Campus-Community Speed Matching

Campus Community Speed Matching 2014

UAB Students and Faculty member registration


 Speed Matching Nonprofit Partners

Alabama Environmental Council
Alabama Possible

Birmingham Education Foundation
BirthWell Partners
Breakthrough Collaborative
Community & Science Investigations
Freshwater Land Trust
Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity
Impact Alabama
Junior Achievement of Greater Birmingham
Magic Moments
Muscular Dystrophy (MDA) Summer Camp

PEER Inc.
Workshops Inc.



Project Pitches

Alabama Environmental Council
The Alabama Environmental Council (AEC's) mission is to organize and empower Alabamians to preserve the environment in a manner mindful of current and future generations. In our energy policy program, we not only work for the best environmental options, but also for realistic and reasonable alternatives that support economic growth.

In a recent study, Alabama tied for 8th among states that would benefit from generating, using and exporting solar energy. We believe that Alabama should be implementing solar energy technology to a much greater extent. We plan to create an interactive map that illustrates existing Alabama solar energy projects and areas with solar energy capacity. It would also highlight support and barriers to fulfilling Alabama's solar potential. This tool would be a way for AEC to provide information to the public about existing solar projects and could also juxtapose Alabama's record with that of other states. AEC seeks students and/or professors with research, analytical and technology skills (specifically GIS) to evaluate examples from other states, and to help us implement an interactive solar mapping system for AEC.


Alabama Possible
: College Access Initiative
Alabama Possible's Blueprints College Access Initiative connects high school students and their families with resources and relationships to equip them to graduate from high school and college - and to be career ready. Blueprints needs college students to mentor local high school students. Alabama is the seventh poorest state in the nation, with a median household income that is nearly $10,000 less than the national average. According to the Southern Education Foundation, 60 percent of that gap is due to Alabamiansʼ low educational attainment. College graduates elevate their personal earning capacity and bring nearly $1 million in spending power back to their local communities. Educational attainment is also a key factor in employers' site location decisions, which in turn can create a healthier economy for all of us.

Blueprints focuses its efforts on promoting a college-going culture in order to reduce systemic poverty and increase educational attainment in our state. Low-income, minority, and first-generation students are especially likely to lack specific types of "college knowledge," including knowing how to finance a college education, complete basic admissions procedures, and make connections between career goals and educational requirements. Through Blueprints, college students act as mentors for high school students, demystifying the college-going process and connecting high school students with an information-rich network of supportive coaches who can help them make structured decisions and navigate the college admissions process.


Birmingham Education Foundation: Bold Goals Coalition
The purpose of the Bold Goals Coalition is to be a catalyst with shared community ownership aligning collective actions and resources to measurably improve the health, well-being, and vitality of the Central Alabama Region. The Coalition is made up of a broad group of stakeholders. Our sub-group is focused on defining goals and strategies that maximize opportunities (in and out of the classroom) for students in the United Way's footprint. As part of our process, we need a volunteer or volunteers to help us research various proposals, prepare presentations, organize and lead discussion groups, and participate as a full thought partner in developing and enacting our vision. If successful, we can have a game-changing impact for our students in Central Alabama.


Birthwell Partners: Program Impact
BirthWell Partners' mission is to improve birth outcomes and early nutrition for families living in low-resource communities in Alabama through perinatal education and doula support.
Birth doulas are trained to provide informational, emotional, and physical support to pregnant women prenatally, during labor, and in the first weeks postpartum. The doula can have a powerful impact on the health and well-being of both mother and child. BirthWell Partners increases access to doula support through doula training and by matching newly trained doulas with low-resource pregnant women in our community. When we match a doula and client, both women benefit: one receives valuable experience and the other receives caring support. In the words of a volunteer, this relationship is life-changing for both giver and receiver.

We are looking for a volunteer(s) to help us assess the impact of our services for women and teens. Volunteers will call former clients and interview them about their experiences with our services. Responses will be used as a self-reported measure of increase in childbirth knowledge, help improve the quality of our services, and identify clients who would like to be interviewed more extensively in a recorded session.


