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By Trista Stout-Walker, UWSWA Vice President of Community Impact

Society leads us to believe that we need the newest and best technology, cars, homes, clothing, etc. To many in Southwest Alabama this is not a reality. Individuals and families are living paycheck to paycheck, just to cover life’s basic needs. At times, this may not be a living wage. United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA), our 46 partners, and community coalitions are here to help. We collectively align to form the community’s safety net. 

As part of the United Way of Southwest Alabama’s community outreach and fundraising activities, we traditionally visit regularly commercial and industrial work sites. When we have these opportunities, we want to be safe and follow all the common safety protocols required.

In anticipation of being able to resume meeting face-to-face in mid-to-late 2021, we have scheduled a special free OSHA 10 training. The OSHA 10 training is available to UWSWA staff and partner agencies’ staff. The two-day training is on Monday, March 29 from 8:30AM to 1PM and Tuesday, March 30 from 8:30AM to 1PM. Both days are required for attendees to successfully complete the training. The UA Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 119 will do the training at their union hall at 2458 Old Shell Road, Mobile 36607. They are donating the instructor’s time and all the program costs. Upon completion, each attendee will receive a DOC OSHA 10 card that is does not expire.

Space is limited and registration is required. To register, email Leslie Schraeder at lschraeder@uwswa.org or call 251.431.0101 by March 12, 2021.

By Justine Bixler, UWSWA Vice President of Resource Development

What does it mean to Live United? Often times, the reality is it is much more complex than the phrase. It means that you agree to live for something larger than yourself. It means that you stand for what is right and just. It means that you believe that everyone deserves the same opportunity to have an equitable seat at the table. And, when you are choosing to Live United, it means that you invest in bringing those realities to life. It takes all walks of life, their perspectives and experiences to make up our community. What defines this community is deeply rooted in the values of what make us proud to call Southwest Alabama home. Loving thy neighbor is a tenant that has been engrained in our children since birth. And those children have grown up to be adults who now have an even greater ability to impact our community – for the better – by changing lives and saving lives through their investment in Southwest Alabama. We have professional business leaders, community leaders, those who lead in critical areas of public service, commerce & industry, education, finance and the healthcare field. We have those who advocate for more jobs, those who advocate for the protection of our natural resources, and those who fight every day to ensure equitable access to health and human services. And all of those people have one thing in common – they choose to Live United. 

Mass vaccination event coming to Mobile County  – 02.02.21

MOBILE – As part of a statewide effort to accelerate COVID-19 vaccination in Alabama, mass vaccination clinics will take place in each of the state’s public health districts next week. There is no cost to receive a vaccine, but everyone vaccinated must be in an eligible group, wear a mask and bring valid identification.

Mobile County is among the eight locations selected by the Alabama Department of Public Health to be a part of the initiative. This includes several hospitals in Mobile: Ascension Providence, Mobile Infirmary, USA Health and Springhill Medical. Dates, times, locations and other details about the sites are available by clicking on https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19vaccine/mass-clinics.html.

By Trista Stout-Walker, UWSWA Vice President of Community Impact

United Way of Southwest Alabama strives to make our community a better place. UWSWA and our partners support and employ a diverse group of individuals. Diversity provides the opportunity to learn and understand cultures, traditions, experiences, barriers, and strengths that can be found in Southwest Alabama. The Community Impact team strives to grasp the pulse of Southwest Alabama. The past has highlighted the need and desire for continued exploration of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

ADPH launches COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility Check and Scheduling – 02.02.21

MONTGOMERY –The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has launched an online portal for individuals to check their eligibility for vaccination and make appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations at county health departments. The easy-to-navigate portal also provides up-to-date information about additional drive-through and walk-in clinics being offered. The portal can be accessed at https://www.alcovidvaccine.gov/  

United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) earned a 2021 Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by Candid, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing metrics that highlight the progress UWSWA is making toward its mission, Candid is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation such as overhead ratios. Everyone can see UWSWA’s strategy, metrics, and achievements. Check out our updated nonprofit profile on Candid at https://www.guidestar.org/Profile/63-0351568.

COVID-19 Vaccination Updated 01.29.2021

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) announced Friday starting February 8, ADPH will extend eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations to include people 65 or older, and additional groups of frontline workers. The Vaccine Allocation Plan is available at www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19vaccine/assets/adph-covid19-vaccination-allocation-plan.pdf.