Blog by Barbara Saverino

Voting is a way to be heard, and to let your elected officials know how you feel about issues that matter to you.

But you can’t vote if you don’t register to vote! The deadline to register depends where you live; check here.

Meanwhile, why not register on Tuesday, Sept. 20 — National Voter Registration Day in the U.S.?

Thanks to a special grant from United Way Worldwide, United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) now provides an inclusive online experience to enable website visitors to access online content and services barrier-free.

As part of our diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy, website visitors can now access a wide range of accessibility and language support tools to customize their digital experiences through Recite Me assistive technology.

By Trista Stout-Walker, Vice President of Community Impact

As we celebrate the events and holidays this month, it has given me the opportunity to have a teachable moment with my family. My oldest asked me why I was off on Monday, June 20. I was able to serve as my child’s teacher and explain Juneteenth. I used the discussion to stress the importance of kindness and recognizing human dignity. I watered the seed of humility, and hopefully, it will grow within my daughter. It is tough being a parent, but I am grateful that I can have open conversations with my girls. Southwest Alabama can learn from past mistakes and be open to equality.

By Trista Stout-Walker, Vice President of Community Impact

Access to Mental Health services continues as a present need for our community, especially over these past two years. UWSWA and 2-1-1 are collaborating with the Mobile County Health Department to pivot the Covid Wrap-Around Services to focus on mental health for those affected by Covid-19. I am proud that we are creating an additional venue for community members to access mental health resources.

The United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) will hold its 28th Annual Day of Caring, one of the region’s largest single days of volunteerism on May 6, 2022

Day of Caring volunteers witness first-hand how their support makes a difference as they paint and make repairs, plant trees and ready gardens for planting, sort food donations, and help our agencies complete projects they do not have the time or resources to do throughout the year. Volunteers also have the opportunity to hear the stories of those whose lives have been impacted because of the donations made to the UWSWA.

Do you want to join the team?