Breakthrough Collaborative: Teach Breakthrough
When students are not in school during the summer, there is a great chance that they can experience summer learning loss; in fact, low-income students typically lose up to two months of reading and math proficiency during the summer months. Research also shows that 2/3 of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college.

Contrary to popular belief, research says that the number one factor in determining student success and quality of education is not socioeconomic status, family structure, race, nor class. The number one factor in whether a student is successful is the teacher quality.

At Breakthrough, we are committed to providing high quality academic summer programs for middle school students while working with motivated college students in our efforts to increase the quality, quantity, and diversity of the teaching profession. Breakthrough is looking for highly motivated undergraduate students who want to make a difference in the community. Teaching experience is not required, and all majors are encouraged to apply.

In six short weeks last summer, our middle school students were able to increase their knowledge of fractions and decimals by 21 percent in six weeks and 5 months of grade level equivalency in reading. This is the beginning of a change in how our students succeed.


Community & Science Investigations: Science Outreach
Community and Science Investigations (C&SI), a student group at UAB, is looking for student volunteers to help us teach science to kids at Brown Elementary School in Ensley, Alabama. This school has some of the lowest standardized test scores in the state. C&SI goes to Brown on Wednesday mornings to conduct two 1-hour science labs with the fifth grade classes. By bringing energy into the classroom, we help the kids get excited about learning, enabling them to better understand the different concepts within their curriculum. The children love our hands-on activities. You don't need to be a science guru to help; we teach simple science concepts and projects that have already been written up. We just need your help to implement them!


Freshwater Land Trust: Red Rock Ridge and Valley Parks and Trails Study     
There is an abundance of great parks and green space in the Birmingham-metro area, and the Freshwater Land Trust is currently working to not only create more of these amazing facilities, but also to connect them to one another through a county-wide network of sidewalks, trails, and bike lanes called the Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System. As the Land Trust continues its efforts to work with government officials and property owners to bring parks to every corner of Jefferson County, there is a need to learn more about how the current parks are being utilized. Who uses them? When do they use them? How do they use them? To run? Walk? Bike? What do they like about the parks they visit? What would they like to see improved? In order to ensure people will use and enjoy future parks, we need to know what's currently working, and we need your help.

Students can have the opportunity to develop a survey that will address some of these questions. Using observation techniques and a survey questionnaire, students will have the opportunity to collect information and analyze the data in order to make recommendations for future park development.


Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity: Women Build & Students for Change
Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity (Habitat Birmingham) seeks enthusiastic volunteers interested in creating a lasting impact on families and communities. Habitat Birmingham is a Christian organization that builds and repairs homes to serve the area's affordable housing needs. Last year, Habitat Birmingham helped 268 families by constructing 52 new homes and repairing 216 homes. Habitat Birmingham depends upon volunteers to fulfill its mission of "Bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope."

We need Blazers for two opportunities: Women Build in April and May (a build focused on engaging women to serve on Habitat sites) or Students for Change, a home repair opportunity for high school and college volunteers in July.
The UAB community is also invited to sponsor a home for a Habitat family in October. If you would like to help make a difference, you can make a contribution of through the UAB Benevolent Fund (UAB's Habitat House – code 581) that will go to help fund the October build.


Impact Alabama: CollegeFirst
CollegeFirst is a Summer Advanced Placement Institute for high school students enrolled in AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, and AP English Language. CollegeFirst believes that all willing and academically motivated students deserve the opportunity to succeed in rigorous, college-level experiences and the advantages they bring. CollegeFirst needs UAB students to serve as mentors in these subject areas and help present lessons and provide one-on-one and small group tutoring to participating high school students.


Junior Achievement of Greater Birmingham: Adopt a Classroom
Junior Achievement is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

We ask for UAB students to "adopt" a classroom in the Birmingham City School system and teach a five lesson program (either all in one day, in one week, or in a consecutive five week time period). Each lesson is approximately 30-45 minutes. This project targets kindergarten – third grade students. Volunteers may work in pairs if they like. The program materials come in a ready to use kit and come with two manuals. Student volunteers will participate in a training session that addresses classroom management and the JA curriculum.

