Author Archives: Kirstin Cheers

Feast of Dreams Ignites Solutions on Full Stomachs

Propcellar, 2585 Summer Ave, padded immediately with over 100 guests, brimming with intellect, wisdom, and expertise as they prepared to engage in dinner and discussion around poverty in Memphis and its impact areas on Thursday, December 7th at “Feast of Dreams.” … Continue reading

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Pull Up A Chair: United Way Offers A Seat at its Own Table at “Feast of Dreams”

Tonight (December 7, 2017), United Way of the Mid-South is hosting our first foray of a round-table called the Feast of Dreams. At this innovative-solutions dinner, we have invited a cross-section of leaders – faith, business, young professionals, educators, health … Continue reading

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United Way’s Free Tax Prep Program; Seeks Volunteers for Launch

United Way of the Mid-South is looking for hundreds of volunteers to participate in the organization’s Free Tax Prep program which brings millions to city’s economic engine, impacting people in poverty. United Way is currently recruiting volunteers including tax preparers, … Continue reading

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From Math Problems to Engineer: How a Helping Hand Made Dreaming Possible

Pamela Jackson grew up with her four siblings in Louisiana, her grandmother raising them in a small housing project in a high poverty neighborhood. Pamela’s grandmother did not allow the children to play outside much. Violence and drug crime had … Continue reading

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Trunk Or Treat “Makes a Difference” in Community

Trunk or Treat is an annual event for UWMS. Families enjoy perusing trunks full of candy and goodies of organizations and agencies from across Memphis. It’s not only a safe and fun opportunity for kids wearing their Halloween costumes, but … Continue reading

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Memphis Mayor and United Way CEO Race with Distorted Vision Goggles to Help More People Escape Poverty

MEMPHIS, TN – On Wednesday, October 18th, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and United Way of the Mid-South President and CEO Rev. Kenneth S. Robinson, M.D. will compete in a race in conjunction with City of Memphis employees’ United Way campaign. … Continue reading

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Siemer Institute for Family Stability Partners with United Way of the Mid-South to Change Lives

In partnership with The Siemer Institute for Family Stability, United Way of the Mid-South is Driving The Dream of Financial Stability.  An estimated 160 families sleep on Memphis streets or in shelters every night. Shelby County Schools defines homelessness as … Continue reading

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Driving The Dream Town Hall: Disrupting Poverty Together

Corporate donors, agency partners and community leaders convened at the Driving The Dream Town Hall, discussing ways to tackle Memphis’ biggest challenge: poverty on Tuesday, August 15th at the Peabody Hotel in Downtown Memphis. “We are here to come as … Continue reading

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United Way Agency Spotlight on Porter-Leath: A Great Heart for Head Start

Charlize was born with congenital heart disease and required a feeding tube. After leaving the hospital, her mother found it was extremely difficult to find childcare that could meet Charlize’s complex medical needs. This was devastating news, as Charlize’s mother was … Continue reading

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“There’s Hope.” (Tonya’s story)

“Is this a real house, mommy? Does someone live here?”  Tonya was sleeping on the floor of her aunt’s house with her 3 and 1-year old daughters when she was introduced to a Hope House representative.  “It wasn’t an ideal situation … Continue reading

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