Welcome to United Way of Central Alabama
Launch Party For WOMEN UNITED
The Women United launch party will be held Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 5:00 pm at Brasfield & Gorrie, 3021 7th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233. Planning committee members are Lessie Brady, Denise Canfield, Mittie Cannon, Jill Deer, Shirley Fagan, Eleanor Griffin, Ann Haas, Kimberly Jackson, KoKo Mackin, Carla Robertson and Lindsay Sinor.
Women United will also announce its new signature effort, “ Project Welcome Home”, a partnership with United Way’s Individual Development Account Program (IDA) and Habitat for Humanity to provide essential household items to new women homeowners. The women have committed their savings, $2,000, for their home down payment and have little left to buy essential household items most take for granted. As the program grows, Women United and Project Welcome home will provide big ticket items such as appliances.
Women United is a community of women giving at the leadership levels of $1,000 or more each year to United Way of Central AL. Its mission is Click for complete story
Central Alabama’s Women United is one of 160 across the globe. Almost 70,000 women leaders are working through United Way to build stronger communities. Over the past decade, this critical community within United Way has driven explosive growth, by well over doubling the total number of women engaged, and nearly tripling total fundraising since its inception.
United Way of Central Alabama serves Jefferson, Shelby, Walker, Blount and St. Clair counties by providing solutions for the most important needs in the community. Through our partner agencies and community initiatives, we improve lives and community conditions by building and mobilizing resources. To learn more about United Way’s impact in your community visit www.uwca.org.
A Stronger Disaster Response System
Five years have passed since April 27, 2011, when more than 60 confirmed tornadoes touched down and tore through Alabama, leaving paths of death, destruction and devastation.
While the twister was still moving across the state, United Way of Central Alabama moved its 2-1-1 Information and Referral call center operations to a larger space and set up more than 30 new computer/phone stations to take calls. Just hours later, staff and volunteers were ready to provide a caring voice and vital information to those affected. The center operated at maximum capacity 24-hours a day for two weeks. More than five other 2-1-1 centers in the state lost their ability to operate and those calls were routed to the center in Birmingham. More than 30,000 calls for information and assistance were received in 14 days. The 2-1-1 call center worked with local, county and state governments as an emergency link providing accurate emergency information such as… Click for complete story
Hands On Birmingham, the volunteer arm of United Way of Central Alabama organized more than 8,000 volunteers to help in early disaster recovery projects such as debris removal. Other volunteers worked in shelters and distribution centers.
United Way convened more than 50 corporate, faith-based, government and other non-profits to plan for the long-term needs of survivors. The Central Alabama Long Term Recovery Committee (CALTRC) was established to:
- Provide coordinated case management of the long-term recovery to the disaster survivors. Case managers worked with individuals and families on plans for disaster recovery and brought unmet needs to a subcommittee for funding.
- Provide additional long-term assistance to individuals affected by the disaster who did not have adequate personal resources for basic needs as a result of the disaster and whose needs were not met by other relief systems.
Funding for needs not addressed by other relief organizations came from United Way’s own Tornado Relief Fund. United Way raised money separate from its regular campaign to help with long-term recovery needs of survivors. United Way raised more $1.3 million in 24-hour telethon and in the next eight months saw donations to the relief and recovery effort grow to $4.1 million.
Five years later, United Way of Central Alabama is proud of its impact thanks to the generosity of thousands of volunteers and donors:
- 875 Families have received assistance for repairing or rebuilding homes, rental or mortgage expenses, utility assistance, transportation and medical needs.
- 15 Home Repairs or Rebuilds were handled in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity
- 252 Home Repairs or Rebuilds have been completed
- $88,000 – the average cost of a Home Rebuild
- $20,000 – $25,000 – the average cost of a Home Repair
- $1,045,646 –value of new furniture and appliances provided by Salvation Army
- $4.1 million – total funds provided in assistance to tornado survivors
In the years since the deadly tornado outbreak five years ago, several communities around Central Alabama have experienced destructive weather events and catastrophes and the knowledge gained from the April 27 experience helped provide better disaster response.
UWCA is dedicated to providing leadership in bridging the gap in response, disaster recovery and unmet needs.
Thank You United Way
Vanessa Carter and her interpreter, Lin Fulton from the
Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, are signing, “Thank You United Way.” Vanessa just had her taxes prepared in United Way’s Free Tax Center.
“What a great partnership we share with the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind,” says Judy Allen, Tax Assistance… click here for more
PRIORITY VETERAN … Committed to Quality Care for Homeless Veterans
United Way of Central Alabama’s Priority Veteran initiative, which provides supportive services over 600 homeless veterans each year, recently received a 3-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for its Rapid Rehousing and Homelessness Prevention Program.
This Accreditation demonstrates that Priority Veteran is committed to reducing risk, addressing health and safety concerns, respecting cultural and … click here for more
United Way of Central Alabama Rates 13 Consecutive Top Ratings from Charity Navigator “Out performs most other charities in America”
Birmingham, Alabama– United Way of Central Alabama’s sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the 13th consecutive time that United Way of Central Alabama has earned this top distinction. Click for complete story
Since 2002, using objective, data driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These “Accountability & Transparency” metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities have “best practices” that minimize the chance of unethical activities and whether they freely share basic information about their organization with their donors and other stakeholders.
UWCA’s coveted 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high performing charities,” according to Tim Gamory, COO of Charity Navigator. “Out of the thousands of nonprofits Charity Navigator evaluates, only one out of four earns 4 stars, a rating that demands rigor, responsibility and commitment to openness.” Less than 1% of the charities Charity Navigator rates have received at least 13 consecutive 4-star evaluations indicating that United Way of Central Alabama outperforms most other charities in America.
“It’s important our donors trust that we’re using our funding wisely to accomplish United Way of Central Alabama’s mission,” said John A. Langloh, President and CEO. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters that we take our fiduciary and governance responsibilities very seriously.”
UWCA’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on www.charitynavigator.org.