This partnership with UAB will allow student volunteers to deliver JA curriculum while sharing their personal and professional skills to elementary-aged students. Volunteers can help our younger students make the connection between what they are learning in school and what they will need to succeed in work and life. This program is a fun, easy way for young professionals to get involved in the community and make an impact.


Magic Moments: Magic Makers
Magic Moments is the only organization devoted exclusively to fulfilling the dreams of children in Alabama suffering with chronic life threatening diseases. A magic moment allows children and families the chance to forget, even for just a little while, the fear and pain of their illness.
As we are a small staff of five employees, we could not do this work without the help of "Magic Makers;" volunteers across Alabama who help enrich the magic moment experience for our children.

We would like a class and/or individuals to become involved as Magic Makers. A Magic Maker is assigned to each recipient and serves as the liaison to the family throughout the planning and implementation of the magic moment. You can choose the type of magic moment. Whether it is taking a child on a shopping spree, delivering a laptop computer or seeing a family off at the airport for their trip, you will personally share in their joy and excitement. As Magic Makers bring joy to our children, the emotional rewards they receive are immeasurable.


Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Summer Camp
MDA Summer Camp is known as the best week of the year! MDA is looking for camp counselors to be one-on-one with a child 6-17 years of age diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease. It is great for any students, but especially those going into education, public health, social work, healthcare, pre-med, nursing, and physical therapy.

Camp is a one week commitment from June 22-27 at Camp ASCCA in Alexander City, AL. We need counselors who are fun, outgoing, responsible, and caring. They will help their camper get to and from activities as well as daily needs such as bathing, toileting, and dressing if needed. Counselors will go through an application process including an interview. At the completion of camp, we offer all counselors 120 service hours and are happy to write letters of reference. During camp, we have an entire medical staff from Children's and UAB that will be with us during the week. It is a great way for you to network and meet individuals in the health field. It will allow you to stand out in the crowd while applying for a job and will give you an experience of a lifetime. If you love the outdoors like fishing, canoeing, zip line and tubing, come spend the week with us and give our kids the best week of the year!


PEER, Inc.: Senior Market Basket Program
PEER, Inc. connects people with resources for healthier living. PEER, Inc. began East Lake Farmers Market in 2005 in response to the need for healthy food access in East Lake. One extension of the farmers market is our Senior Market Basket Program, a grant-funded, volunteer driven effort. We assemble and deliver an average of 150 boxes of free, fresh produce to eligible seniors residing in East Lake's two independent senior living facilities each Saturday of the farmers market from June through October. The boxes come with fruits and vegetables, tips and recipes for the produce, and a smile from our wonderful volunteers. Our surveys have consistently shown that the social interaction between volunteers and seniors is their most treasured benefit.

This program requires a great number of committed participants, and that is where you are needed. We are looking for energetic team leaders to help identify and guide other volunteers through this meaningful experience of assembling and delivering produce boxes this summer.


Workshops, Inc.: Arts and Crafts Leaders
Want to make a difference in the lives of some truly special people? Workshops is an agency where people with various disabilities work on their job skills training resulting in their ability to obtain jobs in the competitive environment. Another benefit is the huge boost in their self- confidence. The job skills training spans from janitorial to food service to packaging and assembly as contracted by local and national businesses. Workshops' customers you may be familiar with include UAB Print and Media, E.B. Stephens Company (EBSCO), and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama. Approximately 500 individuals complete training at Workshops each year. In addition to six job skills training departments, Workshops also has an Arts and Crafts section where people with disabilities paint pictures, assembly puzzles, make greeting cards, and play word games. Your support of Workshops through volunteering in the Arts and Crafts section will boost the self-esteem and cognitive abilities of our consumers (the people with disabilities whom we serve). We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated students to volunteer 2 hours per week in Workshops' Art and Crafts section for the remainder of the Spring semester.