Volunteers Allocate Funds to United Way Community Partners

Allocations Committee Chair, Chip Bivins, speaks to the group.

Over 500 community volunteers from 298 organizations have completed their United Way allocation review of over 80 United Way partners and programs. A diverse committee of Central Alabama residents was responsible for the decision making on how to invest the campaign dollars raised.

“We would like to thank the community for their incredible outpouring of support,” said Drew Langloh, president and CEO of United Way of Central Alabama. “$39 million was a lofty goal, but once again our community stepped up to ensure that the vital work done by our partner network continues.”

During its 2016 fundraising campaign, United Way of Central Alabama raised $39,000,612 to help support agencies in Jefferson, Shelby, Walker, Blount and St. Clair Counties. This year’s allocation process also marked the last year it will be presided over by Allocations Committee Chair and UW board member, Marvell “Chip” Bivins, Jr.  who has served in the role since 2011.

“My experience with allocations has been great. It has been an honor to contribute in a small way to such a great work,” Bivins said. “The staff and volunteers of United Way are outstanding and represent the best our community has to offer.  I have developed long lasting professional and personal skills and relationships through my work.  It has been a blessing to give to United Way.”