Serve Alabama Awarded FEMA Disaster Case Management Grant

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a $994,000 Disaster Case Management Grant to the state of Alabama, to be administered through Serve Alabama. This grant will help provide disaster case management services for Alabamians recovering from the late April 2014 tornadoes and flash flooding.

This fully funded FEMA grant makes disaster case management services available to individuals and families within the nine FEMA-declared individual assistance counties (FEMA DR-4176). The FEMA IA-declared counties include Baldwin, Blount, DeKalb, Etowah, Jefferson, Limestone, Lee, Mobile, and Tuscaloosa. 

Alabamians in communities across the state still face a variety of unmet needs related to the severe storms and flooding from late April 2014.  Those needs include repairs and construction costs that were not fully covered by insurance, the replacement of certain possessions, and more.  With this grant, disaster case managers can assess individual needs and help those families with the greatest need access recovery resources, including donated funds and services.

“This grant will help local faith-based and community groups currently working in disaster case management reach more people and better utilize resources in their local areas,” said Jon Mason, director of Serve Alabama.  “This is a unique program, and we are excited to be able to offer it to people who are working hard to recover.”

 Serve Alabama successfully administered an over $6 million dollar FEMA disaster case management program for survivors of the April 2011 Alabama tornadoes. The 2011 program helped over 5,000 tornado survivors develop recovery plans and access long term recovery resources.

Case managers will match survivors’ essential needs to available resources, monitor their progress toward reaching recovery goals and, when necessary, offer survivor advocacy.

Persons recovering from the April 2014 severe storms and flooding that have unmet needs can call 2-1-1 or 1-888-421-1266 to connect with long term recovery options.


Organizations interested in applying for the disaster case management grant can find the RFP by clicking here.  Click here to review the Vendor letter.

YWCA Recognize Veterans & Military Families for the AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary July Theme

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 was set aside to honor “Building Communities, Bettering Lives” Veterans/AmeriCorps members for their military service and dedication to the Birmingham, Alabama community. AmeriCorps members Herbert Jackson and Shawnda Jones (pictured), along with John McGregor were celebrated during a special training on citizenship. They were highlighted through the YWCA Central Alabama’s social media efforts. Veteran and member Herbert Jackson was also selected in June 2014 as one of the “Building Communities, Bettering Lives” members of the year for his shining example and above and beyond service. 

“Gateway to Hope” Faith-Based Conference on Breaking the Stigma of Moral Injury for Veterans and Military Families

Gateway to Hope seeks to educate all who care about veterans about the consequences of the spiritual wounds of war and our responsibility to support their recovery.  Participants will learn about moral injury and its relationship to PTSD and sexual trauma, and about creating safe communities of support for veterans to tell their stories and reflect morally on them.  They will also explore ways to reintegrate veterans into the civilian world, without leaving them to suffer invisibly and in silence.

Tuesday  & Wednesday, September 9-10, 2014

First United Methodist Church

2416 W Cloverdale Park, Montgomery, AL 36106

Registration is underway now. Visit to register and for more information.

AmeriCorps at Anytown Alabama

June 1st through June 7th, more than 70 high school students from all over the Birmingham, Alabama metro area, as well as Montgomery, New Hope and Jemison participated in Anytown Alabama, a social justice leadership camp sponsored by the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) and YWCA Central Alabama

At the helm of helping it become successful in changing lives, grooming leaders and developing lifelong friends were eight “Building Communities, Bettering Lives” AmeriCorps members, and some AmeriCorps alums who served as staff counselors. AmeriCorps members leading the path to leadership at Anytown Alabama included: Rebecca Harkless and Noah Schuettge, who were very instrumental in planning, Travis Swinford, Molly Gross, Julia Venable, Josh Helms, Kanika Manne and Xavier Nelson. They were joined by AmeriCorps alums: Holley Jackson, who served as co-director, Ashley Mann, Stacy Oliver, Matthew Smith, and Susan Schell.

YWCA Central AL “Building Communities, Bettering Lives” recognizes Recruitment during the month of June for the AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary.

The YWCA Central Alabama’s “Building Communities, Bettering Lives” AmeriCorps program is a proud partner with the University of Alabama at Birmingham in innovative recruiting efforts.  Through a formed relationship, we have hosted an exclusive AmeriCorps Recruiting Fair for the past two years. The event was opened to all Birmingham-based AmeriCorps State programs, spotlighting our programs and services to nearly 100 students. The YWCA Central Alabama has had a great success with as many as six UAB alums or students being placed within our program in 2013-2014 as a result of the partnership with UAB. We truly appreciate UAB for promoting the mission of AmeriCorps.


