United Way of Central Alabama


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Welcome to United Way of Central Alabama

United Way Worldwide Nepal Earthquake Recovery Fund

Our hearts go out to the many communities devastated by the tragic earthquake and aftershocks that struck Nepal and the surrounding areas on Saturday. We have established the United Way Worldwide Nepal Earthquake Recovery Fund with a focus on long-term recovery and relief. United Way network partners in the immediate region, with support from United Way Worldwide, will look to work with partners in the public and private sectors to help the impacted people and communities with recovery and rebuilding efforts. Donations to the fund can be made online at unitedway.org/nepalearthquake.


Expanding Access To Good Nutrition

United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA) and The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham (CFGB) announce the release of a jointly issued Request for Proposal opportunity to further their respective goals around improving community health, coordinating existing resources for strategic impact, and demonstrating successful alignment of their organizational missions. UWCA and CFGB will consider grants for collaborative projects that expand the capacity, coordination, and availability of  federally reimbursable summer and afterschool food programs for children.  Funding will support partners as they add or expand feeding sites, improve nutritional quality and variety of meals served, incorporate support and education for families, and leverage federal resources like the Summer Food Service Program and the Child and Adult Care Feeding Program.

HOW TO APPLY: Applicants should complete a brief proposal form through the on-line process by May 18, 2015 at 6:00 PM CST. Click here for grant application information.

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.

Tortorici, Goedecke UWCA’s Top 2015 Leadership

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United Way welcomed its new volunteer leadership and celebrated its 2014 accomplishments at its 2015 Annual Meeting.

United Way President, Drew Langloh welcomed Samuel M. Tortorici, President & CEO of Cadence Bank, N.A. as he succeeds Terry Kellogg, President and CEO Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama as United Way’s Chairman of the Board.    Nancy Goedecke, Chairman of the Board/CEO Mayer Electric succeeds Mark Drew as Campaign Chairman.  Click for complete story

Newly elected community leaders to the board are:

  • Keith Parrott, CEO Baptist Health System
  • Crawford Jones, Director of Customer & Revenue Management, Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Inc.
  • Thomas Hill, President & CEO Vulcan Materials
  • Holman Head, President & COO O’Neal Industries, Inc.
  • John McCullough, Senior VP & General Counsel, Harbert Management Company

New Appointments to the Executive Committee are:

  • Kenneth Carlson, Investment Director, The Trust Company of Stern Agee, Inc.
  • Nancy Goedecke, Chairman of the Board/CEO Mayer Electric
  • Douglas Coltharp Executive Vice President & CFO HealthSouth
  • Edward “Ned” Rand, Senior Vice President & CFO ProAssurance
  • Donnie Stanley, President Central Alabama Building and Construction 

2015 United Way of Central Alabama Allocations

Allocations 2014

2015 Allocation Partner Funding Announced Since 1923, United Way of Central Alabama has proudly supported 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.

Visiting allocation teams (VAT) are a very important part of the allocation process in that they help verify partner agency accountability to ensure that United Way funds are being used properly. VAT members review agency applications and meet with agency representatives to help determine funding amounts. If you are interested in participating on a visiting allocation team, please click here to register. Thank you.

Central Alabama’s Generosity Puts United Way Over Goal

Goal2 smCentral Alabama continues its strong backing for critical programs and initiatives supported by United Way through another successful fundraising campaign. 2014 Volunteer Campaign Chairman, Mark Drew, Managing Partner of Maynard Cooper & Gale, proudly announced today that the 2014 goal of $38,250,000 was met and exceeded with a total pledged of $38,255,109. The amount announced reflects pledge estimates and not the final results of  Click for complete story

 companies that are still conducting campaigns or individuals who have not renewed pledges in writing.

“This is an accomplishment our community can be proud of,” said Drew. “This year’s results are slightly higher than last year’s campaign, which will help our UW Agencies and other initiatives to continue moving forward in their efforts to meet the increasing needs in our community.”

The campaign began last summer with a Pacesetter campaign led by volunteer chairman John Turner of Regions Financial Corporation that raised more $11,315,051 from 49 businesses, nonprofits, municipal groups and corporations. Turner and his Pacesetter volunteers were awarded the Mervyn Sterne Award for exceptional campaign performance by a campaign team.

The campaign continued to set new records and some of this year’s highlights include:

• 51 companies using online e‐pledging
• 287 new corporate or business campaigns of the 2,000 campaigns conducted in Jefferson, Shelby Walker, Blount and St. Clair counties
• 74 new Tocqueville members (contributions of $10,000 and above)
• 41 loaned and sponsored executives participated in leadership training and worked throughout the Fall with companies to run their campaigns; Steve Paternostro, Alabama Power Company was named the Crawford T. Johnson, Loaned Executive for his attitude, effort and professional growth during the campaign.
• Top corporate leaders running campaign results of $1,000,000 or more (not in rank order) are : Alabama Power Company/Southern Company Services , Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, EBSCO Industries, Protective Life Corporation, Publix Supermarkets, Regions Financial Corporation and The University of Alabama at Birmingham
• A pledge matching program from Brasfield & Gorrie in honor of the company’s 50th Anniversary.

The dollars raised will be used to advance United Way’s mission of improving lives and community conditions through over 80 partner agencies and programs in our five county area focusing on basic needs‐education, financial stability, health and access to services. Volunteers will make allocation decisions on United Way agency awards beginning Friday, December 12 with the awards announced in January, 2015.

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. Contributions are still being accepted. They can be mailed to United Way of Central Alabama, P.O. Box 320189, 35232‐0189 or donations can be made online at www.uwca.org. 

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