FocusFirst Provides Vision Care to 48,565 Children in Alabama
During the 2016-17 year, 180 volunteers and 32 Impact Alabama AmeriCorps Members served 1,338 childcare centers, screening 48,565 preschoolers in all 67 counties across the state. 4,128 children (8.5%) failed the screenings and received free or subsidized follow-up care coordinated by Sight Savers America.

Student volunteers from Alabama State University,  Birmingham-Southern College, Spring Hill College, UAH, UAB, The University of Montevallo, UAB School of Medicine, Wallace Community College-Dothan, Cottonwood High School, and The University of Alabama assisted Impact Alabama AmeriCorps Members in conducting screenings across the state.

Since 2004, FocusFirst has screened over 357,000 children, with approximately 10% failing the screenings 
and receiving high-quality follow-up care.

Campus-based Coalition Helps Over 9,000 Working Families Secure $15.6 Million in Refunds

591 Students and Community Volunteers Save Families $3.6 Million in Tax Prep Fees 

Hundreds of students participated through service-learning opportunities offered at their local campuses, including volunteers from  University of Alabama, UA School of Law, UAB, Birmingham-Southern, Samford, Cumberland School of Law, Lawson State, Auburn, Troy-Dothan, Wallace-Dothan, UNA, Lurleen B. Wallace, UAH, JSU, University of South Alabama, Spring Hill College, AUM, Faulkner, Huntingdon College, and Wallace-Selma.

In its eleventh year of service, SaveFirst collaborated with hundreds of community partners, operating 22 tax preparation sites across the state.  


Impact America, an AmeriCorps Program, is housed and supported by the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at The University of Alabama. Additional office space is provided by UAB and Maynard, Cooper & Gale, PC.