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Tracey Holmes

By Tracey Holmes


You think you know a guy

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Team NFL Captain Nnamdi Asomugha (Philadelphia Eagles) with Dylan Selberg at the United Way Youth Empowerment Summit with TEAM NFL.

It is human nature to generalize, stereotype, define people based on our own experiences to date. But every once in a while, people surprise you in ways that blow your expectations out the window and your aspirations to the moon. More

07/05/12

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Lindsay Torrico

By Lindsay Torrico


United Way and Team NFL Go to Capitol Hill

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Team NFL and participants of the United Way Youth Empowerment Summit pose for a photo in front of the U.S. Capitol -- tweeting together about the impact they are making in their own communities.

In celebration of United Way Day of Action, 19 NFL players, United Way professionals and high-achieving youth from challenged high schools flocked to Capitol Hill on Thursday, June 21. The NFL players, students and United Way staff gathered on the steps of the Capitol for an historic photo and to participate in “The Big Tweet,” a social media campaign encouraging individuals to share how they are making a difference in their community. Each of the NFL players met with their U.S. Senators and congress member from the U.S. House of Representatives. They shared about the importance of mentors in the life of a child and asked their Member of Congress to join United Way’s initiative to recruit one million readers, tutors and mentors for young people. These players have pledged to find 3,000 volunteers who will help cut the dropout rate in half by 2018. More

06/25/12

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Doug Taylor

By Doug Taylor


Rock Stars in Nashville

It’s hard to think of an academic as a rock star, but that’s how Mark Kramer was received at the United Way Community Leaders Conference in Nashville in early May 2012. Perhaps it was because we were in the U.S. County Music Capital (Dolly Parton made an appearance as well, but that’s another story altogether).

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05/18/12

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Linda Paulson

By Linda Paulson


United Way Women’s Leadership Council on the Hill: Raising Our Voice for Early Grade Reading

Last month, United Way Women’s Leadership Council played a pivotal role in a Congressional Literacy Briefing organized by our education partners. More

05/10/12

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Brian Cox

By Brian Cox


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.

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05/08/12

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