Category Archives: Crime

Impacting Poverty: United Way’s poverty strategy featured in two-page spread in Memphis magazine

The latest edition of Memphis magazine (June 2016) provides a two-page spread featuring United Way’s new strategy to impact Mid-South poverty and move more people into lives of greater financial self-sufficiency. The spread, entitled “Driving The Dream,” shares details about United … Continue reading

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United Way Emerging Leaders Society brings Just City and young leaders together for latest Coffee & Conversation meeting

Always wanting to learn new and innovative ways to help our community, United Way’s Emerging Leaders Society’s latest “Coffee and Conversation” session featured leaders from Just City, an organization that uses local crime statistics to see the differences between perception … Continue reading

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Tennessee Governor proclaims Oct. 22nd “Lights On Afterschool Day”

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has named October 22nd as “Lights On Afterschool Day” in Tennessee to recognize the role of afterschool programs in enhancing learning and keeping children safe and less likely to engage in risky behavior. The proclamation was … Continue reading

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Priority Issues / Domestic Violence: Mayor Wharton announces “Memphis Says NO MORE” launch June 25

United Way of the Mid-South and our network of care take active roles in the work to reduce and eliminate domestic violence in our community. While some small evidence of progress is starting to surface, there is still a great … Continue reading

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From the Archive: United Way sponsors workshops to help organizations respond to domestic violence among employees May 30, June 27

United Way of the Mid-South’s network of partners works to reduce domestic violence in our community in many ways, including the use of education and awareness efforts. Domestic violence isn’t a “private matter” that stays in a person’s home when … Continue reading

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From the Archive: Memphis Police Department officers provide “active shooter” workshop for the Mid-South at United Way

Violent, unexpected attacks in unlikely places is a reality our nation is facing with disturbing frequency. The damage an armed assailant can create in a matter of seconds and minutes ends lives and threatens the security of communities. These “active … Continue reading

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Stories: Suffering from deep depression and family issues, Joanna struggled to care for her three-month-old child

Note: This story comes from Janet Whaley, Executive Director of Comprehensive Counseling Network. Names and images are changed to protect privacy. Joanna was suffering from constant sadness and could barely keep up with all the demands of caring for her … Continue reading

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Stories: Denise’s meth addiction wasn’t the final chapter in her life – thanks to your support

(Note: This story comes courtesy of Charlotte Hoppers, development director with Grace House, part of United Way’s network of care. Names and images are changed to protect privacy.) Denise learned a lot from her experience with one of United Way’s … Continue reading

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Stories: Brian’s life was headed in all the wrong directions, but now he’s on the path to a college degree

This story comes courtesy of Madelyn Keith, executive director of East Arkansas Youth Services, Inc. Names and images have been changed to protect privacy. Brian never knew his mother, who tragically passed away during his birth. He was raised by … Continue reading

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Stories: Karla’s family had “stray bullets hitting her apartment” until a safer home gave her the hope to return to school

This story comes courtesy of Kevin Dean, with Hope House. Names and images have been changed to protect privacy. When Karla speaks of her old neighborhood, she talks about stray bullets hitting her apartment. She remembers vividly the drug deals … Continue reading

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