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United Way Pacesetter Campaign Sets $11.75 Million Goal

Fifty-one  corporations, businesses, hospitals and non-profit organizations in our five county area  are participating in United Way’s 2015 Pacesetter Campaign which began June 11 with over 300 volunteers attending a kickoff luncheon featuring Retired Admiral Eric Thor Olson, U.S. Navy as the kickoff speaker.  The summer fundraising campaign is held each year prior to the organization’s larger fall campaign.

Pacesetter kickoff Goal“The Pacesetter Campaign is about leadership,” said Doug Coltharp, 2015 Pacesetter Chairman and Executive VP and CFO at HealthSouth.  “We are very grateful to the 52 Pacesetter companies who will serve as the vanguard for the UWCA’s 2015 campaign.  Our Pacesetter goal of $11,750,000 is ambitious, but readily achievable given the outstanding leadership of these 51 companies.”

Kickoff photoLoaned Executives play a crucial role in developing and implementing fundraising initiatives in a wide variety of situations during the annual United Way Campaign.  Their participation helps keep fundraising costs low, leading to increased investments in Click for complete story

 the lives of people who need services.

Loaned Executives for the Pacesetter Campaign are:

  • Ashton, Johnson, Sponsored by Maynard Cooper & Gale PC
  • Derand Jones, Alabama Power Company
  • Chris Martin, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama
  • Ann McEwen, Regions Financial Corporation

The Participating 2015 Pacesetter Companies are:


Arc of Walker County

Arlington Properties

Balch & Bingham

Bayer Properties


Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

Buffalo Rock

Building & Earth Sciences

Burr & Forman LLP

Cadence Bank

CenterState Bank

Cobbs, Allen & Hall

Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Inc.

Daniel Corporation

Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP

EGS Commercial Real Estate

Ernst & Young

First Bank of Jasper

Fox 6 WBRC

Graham & Company

Harbert Management Corporation


Hoar Construction

Innovation Depot

Jemison Metals

Legacy YMCA

Luckie and Company

Mayer Electric Supply

Maynard Cooper & Gale PC

McGladrey LLP

McGriff Seibles & Williams, Inc

Medical Properties Trust

National Bank of Commerce

Renasant Bank

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Robins & Morton

ServisFirst Bank

Sirote & Permutt

Southern Nuclear

Southern Research


Timberline Holdings

Trinity Medical Center

University of Alabama at Birmingham

United Way of Central Alabama

United Cerebral Palsy

Vulcan Materials Company

Warren Averett

White Plume Technologies

YMCA of Greater Birmingham 

New Initiative to Offer Financial Counseling Services to People with Disabilities

shutterstock_81311647 (2)United Way of Central Alabama, Inc. in partnership with the Disability Rights and Resources announced it will participate in the Reach Outcomes. Achieve Dreams. Succeed (ROADS) to Financial Independence, an initiative aimed at improving the financial wellbeing and economic security of individuals with disabilities. This initiative, which is piloting with local partners in six communities across the country, will integrate financial counseling Click for complete story

with employment, independent living, and other support services that are being provided to individuals with disabilities.

“United Way of Central Alabama is pleased to work with local and national partners to strive for the financial stability of all Alabamians, by ensuring that every person has the tools they need to budget, save, and plan for the future,” said Drew Langloh, President & CEO, United Way of Central Alabama, Inc.

“People with disabilities face significant obstacles when it comes to saving money and planning for their financial futures,” Michael Morris, Executive Director, National Disability Institute, said. “ROADS to Financial Independence will help empower people with disabilities to take control of their financial lives so that they can more fully participate in the economic mainstream.”

“ROADS to Financial Independence will provide people with disabilities in Alabama even greater access to financial counseling, work incentives counseling, and other important resources. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with United Way of Central Alabama, the National Disability Institute, and other partners to secure a brighter financial future for those we serve,” said Daniel Kessler, Executive Director, Disability Rights & Resources.

ROADS to Financial Independence is an initiative of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the nation’s first federal agency whose sole focus is protecting consumers in the financial marketplace. The initiative will be managed through a contract with the National Disability Institute (NDI).

