UNITED WAY OF THE MID-SOUTH’s MISSION IS TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR MID-SOUTHERNERS BY MOBILIZING AND ALIGNING COMMUNITY RESOURCES TO ADDRESS PRIORITY ISSUES.
We are located in United Way Plaza in the heart of Memphis, TN at 1005 Tillman Street. The building was generously donated to us in 2015 by Georgia Pacific.
In 2016, Rev. Kenneth S. Robinson, M.D., President and CEO of United Way of the Mid-South announced the organization’s top priority is addressing Mid-South poverty. United Way’s work in education, financial stability, and health brings about positive changes on local poverty and we align our funding, initiatives, partnerships, and programs in ways that help more people escape poverty.
Founded in 1923, United Way of the Mid-South serves the people of Crittenden County in AR; DeSoto, Tate and Tunica counties in MS; and Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby and Tipton counties in TN. Collectively, this region is often called “the greater Memphis, TN metro area.”
Your gifts to United Way of the Mid-South are invested in nonprofit programs that are improving education, income stability and health in these counties. The decisions about where to use your donation are made by people who live in the individual counties, who know the county’s needs and the resources available to make the greatest impact on local lives.
DRIVING THE DREAM
Driving The Dream is United Way’s new, innovative approach to providing people in poverty with guidance, help, and a map of services they help create so they can take the proper steps at the right times to escape poverty and live the life of their dreams.
The area’s battle against poverty cannot be won by a single individual, organization, or sector. United Way uses our unique position at the intersection of numerous sectors including volunteers, nonprofits, collaborations, businesses, organized labor, academia, faith-based organizations, and other groups to create positive changes and help more people escape generational poverty.
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United Way of the Mid-South has served the people of our area for over 90 years, under several different names. Times and names have changed, yet our work has been the same – bringing people’s time, talents, and treasure together so citizens in need can enjoy a better quality of life, making the Mid-South an even better place for all.
1923 Founded with borrowed funds, The Memphis Community Fund developed a system of collective fundraising and generated over $480,000 for 21 participating nonprofit agencies.
1940’s During World War II, upon the recommendation of President Roosevelt’s War Relief Board, the organization merged with wartime appeals for a united fundraising campaign as The Memphis and Shelby County War and Welfare Fund, Inc. After the war, the name Memphis Community Fund returned for a short time.
United Way of the Mid-South has completed the most recent United Way Worldwide membership requirements and is recognized as a partner in the United Way network of care.
United Way of the Mid-South
1005 Tillman Street
Memphis, TN 38112