For nearly 70 years, the United Way of East Central Alabama (UWECA) has been serving the community, supporting a range of programs and services that have helped improve the quality of life for individuals and families across the region.
And yet, for all the organization experienced during those decades, the COVID-19 pandemic was like nothing that came before.
“It really changed the way we operated,” said Shannon Jenkins, UWECA president and CEO. “It was a scary, unknown time for everyone.”
While the pandemic forced UWECA staff to separate and work remotely in some circumstances, Jenkins said, “It probably took us more outside our office, to be honest with you, than being inside the office, because we really were on the front lines, continuing to serve.”
The Alabama Power Foundation is among the many organizations that help support the UWECA and its partner agencies’ work to address serious issues in the region, such as homelessness and food insecurity. Learn more about UWECA and how it connects organizations, leaders and resources to lift up the region in this video.
(Courtesy of Alabama NewsCenter)