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Author: Leslie Schraeder

United Way of Southwest Alabama / Articles posted by Leslie Schraeder (Page 3)

Mobile, AL – Mobile United and United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) announced Food 4 Furloughed Feds Food Drive to benefit Feeding the Gulf Coast. The food drive will run from Friday, January 18 through January 28, 2019. 

Due to the ongoing government shutdown, thousands of federal and contract workers have not been paid. Many of which live paycheck to paycheck and are facing serious financial crises. Feeding the Gulf Coast is experiencing a significantly greater need for food throughout the community. They are working to meet the current requests while preparing for an extended shutdown in which funding for government assistance programs will expire in February and workers continue to go without pay.

(Clarke County, AL) – United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) was awarded one of four Alabama Power Foundation Elevate Grants.  Elevate grants strengthen communities by funding projects, providing capacity-building workshops and assisting in networking opportunities for non-profit organizations across the state. UWSWA requested the funding to open a United Way Clarke County Outreach Center in Grove Hill, Alabama to provide multiple services to the citizens of Clarke County in one central location. A physical presence will help mitigate transportation challenges as well as increase awareness of the programs and services available to residents. UWSWA also plans to increase funding in the county to provide more resources to its partner agencies.

United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) today announced that South Alabama residents have saved $512,000 on their prescription medications, thanks to its partnership with FamilyWize, an organization focused on improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities.

Through this partnership, the United Way has helped promote the free, easy to use FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card, which has helped more than 11 million Americans save more than $1 billion on their prescriptions.

The United Way of Southwest Alabama hosted an art contest to be selected as the 2018 Holiday Card artwork. There were thirteen entries from five partner agencies. The entries were so strong we chose two winners. The entry submitted by Brian Pat Smith with the Mobile Arc Marc-Art Program was chosen for the Mobile County card. The art submitted by Frank Manuel with The Arc of Southwest Alabama (formerly ECI) was chosen of the Choctaw, Clarke, and Washington County card.

The Shoe Station chain’s fundraiser for Hurricane Michael relief efforts raised $5,519 as the result of shoppers purchasing nearly 5,000 boots, shoes, and sandals in support. Customers online and in 21 Southeastern stores also made additional donations. The fundraiser’s co-sponsor, The Office of Mobile City Council Representative Levon Manzie (District 2), donated $500 to the effort.

On November 1, Shoe Station is presenting a check to the United Way of Southwest Alabama (#UWSWA). The not-for-profit organization will share proceeds with partner agencies including: American Red Cross, Feeding the Gulf Coast, Lifelines for 211, The Salvation Army, Volunteers for America, and Goodwill Easter Seals. The check presentation event will take place at 10:30 am at Shoe Station’s Hillcrest Road location in Mobile, and is open to media and the general public.