Brookside, Alabama

Just 20 minutes north of Birmingham, the town of Brookside (population 1,363) is a small slice of nature and beauty next to the big city. The town is just six square miles and lies along the bank of Five Mile Creek, hence the name Brookside.  Founded around the Brookside Coal Mine, which opened in 1886, the town was settled by Eastern European immigrants who worked the mines.  When the mines closed in the 1920’s, Brookside saw economic troubles that have persisted ever since.

According to the U.S. Census’ 2012 American Community Survey:

  • 23.5% of Brookside families with children live below the poverty line
  • 18.2% of children under the age of 18 live below the poverty line
  • 19.7% of adults do not have a high school diploma
  • One in five households have an income of less than $15,000 a year

Family-to-Family’s contact in Brookside is Todd Love of the Boys and Girls Club of Brookside.  The club provides extensive after-school programs, including homework help and tutoring.  When the school year is over, the club runs summer programs to keep area kids healthy, fit, and happy.

A large number of the children served by the Brookside Boys and Girls Club live in poverty, with an estimated 80% qualifying for free lunch at school.  Many are being raised by single mothers or grandparents, and live in public housing.

In Brookside, Family-to-Family partners with Publix Super Markets to provide groceries for our sponsored families.

Community Partner:
Todd Love
Brookside Boys & Girls Club
4199 Municipal Drive
Brookside, AL 35036

Yes, I’d like to sponsor a family!