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Why a sousaphone-playing techie loves her job in Birmingham

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Chris Davidson does what he loves at UWCA (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Growing up in the Powderly Hills area of ​​southwest Birmingham, Chris Davidson played a lot of music – and continues to do so today. Since 2013, he has been working at the United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA) as a technology specialist, but his music also plays an important role.

Read on to find out why she loves where she works and the award she recently won.

Meet Chris Davidson

(L) Chris Davidson, 2nd from left, with his parents + 5 of his 6 siblings; (R, center) Playing sousaphone (Chris Davidson)

Chris Davidson was born and raised in Powderly Hills as the youngest of seven children – he has three older brothers and three older sisters. He is a proud graduate of both Wenonah High School and Alabama State University.

Since high school, he has played the sousaphone in several bands. You’ll often find him playing at churches around town or with the UWCA band (he’s a founding member). He loves everything about music, sports, outdoor activities and motorcycles.

He is currently married with a daughter and a son and considers family time as the best time. They go to Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Brighton when he’s not playing music elsewhere.

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Chris Davidson (R) performs with the UWCA Band (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

When he was growing up, his older brother worked on computers and if something broke, he would fix it.

Following in his older brother’s footsteps, Davidson discovered that he liked to break computers – which he has done ever since.

Davidson first learned about UWCA through an email that came to his grandparents’ house asking for donations.

During the October 2013 government shutdown, he was doing some local IT work to keep busy when a recruiter reached out about a position at UWCA. He’s been working there ever since and hasn’t looked back.

See what positions are currently open at United Way of Central Alabama + apply today.

A day in the life of a tech support specialist

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Chris Davidson helps a colleague (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Chris Davidson’s official title at United Way of Central Alabama is Technology Support Specialist II, which means he is a two-level technician.

Depending on the time of year, what he does every day varies widely, from basic systems management to preventing cybersecurity threats.

However, the organization’s annual campaign season is where it all comes together:

“During UWCA’s campaign season, we normally work wonders with the eServices department, the resource development department and the finance department to make sure everything goes smoothly. We try to eliminate or minimize obstacles as best we can.”

Chris Davidson, Technology Support Specialist II, United Way of Central Alabama

What Davidson likes about his job + UWCA

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Chris Davidson with the Values ​​Award (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Davidson’s favorite thing about working at United Way of Central Alabama is his coworkers, especially those he’s been with since day one. He said they feel like family and have met a large number of friends at the organization over the years.

He also truly loves what he does and loves the feeling he gets from helping others in the community.

“UWCA allows me to do what I love to do and be who I am while working together with others to serve the community. It’s a win-win and it doesn’t always feel like work.”

Chris Davidson, IT Support Specialist II, United Way of Central Alabama

For anyone thinking of applying for a position at UWCA, Davidson says “Go for it”:

“United Way is a great place to work. If you want to give back to your community and make a difference in people’s lives, that aligns directly with our core values ​​of putting people first, serving our community and doing the right thing.”

Chris Davidson, IT Support Specialist II, United Way of Central Alabama

United Way of Central Alabama is hiring – see open positions today.

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