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Our Work

And the Roles We Play

The work we do in our community spans five distinct areas: 211 resource helpline, nonprofit partnerships, advocacy, innovation and business partnerships. Through the roles we play in each of these areas, we couple strategy and data with compassion, equity and inclusion to fuel lasting change throughout our community.

Our Commitment to Equity

Across each area, equity remains at the center of our work, driving our strategies, informing our conversations and guiding us toward our vision of a Greater Twin Cities where all thrive regardless of income, race or place.

Role We Play: Bridge

211 Resource Helpline

Through the 211 resource helpline, we act as a bridge, providing information and resource referrals to neighbors in need. The data we gather also allows us to share insights that help inform how we unite as a community to meet these needs.

52 URGENT NEEDS MET EVERY HOUR

$100 million in funding secured in 2020

211 Teams Up with RentHelpMN to Help Minnesotans Access Emergency Rental Assistance

Role We Play: Nonprofit Amplifier

Nonprofit Partnerships

We work alongside and invest in nonprofit organizations that stand on the frontlines of community-led change to maximize our collective impact as we come together to transform the Greater Twin Cities.

$3.2M raised for small businesses owned by Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander and People of Color

Because of United Way, we have added resources to keep residents safe, healthy, and stably-housed

There are a lot of needs in the community right now and the United Way funding matches up with those needs.

Role We Play: Advocate

Advocacy

From our unique position in the community, we amplify community voices, educate government officials and develop solutions to help address immediate needs and drive systemic change.

Advocating for Eviction Reform: Ensuring a Fair and Equitable Housing Process for all Minnesotans

When I show up as an advocate, I show up as myself with an open mind and heart prepared to speak on behalf of the community.

Advocacy for Children Day Amplifies the Importance of Investing in Our Youngest Minnesotans

Role We Play: Innovator

Innovation

Together with nonprofit partners, businesses and donors we take on the unique challenges of our region, delivering innovative, scalable solutions built on proven strategies that drive lasting change.

$3 million in tuition saved

278 food sector jobs created

I get to explore the health care field, and to learn about the possibilities within this area.

Role We Play: Business Partner

Business Partnerships

By building trusted philanthropic relationships with Greater Twin Cities businesses of all sizes, we help them reach their corporate social responsibility goals and engage their workforces as we unite to address problems no one can solve alone.

Our employees have been grateful for the opportunity to give back knowing the funds will be directed to those with the greatest need.

50,000 backpacks full of school supplies packed in 2021

Ecolab Donates $575,000 to Greater Twin Cities United Way to Support Educational Success and Racial and Social Justice