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Reflections from Alternative Spring Break - Biloxi, MS

Nearly two-dozen college students are in South Mississippi this week as part of United Way’s Alternative Spring Break Program. They came to provide families and individuals with opportunities for a better life, here is a story from one of the participants.

The Volunteer Spirit in the Digital Age

When disaster strikes, people want to help. Whether they are near or far from the disaster site people want to do what they can. Many times there isn’t anything that can be done when you are far away. But that’s changing.

Spring Break Alternatives: Have Fun While Giving Back

In some parts of the U.S., “spring break” conjures up images of swim suit-clad college students enjoying warm weather and getting away from it all. More and more students, however, are trading in their swim suits for tool belts and finding that giving back during spring break is just as fun. They have discovered United Way’s Alternative Spring Break.

Celebrate International Women’s Day

International Women's Day (IWD), which has been observed since the early 1900s, is celebrated annually on March 8. This year, thousands of events are planned to inspire women, celebrate their achievements and identify ways to help create more women leaders.

Looking on the Bright Side of the New Volunteering Data

While it is troubling that a new report indicates that Americans are volunteering less than they have in over a decade, it is reassuring that United Way’s most recent volunteer data show that we have experienced a 10-year growth in volunteers.

Join United Way to Read Across America

“You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child." So said Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. It is clever phrasing for such an important task. Reading to children is one of the best things we can do to help them get on and stay on a path to a good life.

Engaging Employee Volunteers

Civic engagement is on the rise in corporate America, according to the results of the 2013 The Civic 50 survey. More businesses are giving employees the opportunity to volunteer with community organizations and finding that it simultaneously increases their bottom line and employee satisfaction.

Share the Love – Through Volunteering

This week is Random Acts of Kindness Week with Valentine’s Day on the 14th.  It’s a time to “share the love” and to step up our random acts of kindness.   I am all for candy, flowers, notes and cards, but I really love how United Way finds other ways to bring joy into people’s lives now and throughout the year.

Meet Me in St. Louis – or Anywhere—to Volunteer

Millions of Americans came together around the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday in a day of service to honor the memory of Dr. King. United Way of Greater St. Louis, with support from Points of Light and the Corporation for National and Community Service, launched a series of activities both to honor Dr. King and to inspire a new commitment to serve among the citizens of St. Louis. Photo courtesy of Saint Louis University Libraries