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Wilder Foundation on United Way COVID Funding: “We’re Trying to Make Everyone Feel Supported” Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
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We’re grateful for Greater Twin Cities United Way’s support during the pandemic, which has allowed us to respond to the families we serve with resources and care.
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How Advocacy Advances Systems Change
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Children at the capitol
Advocacy means taking action to create positive change. True advocacy requires addressing and solving the root problems that create barriers for communities, often by changing systemic processes through public policy and funding.
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Karen Organization of Minnesota: GTCUW Funding Helps Us “Be a Lifeline”
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This has been a stressful and difficult time, and when we learned about the funding, it was honestly such a relief. United Way is quickly allocating resources to organizations like ours working on the front lines. To hear from an existing funder saying we were receiving dollars automatically—no application needed—just demonstrated the level of trust we’ve built with United Way.
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Elary Hall - Farm for all
Farm For All
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Elary Hall - Farm for all
Volunteering is a great way to teach your kids about work and about service. This is a really neat thing because the whole family can volunteer together.
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Diana Neighborhood House
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Diana - Neighborhood House
I am thankful to Greater Twin Cities United Way because otherwise we wouldn’t have the home we do today. I went through hard times, but I couldn’t give up because of my kids.
Acooa Ellis, SVP of Community Impact
Greater Twin Cities United Way Unveils Policy and Advocacy Agenda for 2021 State Legislative Session
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Acooa Ellis, SVP of Community Impact
The data and our partners are telling us that ensuring a stable, safe home and providing quality childcare at an early age are crucial to the future vitality of Minnesota, and that this current moment calls for courageous, deliberate action by institutional leaders in support of our students and workforce.
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Greg Marita
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Minnesota Legal Aid
We are grateful for our long partnership with United Way and for this grant that is helping us advocate for members of our community so they can meet their basic needs.
Laura - Neighborhood House
Laura Neighborhood House
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Laura - Neighborhood House
Our apartment is ours, and I’m much less stressed. I would tell others “don’t give up”—there are people out there who care and want to help.
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United Way 211 Helps Callers Navigate COVID-19 Impacts
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Recently, a man called 211 a few days before his wife was expected to give birth to their first child. They were experiencing COVID-19 related unemployment and were behind on their rent. A 211 rent assistance specialist asked the caller a few questions to determine eligibility for the State’s COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program, and they were able to begin the application process over the phone.