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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


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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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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


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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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Sarah Butler

By Sarah Butler

Join us on May 12 to “Stamp Out Hunger”

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For the nineteenth year, United Way will partner with the NALC National Food Drive scheduled for Saturday, May 12. Join us in “Stamping Out Hunger” by promoting this drive and encouraging your company’s participation and support. More


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