Faces of Poverty

“I make sure I’m grounded by that experience of growing up in poverty.”

~ Charles

Where there's a you, there's a way

Faces of Poverty

“We did not speak English nor did we have housing.”

~ Ellen

Where there's a you, there's a way

Faces of Poverty

“The conditions were terrifying.”

~ Nat

Where there's a you, there's a way

Faces of Poverty

“All he wanted to do was read and complete a crossword puzzle.”

~ LJ

Where there's a you, there's a way

Faces of Poverty

“But there’s hope. There’s a silver lining around every cloud.”

~ Tonya

Where there's a you, there's a way

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Faces of Poverty

“I make sure I’m grounded by that experience of growing up in poverty.”

~ Charles

Where there's a you, there's a way

Faces of Poverty

“We did not speak English nor did we have housing.”

~ Ellen

Where there's a you, there's a way

Faces of Poverty

“The conditions were terrifying.”

~ Nat

Where there's a you, there's a way

Faces of Poverty

“All he wanted to do was read and complete a crossword puzzle.”

~ LJ

Where there's a you, there's a way

Faces of Poverty

“But there’s hope. There’s a silver lining around every cloud.”

~ Tonya

Where there's a you, there's a way

MOVING PEOPLE FROM WHERE THEY ARE, TO WHERE THEY DREAM TO BE!

COVID-19

COVID-19 Economic Relief Fund As our community begins to feel the effects of the COVID-19 crisis impacting our country, our United Way is taking action, and has launched the United Way of the Mid-South COVID-19 Economic Relief Fund. This Fund will offer the community...

United Way of the Mid-South to Offer Alternative Free Tax Prep Services

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, services will consolidate into a low-risk Drive-Thru Drop-Off service.  MEMPHIS, TN – In consideration of the health and well-being of tax preparers, volunteers and tax filers seeking help with their tax returns, United Way of the...

Make less than $56,000? Free Tax Prep lives up to its name

By Tom Bailey Updated: January 29, 2020 5:50 PM CT | Published: January 29, 2020 4:05 AM CT Retiree James Blackledge was among 10 people waiting outside in the Southland Mall corridor Tuesday morning, Jan. 28, when Free Tax Prep opened. This is where he’s come the...

WKNO Conversation with Dr. Kenneth Robinson

The United Way of the Mid-South has served our region for nearly 100 years. And its president & CEO Dr. Kenneth Robinson, has helped focus its mission with the 'Driving The Dream" initiative, a multi-agency approach taking aim at poverty. Join us for A...

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of people in the City of Memphis live in poverty

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of children under 18 in Memphis live in poverty

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of people in Shelby County live in poverty

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of children under 18 in Shelby County live in poverty

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of people in our AR, MS, TN metro area live in poverty

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of children under 18 in our AR, MS, TN metro area live in poverty

The US average for people living in poverty is 13.4%. The 2018 Update of the Memphis Poverty Fact Sheet, Produced Annually by Dr. Elena Delavega of the School of Social Work at the University of Memphis. Data from the 2017 American Community Survey Released in September 2018.

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United Way of the Mid-South Free Tax Prep begins Extended Season

After a successful shift in operations during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect the safety and well-being of volunteers, staff and participants, United Way of the Mid-South’s Free Tax Prep is continuing their Drive-Thru Drop-Off tax preparation for the extended season....

15 Games to Play at Home with Kids, Ages 3-5

United Way of the Mid-South invests in quality early childhood education programs in our community. We provide tools and resources that teach parents and caregivers facts and best practices for different ages and stages of a young child’s life. From engagement ideas...

COVID-19 Update from Dr. Kenneth S. Robinson

United Way of the Mid-South’s top priority is the well-being of our community. Our commitment to improve the quality of life for Mid-Southerners by mobilizing and aligning community resources to address priority issues has not wavered during this time of uncertainty...

Three Resolutions for 2020

As we enter the new year, many people have resolutions on their mind. A resolution can be any decision you make to change your life for the better in the coming year. Not all resolutions have to focus on weight loss. At United Way of the Mid-South, our resolution...

Trunk or Treat

5th Annual "Trunk or Treat on Tillman Street” Fall Festival is a safe, family-friendly event hosted by United Way of the Mid-South. This event provides free flu shots, community resources, meals, and a safe and fun way for families to enjoy Halloween. Come join us for...

Feast of Dreams Dinner Party

Feast of Dreams is an informal dinner party during which an exchange of perspectives, ideas, and imagination is shared between people who normally wouldn’t have an opportunity to meet. Attendees are given the freedom to start re-imagining what the future could look...

National Good Neighbor Day

On this National Good Neighbor Day, we are highlighting one of our campaign reps who serendipitously started a new friendship with one of our Heights neighbors.

Three Easy Ways to Gain Financial Stability

Financial stability is one of the key pillars to United Way’s mission of advancing people from poverty to prosperity. United Way of the Mid-South works to put people in our community on a path toward financial empowerment by providing access to services, job training, credit counseling and money management programs