If you follow the echo of giggles, you will find yourself looking at the rather large toilet in the former indoor pool building on the campus of Birmingham Southern College (BSC). It can flush an entire kid, sending him down a winding tunnel into the bottom of the emptied-out swimming pool. This toilet slide generates “gallons of giggles,” but it also illustrates for children wasteful water consumption. The massive commode is part of the Interactive Museum inside the Southern Environmental Center (SEC), and it, along with the other displays of trash heaps and old fashioned bicycles in the museum, is designed to teach people of all ages how they can help protect and improve their local environments. At 5,600-square-feet, it’s the largest education facility of its kind in Alabama. For Roald Hazeloff, the director of SEC, it was important that the center embody the spirit of the “Three Rs” –…
Impact America Founder and President Stephen Black is proud of the work they are doing, but he wants the organization to go beyond addressing community needs. He also wants to empower college students with empathy for those most in need so that they can better understand the impact of their efforts. “I don’t know a better way to change a person’s mind than allowing them to gain personal, intimate insight into the lives of those in need,” Black says. “It’s such a powerful experience.” Black’s vision began in 2004, when he became director of the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at the University of Alabama, and created Impact Alabama, a student service initiative. In 2014, the program expanded to Tennessee, South Carolina, and Florida, and the organization officially changed its name to Impact America. The nonprofit meets community needs through initiatives such as FocusFirst, SaveFirst, and SpeakFirst. FocusFirst is…
NBA Math Hoops is a fast-paced basketball board game, curriculum and community program that allows students to learn fundamental math skills through direct engagement with statistics of NBA and WNBA players.
For 113 years, Vulcan has held a position of prominence over Birmingham. Today, a new renovation and expansion project at Vulcan Park and Museum, where the notable statue stands, is underway.
(Originally published by This is Alabama on February 2, 2018) Protective embraces holistic approach to wellness — even during lunch break Sometime between 11am and 1pm, most of us take our lunch. We aspire to pause from our crazy workload for 30 minutes. That’s 1,800 precious seconds to fill our bellies and quiet our minds before we get right back to it. At Protective Life Corporation, the mission has always been simple and straightforward when it comes to helping customers: Understand what people need and provide with a servant’s heart. This philosophy extends inwardly, too. From an onsite fitness center to a therapist on hand to help employees work through any emotional stresses, Protective aims to provide a holistic approach to wellness for every member of its team. In October of 2017, Protective broadened this holistic approach to transform that much-needed lunch break into a true treat that benefits the…
Donations from the community and corporations like Protective Life enable ASO to maintain a quality, full-time professional orchestra and to run multiple programs.
Employees at Protective Life Insurance Company in Syracuse, New York, helped Syracuse City International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) warm the hearts – and bodies – of young children in need by raising money toward the firefighters’ Operation Warm program.
Heart Gallery Alabama is helping these children in Alabama find forever families.
The sound of drums from Woodlawn High School’s band practicing in the distance sets a rhythm to the activity at the nearby two-acre teaching farm, where a handful of students are laying irrigation for a crop of collard greens.
The Japanese Tea House symbolizes the idea of bringing cultures together and forging a friendship between the cities of Birmingham, Alabama, and Maebashi, Japan.