They say education is the foundation for building a brighter future. If that’s the case, UPS has long served as an architect of early childhood development, tackling community obstacles like illiteracy and access to quality childcare programming. Just ask the youth in Georgia, Florida and New York, whose lives were changed through UPS’s employee volunteerism efforts.
If, indeed, it takes a village to raise a child then we all share responsibility for making sure that we’re not only fostering their cognitive development, but also their social and emotional development. There’s growing evidence suggesting that mastering social-emotional competencies leads to greater well-being and better school performance. Failing to do so however, can lead to a variety of personal, social and academic difficulties.
Second grader William Mack is a "changed man" thanks to Success After 6. When you walk into his SA6 classroom, you'll find him sitting quietly, paying attention to his after-school counselor, and most likely doing his work.
But that wasn't always the case. Last year, William was talkative, struggled with his school work, didn't pay attention at all, and had to sit right next to the counselor so he wouldn't disrupt the other students.
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It is National Volunteer Week in the U.S. and Canada, a chance to thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, brains and brawn to causes they care about in their community and around the world. There are many ways to recognize volunteers this week and throughout the year. Here are four of my favorites:
London Miller’s experience volunteering with United Way of Greater Toledo on Global Youth Service Day last year was so great that it sparked a commitment to give back again and again. Since then, she has signed on to volunteer regularly with Toledo GROWS, an urban community garden and farm which served more than 6,500 people last year.
Now more than ever, communities are facing new challenges that threaten their health and growth— from opioid abuse and human trafficking, to homelessness and domestic violence. Tackling these areas of concern requires a united front, one that harnesses the heart and hard work of local citizens.
As an advocate for tax policies like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) at United Way Worldwide, I’m reminded each day that 7.5 million Americans are taxed into poverty every year largely because they can’t access this tax break.
How do you measure the impact of giving back?
For John Deere employees, it comes in the form of bright eyes and big smiles. An integral part of their organizational identity, employee volunteerism has long been a driver of the 180-year-old company.
Last August, summer gave way to a season of giving as 40 employees in Tarnowo Podgórne, Poland, supported United Way Poland’s “First Bell” program, which gives children and youth in need the supplies necessary to start the school year off on the right foot. In all, 500 children in the community were set up for success.
Jeff Myers lives with multiple sclerosis and without a computer, so for the past several years, he has gone to Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, PA to receive assistance in filing his taxes. To him, it’s more than an annual appointment. It is a lifeline to money he’s due.