UWSWA welcomes Bob Grip to our Board of Trustees. Bob is retired from Fox 10 after more than 34 years anchoring news. He is a member of the Alabama Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame, and, in 2019 was, inducted into National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Suncoast Silver Circle

When asked why he accepted the invitation to join the board, he said, “There is no better time to reach out and help each other than now. I always viewed my role as a journalist as one offering service to the community, which is also the role of the United Way of Southwest Alabama.”

Mobile County Public Schools students will participate in remote learning during the first quarter of the 2020-21 school year using a variety of online resources through the district’s learning management system, Schoology. Students will be assigned the same classroom teachers they would have if we were in a traditional school setting. Those teachers will provide daily instruction, academic support, and intervention with a goal of helping all students be successful. Students will be expected to attend school daily, and we highly recommend that they follow a class schedule as if they were in a traditional school setting.

– From the Keeping Our Kids Safe: A Parent’s Guide to the 2020-21 School Year

Our global society is more than six months into the pandemic caused by COVID-19. Some countries have contained the virus better than others. In the United States, case counts and deaths lead the world. Millions of people are out of work while government benefits threaten to lapse. Renters are on the verge of being evicted from their homes, and property owners may follow. We’re seeing long food lines, overwhelmed hospitals, anxious parents and students, and any number of related complications that occur when people cannot meet their basic needs. 

ALEXANDRIA, VA (July 29, 2020) – In support of the United Nation’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, July 30, United Way Worldwide is announcing new efforts supported by UPS to fight the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world, including a ground-breaking approach that galvanizes communities in new ways to detect, stop and prevent human trafficking. The partnership is fueled by a $3 million fund, seeded by UPS employees who provided charitable contributions for these efforts for the past two years as part of the organization’s giving program.

Be a part of changing lives and saving lives in Southwest Alabama when you shop, dine in, carry out, or treat yourself at one of the participating merchants on United Way Day, Saturday, August 1, 2020. United Way Day is a one-day fundraiser and awareness campaign for the United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) led by the retail and service industries. Vendors can feature their businesses while raising awareness and funds for the United Way and its 46 partner agencies. Vendor donations are based on a predetermined offer designed by the vendor in agreement with the UWSWA.