Filed under: 35203, AL, Birmingham, Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Civic Engagement, civic/service organizations, Commentary, COOL Community Task Force, The Ticker, urban issues, yp events
I’m writing here and everywhere else that I can because I strongly believe in what this event can accomplish. More than an opportunity to mingle and take advantage of a cash bar, it is what will hopefully become the first of many times that the young professional community in Birmingham comes together, network, and identify ways that we can move the city forward.
It partially grew out of a white paper I wrote nearly two years ago (and published here) and is the first of two unique opportunities for the YP community this year. It also grew out of the hard work and discussions among those that participated in the Chamber’s COOL Community Task Force and the organizations that have stepped up to make tomorrow happen.
A lot has changed since writing it, most notably the level of communication that is beginning to exist among these organizations and hopefully the rest of the community.
I’m hoping to see many of you out there tomorrow night. It’s a great way to start off a busy weekend of fun…
It’s the first ever YP expo for Birmingham! Come and find out how to get involved with more than 20 young professional organizations from around the Birmingham metropolitan area!
It’s free and open to the public, so come on out and enjoy the networking + The Spots!
Here’s the calendar entry on The Terminal:
and here’s the info page for the event:
Look forward to seeing you there!
& PLEASE REPOST if you can!
Enjoy the day!
Filed under: AL, Alabama Politics, baseball, Birmingham, Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Cities, Civic Engagement, Civil Rights, Commentary, Cooper River Bridge Run, Dr. Martin Luther King, News Media (as source & subject), people, The Birmingham News, The Rambles, urban issues
The nuances of the 2007 mayoral campaign in Birmingham, Alabama have begun, despite efforts to the contrary. Though it speaks to a much broader issue.
Councilwoman Valerie Abbott presented a resolution at the most recent city council meeting that has been adopted by “…167 cities and towns in 40 states, representing more than 16.9 million people” according to the National League of Cities official website, specifically the page describing their Partnership for Working Towards Inclusive Communities. Rather than repost the resolution here for those that are not familiar with it, I’ll link to Kathy’s post of the document. I found it slightly disturbing that the resolution did not pass, especially considering this council’s somewhat public record of supporting initiatives that would lead the city towards what many consider its rightful place among the South’s elite. I’d read before hopping on a plane for an extremely long flight back from Seattle that the resolution would be reintroduced with opportunities to tweak as necessary, so I figured that it was only a matter of time before the council approved words that better reflected their agenda, though I was starting to doubt just what that agenda is.
Then, as I’m getting ready to run the Cooper River Bridge Run Saturday morning (I’m runner #26726 – results are normally up late Saturday if you’re interested) I decide to hop on my friend’s laptop and see what the latest is from town. Imagine my surprise when I see that a resolution will be introduced at Tuesday meeting by Frank Matthews apologizing for slavery that will be introduced by Councilor Hoyt. (FYI – comments are closed for the linked News article post.)
At first glance, it would make some sense, except when you realize that the city of Birmingham did not exist until after the end of the Civil War. Slavery could be pointed to as a reason for the levels of racial discrimination that still at times seem to permeate the city even as members of the same race nitpick about what it truly means to be “black” or “white” as we progress into the 21st century. I guess it bothers me plenty considering that this will probably be finished at 1 a.m. and I have to be awake at 5:20 a.m. (though you probably won’t be reading this until 7:30 a.m., about the time every year when I ask myself why in the world am I getting ready to run over this bridge AGAIN?) Read on though… Continue reading
Filed under: AL, Birmingham, Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Civic Engagement, Helping Hand, Jefferson County, Meals on Wheels, volunteerism
The following is taken from an entry posted on Birmingham Freecycle by Alma Moore, the volunteer coordinator for the Jefferson County Meals on Wheels program administered by the Jefferson County Council on Aging:
Meals on Wheels of Jefferson County is looking for volunteers to deliver meals to senior citizens in Jefferson County. Our program relies heavily upon a large volunteer force that delivers meals to about 75% of our clients. We deliver approximately 740 meals a day Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Of our 64 routes, 57 are delivered by volunteers. The other 7 are delivered by staff members. We could not offer this service to the senior citizens of Jefferson County without our dedicated volunteers.
We are currently looking for volunteers to deliver meals on routes in various parts of the county. A route consists of 10-15 clients. Most of our volunteers deliver 1-2 days a month. Some more often, some less.
We currently need volunteers for the following days/routes:
(IF YOU DO NOT SEE A DAY/ROUTE THAT FITS YOUR SCHEDULE, WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR SUBS IN ALL PARTS OF THE COUNTY THAT CAN DELIVER WHEN THE REGULAR VOLUNTEER IS NOT ABLE TO MAKE IT).
- BESSEMER: 1st week of the month(you can volunteer for one or all days of this week),3rd Friday, 5th Thursday, 5th Friday
- HUEYTOWN: 2nd Thursday, 5th Monday, 5th Tuesday, 5th Thursday
- PLEASANT GROVE: 1st Monday
- FAIRFIELD: Every other Friday
- TITUSVILLE: 5th Monday, 5th Friday
- HOMEWOOD: 3rd Wednesday, 4th Wednesday, 5th Wednesday
- IRONDALE: 1st Friday, 3rd Friday, 4th Friday, 5th Friday
- CENTER POINT: 2nd Monday
- TRUSSVILLE: 2nd Thursday
- FORESTDALE: 4th Friday, 5th Tuesday, 5th Friday
- FOREST PARK: Every other Friday, 5th Thursday
- CRESTWOOD: 5th Tuesday, 5th Friday
- BLUFF PARK: 2nd Thursday
- VESTAVIA: 1st Friday, 5th Monday
- GARDENDALE: 3rd Monday, 5th Friday
You can contact Moore via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will need you to complete a volunteer application and authorization to run a criminal background check and motor vehicle report. She says that she can email the forms to you to complete, sign and fax back to her.
If you have questions, you can also call her at 592-0413, ext. 4, Monday – Friday from 7:30 – 3:30 p.m. Please try not to call during delivery hours as our phones are very busy due to meals are being delivered.
Let her know if you’re interested.
Filed under: AL, Birmingham, Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Civic Engagement, civic/service organizations, Junior League, YWCA
The YWCA of Central Alabama and the Junior League of Birmingham will team up for a fifth year to provide dresses for those young women that would otherwise not be able to get one for their proms or other special events at school. According to Venus Divas Blog, each spring young women are invited to the YWCA’s My Sister’s Closet to look through the prom dress “boutique” and pick out what they need to take part in their big event. More than 110 young ladies from 19 area schools received dresses through the program last year. They are requesting plus size dresses so that they will be able to provide to more this year.
Contact information from the blog post:
Dresses and accessories can be shipped or brought to the YWCA Central AL, attn: Brenda McNeil at 309 North 23rd Street, Birmingham, AL 35203. If you have questions, I can be reached at (205) 322-9922 ext. 172 or (205) 706-0354 (cell) and will be more than glad to answer them. This year’s prom dress giveaway is scheduled for Saturday, March 3rd and 10th. Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you. All donations are tax deductible.
Birmingham, Alabama is known as one of the most giving communities in the country, and it appears that we always step up to the plate for this event. We’ll see if we can step up what we give one more level this year.