“Art of the Side Hustle” kicks off new United Way Dare To Dream speaker series January 19

Our special “Dare To Dream” event is February 23, but in the meantime, we hope everyone in our Emerging Leaders society will join us for our new speaker series beginning January 19 (see more below the graphic):

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The United Way Emerging Leaders presents “The Art of the Side Hustle,” January 19 at 101 South Main Street in Memphis, TN as part of a new United Way Dare To Dream speaker series.

Come join us as we inform and encourage millennials to tap into a dream and turn it into a lucrative “side hustle” extra-hours career with a panel of young professionals. This event is ideal for people who are brand-new to the concept of side hustles and want to develop ideas and plans around creating a sustainable, profitable business.

Panel:
Kayla Rodriguez Graff, Co-founder & COO of Sweet Bio
Andre Fowlkes, President of Start Co.
Mike Hoffmeyer, Director of Crews Center for Entrepreneurship (University of Memphis)
Christina Stevison, Executive Director of The Sisterhood Showcase

Moderated by:
Antwone Stigall, CMP, DES, CEO of WestWing Events

Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP online here.

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Posted in Emerging Leaders, Income / Financial Stability, Information Resources, News, Poverty |

Reserve your space for Dare 2 Dream! February 23, 2017

UPDATE: Reserve your space now!

Dare to Dream
February 23, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn / University of Memphis

We invite you to join us for Dare to Dream 2017. This exciting reception will serve as the reintroduction of our *brand* new United Way. So don’t miss the chance to be among those who Dare to Dream of a thriving community for us all! 

At this interactive event you will have the opportunity to drive the dreams of our community as you journey through the incredible impact of our local United Way. 

Dare to Dream is also our charge to the community to embody what it means to “Live United” and become part of something greater than ourselves, to unite in the fight against our most evasive problem – POVERTY – and to join us in working to provide a thriving community for everyone.

Relevance is connected to continuous innovation and growth. Our United Way is evolving to better serve our region, and we invite you to catch our dream for a community that is helping people escape poverty so they can live the life of their dreams. Reserve your space now!

 

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Volunteer 4 Memphis project honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., January 13-16

United Way of the Mid-South, in partnership with Leadership Memphis and Volunteer Memphis, is proud to support “Volunteer 4 Memphis,” a four-day service project bringing our community together with the power of volunteerism in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For more information and to sign up for volunteer opportunities to honor Dr. King, visit www.volunteer4memphis.org. (Be sure to include #Volunteer4Memphis in your social media posts before, during, and after the event!)

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Reminder: #GivingTuesday, 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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