Recognizing the Power of the Outdoors

The Presbyterian Ministries United Appeal of Birmingham (PMUAB) now also supports Living River's Power of the Outdoors Scholarship Fund. Donations on PMUAB Sunday, June 11 will help Living River, Kirkwood by the River's Life Care Fund and IPC Community Ministries' Social Services Fund.

Canoe down the Cahaba River. Hike through the forest. See and touch plants and animals in their natural habitat. Explore coal mining and even retrace steps taken by Native Americans decades ago. These adventures await every young adventurer who arrives at the Cahaba Environmental Center (CES) at Living River. Now, Living River wants to ensure 500 low-income students get to walk outside the classroom and experience the joy of learning through hands on exploration. It’s the Power of the Outdoors.

Living River is now a beneficiary of the Presbyterian Ministries United Appeal of Birmingham along with IPC and Kirkwood by the River. Money given to Living River from PMUAB Sunday on June 11 will be used for the Power of the Outdoors scholarship fund . This fund will help provide three day visits for low-income school groups in Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, Bibb and Shelby Counties.

The CES is located on the Cahaba River in Bibb and Shelby Counties. It gives students the chance to learn about water, forest, life and geology of the Cahaba River watershed during their stay. They can also explore the cultural history of the Cahaba River watershed from Native American to early European settlements to coal mining and modern resource management.

But the learning adventure doesn’t start or end with the trip to the center. The CES staff visits the school before and after the trip. There’s also a service-learning project to cap off the experience.

All of these experiences are shown to significantly impact academic achievement, as well as foster leadership and civic engagements. Consider making a special donation on PMUAB Sunday. Your gift will help the Power of the Outdoors send 500 students to CES this upcoming school year. It will also benefit the Community Ministries' Social Services Fund and the Kirkwood Life Care Fund.


Kirkwood by the River was founded in 1980 by IPC as a nonprofit retirement community offering Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Medicare Rehabilitation to senior adults in Birmingham. The continuum of care allows residents to progress through life receiving the most appropriate care without having to relocate.

But what would happen if a resident could no longer afford the services they needed? In other communities, a resident may then be asked to leave. But because of your support of PMUAB, Kirkwood is an exception. Contributions to The Kirkwood Life Care Fund ensures no resident is asked to leave because they have outlived their financial resources.

Your support of PMUAB over the past 10 years has allowed Kirkwood by the River to provide nearly half a million dollars in funding for healthcare services to senior residents in need. Together, we can ensure the Life Care Fund will stand strong in God’s services. Together, we can continue to impact lives for years to come.


Some of our STAIR families periodically need help keeping a roof over their heads, lights and water turned on or medical prescriptions filled. Staff and members in Community Ministries work to ensure the families of our tutored Hayes K-8 students stay together in a safe home. The Social Services Fund often provides a temporarily lifeline by paying utility, housing and prescription bills. It also starts conversations about budgeting. Your generous donations to PMUAB benefits the Social Services Fund, which keeps families safe and healthy.