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Compiled by Erica Wright

We all have causes that are dear to us. We asked Birmingham-area residents, If you had $10,000 to give to a charity, which one would it be?

India Maul: “The YWCA because of the work they do to help women in certain types of situations here in the city, situations where they might not have other options . . .but they do help a lot of folks here so I would say the YWCA.”

Bryna Reid: “The Equal Justice Initiative [in Montgomery AL). I know it’s not a charity but that’s an organization I would support [because] of their work in the criminal justice system and how minorities and urban communities are impacted [which] is such a relevant issue today… I know that EJI is doing such wonderful work to exonerate . . . people who have been wrongfully convicted.”

Sloen Zieberink: “An organization that I have worked with a lot called Unless U in Vestavia. It’s like a college environment for adults with developmental disabilities. Once children graduate high school and if they have . . . any kind disability that can inhibit them from carrying on a normal life, they go to this college [where] they can learn everyday skills [that] helps them get a job.”

Claire Scott: “The Breast Cancer Research Foundation because my mom had breast cancer and I volunteered with them and I just really support it and loved it. She was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago, but she is now breast cancer free and she also works with breast cancer patients at Kirklin Clinic.”