United Way of Southwest Alabama’s (UWSWA) Board of Trustees met Thursday, Feb. 19, to approve local agencies for partnership with UWSWA for 2016-2017. As part of its community impact model, UWSWA collaborates with health and human service organizations in Clarke, Mobile, and Washington counties to address key social issues in the areas of UWSWA’s four building blocks for a better life: health, education, financial stability, and essentials. By partnering with local agencies, United Way of Southwest Alabama furthers its vision of strengthening communities by uniting and mobilizing resources.

“Knowledgeable volunteers and experts from our community carefully screen and select the agencies we partner with, as well as the programs funded by your contributions. Their recommendations are reviewed and approved by our volunteer Board of Trustees,” WSWA 2014 Board of Trustees Chairman and Airbus Americas Engineering Site Director in Mobile, David Trent said in a statement. “Contributions raised in our service area stay here, and decisions about which programs to invest in and which partnerships to pursue are made here in our local community. At the heart of everything here at United Way is the community and its needs.”

Every two years, area nonprofits have the opportunity to apply to become a United Way Partner Agency. Agencies go through a comprehensive vetting process, during which the agencies are examined and their by-laws, tax forms, and audits are reviewed by a panel of community volunteers. The agencies that applied for partnership were also visited and evaluated as part of the application process.

If accepted, these agencies can receive donations through United Way’s workplace giving campaigns and are eligible to apply for program funding. UWSWA partner agencies also become exempt from sales tax in the state of Alabama, if they are not already, potentially saving thousands of dollars each year.

We are pleased to announce that the following agencies will be United Way Partners in 2016-2017:

AIDS Alabama
Alpha Women’s Resource Center
AltaPointe Health Systems
American Red Cross Alabama Gulf Coast Chapter
Bay Area Food Bank
Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama
Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama
Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Alabama
CASA Mobile
Catholic Social Services of the Greater Mobile Area
Child Day Care Association
Community Action Agency of South Alabama
Crittenton Youth Services
Dearborn YMCA
Drug Education Council
Dumas Wesley Community Center
Educational Center for Independence
Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama
Family Promise of Coastal Alabama
Franklin Primary Health Center
Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast
Gulf Regional Early Childhood Services
Home of Grace for Women
Housing First
Lifelines Counseling Services
McKemie Place
Mobile Arc
Mobile Area Education Foundation
Mobile Community Action
Mobile Preschool for the Sensory Impaired
Mulherin Custodial Home
Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy
Penelope House Family Violence Center
Regional Child Advocacy Center
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile
Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Mobile Chapter
South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program
Southwest Alabama RSVP
St. Mary’s Home
The Arc of Clarke County
The Child Advocacy Center
The Learning Tree, Inc.
The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama
United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile
Via Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center
Victory Health Partners
Volunteers of America Southeast
Wilmer Hall Children’s Home
YMCA of South Alabama

The United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) serves Mobile, Washington, and Clarke counties. Created in 1926 as a Community Chest, UWSWA’s mission is to improve the quality of life in the community. The vision of UWSWA is to strengthen communities by focusing on uniting and mobilizing resources in support of the building blocks for a better life: education, financial stability, health, and essentials. UWSWA has raised and invested into our community more than $240 million to help strengthen its capacity for positive community progress. Many of the issues that affect our community are addressed by funded programs and initiatives that help more than 600,000 local people each year. For more information, visit www.uwswa.org.