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Jesse Marcus is the Storyteller at United Way Worldwide. He joined United Way in May 2013 and is responsible for sharing the success stories of communities that come together to focus on education, income and health – and create real and lasting change as a result.

Blog Posts by Jesse Marcus

Meet the Women Shaping the Future of Philanthropy

A Conversation with Ann Stallard and Dr. Johnnetta B. ColeIt’s the ultimate women’s fireside chat – inspiring, funny, informative and provocative. Listen in on a candid dialogue between two women who have been pioneers in civic life, work and United Way’s mission of community change. 

Why World Toilet Day Matters

The world is a complicated place, and it takes comprehensive solutions to drive lasting change. We’re seeing that kind of change improving lives in places like West Bengal, India, where something as simple as clean, working bathrooms in schools are empowering young women and opening more doors to economic opportunity. 

Mumbai Millennials Move Mountains

Mumbai is a city of nearly 20 million people. As the center of India’s financial and entertainment industries, as well as the location for some of Asia’s largest slums, it is a city divided between haves and have-nots. It is also the home of Sumaiya Selot, a passionate student who, along with more than 9,000 other college youth, public health personnel and community members, has taken on one of India’s greatest challenges: the epidemic of Hepatitis B. 

Thank You and Happy Birthday, Dr. Salk!

The inventor of the polio vaccine didn’t care about being famous, and neither do the millions of people who wake up everyday dedicated to making their community a place of opportunity for everyone.

Beyond Pink Ribbons: Shifting the Conversation from Awareness to Access

You know it’s October, because suddenly pink ribbons are everywhere, people are biking and running and making calls to raise awareness about breast cancer, and talking heads and celebrity spokespeople are doing their part to spread the word.This year, however, I humbly suggest that we broaden the discussion, because awareness is not enough. If we really want to trumpet the importance of detecting breast cancer early on, then we also have to address the fact that too many people still don’t have access to potentially life-saving preventive medicine. 

3 Ways You Can Help Prevent Suicide in Your Community

September is Suicide Awareness Month, an opportunity to talk about ways we can save more of the nearly 40,000 people who end their lives every year. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people ages 12-18. And among veterans the suicide rate has been on the rise in recent years. But suicide is also highly preventable and we all can be part of the solution in our communities. In fact, it’s already happening in big cities and small towns around America.

Want to see what lasting change looks like?

Meet Jamie.  Use United Way’s new interactive infographic to follow Jamie on his path to success in school, work and life. Click on formative moments in his life to see real-life examples of how people are coming together to make a difference.  Not just in the lives of kids like Jamie, but also in the communities where kids like Jamie live, work and play.

A Story About Education…or Is It?

Change has come to Pamdu, a close-knit community in southern Ghana.Our story begins with 16-year old Suleiman Ibrahaim, a young man who is no longer missing classes at school. What accounts for his improved attendance rate? It’s not a new school. It’s not better teachers. It’s actually something as simple as water.