By Corey Harvard, Prism United Executive Director

LGBTQ+ youth are the most at-risk population in our country. Whether pertaining to housing-insecurity, victimization, substance abuse, or suicidality, a plethora of data show that the struggles of LGBTQ+ individuals, and especially youth, are disproportionately more severe than that of their straight and cisgender peers. As though that isn’t daunting enough, since the beginning of this year alone, 491 anti-LGBTQ+ bills have been drafted in state legislatures across the nation, emboldening anti-LGBTQ+ efforts at more local levels. It isn’t hard to imagine why Pride Month is hard for many of us to celebrate right now, but the truth is, it couldn’t be more timely.

The United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) invites area vendors to participate in the fifth annual United Way Day, a two-day fundraiser and awareness campaign on June 9 and June 10, 2023. Led by the retail and service industries, United Way Day encourages people to shop, dine out, or treat themselves at participating merchants in Southwest Alabama, all while making a difference in their community.

By Trista Stout-Walker, VP of Community Impact

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month and United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) appreciates all the volunteers throughout southwest Alabama. Volunteerism is one of the ways that community members can support a nonprofit. Your service is invaluable and supports agencies to achieve their missions and reallocate funding to the greatest needs.

UWSWA is currently accepting nominations for the 2023 Choctaw, Clark, Mobile, and Washington Counties’ Heart of Gold Volunteer Awards. The Heart of Gold awards aim to honor individuals or organizations, which demonstrate an exceptional commitment to helping, improve the quality of life in Southwest Alabama. To be eligible, the nominee’s volunteer activities must benefit a nonprofit organization within Choctaw, Clarke, Mobile, or Washington counties, and the nominee’s service should connect to UWSWA through one of its programs or partner agencies.

Cottage Hill Chiropractic Center is excited to announce their Patient Appreciation Days on April 25 and 27, 2023. As part of their celebration, existing patients can enjoy free treatments on April 25, while new patients can take advantage of free consultations and exams on April 27, including x-rays to determine if chiropractic care is right for them.

Resource Development Blog
Epilepsy Awareness Day: Learn How You Can Help Eliminate the Stigma Associated with Epilepsy Alongside Epilepsy Foundation Alabama

By: Sara Franklin, Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama Regional Director

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”  Maya Angelou

Rain or shine, I’m writing today to encourage those in Southwest Alabama to paint it all purple in honor of Epilepsy Awareness Day, which falls on March 26th.  

By Trista Stout-Walker, VP of Community Impact

Beautiful girl, you can do hard things. This mantra spoke to me as I reflected on creating March’s Blog. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we celebrate all women and the transformative work they do to improve our society. Hard things are done each day for people all over the world, even in Southwest Alabama, and even in the walls of United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA).

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