Reminder: #GivingTuesday is TODAY, November 29

Today is #GivingTuesday !

a.) Black Friday – Shopping
b.) Small Business Saturday – Shopping local
c.) Cyber Monday – Shopping online
d.) #GivingTuesday – GIVING!

Join us in the fight against Mid-South poverty. Make a difference that helps us all – support United Way TODAY,  #GivingTuesday.

Today is the official opening of the national holiday giving season – #GivingTuesday! Nonprofits, families, businesses and individuals across America are partnering to bring awareness to the idea of supporting nonprofit charities as a way of kicking off the holiday giving season.

GivingTuesdayMake a gift today!

United Way of the Mid-South and our funded partner agencies invite you to make a one-time online donation that stays in our community, helping fight the battle against poverty by improving education, financial stability, and health.

Your gift supports results-driven programs making a difference right here at home. Join us in a national celebration of generosity while helping your friends, neighbors and family members here in the Mid-South.

Join United Way in the fight against Mid-South povertyWe thank you for giving to United Way if you have made a gift through payroll deduction, and we appreciate your support.

Help us spread the word
Share this post on facebook, twitter, or through e-mail! Use the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #UWMS so we can follow your social media posts, and these same tags let you see what others are doing to observe #GivingTuesday. You can learn more about #GivingTuesday at www.givingtuesday.org

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Thanksgiving holidays: United Way’s office is closed until Monday, November 28

Happy Thanksgiving!The United Way of the Mid-South office is closed until Monday, November 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration, and thank you for joining our fight against Mid-South poverty as a United Way donor and volunteer. We’re thankful for the difference you make for thousands of lives across the Mid-South every day!

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Support United Way on #GivingTuesday, November 29, 2016

a.) Black Friday – Shopping
b.) Small Business Saturday – Shopping local
c.) Cyber Monday – Shopping online
d.) #GivingTuesday – GIVING!

Make a difference that helps the Mid-South – support United Way on #GivingTuesday
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 is the official opening of the national holiday giving season – #GivingTuesday! Nonprofits, families, businesses and individuals across America are partnering to bring awareness to the idea of supporting nonprofit charities as a way of kicking off the holiday giving season.

GivingTuesdayMake a gift today or on November 29th!

United Way of the Mid-South and our funded partner agencies invite you to make a one-time online donation that stays in our community, helping fight the battle against poverty by improving education, financial stability, and health.

Your gift supports results-driven programs making a difference right here at home. Join us in a national celebration of generosity while helping your friends, neighbors and family members here in the Mid-South.

We thank you for giving to United Way if you have made a gift through payroll deduction, and we appreciate your support.

Help us spread the word
Share this post on facebook, twitter, or through e-mail! Use the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #UWMS so we can follow your social media posts, and these same tags let you see what others are doing to observe #GivingTuesday. You can learn more about #GivingTuesday at www.givingtuesday.org

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More photos! United Way Trunk or Treat, fun for the whole family

We’re thrilled with the success of last weekend’s United Way Trunk or Treat activity at our 1005 Tillman Street headquarters, and we have more fun photos to share taken by United Way Campaign Representative Lisa Starnes.

The activity was supported in part by our friends at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis. Our thanks to everyone who participated as a volunteer, and to all of our guests for attending!

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United Way Trunk or Treat, Saturday, October 29, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Photo galleries!)

Be sure to join us at our 1005 Tillman Street headquarters for United Way Trunk or Treat, Saturday, October 29, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Trunk or treat is a free, open to the public, family-friendly event to celebrate the fall season and connect even more with our friends across the Mid-South area. Fun, games, food, (and of course candy) will be on hand for our costumed and non-costumed guests. We hope to see you! Check out Facebook and Twitter for photos, some with our tag of #UWMSTOT and/or #UWMS.

Here are some photos of the crowd enjoying all the activities at United Way Trunk or Treat (watch the crowd grow as the slides progress):

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Here are some photos from earlier this morning during Trunk or Treat setup:

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United Way and City of Memphis launch ‘Make the Right Call’ campaign to reduce 9-1-1 volume

Each year, around 30 percent of the 9-1-1 call volume in Memphis is non-emergency and does not require immediate assistance. In cases of crises only, like life-threatening emergencies or crimes in progress, residents should call 9-1-1 for immediate police, fire or paramedic services. The City of Memphis, in partnership with United Way of the Mid-South, is launching the “Make the Right Call” Campaign to remind citizens to think carefully before dialing 9-1-1 and to consider alternatives for non-emergency matters.

“Non-emergency calls tie up our phone lines and can prevent callers with genuine emergencies from getting through,” said Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland. “It is important for citizens to recognize what is and is not an emergency, so this campaign will ensure that our 9-1-1 dispatchers are dealing with emergency matters that are affecting our communities and responding to reports of crime.”

Common 9-1-1 call misuse is citizens’ requests for City services that can be handled by the 3-1-1 Call Center, where requestors will be directed to the appropriate Division or supporting agency for resolution. Common reports include debris in yards, vehicle violations at homes, weeds, potholes, trash collection, new garbage and recycle bin requests, sewer backup, drain flooding, traffic sign maintenance, and loose or stray dogs. The 3-1-1 Call Center is open Mondays – Fridays, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

“Knowing the right number to dial helps reduce call volume, but most importantly, it saves our citizens time and cuts through the red tape of finding a nonprofit agency with appropriate services. The quicker a person in need is connected to the right information, the faster we can help them discover solutions to challenges and problems,” says Dr. Kenneth S. Robinson, United Way of the Mid-South President and CEO.

