By Trista Stout-Walker, Vice President of Community Impact

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month and I am here to tell you that United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) has the best volunteers by far. In April we like to encourage volunteerism, and we are off to a great start. Just last week, three student groups from the University of South Alabama completed projects to benefit UWSWA’s partner agencies in Mobile County. These projects supported educational and essential initiatives at the agencies. The volunteers provided time and many hands to support each’s agency’s mission to offer health and human support services.

Phins Apparel will host the Inaugural Phins Fishing Classic (PFC) in eight Southern states and will benefit over 240 United Ways. The goal of this tournament is to raise funds and awareness for United Way, as well as connect anglers to their local United Way chapter. The net proceeds will be divided between the United Ways based on how many anglers participate in each community. Locally, the United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) will benefit from the anglers fishing in Choctaw, Clarke, Mobile, and Washington Counties. The tournament kicks off on April 9 and continues through May 1, 2022.

By Trista Stout-Walker, Vice President of Community Impact

I was asked to write about women in my life who left a positive influence on my journey. That task sends me back to the beginning. It begins with my mother, grandmothers, great- grandmother, aunts, and great aunt. All of these women shed light on the importance of spirituality, bravery, advocacy, leadership, kindness, and determination. All were servant leaders who volunteered and cared for others in the community. All advocated for others who were facing domestic violence, addiction, and mental health. They taught me to work hard, have faith, trust in yourself, and remember to love and care for yourself. As you can see, I was always destined to work at a nonprofit.

The United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) announces that Chanteal Black and Buffy Caine joined the team as Covid-19 Coordinators. They are responsible for connecting Covid positive households to isolation or quarantine support. The positions are made possible through Covid-19 Wrap around Services Program funded by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and Mobile County Public Health (MCPH).

By Trista Stout-Walker, Vice President of Community Impact

Many people say that it takes a special person to work in a nonprofit. I hate to burst your bubble, but it does not. To put it simply, it takes a person that is willing to care for someone else. Many of you already do this and have an interest in doing more. In our field this is referred to as “a servant’s heart “or “servant leadership”.

United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) thanks Chandra Motley for her dedicated service to UWSWA as a 2021 Annual Campaign Loaned Executive. Chandra is a Community Outreach Specialist with a focus on financial literacy and financial education for The First Bank in Mobile, Alabama. Chandra has been in the banking industry close to a decade in various roles, including mortgage lending, insurance collateral tracking, and HMDA data reporting.

By Trista Stout-Walker, Vice President of Community Impact

2022, oh my my! It is a new year that brings new possibilities. It also brings the same problems and barriers from 2021. UWSWA’s Community Impact Outlook strives to offer new solution or supports to the residents of UWSWA’s four county footprint. For example, UWSWA and 211 has partnered with Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) to offer Covid-19 quarantine support. We are working to eliminate the financial burden that quarantining may create. This is an old problem, but we are tailoring our impact to provide solutions. A full list of quarantine supports can be found on our Covid-19 information page. If you are in need of Covid quarantine support, please dial 2-1-1.

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