United Way’s office is closed for Independence Day, July 4

Our office and building are closed Tuesday, July 4, 2017 for Independence Day.

We hope you have a safe and enjoyable holiday! We will reopen Wednesday, July 5, 2017 for normal operations. Thank you.

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Making a difference: Campaign Representatives

During our busy resource development season, United Way is only able to achieve great results keep our overhead low because of people and organizations helping our Campaign Representative Program.

Campaign Representatives work alongside the United Way staff to generate critical resources for our nonprofit community. They become essential leaders in United Way’s work to raise more than $19 million so we can make positive impacts on local education, financial stability, and health.

To learn how your organization can provide an employee as a United Way Campaign Representative or sponsor full-time and/or part-time Campaign Representatives, see our information brochure.

Participants in the Campaign Representative program engage our community through group volunteer projects, tours of partner organizations, meetings, and by speaking with various audiences about United Way of the Mid-South’s work to help more people escape generational poverty.

The program emphasizes networking and mentorship. From building relationships with key corporate contacts to making presentations before different audiences, people in the Campaign Representative program expand their professional networks and gain skills to help them advance in their careers.

Posted in Campaign Representatives / Loaned Executives, Fund Raising, LEAA - Loaned Executives Alumni Association |

United Way accepting Citizen Storm Assistance program applications

United Way of the Mid-South is accepting applications for the Citizen Storm Assistance Program through July 31, 2017. Applications may be submitted on-line or in person at community application sites. Call 2-1-1 to get an up-to-date schedule of application sites.

The Citizen Storm Assistance Program was established by the City of Memphis to assist with the removal and disposal of large downed trees on the property of our low-income residents resulting from the large thunderstorm that hit Memphis on Saturday, May 27, 2017.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be the owner and occupant of the home
  • Have income less than $30,500.00 per year

If the application is approved, the City of Memphis will arrange for trees on the property to be removed. Click here to access the online application (the application will open in another tab).

Posted in Disaster, Information Resources, News |

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.

Posted in Events, Income / Financial Stability, Poverty, Volunteers |

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.
Posted in Disaster, Events, Fund Raising, Uncategorized |

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.

Posted in Disaster, Events, Fund Raising, News |

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.

Posted in Fund Raising |