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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.

Working Together to Deliver Quality Education

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.

The lesson that lasts a lifetime

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.

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Struggling Second Grader Triumphs, Making Teacher Proud

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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Gifts for Grads: The United Way American Express Gift Card

Know a great graduate but don't know what to give them to celebrate their success? The United Way Charity Gift Card from American Express makes the perfect gift to honor their accomplishments and give back at the same time. For every gift card sold, American Express will donate the $3.95 purchase charge to United Way Worldwide. Celebrate your graduate's achievement and new opportunities while advancing the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. 

Tips for Recognizing Volunteers

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:

Global Youth Service Day Sparks Service Around the World

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.

Join the Fight against Our Communities’ Toughest Challenges

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.

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