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United Way Costa Rica Food Bank

Asociación Empresarial para el Desarrollo, United Way in Costa Rica, works with 13 community partners and individuals to deliver food to high-need organizations in the community through the Banco de Alimentos (Food Bank). The Food Bank partnership underwent strategic and financial development in 2011. Through the partnership, more than five tons of food per week is delivered to 5,000 individuals in centers that provide care for senior citizens, infants, individuals undergoing drug rehabilitation, pregnant teen girls, orphans and indigenous people.

SKC Plants Seeds for the Future in Korea

In celebration of Arbor Day in 2012, Community Chest of Korea (United Way in Korea) partnered with SKC, a multi-national polyester film company. SKC employees participated in a stream beautification project with Suwon residents, planting nearly 5,800 evergreen, deciduous trees and flower shrubs around Seoho Stream. This is one of many volunteer projects President Choi Shin-won and SKC employees have participated in through their partnership with the Community Chest of Korea.

LCVS | United Way Launches Education Impact Initiative

Thrive at 5 is the first education impact program of Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services (LCVS), the United Way in Liverpool, United Kingdom. The program promotes reading and the love of learning with pre-school children and their families. Based on Success By 6 in the United States, LCVS | United Way developed a partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to replicate and adapt the program in the United Kingdom, specifically in Liverpool.

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.

United Way Mumbai Day of Action

United Way Mumbai Helpline focuses on civic, environmental and disaster preparedness issues. On June 21, United Way Day of Action, over 150 volunteer college students and school children joined hands with United Way Mumbai Helpline staff and carried out awareness drives focusing on environmental issues including maintaining cleanliness at three major railway stations throughout Mumbai in partnership with Western Railway authorities. All three stations receive extensive foot traffic throughout the day, and there is considerable pressure on the local environment as a result.

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.

Flying Challenge: Take-off For A Successful Life

United Way Tocqueville France and Airbus Corporate Foundation launched a pilot project to support underserved middle school students at a Toulouse, France middle school through strong mentoring and tutoring relationships. The pilot equips youth with the skills to tackle challenges in school, work and life in order to achieve their full potential, as well as develop leadership skills for both college and middle school students. Mentors and tutors support youth through school difficulties and offer guidance for future success through an academic and professional approach.

Rock Stars in Nashville

It’s hard to think of an academic as a rock star, but that’s how Mark Kramer, Co-Founder and Managing Director of FSG, 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).

Spirit of America Award

In celebration of its 125th anniversary, United Way Worldwide recognized Procter & Gamble (P&G) with the 2012 Spirit of America award for philanthropy, volunteer efforts and community impact.