Author: Leslie Schraeder

United Way of Southwest Alabama / Articles posted by Leslie Schraeder (Page 12)

FOX10 Playground Project Focuses on the Importance of Play and Community; Partners Include City of Mobile, United Way of Southwest Alabama, Make an Impact Foundation, and Hasley Recreation

MOBILE, Ala., Sept. 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Miracle® Recreation, a pioneer in manufacturing thrilling playgrounds for nearly a century, today unveiled the playground design for Walsh Park in Mobile, Alabama. The new play space is the culmination of the FOX10 Playground Project, which aims to transform the park into a play destination for local families. 

On Friday, October 8, 2021, Williams is hosting its 17th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) and United Cerbral Palsy of Mobile (UCPMobile). Tee time is at 8:00AM at Timber Creek Golf Course (9650 TimberCreek Blvd., Daphne, 36527). Regstration begins at 7:00AM. Thank you to all the team, sponsors, and planning committee for supporting this event and changing lives in Southwest Alabama.

By Trista Stout-Walker, Vice President of Community Impact

Just like you, I am simply a person. A person who every morning prays for guidance, strength, health, and grace. Grace has been a lifesaver these past 18 months. Grace provides us with the ability to accept people where they are and offer support and kindness. Each of us has faced some form of adversity in our daily lives. For those suffering from addiction or depression, this is a daily struggle. This struggle may be hidden and paired with a feeling of hopelessness or loss.

On Thursday, September 23 and Friday, September 24, Mobile County Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) and the United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) will host a Hurricane Ida Resource Fair at Central Presbyterian Church (1260 Dauphin Street, 36604) from 7am until 11 am. Several area nonprofits and government agencies will be on site to provide storm-related assistance to Hurricane Ida survivors and evacuees. Evacuees will also have the opportunity to speak to representatives regarding legal services, school registration, medical services, and many other important necessities.

On Wednesday, September 1, United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) announced its 2021 Volunteer and Campaign Award recipients as part of its Annual Community Campaign Kickoff. Each year, UWSWA recognizes and celebrates the people, organizations, and workplaces that work tirelessly to change lives and save lives in Southwest Alabama. Fox 10 newscasts highlighted the award recipients, and UWSWA highlighted them in four Facebook Lives.

On Wednesday, September 1, 2021, United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) will feature its partner agencies, internal programs, award winners, sponsors, and pacesetters. During all of the FOX 10 newscasts, including Studio 10, there will be guests appearing to talk about all things UWSWA. In addition to the television broadcast, Fox 10 and UWSWA will each host live streamed segments on Facebook.

This year, iHeart Radio local stations will feature UWSWA on its 5 local radio stations and digital platforms.

By Justine Bixler, UWSWA Vice President of Resource Development

“All you have shall someday be given; therefore, give now, that the season of giving may be yours and not your inheritors.”
 – Kahlil Gibran

Since our inception, United Way of Southwest Alabama’s (UWSWA) annual campaign has been called the “Community Campaign.” This is because contributions are given to community members by community members. Each year, individuals and businesses from diverse backgrounds and sectors step up in support of Living United. They do so by contributing personally, running a workplace giving campaign at their companies, making a corporate contributions or matching gift towards their employees’ support, sponsoring a UWSWA event or hosting their own event and donating the proceeds, or offering in-kind services or products that advance our mission or provide goods for someone in need.

By Trista Stout-Walker, Vice President of Community Impact

Your donations directly affect United Way of Southwest Alabama’s (UWSWA) investment in Southwest Alabama. UWSWA takes the generous supports from community members, businesses, and local foundations and converts funding into service opportunities. Opportunities like supporting a women experiencing homelessness a safe space at a local motel and food delivery until shelter is available at McKemie Place. Opportunities like a family having a location close to home that offers the Summer Feeding Program. Opportunities like mental health counseling available during school hours to assist children dealing with stress, anxiety, or trauma. Opportunities like 2,949 tax returns completed by the SAFE Coalition at no charge to the tax client. The list for opportunities provided by UWSWA and our partners can go on and on.