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Jason Bethke

Jason Bethke

Jason Bethke is the Manager of Online Marketing at United Way Worldwide

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Be a Great Summer Volunteer: 5 Tips for First-Timers


What are you doing this summer? If it's your first year as a summer volunteer, you may have a lot to learn. To do a good job and make a great impression, follow these tips. More

Community Service Ideas to Help the Environment


It can be hard to come up with good community service ideas to help the environment. Here are a few healthy ideas to get you started. More

6 Ways to Contribute to the Community


Giving doesn't always mean digging deep into the bank account. Contribute by donating time, talents, and spare change. More

Community Success Defined by Educational Progress


Community success may be defined by the progress its children make through the educational system. More

A Savings Calculator Can Improve Savings


A savings calculator can help families save for future expenditures, such as unexpected hospital bills and college educations. More

Tips for Living a Healthy Lifestyle


Living a healthy lifestyle is a great way to share your time and talents in the community where you live. More

United Way of Central Arkansas Establishes Fund for Recovery and Rebuilding


Find out how you can support tornado recovery and rebuilding efforts in Arkansas. More

The Power of Community Involvement


As an active champion of community involvement, you are the primary force of advocacy, positive change, and common good your region deserves. More

Healthy Living Tips: Boosting Fitness as a Family


Parents who exercise with their kids give them the building blocks for healthy living. More

3 Healthy Dinner Recipes Kids Will Love


Is dinnertime a struggle? Try these four healthy dinner recipes this week. The kids will gobble down these classics without knowing how many vegetables they've actually eaten. It's a win-win for parents. More

How Community Activities Benefit Families


When the weekend approaches, it's fun to see what community activities fill the calendar. But supporting these events goes far beyond enjoying an engaging afternoon with the family. More

Tutoring 101: What Tutors Do


Tutoring goes beyond assisting a child with homework assignments. If you're interested in helping children get more out of their education and have a solid foundation for future learning, being a tutor is a great volunteer opportunity. Here's a peek inside the job of a tutor. More

Help Families Create a Savings Plan for Financial Security


A savings plan can help low-income families to budget for Christmas, large purchases, and even unseen emergencies. More

Most Diets That Work Aren’t Diets


Diets based on tricks to lose weight are less effective than lifestyle changes aimed at improving health. More

5 Ways to Recruit Volunteers from Colleges


Need some extra helping hands? Turn to the local colleges for eager volunteers. More

BE-BOUND to partner with United Way FRANCE to help reconstruction efforts in the Philippines


As a first step into social and humanitarian engagement, Be-Bound* is partnering with United Way to contribute to the reconstruction efforts in the Philippines following the Haiyan typhoon. More

Give a Gift That Gives Back This Holiday Season


United Way and its partners are offering alternative holiday gift ideas and other great ways to give back this holiday season. More

United Way and Airbus Corporate Foundation Expand Partnership to Madrid


United Way recently launched its first program in Madrid, Spain in collaboration with the Airbus Corporate Foundation. Working in the predominately industrial area of Getafe to the south of Madrid, the Airbus Flying Challenge program is engaging with 109 middle school students to help them take control of their lives and their future while reinforcing the importance of completing their high school education. More

Heart of Illinois United Way Supporting Tornado Relief


The tornadoes that went through central Illinois this weekend have left many families and individuals wondering where they can go for help and other residents wondering how they can help those in need. The Heart of Illinois United Way's Tornado Relief Fund and the Heart of Illinois 2-1-1 call center are ready to help. More

December 3 is GivingTuesday. How will you give back?


Did you know that about a quarter of all donations to charities are given during December? More

Recovery in the Philippines


In aftermath of the recent typhoons, there is something you can do to rebuild lives and communities in the Philippines. More


Happy Veterans Day


“You’ll have to turn around,” the military guard said, as he handed the expired ID back to me. It hadn’t crossed my mind that this year’s birthday meant I was no longer allowed on base. For 26 years, my father served. For 18 years, I had grown up an “Army brat.” More

From Dropout to Valedictorian


A mentor can mean the difference between success and failure – or the difference between a dropout and a valedictorian. More

October is Get Smart About Credit Month


The American Bankers Association Get Smart About Credit Month is a national educational campaign of volunteer bankers who work with young people to raise awareness about using credit wisely. More

Tips on Healthy Eating for Kids


Picky eater at home? To help your family develop the proper lifelong dietary habits, here are a few suggested ways to encourage healthy eating for kids. More

Promoting Reading Skills in Children


Encouraging a love of the written word is an important part of any child's education. With the constant distraction of video games, Internet, and television, it is important to make time to promote literacy among children. More

