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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.

All In Credit Union awards United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) a $7,000 grant to help fund the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) program. The grant is part of a larger donation of $100,000 being given back to the community to help nonprofits increase or expand their services. The UWSWA’s grant will fund a full year of books to 151 children who are currently registered to participate in the program. 

Apply for D-SNAP in Clarke and Washington now: January 25, 2021 – January 29, 2021

How to apply

  1. Apply On-Line: www.dhr.alabama.gov
  2. Click on the green banner in the middle of the page and then select “Disaster Food Assistance Pre-Screening Form.”
  3. Applications will be available on-line beginning January 22nd and January 23rd, from 7 am to 6 pm and January 25th through January 29th.
  4. Someone from DHR will contact you by phone January 25th through January 29th. There is no need to come to the office.

DHR will be available to assist the Elderly, Disabled, and individuals who do not have access to the internet January 25th through January 29th from 8 am to 4:30 pm.



MONTGOMERY, AL – The Alabama Department of Human Resources has received federal approval to distribute Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) benefits to qualifying residents of seven counties recovering from Hurricane Zeta.

D-SNAP benefits are approved for Clarke, Dallas, Marengo, Mobile, Perry, Washington and Wilcox counties. Individuals who received SNAP benefits in November 2020 are not eligible for these benefits; they have already received D-SNAP benefits.

AM/NS Calvert donated $20,000 to the United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) to provide grants to partner agencies in Southwest Alabama. The AM/NS Calvert employees were unable to have their traditional holiday gathering due to Covid-19. They decided to use that allotment of money to give back to the community they love. Partner agencies applied to receive funding just in time for the holidays for food, utility assistance, rent/mortgage assistance, and/or Christmas gifts. The UWSWA Allocation Committee met Wednesday, December 16 to discuss and distribute the money requested. Eight agencies were awarded funds.

The holiday season is a time to celebrate with friends, family and co-workers. While having alcohol at parties can enhance the holiday experience, it also can place you and others at risk if drinking gets out of hand.

Whether hosting or attending a party, here are a few tips that can help you celebrate safely throughout the holiday season and all year. Party tips are courtesy of the University of Wyoming (UW) Alcohol Wellness Alternatives, Research and Education (AWARE) Program (www.uwyo.edu/aware) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration’s National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information 

Hurricane Zeta ravaged areas in Clarke, Mobile, and Washington Counties. Many people are suffering in silence. Many storm victims are unaware there is help available. United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) and the other organizations that are part of the Mobile County Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) are working to assist families in need. Volunteer efforts are essential while Southwest Alabama waits for a FEMA Declaration.