Author: Leslie Schraeder

United Way of Southwest Alabama / Articles posted by Leslie Schraeder (Page 4)

By Trista Stout-Walker, Vice President of Community Impact

I love a good screen shot of an uplifting message from social media. While preparing for this blog, I was inspired by a quote from William James, “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” In October, many causes celebrate “awareness month,” and many are near and dear to my heart. While spreading awareness, you may participate in a walk to raise funds for breast cancer research or wear purple on October 21st for Domestic Violence Awareness. These simple acts serve as outreach and conversation starters. You are planting the seed of your advocacy and service within another person. I classify these moments as small victories!

Mary Clare Tortorice, Manager of Donor Relations, came to work at United Way of Southwest Alabama because she was inspired to make a difference during the Covid-19 pandemic. “For a countless number of years I have heard about United Way of Southwest Alabama, but when the Covid-19 pandemic hit our service area, I was ready to help a nonprofit that was eager to serve Mobile during times of uncertainty,” she said. “That is when I landed at the doors of United Way of Southwest Alabama.”

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.

Do you want to join the team?