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 United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) partner agency, AIDS Alabama, released their executive summary report, “It’s Harder to Find the Syringe Than the Drug,” detailing the results of the first statewide needs assessment conducted among Alabamians who inject drugs. This past spring AIDS Alabama, in collaboration with the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s (UAB) Center for AIDS Research and the Alabama Harm Reduction Coalition, surveyed 124 Alabama residents who inject drugs or who provide direct care to individuals who inject drugs. Through a combination of questionnaire and focus group responses, they aimed to gain critical insights into the need of Alabamians who inject drugs and help inform advocacy priorities for ending the opioid epidemic in the state.

United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) announced Trista Stout-Walker as the new Vice President of Community Impact. Stout-Walker has served the UWSWA as Manager of Regional Development – County Relations since May 2018. During her time in that position, she has made a tremendous impact on Choctaw, Clarke, and Washington Counties in both fundraising and community engagement. She exceeded all the 2018 & 2019 Campaign goals.

Candidate must reside in Choctaw, Clarke or Washington Counties

Summary & Scope:

Develop, retain and significantly grow the level of financial support and commitment to United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA). Maintain and continuously develop relationships with key constituents at various levels within assigned company and individual accounts. Identify viable opportunities for additional involvement with UWSWA. Work closely with these constituents to plan, organize and implement campaign and other United Way activities to ensure a successful, stronger and sustained United Way commitment. Aggressively identify, recruit and develop new business prospects to ensure continued campaign growth.

The primary focus of this position is on the regional development of the United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) campaign in Choctaw, Clarke and Washington Counties. Successful completion of on-boarding and training is required.

by Rachel Perry, 

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Last year, more than 3.6 million people from 150 countries joined together to raise $400 million for charity on GivingTuesday. Together with our partners, United Way wants to keep the momentum going this year, to help 61 million people get better education, financial stability and health around the world.

Summary

The VP, Community Impact is responsible for leading the strategic investment of UW’s financial and non-financial resources to create the greatest possible impact in helping improve outcomes for individuals and families and achieving community-level change. Essential to this work is developing and adopting community-wide goals and implementing a strategic and cohesive plan for impact to make progress on these goals, all based on an understanding of community needs, an awareness of community resources, a knowledge of local and national best practice strategies (financial, advocacy, volunteer, other), leveraging and aligning UWSWA’s unique strengths and abilities to support the strategies, engaging in relationships and partnerships, and measuring results.  The VP, Community Impact leads the Community Impact department and leads the organization as a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

This year Veteran’s Day has taken on a new and very personal meaning. The day before I began my role of U.S. President at United Way Worldwide, my family and I joined almost 100 other families at the Military Entrance Processing Station in Tampa, FL to watch our loved ones be sworn into U.S. Military service.  After witnessing this very emotional and moving ceremony (with our son Jack in his LIVE UNITED t-shirt), we said our goodbyes and Jack left for Ft. Benning, GA to pursue his dream of becoming an U.S. Army Airborne Ranger.

Summary

Develop, retain and significantly grow the level of financial support and commitment to United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA). Maintain and continuously develop relationships with key constituents at various levels within assigned company and individual accounts. Identify viable opportunities for additional involvement with UWSWA. Work closely with these constituents to plan, organize and implement campaign and other United Way activities to ensure a successful, stronger and sustained United Way commitment. Aggressively identify, recruit and develop new business prospects to ensure continued campaign growth.

Beginning on the first day of National Diaper Need Awareness Week United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) Women United will kick off their 4th Annual Diaper Drive at partner agency Dumas Wesley Community Center (111 Mobile Street, 36607) at 8:15AM. Women United committee members and benefitting agencies will speak about the vast need for diapers & incontinent products for families with children and the homeless population especially homeless women.

Southeastern chain Shoe Station will launch its “Every Step. Every Community” initiative on September 20, 2019 in its 21 stores in five states. This year-long program will include at $10,000 charitable donation, as well as collection bins in each location, where consumers can donate new and gently used shoes to United Way organizations in their communities. Consumers will also have an opportunity to register to win a $10,000 cash prize.

United Way of Southwest Alabama's response to the COVID-19 Outbreak

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