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Epilepsy Awareness Day: Learn How You Can Help Eliminate the Stigma Associated with Epilepsy Alongside Epilepsy Foundation Alabama

By: Sara Franklin, Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama Regional Director

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”  Maya Angelou

Rain or shine, I’m writing today to encourage those in Southwest Alabama to paint it all purple in honor of Epilepsy Awareness Day, which falls on March 26th.  

Resource Development Blog: Black History is the Future
By: Kimberly Bell, Manager of Donor Relations

The cultural milieu of the history of the City of Mobile is one that is deeply intertwined with Black History. In the present time, we have seen an exceptionally fervent effort to carry on the legacy of black history and the important accomplishments of our ancestors. One way this is being accomplished is by establishing, preserving, and maintaining black historical heritage sites and artifacts relative to the history of our city and the very core of our being.

Resource Development Blog: Looking Forward
By: Lauren Luckie, Manager of Donor Relations

The final days of the first month in a new year are always fascinating to me. It is a time to take stock on where one stands on their New Year’s Resolutions. As I reflect on the challenges, growth, and joyous moments that happened this month, I am called to pause and reflect. What can be adjusted moving forward? Despite my best intentions, I find that king cake has already put a damper on my commitment to eating less sugar. Other than that, at the close of this year’s “chapter one”, there is much to look forward to.

AARP Alabama Announces Relief Funding from AARP Foundation to Support Victims of Hurricane Ida

AARP Alabama CONTACT  – Jamie Harding, 205-470-1265,, @jhardingAL

Today, AARP Alabama announced new disaster relief funding from AARP Foundation to support victims of Hurricane Ida. The $150,000 grant will be given to United Way of Southwest Alabama to provide direct assistance to those in need in Lower Alabama. This includes services for older adults directly impacted by hurricane-related flooding and property damage. The funding is part of 10 grants from AARP Foundation totaling $2 million to organizations in the hardest hit states along the Gulf and East Coasts.

On October 15, United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) celebrated the Project Blueprint (PBP) graduation of the Class of 2021. This year, seventeen participants from Mobile and Washington Counties completed the twenty-one hour comprehensive curriculum that covered the detailed workings of UWSWA, the responsibilities and functions of volunteer boards, time management, leadership training and team...

By Justine Bixler, UWSWA Vice President of Resource Development

“All you have shall someday be given; therefore, give now, that the season of giving may be yours and not your inheritors.”
 – Kahlil Gibran

Since our inception, United Way of Southwest Alabama’s (UWSWA) annual campaign has been called the “Community Campaign.” This is because contributions are given to community members by community members. Each year, individuals and businesses from diverse backgrounds and sectors step up in support of Living United. They do so by contributing personally, running a workplace giving campaign at their companies, making a corporate contributions or matching gift towards their employees’ support, sponsoring a UWSWA event or hosting their own event and donating the proceeds, or offering in-kind services or products that advance our mission or provide goods for someone in need.

On August 5, United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) will kick-off the Project Blueprint (PBP) Class of 2021. PBP is an initiative of UWSWA designed to assist partner agencies and other nonprofit organizations become more inclusive and reflective of our diverse community. Upon completion of a series of informative classes, PBP graduates are trained and available for placement on local nonprofit boards and committees.

By Justine Bixler, UWSWA Vice President of Resource Development

On an annual basis, United Way of Southwest Alabama funds over 100 programs operated by our 46 non-profit partner agencies. In addition to these programs, our staff facilitates 11 internal programs that also provide direct services to individuals throughout our local community. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) is one of these 11 programs. The VITA program offers free basic tax return preparation for qualified individuals. The program has operated for over 50 years, offering free tax help to:

  • People who generally make $57,000 or less
  • Persons with disabilities; and
  • Limited English-speaking taxpayers
  • Who need assistance when preparing their own returns.

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