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Giving Hope to the Homeless

Sometimes, life can get a little hairy.

For people experiencing homelessness in Seattle, one of the biggest challenges they face is getting access to the basic services they need, let alone something like getting a haircut. Enter the United Way of King County who, in March, united with corporate partners for an annual Community Resource Exchange. In one place and on one day, people who are homeless can access a range of critical services—from tax returns to veteran affairs, and yes, even haircuts and beard trims.


Helping Veterans Drive toward a Brighter Future

All it takes is one person to change lives. Just ask the military veteran who, in 2013, worked with United Way of Broward County in Florida to create MISSION UNITED, a program that coordinates community services for veterans and their families, and one that has helped more than 12,000 veterans in 20 communities around the nation.


Empowering A Community’s Youngest Change Agents

When Sophie Torosian was 10, she loved animals. As a Junior Girl Scout working on her Bronze Award, she wanted to use her passion to help community members who were adopting pets from the Humane Society in Racine, Wisconsin. To get started, Sophie rallied the members of Girl Scout Troop 5754 to apply for a Youth As Resources (YAR) grant from United Way of Racine County.


Community first: Leading a non-profit

Community first.  Institution second.  Self third.

In my role, I am frequently asked what makes a good leader of a non-profit organization.  Leading a non-profit is different than a private company.  Your top priority isn’t maximizing profit, it’s maximizing lives.  Your new products aren’t gadgets, they are programs to help people lead healthier and happier lives.

Why We Fight to Bridge the Gap

Did you know that hundreds of 18-year-olds leave the child welfare system each year in Colorado? Without help, these youth are eight times more likely to go to jail than to earn a college degree. While most young people rely on their families as they transition into adulthood, many former foster youth do not have this support system that so many of us take for granted.


Children & Youth Who Have Experienced Foster Care Thrive in Intergenerational Community

18 years ago I became a foster parent after reading a heartbreaking newspaper article about a 5-month-old baby who was kidnapped from his crib in foster care. The article was a catalyst for my family to step up to the plate and support our foster care system. My husband and I enrolled in foster parent training classes and were delighted when two beautiful little sisters were placed in our home.

Show Appreciation of Teachers for More than Just One Week

May 7-12 is National Teacher Appreciation Week in the U.S., a time to celebrate and thank educators in our lives. Beyond the events and public accolades, however, I can think of another way to say “Thank you” to teachers.

What better way for an individual to acknowledge teachers’ importance than to volunteer to help a student do better in school? We all stand to benefit; by helping children succeed in school, they're more likely to become successful adults and contribute to a more vibrant community.


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