I love hearing from you that you want to help the community during the pandemic. Here are some resources and requests we've collected from community organizations in West Alabama. As you hear of additional volunteer efforts please post them on our Facebook page or share them with the office.
Text to Help the Census!
If you would like to help Alabama improve our census participation you can contact Mike Nicholson at [email protected]. He will provide you with information which will allow you to help with the census via texting.
Presently Alabama is at 61% participation in the census. This is below the national average.
The Matthew 25 Fund is used at the pastor's discretion to aid community members in need of financial assistance. It helps with things like utility bills, rent, etc.
Pastor Cathy's ability to help those who ask is dependent on donations to this fund. Click here to donate to Grace and designate your gift for Matthew 25.
Tuscaloosa Community Soup Bowl
Tuscaloosa Community Soup Bowl needs drop-in volunteers.
Come to the back door at 10:30 a.m. on weekdays. Taking first 4-5 volunteers.
Weekend service has been suspended.
1711 23rd Avenue
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Meals on Wheels
The United Way is coordinating weekday deliveries for Meals on Wheels. They need drivers for these weekday shifts. Contact the United Way of West Alabama at 205-345-6640
Letter Writing Campaigns
Each month, the Mission, Peace and Justice Committee identifies an issue around which we can raise our voices together to advocate for change. We believe that a life of faith requires us to stand up for justice.
While you are stuck at home, we invite you to join us in our current letter writing campaign.
Our current campaign is a campaign on behalf of the United States Postal Service.
Emergency Food Bags
Each emergency bag includes a breakfast, lunch, and dinner for two adults. We distribute these bags to anyone who needs them at any time that the office is open.
Demand for these bags has increased, and we appreciate your help. Click here for information about what goes in an emergency food bag.
In-Kind Donations Needed
DCH is in need of touchless thermometers.
Julie Mann at The United Way of West Alabama is coordinating in-kind donations for United Way partner organizations. Spray the donations and collection box with disinfectant and then deliver to the door of an agency in need. You can also deliver to the United Way office and Julie will distribute the items. If you have any questions, call Julie at 205-345-6640.
- Cleaning supplies - Temporary Emergency Services, YMCA of Tuscaloosa County, Inc., Benjamin Barnes YMCA, Boys & Girls Clubs of West Alabama
- Masks - FOCUS 50+ (very important for staff to wear as they work with seniors needing food and medical assistance)
- Nonperishable foods - Temporary Emergency Services, snacks at Boys & Girls Clubs of West Alabama, local food/church pantries
- Copy paper - Temporary Emergency Services, Boys & Girls Clubs of West Alabama
- Toys, Games, Backpacks, school supplies - Boys & Girls Clubs of West Alabama
The Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice is collecting soap and hygiene products for people in Alabama's prisons. There are three ways to donate:
- purchase pre-selected hygiene products from an Amazon Wish List
- be sure to read the shipping instructions at the top of the Wish List page)
- donate to the Hygiene Supply Fund which the Appleseed Center will use to purchase products in bulk
- carefully drop off donations at the following collection sites:
- Birmingham: Levite Jewish Community Center - Outdoor Drop Bin (3960 Montclair Road)
- Dothan: TOPS Headquarters (805 North Lena / North Oates Street)
- Dothan: Moma Tina's Mission House (805 North Alice Street)
- Montgomery: Resurrection Catholic Church - Administration Building (2815 Forbes Drive)
- Montgomery: First Christian Church - Outdoor Drop Bin at North Entrance (1705 Taylor Road)
UAB is tracking symptoms and the spread of COVID-19 across the deep South. To help, check in daily at helpbeatcovid19.org whether you feel sick or not!
The Henne Group (a Market Research company in San Francisco), in collaboration with the Vanderbilt Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, is studying the impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQ communities. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Participation is voluntary and strictly confidential. Take the 10-15 minute survey here: https://redcap.link/LGBTQcovid19.
Alabama is lagging behind other states in census completion. If you have not already completed your 2020 census, please do so at 2020census.gov.