There are countless variables in the success of a non-profit in the world in which we live. Two of the most vital are funding and volunteers. One requires the gift of money. The other requires the gift of time. Both are crucial, and for some non-profits, the volunteer is even more important.   

One of the most rewarding volunteer opportunities I have every year is to volunteer for Junior Achievement. And if you don't know what they do, you should.  

Did you know that you can obtain Boating Safety Help using your Smart Phone, iPad or Android device?

Hillcrest High School Army Junior ROTC competed in the Marine League 5K on February 18. Cadet Cory Facio won the Overall Male Winner, Cadet Preston Reynolds took second place, and Cadet Miles Harrison won third place. Caitlyn Sanders won the Overall Female Race. 

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Help the children in Alabama’s Black Belt counties develop the “love of reading” by participating in the 2017 Books for the Alabama Black Belt Campaign, which begins on Feb. 1 and continues through Feb. 28.

This event, sponsored by The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development (UACED), aims to help over 42,000 children in the state’s 13 Black Belt counties develop a love of learning and reading.  The goal of the project, according to a release, is to provide one book for every child in the Black Belt, which includes Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Pickens, Perry, Sumter and Wilcox counties.

The Tuscaloosa Police Department is now accepting applications for this year's Citizens' Police Academy, which begins February 6. 

Here are some simple tips to help parents prepare their child for a positive experience in kindergarten and later life.

A new international movement, Villages for Aging in Place, will be introduced to the Tuscaloosa area by Susan Benke for UA’s OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) bonus program on Sept. 14 at noon at the Bryant Conference Center. Villages for Aging in Place is a new option for community members who wish to stay in their own homes and remain independent, yet remain connected to the wider community as they age.

The Tuscaloosa International Friends sponsored an “International Welcome Party” for foreign students at the University of Alabama and their sponsors. The event was held on Aug. 28 at Calvary Baptist Church. Over 200 students and sponsors attended the welcome party.

The Main library of the Tuscaloosa Public Library is now circulating 20 mobile Wi-Fi HotSpot devices to TPL cardholders, 21 years of age or older, that will allow internet access anywhere there is cell service. The Hotspots let patrons link a mobile device like a smartphone, laptop, iPad or tablet, for access to the Internet. A single Hotspot can provide Wi‐Fi Internet access for up to 10 devices.

The Community Foundation of West Alabama has established a permanently endowed scholarship in memory of Elois Zeanah.  Elois is memorable for her vision, passionate public leadership and personal contributions to the citizens of the state of Alabama, the Republican Party, the Alabama Federation of Women and the National Federation of Republican Women.

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