In Etowah County, we are fortunate to have individuals who have dedicated their careers and lives to serve the vulnerable in our community. Their work is important, visionary, and sometimes difficult. With each donation to United Way, their work is bolstered and lives are changed.
Director, Beautiful Rainbow Café
Beautiful Rainbow Café is an award-winning training program that prepares adolescents and young adults with significant cognitive disabilities to join the local workforce. Through organic gardening and sophisticated food production, Chip Rowan and his staff are enabling students previously deemed unemployable to find meaningful work and financial freedom.
Executive Director, The James M. Barrie Center
The Barrie Center serves children in our community who have been sexually and/or physically abused. Young victims find a safe place where Patricia Falcon and her highly trained staff can partner with local officials through the investigation, intervention, and judicial process. For many children, The Barrie Center is their first refuge from a world of abuse and trauma on a road to finding healing and justice.
Executive Director, YMCA
A pillar in Gadsden for 60 years, The YMCA gives people of all ages and backgrounds access to programs that build healthy lives and improved well-being. From summer day camps and swim lessons for kids to senior adult fitness classes, the Y’s purpose is to strengthen our community. Thanks to the Y’s strong scholarship program, Leroy Falcon and his staff are truly able to serve people from all walks of life.
Director, Success by 6
Success by 6 works to ensure that all children in our community have the necessary physical, mental, emotional, and social development in early childhood to successfully grow and learn. Research shows that children who start behind, stay behind. Molli LeMay, with the help of a team of volunteers, provides thousands of books, resources, and support to pre-k classrooms across Etowah County.