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Brian Cox is Director of Web Experience at United Way Worldwide.

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How to Make Your New Year’s Resolution Mean Something—Advice from Maya Moore


It’s New Year’s Eve, a time for reflection of the year behind us, and a great moment to look ahead to the future. We spoke with our good friend, the talented WNBA star, Maya Moore, about her plans for 2015 and how she stays on track with resolutions in her efforts to continuously improve herself and the community around her.


Helping Ferguson


United Way of Greater St. Louis has created the Ferguson Fund to support a coordinated approach around community building, mental health needs, basic needs and long-term strategies.



Three Ways to Give to May Tornadoes Relief Fund Recovery Efforts at United Way of Central Oklahoma


OKLAHOMA CITY - The devastating May tornadoes have left most Oklahomans stunned and wondering what they could do to help. United Way of Central Oklahoma advises that monetary donations are the best way to assist. The organization activated its disaster relief fund on Monday where individuals may contribute specifically to the May tornadoes relief and recovery efforts. More

Good Books About How One Person Can Make a Difference


Four book titles about real people who made a difference in their corner of the world. More

The Benefits of Philanthropy


Philanthropy is helping others. If you want to get involved, consider volunteering or donating to a worthy cause or organization like United Way. More

5 Team Building Activities for Adults


Any group of people who work together toward a common goal can be identified as a team. For kids, the idea of teamwork is directly connected to actual teams: soccer, dodgeball, baseball, etc. Team building activities for adults require a little more creativity. Consider the following list for your next family reunion, volunteer event or corporate retreat. More

Lots of Helping Hands Make Communities Stronger


When you're in need, there are volunteers available to help out. All you need to do is ask. More

United Way Extends Condolences, Establishes Fund to Support Newtown, Connecticut


United Way extends our most sincere condolences and prayers to all those families affected by the devastating events in Newtown/Sandy Hook, Connecticut. United Way of Western Connecticut has created the 'Sandy Hook School Support Fund' that will be able to provide support services to the community that has been affected. More

Kindergarten Readiness: Why Is It Important?


The academic success of children in later years depends heavily upon their kindergarten readiness. The first few years of education and preparedness are the most crucial to establishing a solid foundation from which children can adapt to school systems. More

3 Ways To Do Community Service Online


Many people think that doing community service is too time-consuming to fit into their busy schedules. After all, between work, kids and everything else people try to fit into a day, where are the leftover hours for helping others? More

2-1-1 and Hurricane Sandy: Connect to Vital Services and Volunteer Opportunities


Hurricane Sandy has impacted millions of people in thousands of communities along the East Coast and throughout the Northeastern United States this week, and while the worst of the storm has passed, it's not over.

In the face of such devastation, 2-1-1 connects you to critical health and human services. 2-1-1 can also connect you with volunteer opportunities to help others in your community or across the country, even if you are not directly affected.


6 Ways to Advocate Health and Wellness for Toddlers


Young children depend on the guidance of adults. When it comes to health and wellness, day care providers, preschools, and caregivers are the decision makers. Here are six ways parents can be involved with the adults who influence their little ones.


4 Personal Benefits of Volunteering in Your Community


Nonprofit organizations depend on the giving nature of volunteers. But volunteers often reap satisfaction and benefits of volunteering by becoming involved in their communities. Not sure how volunteering can be a personal benefit to you? Here are four reasons to give a little time to a nonprofit organization every week.


VIDEO: 125 Years of United Way


In 1887, a Denver woman, a priest, two ministers and a rabbi recognized the need for cooperative action to address their city’s welfare problems.


VIDEO: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka speaks about United Way



United Way Participates in White House Summit on Community Solutions for Disconnected Youth


Today at the White House, representatives from United Way will participate in the White House Summit on Community Solutions for Disconnected Youth. Tune in for the opening of the Summit, 1:15 – 2:30pm ET. Speakers will include First Lady Michelle Obama (by video) and U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, as well as a discussion on expanding successful cross-sector community collaborations. More

Voices for the Common Good: The World Speaks Out on Opportunity


United Way is excited to release “Voices for the Common Good: The World Speaks Out on Opportunity” – a new report based on more than 120 community conversations in a dozen countries. In these conversations, everyday people from all walks of life talked about their aspirations for their communities, the challenges they see in creating opportunity, and what it will take to make real progress in the areas central to a good life – education, income, and health.