“Loving Miss Annie”


The Greenville Standard

The motto of AmeriCorps is “Getting Things Done” with the goal of helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. Each year over 80,000 members throughout the nation do just that by getting involved in their community. Through service, compassion, and loving others they change their communities into better places to live.  Greenville, Alabama has the honor of having one of the best; Ms. Annie Clemmons or “Miss Annie” as everyone knows her.

Selma AmeriCorps Program Recognize Seniors for Senior Service Month

On Thursday, May 29, 2014, the Selma AmeriCorps Program located in Selma, AL celebrated senior citizens.  These seniors consisted of current members, alums, and participants of the free technology classes that are offered by the program to the community.  Certificates and AmeriCorps tumblers were given to each recipient.  Mayor George Evans and Selma City Council members were in attendance.  The program has 3 current seniors in service, 6 senior alums, and 34 senior citizens receiving technology assistance.

Did You Serve With AmeriCorps?


If you have not registered for AmeriCorps Alums you are missing out on great resources.  The membership is FREE and as a member of AmeriCorps Alums you will receive the following FREE benefits:

  • Professional development through our monthly webinars, career newsletters, virtual events, and jobs board
  • Higher education opportunities including specialized access to university partners
  • Discounts on products like car insurance, mortgage assistance, tax returns, and more
  • Amplifying the “Voice” of Alums through advocacy, press, and government relations
  • Networking and service opportunities with our online network of more than a hundred thousand alums and our ground network with 80 local chapters in 30+ states
  • A critical part of our 20th anniversary activities is ensuring that all currently serving AmeriCorps members and alum know how—and why—to join our network.

Don’t wait join AmeriCorps Alums today at  To learn more about AmeriCorps Alums view this presentation - AMERICORPS ALUMS Membership Guide PPT Presentation

Disaster Recovery Centers Now Open for those recovering from the April 28, 2014 Severe Storms and Flooding

A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is a specific location in counties covered by the FEMA Disaster Declaration for the April 28, 2014 storms. A DRC provides access to information on available resources and gives you an opportunity to register with FEMA. Below are the DRC locations for the April 28, 2014 storms:

Baldwin County DRC Locations:

Fairhope Civic Center (Delchamps Room)

161 North Section Street

Fairhope, AL  36532 

Hours:  Friday, May 9th, Noon – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 10th, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

Thereafter:  Monday – Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., until further notice

Elberta Town Hall

10352 Main Street

Elberta, AL  36530

Hours:  Monday – Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., until further notice

Etowah County DRC Location:

(This location will serve Etowah County and DeKalb County.)

Sardis City Town Hall

1335 Sardis Drive

Boaz, AL  35956

Hours:  Friday, May 9th, Noon – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 10th, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

Thereafter:  Monday – Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., until further notice

Jefferson County DRC Locations:

Lawson State Community College Property

(behind the auto dealership)

1098 9th Avenue SW

Bessemer, AL  35022

Hours:  Friday, May 9th, Noon – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 10th, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

Thereafter:  Monday – Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., until further notice

Kimberly DRC Location - Kimberly Senior Center

8013 Warrior- Kimberly Rd.

Kimberly, AL  35091

Graysville DRC Location - Maurice C. West Community Center

171 2nd Street SW

Graysville, AL  35073


Ripley W.O.W. Hall

11281 Ripley Road

Athens, AL  35611


Smiths Station DRC Location – Smiths Station Government Center

2336 Lee Co Road 430

Smiths Station, AL  36877


"Road To Recovery" Phone Bank - Thank You For Your Help!



Thanks so much for making the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund Phone Bank on FOX6 Birmingham a success. Thousands of dollars were raised for disaster survivors from the April 28/29, 2014 storms.


The Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund (GERF) is an unmet needs fund available to disaster survivors in Alabama. The fund has also provided money for community storm shelters across our state.  The fund is administered by Serve Alabama. The fund fiscal agent is the United Ways of Alabama. A nine member Governor’s Fund committee reviews unmet need requests presented by Long Term Recovery Committees from across the state and votes on funding to help individuals and families recover.

Please mail donations to:
Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund
PO Box 1523
Montgomery, AL 36102

If you give via credit card, the charge will appear on your credit card/bank statements as United Ways of Alabama.  United Ways of Alabama is proud to serve as the fiscal agent for the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund.  Your gift is tax exempt (EIN 75-3165175).