2020 has brought unprecedented challenges across every aspect of life and work worldwide. Incredible people have risen to the challenge—pivoting, reinventing, reimagining and working harder than ever before. Birmingham’s non-profit leaders transformed annual galas into virtual gatherings, transitioned runs into races for runners to complete on their own time, and innovated new ways to raise funds and provide services to those in need throughout the Magic City. We asked our nonprofit partners to nominate the volunteers who helped them get through this year. We are proud to spotlight some of the individuals who played integral roles as Birmingham’s 2020 Trailblazers.

Name: Doug Corey

Work: Crutchfield & Graves Insurance Agency

Charity: Mitchell's Place

Motivation: I wanted to find a way to give back to individuals in our community, and in 2013 I had the opportunity to do that by joining Mitchell's Place Junior Board. The main vision at Mitchell's Place is to unlock the potential of children effected by Autism Spectrum Disorder, and the incredible teachers and staff at Mitchell's Place have been able to do this for more than 2,000 families. It's an honor to be a part of such an amazing organization.

What I Gained from 2020: Watching our community rally around each other by supporting our local businesses and organizations during these trying times. And my third grade Raiders winning the Super Bowl.

Check out all of our 2020 Trailblazers here!