Community News from Woodlawn Foundation Winter 2018

Woodlawn Foundation's 2018 Annual Appeal fundraising drive is underway. The campaign highlights stories of two Woodlawn residents who were empowered and inspired to make a difference in their community through their leadership and investment in the greatest resource the community has to offer: its residents. Click HERE to view the 2018 campaign and make a donation that makes a difference.


More than 400 sponsors, guests, residents and key stakeholders gathered on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in October to celebrate Woodlawn Sunday Dinner, a fundraiser benefiting Woodlawn Foundation. The 2nd annual event featured a celebration of soul food from local restaurants with complimentary craft beer, signature cocktails and wine. Entertainment was provided by a New Orleans-style jazz band while guests dined at community tables stretching down 55th Place right in the heart of Woodlawn. Click HERE for a photo summary of the event and stay tuned for the date of the 2019 event.


In August, Woodlawn Foundation closed on 20 Birmingham Land Bank Authority properties that were once tax delinquent, overgrown and abandoned and are part of 60 land bank properties that have been identified for purchase to help revitalize the Woodlawn community. The acquisitions further Woodlawn Foundation’s primary real estate strategy of providing high quality, mixed-income and single-family housing options to Woodlawn residents.

“Our first priority for the properties that we have purchased through the land bank was to return them to the tax role and clean them up, i.e. grass cut and a regular maintenance schedule. Now we are turning our focus toward incorporating these parcels into existing development plans, creating new opportunities for development and exploring innovative options with our residents such as the creation of a land trust.” – Sally Mackin, Executive Director, Woodlawn Foundation


Construction is underway for the expansion of Christ Health Center. The free-standing facility is scheduled to be completed by Spring 2019 and will expand its current operations by adding an additional six examination rooms, expanded case management space and a training space. The Federally Qualified Health Center currently offers high quality, affordable healthcare to its patients from Woodlawn and surrounding areas, regardless of insurance status. Click HERE for more information on Christ Health Center and their mission.



Woodlawn Foundation recently collaborated with Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program to create “Woodlawn Legal Help Desk”. The partnership provides free legal advice from local attorneys to low-income clients on personal matters such as housing, finance, family and other legal issues. To learn more about what the service offers, click HERE.

Continuing to address the non-academic needs of students in the Woodlawn Innovation Network (WIN), Woodlawn Foundation arranged dental screenings for over 350 students at Hayes K-8. Smiles for Keeps, a pediatric dentistry located in Woodlawn, administered the screenings and provided students with instruction on continued dental care. To date, Woodlawn Foundation has coordinated over 4500 free health, dental and vision screenings to students pre-K through 12th grade through its Managers of Community Partners program.

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