Funded by the United Way of the Mid-South and facilitated at the Memphis Public Library & Information Center, LINC 2-1-1 provides information on community, social and health services, along with federally-funded services like housing, employment, food banks, emergency shelters, youth and family counseling, mental health, addiction agencies and more. LINC 2-1-1 maintains a large, comprehensive database of human services organizations, government agencies and volunteer groups. Hours of operation are Mondays –Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Fridays – Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Sundays 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The campaign contains 15-, 30-, and 60-second television and radio commercials, posters, and flyers that will be disseminated to community and neighborhood organizations. For more information, visit memphistn.gov/maketherightcall.

(Note: This copy comes from a media release from our friends at City of Memphis government)

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Dr. Kenneth Robinson, United Way President and CEO, is keynote speaker at Leadership Memphis Multicultural Breakfast October 26

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United Way President and CEO Dr. Kenneth S. Robinson is the keynote speaker at this year’s Leadership Memphis Multicultural Breakfast presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, International Paper Company, and FedEx.

The breakfast will be held at The University of Memphis Holiday Inn (3700 Central Ave) on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.  Registration and additional information are available at the Leadership Memphis website.

Dr. Robinson’s presentation is entitled “Many Voices, One Choir!” Robinson will speak about the importance of working together to address community problems:

The sheer magnitude of the issues facing us in Memphis, such as pervasive poverty, suggests that individual groups, programs, agencies or sectors – acting independently – cannot have the impact we all seek to effect. Rather than soloists or homogeneous choral sections, we need a choir. The consequences of continued polarization, geopolitical separation, and parochial in-fighting are significant. We must seek a spirit of collaboration, co-laboring and consensus building. Our challenge is to overcome the racial, ethnic, cultural, political and professional barriers and turf issues that divide us, and to pursue the common goals that connect us; to come together and sing “one song” – many voices, one choir!

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United Way Free Tax Prep recruiting volunteers: drive the dream of helping people out of poverty

United Way Free Tax Prep needs volunteers!

This information announcement appeared in Sunday’s edition of The Commercial Appeal.

United Way’s Free Tax Prep program is recruiting volunteers to help people in households with less than $54,000 in annual income prepare and file federal income tax returns free of charge in 2017.

Volunteers can train to become IRS certified income tax preparers, United Way Cash Coaches, Free Tax Prep site greeters, and other important roles that help the program. Training is free and available in many different locations.

United Way Free Tax Prep is an important part of our “Driving the Dream” initiative to move more people out of poverty and into greater financial self-sufficiency. In 2016, over 8,000 people were helped, and more than $12 million in tax refunds were processed by the program.Free Tax Prep sites across the Mid-South help people avoid predatory lenders and connect with their federal tax refunds free of charge.

Free Tax Prep sites across the Mid-South help people avoid predatory lenders and connect with their federal tax refunds – free of charge. This means all of a filer’s money comes to them with no extra expenses whatsoever. Electronic filing is implemented to speed up the entire process.

United Way Free Tax Prep sites will open in January 2017. More details will be shared at uwmidsouth.org as they become available. Contact Yvonne.Howard@uwmidsouth.org for more information about volunteering today.

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United Way “Trunk or Treat” Saturday, October 29 – Volunteers needed!

United Way of the Mid-South’s “Trunk or Treat” festival Saturday, October 29 needs volunteers!

Last year’s “Trunk or Treat” festival was a tremendous success as area families enjoyed candy giveaways, hamburgers, hotdogs, games, music, face painting, and other fun activities. We want to make sure this year’s event is even more fantastic, and we are calling for volunteers to contact Karlisa Kuykindall at 901.433.4321 or e-mail karlisa.kuykindall@uwmidsouth.org for more information. Thank you!

This year we’re thankful for special support from our friends at Big Brothers Big Sisters for this event.

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United Way honored by Memphis Child Advocacy Center with James G. Hughes Community Advocate Award

Dr. Robinson Accepts Award

(From left) Diana Bedwell, United Way Director of Community Impact; Dr. Kenneth Robinson, President & CEO of United Way; and Virginia Stallworth, Executive Director of The Memphis Child Advocacy Center at Friday’s Honor Day Celebration.

United Way of the Mid-South was selected at the Memphis Child Advocacy Center’s Honor’s Day Celebration as the recipient of the James G. Hughes Community Advocate Award, which honors a community member whose efforts in Shelby County demonstrate strong commitment to protecting children.

Dr. James G. Hughes was a pioneer in local child abuse prevention and intervention work. He founded Le Bonheur Children in Crisis, was a founding member of the Memphis Child Advocacy Center board of directors, and was a lifelong advocate for children.

Virginia Stallworth, Executive Director of The Memphis Child Advocacy Center, noted United Way’s long support of the organization and its “Stewards of Children” child sexual abuse prevention training program. Over 15,000 adults have participated in training sessions in Shelby County.

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