Author: Leslie Schraeder

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

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. 

Updated 04.04.2020

As the day, weeks, and possibly months of the COVID-19 health crisis pass; the needs of the community will evolve. There is help available to Southwest Alabama residents. We will update the community about the various services available throughout this difficult time. We also anticipate individuals, families, and businesses will continue to need help after the social distancing policies are lifted.

Now more than ever it’s important for community members to adhere to their prescribed medications. FamilyWize, a program of the United Way, has become critically important during this public health crisis especially for families with diminished resources. The FamilyWize program is free and saved participants an average of 45 percent off of their prescription medications. Most FDA approved brand and generic prescription medications are covered.

Parents: Want to make sure your students are still building their character muscle during distance learning? Character Playbook is a free resource United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) is proud to offer for elementary, middle, and high school students to support healthy character development!.

In response to the growing number of school closings and the rapid adoption of remote and distance learning, United Way Worldwide’s team at EVERFI mobilized last week to ensure that Character Playbook: Healthy Relationships and Mental Wellness Basics is accessible to students around the country — those with existing login credentials and those interested in accessing this tool for the first time. 

United Way of Southwest Alabama's response to the COVID-19 Outbreak

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