The ROADS to Financial Independence initiative will provide financial counseling to people with disabilities who are currently working or as they transfer into the workforce. Through the ROADS to Financial Independence initiative, consumers will have the opportunity to complete a financial assessment, and have access to a financial counselor, who will help them set and work towards achieving financial goals such as improved credit scores, lower debt levels and increased personal savings.

UWCA and Disability Rights and Resources are two of 18 diverse partner organizations from around the country that have been selected to provide financial counseling services as part of the ROADS to Financial Independence initiative. These services will be integrated into the ongoing financial stability and disability advocacy work of the organizations.

Confronted with high rates of unemployment and resulting economic stress, people with disabilities have often relied on alternative financial services like payday loans or check cashing to meet their financial needs. Operating outside of the financial mainstream, however, can be more costly and time consuming. According to some studies, people with disabilities are more than twice as likely to use nonbank services as other members of the general U.S. consumer population. The Disability Statistics Compendium reports a 28.7 percent poverty rate for working age people with disabilities ages 1864 compared to a 12.5 percent poverty rate for nondisabled adults.

The ROADS to Financial Independence initiative will operate in six communities. The organizations involved are as follows:

  • Birmingham, Alabama: United Way of Central Alabama and Disability Rights and Resources
  • Greater Washington, D.C. Metro Area: ServiceSource Virginia and Capital Area Asset Builders
  • Delaware: Delaware Department of Health and Social Services and ServiceSource Delaware
  • New York’s Finger Lakes region: Alternatives Federal Credit Union, Cornell CooperativeExtension Center, Finger Lakes Independence Center, Ithaca Housing Authority, Tompkins County Workforce New York, Challenge Workforce Solutions and the United Way of Tompkins County
  • Austin, Texas: Goodwill Central Texas
  • Seattle, Washington: The Washington State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Neighborhood House, City of Seattle, The Financial Empowerment Network, and the Washington Access Fund.

The National Disability Institute will provide technical assistance training, and facilitate partnerships to disability and financial empowerment organizations nationwide.

More information and resources about the ROADS to Financial Independence initiative are available on the CFPB’s webpage as well as through the National Disability Institute’s website and the partner organizations in the six pilot communities.

Allocations Volunteer Opportunity

Allocations 2014 United Way of Central Alabama proudly supports a network of health and human service organizations that work along side United Way to improve lives and community conditions.  In 2015 over 80 allocation partners and programs received funding because of your financial  support.

Our Visiting Allocation Teams (VAT) are heavily involved in the allocation process by helping to verify partner agency accountability and ensuring that United Way funds are being used properly. If you are interested in volunteering on a visiting allocation team, please click here to register.


Priority Veteran helps those struggling with homelessness

Priority Veteran provides veterans with intensive one-on-one assistance to locate stable permanent housing and links them to resources to gain the skills and knowledge to help them remain financially stable. Case Managers help veterans with needs such as:

  • creating a Housing Stability Plan
  • accessing medical or mental health services
  • enrolling for veteran’s benefits
  • job search assistance
  • financial coaching
  • and more

In partnership with United Way of Central Alabama, Priority Veteran provides veterans across Alabama with federal, state and local resources; linking veterans to hope. Priority Veteran began offering services to veterans in October 2013 with a $2 million Supportive Services for Veteran Families grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.. For more information visit their website at www.priorityveteran.org

Helping Hundreds of Corys

2015- Clients Served 2,951   Clients Saved $509,200 *

Cory-blueCory came to United Way’s Free Tax Preparation Center with 8 years of tax returns to file. He said he thought about filing his taxes every January, but since he wasn’t required to file due to his income level, he would forget about it by the time April rolled around … for 8 years. He decided it was time to get caught up. He went to a tax filing service and was told the fee would be $300 per year, which means he was looking  at $2,400 in preparation fees. And, both he and the tax preparer knew he couldn’t afford to pay that much. He was referred to the IRS in hopes they would help him with his returns.

The IRS told him to contact United Way’s free tax program. He didn’t know what to expect, but never expected to get $1,500 in refunds! He says, “It’s great to be caught up.” And he is very definite about what he will do with the money – he needs a car. His tax refund is helping him make positive changes for long term benefits in his life. Not everyone’s filing is as complicated as Cory’s, but thousands save expensive tax preparation fees thanks to United Way     *as of April 15, 2015, extension filings are still being processed.

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