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July 31st, 2019


Please add these upcoming dates and events to your appointment calendars


8/14, at 10 a.m. Central

Comfort of your own desk  

ALICE webinar for UWTN members, staff, and volunteers


9/13, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Central 

Offices of United Way of Rutherford & Cannon Counties

 3050 Medical Center Pkwy, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 

Bootcamp for all Tennessee United Ways participating in ALICE

9/20, at 9 a.m. Central

Offices of United Way of Metropolitan Nashville

250 Venture Cir, Nashville, TN 37228  

ALICE media launch

9/20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Central 

Offices of United Way of Metropolitan Nashville

250 Venture Cir, Nashville, TN 37228 

Quarterly UWTN Meeting

9/27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Central

Offices of United Way of Rutherford & Cannon Counties

3050 Medical Center Pkwy, Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Quarterly Tennessee Afterschool Network meeting

12/6, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST

Offices of United Way of Blount County

1615 E Broadway Ave, Maryville, TN 37804

Quarterly UWTN Meeting

12/13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Central

Offices of United Way of Rutherford & Cannon Counties

3050 Medical Center Pkwy, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 

Quarterly Tennessee Afterschool Network meeting



Tuesday, April 28 to Friday, May 1

Greenville, South Carolina 

United Way Southeast Regional Conference

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2-1-1: Helping Communities and People Thrive

Caterina* lost her job in September. The 32-year-old single mom faced eviction, and her utilities were about to be shut off. She reached out to a local agency for emergency help but didn’t qualify with no proof of future income. Caterina and her 10-month-old were ont he verge of homelessness.

A friend told her to call 2-1-1, a nation-wide service that handles more than 12 million requests for help every year.

When Caterina called 2-1-1 in Cleveland, she was immediately connected with Anika,* who listened intently and asked a few questions. Once she understood Caterina’s situation, Anika was able to connect her to rent and utilities assistance, as well as free supplies for her baby. Anika also offered useful tips for navigating local health and human service agencies.With clear information about next steps, Caterina felt hopeful about keep her baby safe while getting back to work.

Asking for help is not always easy. It’s hard to know where to turn, what to ask and how to navigate bureaucracy on one’sown. But many of us are just one financial crisis away from Caterina’s situation. A recent Federal Reserve study found that 40 percent of American adults don’t have enough savings to cover a $400 emergency. Losing our jobs –or not getting paid for a month during a government shutdown – can bring many of us close to the edge.

Derek* found himself in that place after losing his job. After a few weeks of intense job-hunting, he’d gotten an interview for a good, full-time position. But the day before his interview,Derek’s car broke down. He’d already drained his savings on bills. Neither friends nor family had the ability to loan him money, or to take off work to get him to his interview. In a panic, Derek called 2-1-1 in Orlando. He was relieved to find that he would be able to make it to his interview the next day, thanks to a free Lyft ride through 2-1-1. A few days later, Derek called back to thank 2-1-1 – and to let them know that he’d be starting his new job the following week.

*Names changed to protect privacy

In 2018, 2-1-1s across the United States: 

·     Made 4.9 million connections to address and prevent homelessness.

·     Received 350,000+ requests for transportation assistance. Thanks to a partnership with Lyft, more than 12,000 free rides were dispatched to get people to job interviews, medical appointments and other critical appointments.​

If you or someone you know needs help, simply visit or dial 2-1-1 to speak with a highly trained service professional in your area. All calls are private and confidential.

