Photo Gallery: Christmas spirit at work in United Way’s partnership with Organized Labor

LaborAndUWlogoLate last week, labor union members from the Mid-South helped assemble and distribute holiday food boxes from the Memphis AFSCME headquarters. United Way resources helped make the distribution effort possible.

Senior Vice President of Community Engagement and Alignment Regina Walker was on hand and snapped photos of the volunteer effort to assemble and deliver the boxes. Helping the drive were United Way of the Mid-South board members Irvin Calliste, President of the Memphis AFL-CIO Labor Council and Paul Shaffer, Business Manager of IBEW Local 474. United Way Labor Liason Director Casel Jones was also involved in the effort. Our thanks to the great men and women in Organized Labor for their help with this worthy project. (Click on any photo below to see the image in a larger size.)

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Happy holidays! Our office is closed today and tomorrow.

snowflakeUnited Way of the Mid-South’s office is closed Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25 for Christmas.

We are thankful for your support of our United Way network of care throughout the entire year! Your gifts of time, money and other resources make a huge difference in people’s lives every day. Happy holidays!

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Quick photos: United Way staff members volunteering during the holidays

Members of the United Way Community Impact staff were active at Memphis Goodwill Homes yesterday serving lunch and participating in the nonprofit’s Christmas program.


From left: Janet Haas, Tehrian Martin, Letitia Robertson, Nidia Logan, Ashley Washington and Yvonne Howard from United Way served as volunteers at Memphis Goodwill Homes yesterday.

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Cute animated “happy holidays” video from United Way

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United Way sponsors conference to help employers respond to domestic violence among employees, January 24, 2014

Click on the image above from last year’s campaign to learn more about the United Way network’s efforts to reduce domestic violence in the Mid-South (11″ x 17″ Adobe Acrobat PDF document will download upon clicking)

United Way of the Mid-South’s network of partners works to reduce domestic violence in our community in many ways, including the use of education and awareness efforts.

Domestic violence isn’t a “private matter” that stays in a person’s home when they go to work. In fact, it is possible for domestic violence to become workplace violence, and it also impacts an organization’s medical and mental health costs.

In January, United Way is sponsoring a workshop to help organizations and human resources professionals properly recognize, respond and refer people who are experiencing domestic violence. For more information, download a Microsoft Word document from the Memphis Area Women’s Council with full details.

The Violence at Home, Victims at Work / Employers Confront Domestic Violence conference will be held on Friday, January 24 at The Urban Child Institute (600 Jefferson Avenue, Memphis, TN) from 7:30 a.m. until noon. You can register online here (this will take you to the Memphis Women’s Council website).

Organizations that participated in the conference in 2013 include Memphis and Shelby County Government officials, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Baptist Memorial Health Care, Tennessee Board of Pardons and Parole, Juvenile Court, Clarion Security, Cummins Mid-South, MIFA, Brother Industries, Medtronic, Buckman and First Bank.

Posted in Crime, Education, Events, Health, Improving health for adults & seniors, Information Resources, News, Strengthening families and neighborhoods

New flyer encouraging people to WAIT! and use the Free Tax Prep program available in English, Spanish

Free Tax Prep program flyers in English and SpanishA new flyer encouraging people to wait to file tax returns so they can use United Way’s Free Tax Prep program is now available in both English and Spanish languages.

Many people may get their last paycheck in December and use the information on their pay stub with a paid tax preparer to file their taxes, hoping to get their returns faster or signing up for a quick tax refund anticipation loan. In the end, this reduces the amount of money a person will receive from their refund. This new flyer encourages people to wait and use United Way’s Free Tax Prep program, which does not charge for preparing and filing taxes, and uses free and quick e-filing to speed up the process, making sure the filer receives the full amount of their refund.

The flyer is available as a 8.5″ x 11″  downloadable Adobe Acrobat PDF document with both language versions. When cut, each flyer is 4.25″ x 11″.

Our thanks to United Way volunteer Jose L. Cruz for his help with the translation into Spanish. Click on the image above to download the flyer and use your color printer to share the news with our community.

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United Way staff member featured in Commercial Appeal promotion


East Memphis, Bartlett and Germantown, TN can see United Way Communications V.P. Dave Skorupa in the Sports section of The Commercial Appeal today, sharing insights about using the newspaper’s app in an announcement.

“I’ve used the paper’s app as one of my key resources for local news for awhile now. During a recent conversation with The Commercial Appeal’s marketing director, I mentioned some things I liked about the convenience of having the newspaper app on my tablet. He suggested the idea of the ad. It’s a nice way to bring attention to both of our organizations,” Skorupa said.

“The Commercial Appeal is one of United Way’s most generous supporters, both in employee giving and in spreading United Way’s messages through donated space. We simply cannot afford to purchase ad space for our messages, and they are an important part of our information campaign. In addition, many of the paper’s staff give of their time as active United Way volunteers and leaders, including President and Publisher George Cogswell,” Skorupa said.

United Way information messages have been featured in Sunday editions of the paper since September and will continue to appear through the end of the year, thanks to the generosity of The Commercial Appeal.

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