Five Steps to Improved Physical Health


Five simple tips to improve health that almost every family can implement immediately. More

Saving Money on Back-to-School Supplies


Getting the kids ready for school doesn't have to drain your bank account. By shopping throughout the year for school supplies, you can learn how to save money in no time. Here's how! More

Get the Benefits of Healthy Eating on a Budget


Use these tips to create inexpensive and healthy meals at home. More

Parent Involvement in Schools: Tips for Busy Parents


Parental involvement in schools leads to academic success, and even the busiest parents can make a difference. More

Ford donates $150k to United Way for Oklahoma tornado recovery


Ford Motor Company generously donated $400,000 for Oklahoma tornado relief, including $150,000 from Oklahoma Ford Dealers to United Way of Central Oklahoma. More

Communicating with Teachers


Become an advocate for your child's education by creating positive relationships with teachers. More

Environmental Sustainability at Home


Here are a number of steps you can take to promote environmental sustainability at home. The best part is that most of them only involve a few minor changes to your lifestyle. More



UWW’s U.S.A. Board of Trustees approves Ms. Patty Rose, Secretary-Treasurer, Pierce County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, as the 2013 recipient of the Joseph A. Beirne Community Services Award. More

2012 United Way Women in Philanthropy Award


On March 15th, 2013, nearly 300 women from all over the world gathered at the United Way Women’s Leadership Summit in Charleston, SC where Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole and Ann Stallard were honored as recipients of the United Way Women in Philanthropy award. More

UPS Delivers for Communities For 30+ years


UPS is one of United Way’s top Global Corporate Leaders. Over 30 years, UPS has raised more than $1 billion in charitable giving. More

Diet Plans for Women: 3 Basic Nutrients


Diet plans for women aren't only for losing weight; they are effective strategies for the consumption necessary nutrients, having optimum control over the body's consumption of processed and harmful foods, and maintaining a consistent budget that is easy More

Reflections: My Week on the Hill


Naomi L. Adler, Esq., President and CEO at United Way of Westchester and Putnam, recounts her experience at the State of the Union address and her time on Capitol Hill with United Way CEO's from across the country. More

Community Service for Kids


It's never too early to start teaching your kids the value of community service. Getting involved in volunteering at a young age can set a life-long pattern of advancing the common good. More

Beware: 6 Healthy Diet Foods that Aren’t So Healthy


Eating healthy isn't as simple as reaching for a box of granola bars. Check out this list of diet foods that really aren't that friendly to your waistline. More

State of the Union Poll Results Are In!


Thank you to everyone who participated in our State of the Union Facebook poll. We agree that education is critical to our nation’s future! That’s why United Way has been working to get laser-focused on a few education strategies that we can execute on forcefully, at the national, state and local level. More

An Opportunity can Change a Life


"It was the summer after sixth grade at PS 20 in Brooklyn, New York that I was given an opportunity that changed the trajectory of my life." - Ayeola Fortune More

4 Sustainable Community Volunteer Activities


Support the economy by volunteering locally. A sustainable community is possible when everyone visits local small businesses and non-profit groups. More

What to Donate to a Thrift Store


Are you in the giving spirit, but your wallet is a little thin? Giving gently-used household items and clothing to a thrift store is a great way to give back to your community. More

Diet Plans: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly


The world is rife with diet plans that are actually scams, but there is also a lot of misinformation out there. Here are some clues that a plan is not going to work. More

Promoting Health and Nutrition in Schools


As health and nutrition are becoming more important factors in determining the foods cafeterias offer, communities can integrate with United Way campaigns that are aimed to provide more accessible options for healthy eating in schools and educate children on the importance of proper nutrition. More

Can Meal Planning Help Your Budget?


Entering a grocery store without a plan of attack can cause the household budget to skyrocket. You may be surprised how a little weekly meal planning will have you leaving the grocery store with more savings and healthier food. More

6 Simple Tips for Healthy Living


Living a healthy life doesn't need to be complicated. Here are six simple tips for healthy living that apply to kids and adults alike. More

6 Ways to Support a Cause You Love


Are you passionate about a local cause or movement? Go beyond sharing your views with your friends. Roll up your sleeves, get involved, and support a cause today! More

Team NFL Players Inspire Local Kids


Team NFL players are serving as role models for kids in their local cities. Recently, George Wilson and Glover Quin appeared at reading events, inspiring students in their area. More