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Scholastic, United Way, and Young Readers Will Help GetBooks 
to Kids in Need This Summer

NEW YORK, May 7, 2019 (PRNewswire) -- Scholastic,the global children's publishing, education, and media company, today announcedthe launch of Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza, a nation-widemovement to unite kids, parents, educators, public librarians, community partners,and booksellers in efforts to get books into the hands of more kids during thesummer, keeping every child reading. The Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza is are-energized approach to the Company's longstanding commitment to prevent theeffects of the "summer slide"— the learning loss children frequentlyexperience while school is out and that research suggests can accumulate to atwo-year reading achievement gap by middle school. For the first time, kids areempowered to help other kids through summer reading, unlocking 200,000 booksdonated by Scholastic. Through a national collaboration with United WayWorldwide, the world's largest privately funded non-profit, the donated bookswill be distributed across the country to select locations where access to morehigh-quality books is needed most. Local retailers and libraries are alsocommitting to additional book drives to support summer reading and book accessin their local communities.

According to findings from the Scholastic Kids &Family Reading Report™: 7th Edition, there is a rising trend of kidsages 6–17 reading zero books over the summer: 15% in 2016 vs. 20% in 2018.Among 9–11- year-olds, this percentage has doubled (7% to 14%), and among teensages 15–17 it has increased by ten points (22% to 32%). To help turn this trendaround, the report reveals that if parents are aware of the summer slide, theirchildren are less likely to read zero books (16% vs.25%). Yet, 47% of parentswith school-age children are not aware of the summer slide and this percentageincreases sharply to 63% among families with household incomesunder $35,000.

"It is an undeniable equity issue that many kids don'thave access to books when school is not in session and too many kids aremissing out on rich summer reading experiences. This must be addressed toensure no matter where a child lives, they have the books and reading timeneeded to ensure they return to school reading-ready and ongrade-level," said Richard Robinson, Chairman, Presidentand CEO of Scholastic. "Through Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza andworking with United Way, booksellers, and libraries nationwide, we will expandaccess to books across the country while supporting parents and educators intheir effort to keep kids reading this summer."

"United Way believes that children deserve a strongstart in life and we help to make that possible by empowering parents,improving the quality of early learning environments, and offering solutions,like our work with Scholastic, to challenges outside the classroom,"said Mary Sellers, U.S. President, United Way Worldwide. "UnitedWay is honored to be a part of the Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza, and itsworthwhile mission: to put more books in the hands of more children everywhere,especially those who need them most."

The 2019 Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza consists of threekey components:

  • The Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Give Back empowerskids to unlock book donations for other kids in two ways. Every minute readover the summer counts on the Summer Reading Challenge website, as kids worktogether to reach Give Back minute milestones. Upon reaching 25, 50, and 100million minutes, Scholastic will donate 200,000 books to kids through UnitedWay! In addition, Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Celebrations willbring the experience to participating local bookstores and libraries, welcomingkids and families to drop off books to be donated to an organization in theirown community, chosen by the retailer.

  • The Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge isback for its 13th year with a continued focus on keeping kids reading.Through September 6, kids can enter their summer reading minutes onlineand unlock digital rewards by completing weekly reading activities, gain accessto book excerpts, videos, and content from beloved titles, and more! Minuteswill also unlock the Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Give Back bookdonations. In September, the school in each U.S. state, territory,and District of Columbia that has entered the most reading minuteswill be named "Best in State," featured in the 2019 ScholasticBook of World Records, and will receive a commemorative plaque as well as anofficial Scholastic party kit to celebrate their achievement. Specialrecognition will also be given to the top ten public libraries and communityliteracy partner organizations overall nationwide with the most minutes read.

  • Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Celebrations willtake place at participating stores and libraries nationwide to bringcommunities together in the spirit of giving back. Booksellers and retailerswill have the opportunity to host reading events in their communities, anchoredaround Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Give Back boxes whilecelebrating students' summer reading milestones and encouraging them to keepreading. Families who attend will be dazzled by a fun and engaging event thatbrings literacy to life. Readers can engage in activities, photo opportunities,and giveaways based on their favorite characters and series. Select events willeven have appearances by both Scholastic favorites Clifford the Big RedDog® and Dav Pilkey's Dog Man.

To learn more about Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), theglobal children's publishing, education and media company, visit the Company'smedia room:

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