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6 Reasons Minnesota’s Still Behind in LGBTQ Equality

There’s a lot to celebrate about being an LGBTQ Minnesotan.

Historically, Minnesota has led the way for LGBTQ equality. Our civil rights charter was one of the first to include protections based on sexual orientation and gender. We were the first state in the union to defeat an anti-marriage amendment.  The Twin Cities are known as a welcoming, accepting place for LGBTQ individuals and businesses.

Where are the Jobs?

Remember “Where’s the beef?”  Originally a slogan to promote Wendy’s hamburgers, “Where’s the beef?” evolved into a phrase that questions the substance of an idea or product.

Today, a twist on that question might be “Where are the good jobs?”  Because right now, too many people are struggling to find work that allows them to make ends meet, provide for their family and save for the future. 

They need greater economic mobility and opportunity.  They need better jobs.

United Way Day of Action - Join in!

It is an exciting time. Tomorrow, June 21st, is the 10th annual United Way Day of Action, an event that mobilizes the caring power of volunteers to make a meaningful impact in more than 400 communities around the world. While United Ways in each of these communities will provide a variety of ways to volunteer, this year’s focus is on summer learning and food insecurity because too many kids fall behind academically and go hungry when school’s out.

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Being at the Right Place at the Right Time

Many times, when I introduce someone to United Way, I must answer the question “so what does United Way actually do?”

Simply put, United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.  But that only answers the “what”; the “how” is by making sure we’re in the right place at the right time.

Making the Leap from High School to College

The jump from high school to college can be a difficult transition. For students like Anthony Frazier, a junior at Middletown High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, that just got a lot easier thanks to United Way of Greater Cincinnati. Through a new partnership with the Middletown High School Future Center, United Way is piloting a speed-mentoring program designed to equip students with the knowledge, tools and resources they need to successfully transition to college.

Helping Our Next Generation Succeed

My first job growing up was washing dishes at the J&L Lounge in Hobart, Indiana. 

I didn’t earn much, just $1 per hour.  This was the mid-1970s after all.  But I did learn some important life lessons, like the value of a buck and hard work.

Tips for getting into college weren’t on the menu, however.  Born into an unstable household with two parents that hadn’t been to college, I had little idea what it would take to go to university, much less how to choose one. 

Youth Opportunity: Investing in Canada’s Future

Youth are the future of our communities. However, many young people face barriers that could prevent them from achieving their dreams. Across Canada, United Way Centraide is giving youth the support they need to get a great start in life, do well in school, find gainful employment, and reach their full potential.

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Middle Schoolers Thrive with Guiding Hand from Mentors

It goes without saying that the middle school years can be a roller coaster. While some are exploring new interests, gaining greater independence and thriving, others are grappling with low self-esteem, academic pressures and feeling disconnected from friends and adults.

For today’s preteens, the pressures can feel overwhelming at times. At age 12, Dustin would wander the streets after school to avoid the domestic violence and drug deals taking place in his Pueblo, Colorado, home. He was failing his classes, and homework wasn’t even on his radar.

Harnessing the Volunteer Spirit to Create Meaningful Impact

This month, thousands of people in more than 300 communities around the world are volunteering with United Way to make their community a better place through Day of Action.

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United Ways across the country will be teaming up with 50 global corporations and others to create meaningful activities centered on specific challenges in their communities. This year’s national focus is on summer learning and nutrition.

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