Blount County

How UWCA Supports Blount County

United Way of Central Alabama provides support to Blount County in many ways.

Below are some examples of how we help those in need every day.

92453

Blount County residents

were served by United Way of Central Alabama agencies and programs

38

agencies and programs funded

by United Way provide services to Blount County residents.

150

students

were served in Blountsville by the Blount County Education Foundation’s Explorers summer program, gaining an average of 9.3 months in reading and a 12-month gain in math proficiency.

6,400

children

were served through child abuse prevention and awareness, therapy and child abuse response by Blount County Children’s Center.

400

students

were provided medical and dental care, school supplies and clothing by Blount County and Oneonta City Schools so they can arrive at school ready to learn.

United Way Partners in Blount County

Alabama Head Injury Foundation
Alabama Kidney Foundation
Amelia Center
American Cancer Society
American Heart Association
American Red Cross serving Mid Alabama
Arc of Central Alabama
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham
Birmingham Urban League
Blount County Children’s Center*
Blount County DHR*
Blount County Education Foundation*
Blount County Schools*
Boy Scouts of America Greater Alabama Council
Catholic Family Services
Childcare Resources
Children’s Aid Society of Alabama
Children’s of Alabama
Community Food Bank of Central Alabama
Crisis Center
Daybreak – Family Resource Center of NW Alabama
Disability Rights and Resources
Family Sunshine Center
Gateway
Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama
Girls Incorporated of Central Alabama
Glenwood
Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama
Levite Jewish Community Center
Literacy Council of Central Alabama
Oneonta City Schools*
Positive Maturity
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama
SafeHouse of Shelby County
Travelers Aid Society of Birmingham
United Ability
Workshops Empowerment Incorporated
YWCA of Central Alabama

*Office headquartered in county.

Blount County Education Foundation

The Blount County Education Foundation promotes academic excellence in Blount County Schools through classroom grants and funding for special projects ranging from leadership development programs and media library upgrades to summer learning. Summer study and meal programs, which are vital to students’ retention and momentum, are typically presented in the form of specialized “camps.” Subjects addressed in these summer programs include reading, math, arts, science, life skills, nature, firefighting and farming. Since 1998, the Foundation has awarded more than 3,000 classroom grants and provided more than $9.7 million to support Blount County students and teachers.

The Arc of Central Alabama

The Arc of Central Alabama provides support to Blount County residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities through day programs, residential services, employment support and early intervention for toddlers. Known for serving people throughout their lifetime, The Arc of Central Alabama provides a safe and nurturing environment across a spectrum of needs and abilities. This is just one of the many United Way partners and programs serving Blount County.

A Dream of a Summer Program for Students in Blount County

Every summer since 2017, Dreamcatchers has helped students fight summer learning loss. It’s a program of the Blount County Education Foundation (BCEF) and has a history of producing measurable gains in reading and math.

During the summer of 2019, for example, Dreamcatchers students benefited from a six-month gain in reading and a 12-month gain in math. Students who have participated in all three years of the program have experienced a remarkable 11-month gain in reading and a 21-month gain in math!

Dreamcatchers has the power to provide life-changing support to students ensuring that every child learns at high levels and succeeds in school and beyond. Previous data indicates students thrive because the program creates a culture focused on student learning; provides targeted, systematic intervention to meet individual student needs; and builds time for enrichment into the day.

The program operates for six weeks during the summer break and serves 100 students, giving them the support and time for learning needed to reach their full academic, social and emotional development potential. Once students are identified, teachers will work with the instructional coaches to plan a curriculum/intervention based on results from diagnostic reports, end-of-year assessments and teacher recommendations.

Students are grouped based on common academic needs to allow reading and math lessons to be more specific to their needs. Groups rotate so that everyone gets face-to-face time with a teacher for effective intervention. Students also have opportunities to explore meaningful enrichment options presented through hands-on activities that are tied into everyday world experiences. Activities centered on art, music, STEAM and field trips allow students to build on their talents and interests or learn new things to broaden their life experiences.

Dreamcatchers is just one of the programs and initiatives from the Blount County Education Foundation. Founded in 1998 with a mission to promote academic excellence in Blount County Schools, BCEF’s current projects also include: annual classroom grant resources awards; the summer library access hours and academic camps; STEAM initiative; recognition of the Teachers of the Year with a resource grant; supporting the district Spelling Bee, Scholar’s Bowl Program, Math Tournament, Youth Leadership Development Program and High School Ambassadors Program.