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To assist in reaching this year’s goal of a one percent increase over the 2013 campaign’s total of $5,003,273, the UWSWA conducted their pacesetter campaign throughout the summer.

Since April, the pacesetter campaign raised more than $1.5 million, which is roughly 30% of the total campaign goal of $5,053,305 for 2014.

Some of our youngest students miss 10 percent of the school year—about 18 days a year or just two days every month. Chronic absenteeism in kindergarten, and even pre-K, can predict lower test scores and poor attendance and retention in later grades, especially if the problems persist for more than a year. In fact, studies have shown that kindergarten and first-grade students who miss too many days of school have trouble mastering reading by the end of third grade. Since third-grade reading proficiency is a key indicator of future success in school, it is vital we help young students and their families develop good attendance practices.

2013 was a year of focused growth.

As many of you know, in August 2010, the United Way of Southwest Alabama Board of
Trustees approved “The Building Blocks for a Better Community,” which focus on
education, health, financial stability, and essentials. This new community impact model was designed to enhance accountability and transparency while proactively targeting and addressing important human service issues facing our region.

In front of roughly 350 donors, volunteers, community leaders and community partners, United Way leaders kicked off the United Way of Southwest Alabama’s (UWSWA) 2014 campaign and declared their new priorities and community indicators.  The event was held at VIA Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center in Mobile for the third year in a row.

On June 19, United Way of Southwest Alabama President and CEO Alan H. Turner II, Vice President of Resource Development Tina Blackmon, and Vice President of Community Impact Fran Eaton met with Brett Dungan, the Mayor of Bayou La Batre, and Frazier Payne, the District Representative from Congressman Bradley Byrne’s office.

The Fourth of July is right around the corner and we could not be more excited for all the celebrations occurring this weekend. However, we want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.

There will be many outdoor activities over the three-day weekend and we want to be sure you are prepared for the heat, water, and fire(works)!

Here are some safety tips to keep your holiday celebrations happy and risk-free: