Employee Campaign Manager Summit

On June 21, United Way of the Mid-South concluded one and kicked off another year of campaigning with corporate partners across the region in Memphis, TN. Our employee campaign managers convened to learn more about how to engage, educate and inspire their fellow colleagues to join United Way campaigns at their respective workplaces.

United Way of the Mid-South would like to thank the University of Memphis and the University Center for providing a welcoming atmosphere, breakfast, and lunch for our ECM’s! Again we thank our corporate partners for their continued support and collaboration in building a better Mid-South and strengthening communities. Lastly, ECM Summit would not have been possible without the hard work and diligence of our staff at United Way!

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United Way brings over 100 volunteers to Pathways To Success Opportunity Summit

United Way of The Mid-South was glad to partner with fellow corporate partners and organizations across Memphis in support of the Pathways to Success Opportunity Summit, hosted by My Brother’s Keeper, the White House Initiative to set a positive trajectory for African-American young men and boys. Even thought the initiative targets boys, both boys and girls took advantage of the Opportunity Summit held at the Cook Convention Center on June 22.

We enlisted over 100 volunteers to recruit and support at the Summit which allowed Memphis youth to apply and interview for summer jobs across the city. More than 1000 youth attended and over 500 were offered jobs. Another 500 were offered second interviews.

This is why we have adjusted our focus to fighting the issue of poverty in Memphis and the Mid-South. We believe Where There’s A You, There’s A Way. We look forward to partnering with more organization to bring opportunities into our community as well as leading the fight against poverty!

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UW partnerships: Pathways To Success connecting teens and young men to job opportunities

United Way of the Mid-South is proud to be part of the “My Brother’s Keeper” and Pathways to Success opportunity summit event next Thursday, June 22nd from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The My Brother’s Keeper Alliance national alliance connects African-American, Latino, and other teens and young men (16-29) to job opportunities. The program has been successful in other cities and we know that success in Memphis can create an impact for many people who are living in poverty. You can visit the My Brother’s Keeper website at http://mbkamemphis.com/

The event is at the Cook Convention Center, 255 N Main St, Memphis, TN 38103 and we’re recruiting participants, employers, and volunteers! Visit our page at the Volunteer United engagement center at http://bit.ly/2st2Aoe

Over 650 teens and young men 16-29 years old will have opportunities to interview with employers for on-the-spot hiring (with over 400 job opportunities), access community resources and social services, and participate in career preparation and leadership development training.

We are proud to partner with the City of Memphis, FedEx, the Memphis Grizzlies, the Greater Memphis Chamber, Workforce Investment Network, and other groups on this special opportunity.

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Partnership with WMC TV raises donations for agencies serving victims of storm relief efforts

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Today, United Way of the Mid-South and WMC TV Action News 5 are partnering to raise funds in support of relief efforts due to the storm on May 27. While there were no reported deaths and major injuries, almost 200,000 Memphians were left without electricity causing food to spoil and other inconveniences.

 

A host of volunteers including staff from each organization are spending countless hours taking donations from generous individuals and families. Donors can drop off donations at WMC TV at 1960 Union Avenue until 6 pm. There are other ways to donate as well.

How to donate:

  • Visit http://www.uwmidsouth.org/donatenow to make a donation online
  • Text storm5 to 313131 and receive a link to make a donation online using a credit card or debit card
  • Drop off a gift of cash or check on Tuesday, June 6 at WMC TV 5, 1960 Union Avenue in Memphis, TN. Please make checks out to “United Way of the Mid-South” with the words “storm relief” in the memo section of the check.
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Storm Relief fund supports nonprofits providing help to people impacted by Memorial Day weather disaster

(Memphis, TN Mid-South area)  United Way of the Mid-South and WMC TV 5 are partnering to collect donations for a Storm Relief Fund to help nonprofits providing services to people impacted by storms which ravaged our area over Memorial Day weekend.

The storms left over 188,000 without power, creating a strong demand for services from numerous nonprofit organizations. Power has been restored to many, yet the storms created many immediate and long-term needs that this fund will help address.

How to donate:

  • Visit http://www.uwmidsouth.org/donatenow to make a donation online
  • Text storm5 to 313131 and receive a link to make a donation online using a credit card or debit card
  • Drop off a gift of cash or check on Tuesday, June 6 at WMC TV 5, 1960 Union Avenue in Memphis, TN. Please make checks out to “United Way of the Mid-South” with the words “storm relief” in the memo section of the check.