If we can dream it, we can do it.


Space Shuttle Discovery hitched a ride to it's final destination, a museum in Northern Virginia. As it passed by United Way Worldwide's office, I gathered with our staff on the edge of the Potomac River to witness a ceremonial flyover of our Nation's Capitol. I realized then that this moment was the realization of a dream that many thought impossible. More

It Gets Better


Members of the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago staff and friends from the community came together to submit a video for the It Gets Better Project.


Joseph A. Beirne Community Services Award 2012


The Joseph A. Beirne Community Services Award is presented each year to one person in the nation who exemplifies the highest standards in service to others. This singular honor this year is presented to a one-of-a-kind community leader, Bill McCarthy. He has been dedicated to organizing, mobilizing, reaching out to community partners and building coalition to change people’s lives. More

Mobilizing Communities Toward Better Education, Income and Health: Q&A With Brian Gallagher


The NewPublicHealth Blog published an interview with United Way Worldwide's CEO Brian Gallagher on improving communities through mobilization.


United Way Community Listening Project on Disconnected Youth


The White House Council for Community Solutions recently convened a group of nonprofit and corporate leaders to talk about ways to help disconnected youth find employment and education. Nearly 40 United Ways have signed up to host community conversations in February and March around creating opportunities for disconnected youth. More

United Way of New York City and Jay-Z Come Together to Support Youth



Brian Gallagher Speaks at the World Economic Forum in Davos


Brian Gallagher, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Way Worldwide, is captured during the session 'Building Trust' at the Annual Meeting 2012 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, Switzerland, January 27, 2012. More


Happy Holidays!



Give Twice with the Gift Card that Gives Back


United Way Charity

When you buy this Special Edition United Way Gift Card between 10/22/2009 and 10/31/2012, American Express will donate 100% of the Gift Card fee to United Way to help the common good through education, income, and health programs.



United Way Leaders Join Together for The Harwood Public Innovators Lab


United Way CEO?s, staff and community leaders are coming together for the Harwood Public Innovators Lab, a two and a half day event at the Mary M. Gates Learning Center in Alexandria, Virginia,learning to co-create a brighter future for the community. More

Exclusive Vikings Tickets for United Way Supporters


Vikings home games to benefit United Way . . . More

Watch the Opportunity Nation Summit


United Way Worldwide is a partner in Opportunity Nation, a national campaign to mobilize business leaders, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, faith communities, and citizens to create innovative policies and programs that promote opportunity and economic mobility in the United States.



Mary M. Gates Learning Center Celebrates One Year


United Way celebrates Mary M. Gates Learning Center's first birthday. More

United Way Advocates Take to Capitol Hill


The United Way Worldwide Public Policy team invited United Way staff from across the country to gather in Washington, DC for a day-long advocacy training and Capitol Hill Day. More


United Way to Hold an Orientation Webcast for Volunteer Readers, Tutors and Mentors


On October 4th, United Way Worldwide will host a live webcast to help volunteer readers, tutors and mentors get started helping kids succeed. More

LIVE UNITED and get a chance to win free airfare!


See how you can enter the LIVE UNITED sweepstakes for a chance for two round-trip tickets. More

GE Appliance Sale to Benefit United Way


We all have a stake in creating a healthy, prosperous community and GE has found a way for us all to work with them to generate funds for United Way. More

Community Services Network Kicks Off United Way Campaign


Across the country, union members’ are demonstrating strong support for United Way More

United Way stands with the families affected by tornadoes


United Way Worldwide offers its deepest sympathy to the people affected by the spring storms and tornadoes that caused wide-spread destruction across several states from April 26-28. More

Getting Started


Volunteers who read to children and who listen to children read can play an important role in the succes of our communities by having a direct impact on the academic success of our children.


Voices for the Common Good: America Speaks Out on Education


Today, United Way is proud to release "Voices for the Common Good: America Speaks Out on Education." More