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United Way Works to Address Inequities

“In times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and in eternity.” Abraham Lincoln

The first five months of 2020 represent some of the greatest challenges I have faced in a lifetime.  The pandemic brought to surface the inadequacies of our Republic – the disparity in health care; the inequality in education; and the inequity in housing. Then the death of George Floyd sparked an already restless, vulnerable population into action.

The United Way of Southwest Alabama and its 46 partner agencies that provide services to Southwest Alabama – Choctaw, Clarke, Mobile and Washington Counties – have worked to address the inadequacies, the disparities, the inequalities, and the inequities in our communities since 1926. UWSWA and our partner agencies made commitments to care for those in need regardless of age, sex, race, religion, national origin, physical or mental capabilities, marital status, gender identity, or sexual orientation. We provide services to people in their times of need.

The UWSWA pledges to continue to guide our community by providing voices to those who have none and to those who have nowhere else to turn in their times of need by planning to meet the needs of the community and by raising funds to cover the aforementioned.

We look to our Board of Trustees, our volunteers, our donors, our staff and our partner agencies to improve the quality of life in the community by focusing on uniting and mobilizing resources that support the building blocks for a better life: health, education, financial stability, and access to life’s basic essentials.