Donations will be distributed to help nonprofits provide services that assist people impacted by the storms. You can trust your donation will be used to help reputable organizations with high standards of performance.

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Thousands without power in local storm aftermath, United Way partners offering help & information

United Way’s office is open today, but many homes in our neighborhood have been dramatically impacted by the weekend storm which left as many as 188,000 without power Saturday night. Read more about the storms here.

United Way partner agency, the American Red Cross, has opened a shelter at Orange Mound Community Center, 2572 Park Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38114 for people who experienced severe storm damage and have homes that are now uninhabitable. The Red Cross recommends calling 901-636-2525 if you need transportation or have questions. A story about the American Red Cross shelter is available here.

For other storm-related needs, we recommend calling our partners at 2-1-1 (backup number 901.415.2790) during normal business hours. Please check in with elderly or other people in vulnerable situations in your neighborhood if possible. Thanks to your support of United Way, services like these are available during times of crisis. Thanks for giving to United Way throughout the year and helping our friends and neighbors during times of need.

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Save The Date: Employee Campaign Manager (ECM) Summit, June 21

Attention United Way Employee Campaign Managers and Keyworkers! This year’s ECM Summit will be held June 21 at the University Center on the University of Memphis campus. You can register for the ECM Summit here.

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Plaques presented to Organized Labor and Local Government Leaders

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On May 12, Resource Development staffers Reginald Green and Gail Floyd-Tyree delivered and presented plaques of appreciation to leaders in Organized Labor and Local Government including the City of Memphis. These leaders have committed to partnering with United Way of the Mid-South in supporting agencies which serve people who live in poverty. Thank you to these great leaders and organizations. Where there’s a you, there’s a way.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Raised in poverty, Charles Everett works with United Way to improve people’s lives

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“I didn’t have the luxuries then that I have now.” Charles Everett, 55, was 9-years-old when his family moved from Mississippi to Tennessee. His parents were sharecroppers, instilling in their children the value of hard work and humility. Charles didn’t … Continue reading

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Free Tax Prep Program Takes Off Stress with a Smile.

 

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United Way of The Mid-South has partnered with the Internal Revenue Service to help Mid-Southerners file their taxes and receive their full refund with no strings attached. Last year, the Free Tax Prep program brought more than $12 million in refunds to over 8,400 people.

This year, United Way of the Mid-South hopes it has served more residents and brought more refunds to support the Tri-State economy. Although the regular tax season ended April 18, Free Tax Prep volunteers will continue to serve people who need to make file amended taxes or are filing late at our Hickory Ridge Mall Free Tax Prep supersite in May and June. 

“Our volunteers have been working tirelessly this year, staying after hours to help people get what they need,” says Yvonne Howard, Free Tax Prep program coordinator.

Volunteers, who have signed up through their employers or the UWMS website, have gone above and beyond, providing financial advice for greater self-sufficiency or offering a listening ear for those who have had anxiety and fear about filing their taxes.

“I know many people who have just been floored by the great attitudes and generosity of the volunteers,” Bobbie Chambers said after having her taxes filed at one of our mobile library locations.  “If I had the money, I would pay them something. I wish I had the resources to pay them.”

Ms. Chambers was having a hard time finding the time to file her taxes and taking care of her grandson who had fallen ill. She heard about the Free Tax Prep program and decided to give it a try.

“I was not there long and was surprised how fast they took care of me,” said Chambers.

Phelicia Stuckey is a new volunteer to the Free Tax Program. She carries a smile and a heart full of love and laughter to help ease the process for customers.

“I love to help people,” said Stuckey. “I like to make people feel comfortable so I keep candy at my station with a little decor. look forward to doing this again next year.”

Stuckey also files her taxes through the Free Tax Program and wanted to offer her services to UWMS to reciprocate the generosity and service she received.

“This can be a stressful time for people, and I like to help any way I can.”

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United Way Free Tax Prep supersite at Hickory Ridge Mall will help people with continuing tax issues on Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 11 through June 29. People in households with $54,000 or less annual income should bring a picture I.D., W-2 and 1099 forms, a copy of the original tax return to be amended, a social security card for everyone listed on the return, proof of health insurance (if available), Form 1095s, and any letters or transcripts the IRS has sent. The Free Tax Prep supersite cannot prepare K-I’s, Schedule D, Schedule E, or Schedule F. Call 901.433.4364 to schedule an appointment!

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