Author: Leslie Schraeder

United Way of Southwest Alabama / Articles posted by Leslie Schraeder (Page 22)

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Nurses. Doctors. Grocery store employees. Delivery drivers. Warehouse workers. First responders. Truck drivers. Cleaners. There are so many people who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak. They continue to help keep our community safe and the world running. To honor and celebrate their ongoing sacrifice, let’s say thank you!

Join United Way of Southwest Alabama on May 5 as we rally the entire community to say thank you to the essential workers who have tirelessly and bravely continued to do their jobs. Our effort will be one part of a bigger day of giving and unity called #GivingTuesdayNow.

Petters Family Foundation Supports United Way of the Virginia Peninsula’s Emergency Fund for COVID-19 Recovery With $1,000,000 Donation slated for families in need in communities in Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana

The Petters Family Foundation has committed $1 million to United Way of the Virginia Peninsula to assist individuals and families affected by the coronavirus in the communities of the Virginia Peninsula, Greater Pascagoula (South Mississippi), Southwest Alabama and Greater New Orleans. The Petters family is providing critical support to families in need through the United Way in the belief that process is the most efficient and impactful way to address this crisis. The United Way organizations in the communities listed above have established Coronavirus Recovery Funding campaigns to support its hardest hit families as well as to provide support to non-profits working on the frontlines of the pandemic.

Austal USA (Austal) hosted their annual charity golf tournament at the Robert Trent Jones Magnolia Grove Golf Course in Mobile, Ala., March 12-13. For the past nine years, this event has benefited the United Way of Southwest Alabama and is the largest single fundraiser held on our behalf. We could not be more grateful for their annual support and look forward to working with them for years to come. The team at Austal, in collaboration with UWSWA staff, does an exceptional job recruiting teams, suppliers, and sponsors who provide the means to hold this incredible event. Thank you to the team at Austal and the suppliers who support their work year-round!

As social distancing policies continue to be in place, many individuals are looking for ways they can help those in need. Several companies unable to open but continue to retain staff are also looking to get involved in the community. United Way Volunteer Connect is an excellent way for community volunteers (individuals or teams) to connect with area agencies with growing needs due to the growing demands on their resources through Coronavirus Volunteer Initiative and the Coronavirus Donation Initiative

For people whose only sources of income are Social Security retirement, Social Security Disability, Railroad Retirement, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or VA Benefits, filing a tax return is usually not required. And even this year, if these folks are to receive a stimulus payment, no tax return is required except…

If someone in this situation has dependent children under the age of seventeen. In those cases, to get the extra $500 per child under seventeen, they will need to file a request to include the children.

The 2020 Census provides a snapshot of our nation – who we are, where we live, and so much more. Your response matters. Health clinics, fire departments, schools, even roads and highways are some of the aspects of our community the 2020 Census can shape.

  • Census results can determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into Alabama and our community each year.
  • Census results determine how many seats in Congress Alabama will get.
  • The Census is mandated by the US Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: The US has counted its population every ten years since 1970. 

Do you know someone with a HEART OF GOLD?

Has someone you know gone above and beyond the call of duty?

Do you know someone on the front lines during this unique time that has impacted you or an agency in our community?  

UWSWA is proud to honor its volunteers with the Heart of Gold Award. The awards recognize volunteers for their dedication and service in the areas of education, health, financial stability, or essentials. The engagement of the hundreds of individuals who volunteer with us each year is critical to the success of both UWSWA and our 47 partner agencies.

There is a new financial incentive for Americans to give generously to qualifying charities, including United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and many of our community partners. The new universal tax break for charitable donations was included in the final $2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package signed into law last week and will go into effect starting with the 2020 tax year.

Alabama is in the third week of social distancing practices, many adults and children could be feeling overwhelmed or experiencing higher levels of anxiety. Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.

If you or someone you know is immediate need of help or just need to talk, call 1.800.273.TALK or join a Lifeline Chat. There are recommendations for families to manage health and well-being. 

Do you want to join the team?