Shelby County

How UWCA Supports Shelby County

United Way improves lives and community conditions by addressing specific areas of need
through donor support, state and federal grants, key partnerships, coalitions, strategic planning
and our own ongoing community service programs.

Key Outcomes Of 2023:


Shelby County residents

were served by United Way of Central Alabama agencies and programs.


agencies and programs

funded by United Way provide services to Shelby County residents.



were provided with utility assistance by Shelby Emergency Assistance.



were provided with a safe and stable environment where they received counseling and other services by Family Connection.



received support services from SafeHouse of Shelby County to prevent, or recover from, physical and emotional harm.

Shelby Emergency Assistance Helps Solve the Problem, Not Just the Symptom

In October 2017, Mrs. Davis came to Shelby Emergency Assistance (SEA) to request food assistance. It was soon revealed, however, that she and her family faced more hardships than just the immediate need for food. After a fire destroyed their home, the single mother and her three children relied heavily on support from Mrs. Davis’s grandmother, who had recently passed. Although Mrs. Davis was supposed to receive $150 for monthly child support, it wasn’t consistent; and she didn’t know if there would be money for food or utilities.

SEA provided food assistance and helped her in completing a Food Stamp application. Through SEA, Mrs. Davis was also able to connect with an Education Coordinator, whom she met with to review her expenses and develop a plan, find employment and register for programs for her children, including Project Christmas.

When the Education Coordinator followed up with the family a few months later, Mrs. Davis reported that she had found a job and was able to handle the family’s bills herself. Additionally, her children’s Christmas had included not only toys and candy but also much-needed winter clothes.

United Way Partners in Shelby County

AIDS Alabama
Alabama Head Injury Foundation
Alabama Kidney Foundation
Alabaster City Schools*
Amelia Center
American Cancer Society
American Heart Association
American Red Cross serving Mid Alabama
Arc of Shelby County*
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham
Birmingham Urban League
Boy Scouts of America Greater Alabama Council
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Alabama
Cahaba Valley Health Care
Catholic Family Services Central Alabama Wellness (Chilton Shelby Mental Health)
Childcare Resources
Children’s Aid Society of Alabama
Children’s of Alabama
Community Food Bank of Central Alabama Concerned Citizens for Our Youth (Beacon House)
Crisis Center
Daybreak – Family Resource Center of NW Alabama
Developing Alabama Youth Foundation*
Disability Rights and Resources
Easterseals of the Birmingham Area
Family Connection*
Family Sunshine Center
Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama
Girls Incorporated of Central Alabama
Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity
Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama
Kelsey’s Place
Lakeside Hospice
Legacy YMCA
Levite Jewish Community Center
Literacy Council of Central Alabama
Pelham City Schools*
Positive Maturity
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama
SafeHouse of Shelby County*
Salvation Army Birmingham Area Command
Shelby County Childrens Advocacy Center- Owens House*
Shelby County Schools*
Shelby Emergency Assistance*
Travelers Aid Society of Birmingham
United Ability United Community Centers (Riley Center)
Workshops Empowerment Incorporated
YMCA of Greater Birmingham
*Office headquartered in county

Note: Investments are sent to each agency’s home office, which may be located outside the county’s borders. The amount of the total allocation distributed to satellite programs is left entirely to the discretion of each agency’s leadership.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby County

Tatum loves having Anna Cate as a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby County. Matched through a local Shelby County school, they enjoy spending time each week talking about life, playing games and hanging out. Anna Kate and Tatum both love the experience as Big and Little and are just one example of the many matches that make a difference in the lives of children through this positive mentoring program.