with expenses and provides financial education
Penelope House Inc. ($2,500) – DV Emergency Shelter Program; Provides safe emergency shelter and services to survivors of intimate partner violence and their children
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile ($10,000) – Overnight Lodging Program; Provides temporary housing for families of hospitalized children
United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile ($1,000) – Community Resources; Provides adaptive equipment, food, home modification, and other environmental supports to people with disabilities

Financial Stability:

Clarke County:
South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program ($500) – Attorney for the Day/Community Outreach; Provides free legal referral services

Mobile County:
Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast ($25,000) – Financial Wellness Program; Helps adults develop financial knowledge and build assets
Lifelines Counseling Services ($50,000) – Consumer Credit Counseling Services; Helps consumers achieve financial stability via counseling and education
Mobile Arc ($60,000) – Job Ready Program; Broadens the potential of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities
The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama ($20,000) – Center for Women and Children – Ready to Work; Provides employment support and job mentoring for unemployed women in Salvation Army’s shelter
The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama ($20,000) – Project Able; Transitional housing program that prepares homeless citizens for becoming employed and permanently housed

 Health:

Clarke County:
Alpha Women’s Resource Center ($1,500) – Just Think; Equips students with facts needed to make healthy decisions regarding their future
Alpha Women’s Resource Center ($1,700) – Positive Pregnancy Outcomes; Equips men and women to make positive pregnancy plans
Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Alabama ($2,000) – Triple Play; Drives healthy lifestyles for youth by increasing physical activity and teaching healthy eating and relationship behaviors
Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama ($500) – Client Services; Includes advocacy, education, and support for people with epilepsy
Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast ($1,000) – Medical Assistance Program; Helps people with significant healthcare issues or disabilities obtain supplies/services to improve quality of life
Regional Child Advocacy Center ($6,360.91) – Forensic Interviewing of Children; Supports training and equipment for forensic interviewers
Regional Child Advocacy Center ($6,360.91) – Foster Care at “Almost Home”; Supports foster care services
Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Mobile Chapter ($835) – Lab Testing/Trait Counseling Services; Expands lab services and improves public awareness and understanding of the implications of the sickle cell trait
The Arc of Clarke County ($7,360.91) – Pathways to Community Living; Provides support that enables and enhances opportunities for people with disabilities to live inclusively in the community
Victory Health Partners ($1,000) – Compassionate and Comprehensive Healthcare; Serves uninsured, working adults who are below 300% of federal poverty guidelines

Mobile County:
Bay Area Food Bank ($3,200) – Community Garden Program; Introduces gardening to 3-5th graders in low-income communities as a way to provide fresh, nutritious produce
Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama ($70,000) – Sports, Fitness, and Recreation; Activities for club members (6-8 year-olds) so they become healthy, fit, and successful adults
Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama ($25,000) – Summer Day Camp Program; Provides comprehensive outdoors experience for youth who are club members
Child Advocacy Center ($60,000) – Child Sexual Abuse Mental Health Counseling Program; Provides counselors and family/court advocates to children and non-offending family members
Crittenton Youth Services ($10,000) – Olweus Bullying Prevention Program; Prevents and intervenes to decrease bullying behaviors
Crittenton Youth Services ($35,000) – Youth Living Responsibly; Aims to reduce the number of sexually active youths, STDs, and teen pregnancies
Dearborn YMCA ($15,590) – Fitness and Recreation Program; Promotes healthy behaviors via physical activities
Dearborn YMCA ($10,000) – Senior Activities for Independent Living (SAIL); Improves the physical and social well-being of senior citizens
Dumas Wesley Community Center ($25,000) – Senior Activities for Independent Living (SAIL); Provides senior citizens with access to life-sustaining and life-enriching activities
Lifelines Counseling Services ($75,000) – Family Counseling Center; Helps individuals and families achieve a greater sense of health, quality of life, and well-being via mental health services
Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy ($35,000) – Generic Medication Safety Net Program; Provides medication to individuals who lack access to treatment
Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Mobile Chapter ($16,000) – Lab Testing/Trait Counseling Services; Expands lab services and improves public awareness and understanding of the implications of the sickle cell trait
St. Mary’s Home ($60,000) – Trailblazer Academy/Transitional Learning; Provides care to residents
The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama ($20,000) – Transitional Rehabilitation – Substance Abuse Treatment (Dauphin Way Lodge); Provides transitional housing and treatment for men with substance abuse problems
United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile ($20,000) – Camp SMILE; A 5-day camping experience for children and adults with disabilities
Via Health, Fitness, and Enrichment Center ($30,000) – GrandFriends Adult Daycare Program; Adult day healthcare program
Victory Health Partners ($100,000) – Compassionate and Comprehensive Healthcare; Increases access to healthcare for uninsured, working individuals

Washington County:
AltaPointe Health Systems ($10,000) – School-based Therapy; Community Counseling AltaPointe Behavioral Health; Provides mental health assessment, therapy, and family support on site in schools
Drug Education Council ($1,500) – DeBakey Drug Education Vehicle for Washington County; Encourages young people to make healthy choices and promotes a drug-free lifestyle
Drug Education Council ($500) – South Regional Information Clearinghouse; Provides drug prevention and educational materials to schools
Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama ($1,350) – Client Services; Includes advocacy, education, and support for people with epilepsy
Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast ($3,250) – Medical Assistance Program; Helps people with significant healthcare issues or disabilities obtain supplies/services to improve quality of life
Regional Child Advocacy Center ($4,500) – Forensic Interviewing of Children; Supports training and equipment for forensic interviewers
Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Mobile Chapter ($200) – Lab Testing/Trait Counseling Services; Expands lab services and improves public awareness and understanding of the implications of the sickle cell train
Victory Health Partners ($10,000) – Compassionate and Comprehensive Healthcare; Serves uninsured, working adults who are below 300% of federal poverty guidelines