This page provides brief facts about United Way, the needs in our community and/or the services provided. Check back periodically as we will be adding content to this section on an ongoing basis.
United Way Fights for Our Seniors
During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, United Way Meals on Wheels delivered more than 592,973 meals to homebound seniors.
We're helping families in need bridge the financial recovery gap
$1,514,900 in assets were acquired to help with a new home, business or college education though United Way’s financial stability programs in 2020.
United Way is There When Disaster Strikes
When entire communities are devastated from tornadoes, the need for help is immediate. But the recovery process is massive and long-term.
Our partner agencies are first on the scene to assist with immediate needs while we organize volunteers, raise funds and support the long-term recovery process. This year, 105 families have received assistance through Long-Term Recovery Fund.
United Way Fights for our Community
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, United Way of Central Alabama awarded more than $2m to local nonprofits through the Community Crisis Fund. The fund helped meet basic human needs and cover agencies’ internal expenses.
UWCA Now Serves Chilton County
In January 2021, ten outstanding Chilton County organizations came under the UWCA umbrella.
- Butterfly Bridge
- Chilton County Emergency Assistance Center
- Chilton County Mental Health
- Easter Seals – West Central Alabama Rehabilitation
- Family Sunshine Center
- Kelsey’s Place
- Raleigh’s Place
- SPAN of Chilton County
- Westend Neighborhood Youth
- YMCA of Chilton County
United Way Answers the Calls for Help
United Way’s 2-1-1 Call Center is available 24/7 to assess the needs of distressed callers and refer them to agencies equipped to help.
- United Way’s 2-1-1 Call Center received 54,317 calls since mid-March.
- 9,243 calls were received through United Way’s 1-800-AGE-LINE.
- 4,000 calls were answered by The Crisis Center in one month alone from individuals contemplating suicide.
We provide access to services to support those in crisis
18,250,000 meals were provided through partner agency food pantries throughout Central Alabama.
United Way Cares for our Seniors
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Alabama Cares, a program from United Way Area Agency on Aging, provided a vulnerable client caring for a young nephew with a refrigerator, helping limit the need for the older person’s frequent trips to the grocery store. Read their story here.
UWCA is Nationally Recognized for Fiscal Responsibility
United Way of Central Alabama has received Charity Navigator’s top ranking for 18 consecutive years. It is currently recognized as having the organization’s perfect score, meaning it executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way while adhering to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities. Scores are based on Financial Health and its Accountability & Transparency. Those two scores then translate into a perfect 100 point overall score. Less than one percent of the thousands of charities rated by Charity Navigator have earned perfect scores.
United Way is a volunteer-driven organization
Each year, UWCA relies on over 500 volunteers to help make decisions about which community programs will be a good investment of United Way dollars raised during our campaign. These volunteers serve as Visiting Allocation Teams (VAT) members and they play a vital role in relationships with our 80+ partner agencies & programs, their clients, and the community.
United Way Fights for Better Education
Did you know by fifth grade, summer learning loss can cause some students to be up to three years behind others? Through Bold Goals, United Way and SAIL’s Summer Learning Program, students like Brennan gained three months of reading proficiency and improved math skills in just six weeks. Hear Brennan’s story.
United Way Fights for our Veterans
The Priority Veteran program serves veterans and their families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The COVID-19 pandemic further compromised these heroes, as social distancing protocols led to decrease capacity at shelters; and unemployment increased demand for other basic needs, such as food and healthcare. To respond to this gap in services, the program placed 70 veterans in hotels in 2020.
Click here to learn more about Priority Veteran.
United Way Fights for Central Alabama
Did you know United Way is the backbone organization of the Bold Goals Coalition, a network of collaborative partners and resources aligned to solve complex problems within our community? Since 2014, Bold Goals projects have generated over $6.3 million for the region, and not just for Birmingham–the coalition has helped generate over $1.6 million in Walker County alone!
United Way Fights for Education
Did you know only 22% of 4-year-olds have access to high-quality, First Class Pre-K? United Way’s Success By 6 program impacts hundreds of children each year by increasing access to quality early learning in 37 Pre-K classrooms throughout Central Alabama.
United Way Fights for Financial Stability
Did you know, through United Way’s Free Tax Prep service, 2,252 tax returns were prepared for free by IRS-Certified volunteer?