3 Types of Nonmonetary Donations to Give Today


Local nonprofit organizations change lives daily. From therapeutic horseback riding centers to after-school reading programs for children, these opportunities thrive on donations. But giving doesn't have to be monetary. Here are three money-free ways to support local programming. More

Don’t Eliminate the Charitable Tax Deduction


By Brian Gallagher, Larry Snyder via - "Congress and the Obama administration must recognize how important the nonprofit sector is." More

United Way Partners on New Smartphone App


United Way has partnered with Ibotta, Inc. on a new app that will allow consumers to transfer cash rewards to United Way that are earned on Ibotta’s mobile application. More

Professional Excellence Attributed to Childhood Mentors


Crediting mentors and tutors on helping them achieve success, Olympian Dawn Harper and St. Louis Rams and Pro-bowler Quintin Mikell addressed the student body at Soldan International Studies High School on the importance of education and asking for help. More



Michigan native singer and songwriter, Kid Rock is teaming up with United Way and the National Football League for the 14th annual NFL & United Way Thanksgiving Halftime Show during the first game of the NFL’s tripleheader when the Detroit Lions host the Houston Texans on Thursday, November 22 at 12:30 PM ET on CBS. More

How to Eat Healthy, Feel Better, and Look Great!


Eating well, feeling great, and looking your best is all connected. After all, "we are what we eat." Learning how to eat healthy involves breathing clean air and drinking pure water, but the spotlight is really on how we get the proteins, fats, and carbs that shape our bodies and make us strong. More

United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund


With leadership from United Way of New York City, United Ways along the Eastern Seaboard have established the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund to address near-term and long-term recovery needs of communities most affected by the hurricane. Contributions to the Fund will be used by United Ways along the Eastern Seaboard to address recovery needs in communities that FEMA has declared disaster areas. We give our sincere thanks to United Way of New York City who will manage the regional fund.




This goes out to the United Way volunteers and staff all around the world—BIG THANKS for going the extra mile and for mobilizing millions upon millions of people and organizations for the common good. More



As the 125th year of the United Way movement draws to a close, we’re sending messages of thanks to the millions of people and organizations around the world who have joined with others to advance the common good. United Way was built on the idea that we all win when children succeed in school, when families are stable and people have good health. More

Health and Nutrition Tips for Vegetarian Kids


Vegetarian households need to pay extra attention to the youngest family members.

Although children have no problem eating carrots and celery sticks, they still need to maintain a balanced health and nutrition plan to keep their protein levels within a safe range. Here's how to add extra protein to a child's vegetarian diet. More

Parents and Education: Career Day in Preschools and Kindergarten


Parents and education go hand-in-hand. Guardians and teachers should work together to educate children at home and at school. When parents actively participate at school, they act as good role models for their child and others.


Dominique Dawes: Helping Today’s Youth Realize Their Passion


By Jessica Badger, Manager of Learning and Conferencing, United Way Worldwide

During the afternoon of the United Way Worldwide Out-of-School Time Summit Sponsored by JCPenny, leaders in education and partners from across the country heard from Dominique Dawes, speaker and member of the 1996 Olympic Game's “Magnificent Seven” gold medal women’s gymnastics team.


United Way Team NFL Youth Empowerment Summit 2012


For more information on the 2012 United Way Team NFL Youth Empowerment Summit, Click Here.


In-School Success from Out-Of-School Activity


By Ayeola Fortune, Education Team, United Way Worldwide

For most students, school has come back with a vengeance for about a month now and for many of them and their parents, it feels like summer never happened, or has receded into the far away past.  But let’s not kid ourselves; the lasting consequences of summer are with us. 


Engagement, Mobilization and Impact


The work that United Way is doing is invaluable” Mayor Julian Castro, San Antonio Texas

San Antonio Mayor, Julian Castro addressed United Way’s Early Grade Reading Mobilization Leaders on Thursday.


Have You Met Alice?


By John B. Franklin, CEO of United Way of Northern New Jersey

Some years ago, as the Executive Director of the Community Soup Kitchen in Morristown, New Jersey, I spent my days getting to know many who had hit rock-bottom. I gained great sympathy for these individuals who were homeless and destitute. The more I got to know them, the more I learned.




United Way Worldwide today announced the appointment of Stacey D. Stewart as President of United Way U.S.A. – a newly created position that reflects the organization’s commitment to its U.S. network of more than 1,200 local members. Stewart’s appointment is effective October 15. More

Become an American Graduate Champion, Volunteer


Kids need more than homework help to get through school successfully. Students only spend 20% of their waking hours in the classroom, so helping them succeed must come from outside. PBS and United Way are teamed up for American Graduate Day to bring a volunteer community into the other %80. More