* A Community Sponsored Organization
Its function is to raise much needed funds for services at its 26 partner service agencies. United Way of West Alabama operates under the direction of a 30 member Board of Directors who represent a cross-section of West Alabama citizens.
* A Volunteer Organization
A team of over 800 volunteers help to raise and distribute funds to our local agencies and initiatives. Under the Board of Directors, each member agency of United Way must be verified as a non-profit organization, governed by volunteers, receive an annual audit, and provide a needed community service.
* A Cost Effective Organization
Because of the dedication and hard work of volunteers, administrative and fund-raising costs are kept low. Approximately $.89 of each dollar goes into service with less than eleven percent going to administrative costs.
* An Easy Way to Help
Because your tax deductible contribution can be made through payroll deduction, no bill comes to you. There are no checks to write, but you know you have helped!
* A Service Organization Responsive to Community Needs
Determination of member agencies is made by volunteers who investigate and discover the services provided are needed in the West Alabama community. United Way agencies are familiar to most of us. They are agencies which provide help for the terminally ill and their families; agencies which provide one-to-one adult companionship to children of single parent families; and agencies which work to meet emergency needs of citizens in the West Alabama area. These are just some of the many services community donations make possible.
*Committed to the Success of All Children
Success By 6 is the early childhood initiative of the United Way of West Alabama. The Mission of Success By 6 is to ensure all children in West Alabama enter school healthy, confident, and ready to learn. To this end, Success By 6 offers a variety of programming for children and families, including: