UWSWA Initiatives

United Way 2-1-1 – Since its creation in 2007, United Way 2-1-1 has been the nation’s premier referral resource for people who are seeking health and human services information. Locally, through a United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) partnership 211 Business Card 2014 RGBwith Lifelines Counseling Services, trained and caring specialists provide direct access to free and confidential referrals to community services for individuals seeking assistance. In 2014, United Way 2-1-1 continued to serve our communities by answering 8,543 calls and providing 12,000 referrals.

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For more information contact the UWSWA office at 251-433-3624.

To include your agency information in the United Way 2-1-1 data base email it to uw211@lifelinesmobile.org


Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library – The Dolly Parton’s Imagination ImaginationLibrary-LOGOLibrary program was designed to encourage reading to preschool children. Each month after a child is registered — up until their 5th birthday — a carefully selected, age-appropriate book is sent to the child’s home. There is no cost to the family; UWSWA provides the books free of charge. Currently, children living in Choctaw County or zip codes 36509, 36582, 36587, 36605, 36610, 36615, or 36617 are eligible.

For more information contact the UWSWA office at 251-433-3624.

UPDATE:  Due to the popularity of the Imagination Library, we are at capacity for the program and have put a six-month hold on admissions.  Please check back here in July 2018 for updated registration information.


United Way Volunteer Connect – Launched January 1, 2015, Volunteer Connect Button RGBUnited Way Volunteer Connect is a volunteer recruitment and management website developed to increase volunteerism and mobilize resources to meet community needs in southwest Alabama. Volunteer Connect includes opportunities for individual and group volunteer projects, an online project calendar, and the ability to track volunteer hours.

Website: http://volunteer.uwswa.org/

For more information contact the UWSWA office at 251-433-3624.


Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) – The VITA program provides communities with free federal and state e-filing assistance. VITA partners with community organizations, such as UWSWA, to recruit andVITALogo-UWSWA train volunteers to assist individuals with tax preparation and to educate taxpayers about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and other tax credits for which they may qualify. The VITA program also provides free tax services to taxpayers 60 years and older through the Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program (TCE). Additionally, the Facilitated Self-Assistance program (FSA) allows tax payers to prepare and e-file their own tax return using brand-name, online software from anyplace with Internet access, at any time, and at no cost.

For more information visit www.uwswa.org

For more information contact the UWSWA office at 251-433-3624.


SPARC: Student Philanthropists Actively Reaching the Community – SPARC is a program that increases awareness of the UWSWA and its partner agencies, while also teaching Mobile County high school students about SPARC logo (RGB)community needs, fundraising, and grantmaking. SPARC participants help raise funds at local public schools through UWSWA’s Mobile County Student Campaign. From these funds, grants of up to $5,000 are awarded to support programs in Mobile County that benefit school-aged children and youth in the areas of education, financial stability, health, and essentials. SPARC participants, with the support of UWSWA staff, review grant applications and conduct site visits before making funding recommendations to UWSWA’s Board of Trustees.

For more information contact: Laurie Childers lchilders@uwswa.org or 251-433-3624.


Emergency Food & Shelter (EFSP) – This program was created by Congress to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States and its territories by allocating federal funds for the provision of food and shelter. In our service area, UWSWA serves as its fiscal manager, and the program is governed by a local board that upholds the fema_logoEFSP guiding principles of efficiency, accountability, responsiveness, partnerships, and facilitating. In 2014, $169,255 was distributed via local partners in our region.

Website: www.efsp.unitedway.org

For more information contact the UWSWA office at 251-433-3624.


Disaster – Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD)
– The Mobile County VOAD seeks to ensure the availability of resources and services and to encourage appropriate distribution during long-term VOAD logodisaster recovery, the extended period following a disaster during which agencies and organizations help affected persons after immediate needs are met.

Website: http://mobilecountyvoad.wordpress.com/


Washington County Dental and Vision Program –The Washington County Dental and Vision Program provides limited dental and vision care for the residents of Washington County who meet specified requirements. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis, but applicants must have established permanent residence in Washington County for at least 6 months prior to applying.

For more information contact the UWSWA office at 251-433-3624.