Basic Needs Initiatives & Partners

United Way of Cullman County Basic Needs & Income Stability Initiatives & Partners



United Way 211 Program

United Way of Cullman County is part of the 211 network which provides referrals to any services needed, including shelters, food banks, clothing needs, government agency listings, church assistance programs, agencies offering mental health opportunities and any other requests for service. Dial 211 to speak to an operator about referrals or any assistance needs. 211 is a national program and databases can be accessed at any location if needed.

United Way MyFreeTaxes Program

United Way of Cullman County is part of the United Way Worldwide's My Free Taxes program that is available for individuals with qualifying incomes to get help processing tax returns free online through the system. To check your eligibility or to start the process, visit the following site: MyFreeTaxes by United Way | MyFreeTaxes


United Way of Cullman County Gas Card Program

United Way of Cullman County offers gas cards to those trying to get assistance from a local partner agency, non-profit, and church assistance program. A REFFERAL MUST BE MADE BY THE NON-PROFIT, CHURCH, OR AGENCY BEFORE GETTING A GAS CARD. Referrals can be made by phone, and gas cards are available to pick up at the United Way office. Gas cards are $10 and can be used only once per month by referral to get to an agency for help.


United Way of Cullman County Food Insecurity Task Force

United Way of Cullman County holds a monthly task force focusing on feeding as many people in need in Cullman County as possible through partner agencies, local food banks, churches, and other organizations working to help food insecurity. The task force works to assess the number of people assisted with food needs monthly.

See our updated food bank schedule and printable PDF version below:

Click here to view PDF of Food Bank Schedule


Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)

United Way of Cullman County sponsors the local VOAD chapter in Cullman County. Local churches, non-profits, and government agencies come to the table to determine the response for disaster recovery and relief efforts, including feeding people, mobilizing volunteers to help with cleanup and recovery, distributing clothes and basic needs, setting up shelters, and working together collectively to the needs of the community. VOAD is currently working on a new plan of action for response from local churches & non-profits to execute immediately after a disaster.

VOAD Committee includes the following Organizations:

United Way of Cullman County

American Red Cross

Good Samaritan Health Clinic

Cullman County Commission on Aging

Cullman Caring for Kids/Food Bank

The Link of Cullman County

Curt’s Closet

Cullman First United Methodist Church

Temple Baptist Church

Daystar Church

Destiny Church

Cullman County Emergency Management Agency

Cullman County Sherriff’s Office

City of Cullman Police Department

Team Rubicon

Cullman County EMS

North Alabama Healthcare Coalition

Camp Liberty

Cullman County Coroner Jeremy Kilpatrick

VOAD of Cullman County Officers:

Waid Harbison, A-1 Marketing Services – Chairman

Kenny Royal, Desperation Church – Vice Chairman

Stephanie Childers, United Way of Cullman – Secretary/Treasurer

Dawn Beard, Destiny Church - At Large Officer

Ory Hampton, Daystar Church - At Large Officer


American Red Cross

United Way of Cullman County partners with the American Red Cross to offer relief aid to families who have lost homes or significant losses due to disasters, fire, etc. American Red Cross provides Cullman County residents with new clothes, temporary shelter, food and other resources. They also actively work in all disaster recovery and relief efforts in Cullman County.


Commission on Aging

United Way of Cullman County partners with the Cullman County Commission on Aging, who provides care to all seniors in Cullman County, including 10 senior centers across the county, providing thousands of meals to seniors monthly, assisting seniors in basic needs, healthcare and more. The United Way specifically partners with the Meals on Wheels program and provides almost 250 home bound seniors a day with hot meals 5 days a week.


Cullman Caring for Kids & United Way Food Bank 

United Way of Cullman County partners with Cullman Caring for Kids. They are the official food bank partner of the United Way in Cullman. Cullman Caring for Kids also provides classes for parenting, child abuse awareness, and works as court appointed special advocates (CASA) for children in Cullman County. They are open 4 days a week and also have a weekly mobile food bank available in different areas of the county.