Women United of Southwest Alabama, the women’s leadership initiative of United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) collected diaper donations to advance the health and economic stability for families in our area. The drive, which lasted from October through the end of 2017, collected more than 17,000 diapers and wipes distributed to four United Way partners: Dumas Wesley Community Center, Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast, Gulf Regional Early Childhood Services, and Penelope House.
United Way of Southwest Alabama is once again leading the South Alabama Free E-File (SAFE) Coalition to provide opportunities for eligible tax payers to receive free tax preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. There are numerous VITA and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) tax preparation sites located throughout Southwest Alabama.
Students from Palmer Pillans Middle School (Pillans) and employees from Airbus Americas Engineering in Mobile (Airbus Mobile) launched the 2017-18 Airbus Flying Challenge at a special event at Camp Whispering Pines on Friday, January 19, 2018. This fun-filled morning featured games and outdoor activities designed to promote team work and good communication between the students and Airbus mentors.
On Friday, November 10, 2017, Charles Hyland, Director of Mobile Area Water & Sewer System and the current Chair of the United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) Board of Trustees, announced that Clifford Grimes, UWSWA President & CEO, will be stepping down. Effective January 2, 2018, Grimes will assume responsibilities as the Director for Organizational Development, Metro Services for Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
United Way of Southwest Alabama and national nonprofit the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund) announced the award of a Fellowship to advance our region’s banking access efforts, including naming Katherine Pitman as Bank On South Alabama Fellow for a two-year term. Bank On South Alabama is one of five Bank On coalitions across the country whose work will be supported by this initiative.
We’re only a few weeks into the fall semester for the Mobile County Public School System (MCPSS), but even in these early days of the new school year, some students are already heading toward academic trouble because they are missing too many days of school.
“Summer slide” is the tendency for students, especially those from low-income families, to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year.
Children in low-income households fall behind an average of 2 months in reading during the summer. And, summer slide is cumulative, with these learning losses building up each summer. Differences in children’s summer learning experiences during their elementary school years can ultimately impact whether they earn a high school diploma and continue to college.
Too often students scowl at the idea of summer learning, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, summer is the perfect time to dive into some fun, engaging learning activities. Here are some tips to help prevent summer slide.