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SERVED is on a mission to improve the lives of our youth through community service projects that focus on the learning needs of students and working needs of teachers. SERVED volunteers are offering their time and talents to positively impact our students and create lasting memories.
Volunteer opportunities through SERVED are centered around assisting the students and teachers in the Jefferson County School District. Join the SERVED team by doing what you can, when you can, and you'll help improve the lives of our young scholars. Get Involved with SERVED!
Investing in our community one student at a time.
At SERVED we’re raising funds and promoting initiatives to serve the students and teachers in our community who need them most. We believe in taking action with urgency in order to raise public awareness about some of the most pressing issues our students and teachers are facing in today’s society. Please join us by supporting our efforts to make a measurable difference in the lives of others.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Our mission is to develop a healthy community-system that encompasses the three pillars of life: mental, physical and spiritual well-being. Our current focus is targeting the working needs of teachers and learning needs of students. SERVED is particularly striving to improve excellence and equity in education within the Jefferson County School system.
HOW WE ADVANCE OUR MISSION
Turning Interest Into Action
While there are many organizations who assist with addressing the needs of at risk students through back to school rallies, SERVED intends to provide support to both students and teachers throughout the academic year. We currently carry out our mission the following ways:
We work alongside parents, educators and board members of the Alabama State Department of Education to identify schools in need and assist in the efforts to close the gap that affects at risk students from low-income families.
We actively work to help shape and influence the minds of our young people by encouraging healthier lifestyles through various projects with the hopes of inspiring students and helping them reach high levels of achievement.
OUR CORE BELIEFS
Here at SERVED, we’re committed to investing our expertise and resources in order to further achieve our cause.
We believe complete health relies on the health of the mind, body and spirit.
We believe the power of knowledge is the cornerstone of success.
We believe success depends on the quality of life.
We believe the quality life is a reflection of the spirit.
In August 2015, SERVED began as just a Saturday morning fitness class in Eastlake, Alabama. The class dues were being set aside, and by the end of the year, Emily decided the money would be better used serving others in need.
In August 2016, SERVED hosted the first SERVED B.T.S.R. (Back To School Rally) out of the very building the fitness classes were being taught. SERVED obtained its 501c3 status in April of 2017. From August 2016 to present, there have been 8 successful SERVED projects/events. From these projects, over 2,900 students have been SERVED, 5 schools have been SERVED directly, 1,750 students have been SERVED backpacks with school supply kits, and Flint, Michigan was SERVED over 4,000 bottles of water to aid in the water crisis. SERVED has also supported other local organizations to continue giving back to the community.
Your support is important to our work at SERVED. There are many ways you can contribute towards our causes, and every little bit that you commit goes a long way in helping us fulfill our mission. Learn more about how you can get involved and take advantage of the opportunity to do some good.
P. L. A. Y. DAY
Promoting Lifelong Activities for our Youth.
The purpose of this project is to Promote Lifelong Activities for our Youth (PLAY) with the hopes of improving the health of this generation and future generations. We want to encourage and educate students on the importance of making healthier eating choices and living a more active lifestyle. The P.L.A.Y. Day exposes many students who may not participate in physical activities on a regular basis to a variety of fun activities that are easy to learn and can be played with their friends during recess, after school, and over the summer break.
All equipment used during the P.L.A.Y. Day is provided by SERVED. The students are grouped by grade level and encouraged to participate in healthy competition with one another. First, second and third place winners of each event receive an award ribbon.
B. T. S. R.
Back To School Rally
With our organization’s mission always in mind, we strive to find new strategies for dealing with this challenge. Homeless Outreach is something that we take very seriously, and our team is working each and every day to make a positive impact. Contact us to learn more about our commitment to this cause.
NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND
Meeting the Needs
This project is a follow up to the B.T.S.R. and is held shortly after the new school year begins. The purpose of this project is to identify and cater to those students who are truly in need by delivering school supplies directly to a selected school and allowing the principals and teachers to distribute them. Doing this helps ensure the needs are being met for the students who are most at risk.
SERVED FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Gee Wiz It's Christmas!
“SERVED for the Holidays” is a Christmas party we host for an elementary school. The purpose of this event is to spread a some holiday cheer. All kids deserve to enjoy the spirit of Christmas, and we’re hoping this event will help. In addition to being fed, all students at the school will have an opportunity to take photos with Santa Clause and will receive a small gift.
Committed to the Cause
Born and raised in Birmingham Alabama, Emily Burnett, the Founder/CEO of SERVED, first began serving others using her background in fitness. She received her B.S. in Fitness Leadership from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and her M.S. in Sport & Fitness Management from Troy University in Troy, Alabama. Emily is on a mission to inspire millions.
Favorite quote: “It is never too late as long as you’re still living.” - Emily Burnett
“I discovered my purpose was to serve and inspire others in January 2016 after reading I Peter 4:10 ‘Each of you should use whatever gifts you have received to serve others…’ When I am able to give to others and be the light in another person’s day, that’s when I am living my purpose and dancing in my passion. I truly believe that SERVED will continue to grow and revive Birmingham as we continue to focus on the overall health and well-being of our community by investing in our community one student at a time.”
Born and raised in Alabama, Lynda Howard Woods is a retired Lieutenant of the Birmingham Police Department. During her 29 ½ years of service, she worked in various aspects of the department. Her assignments included: patrol, crime scene investigations, accreditation, and administration which included payroll and hiring. She earned a Master’s Degree from Jacksonville State University and is currently an instructor on the collegiate level. Her favorite biblical quote is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13.
“I truly believe that SERVED can “move mountains”. The faith in our team and the confidence in our leader Emily Hayes makes me believe that anything is possible. Emily is a visionary leader, and her energy is unwearied. I truly believe that Served will be impactful and will make a difference in the lives of thousands of children. It is truly a blessing to be a part of this organization."