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Our Work: Stabilizing Families

June 13, 2014 in Blog Post, Homelessness, United Front Blog Archives

United Way stabilizes people in crisis with emergency food and housing services. We provide support to families experiencing domestic violence. And we help people learn job skills so they can become self-sufficient. Be inspired by two amazing people, Edward and Robyn, who received services through our partner agencies CEAP and Pillsbury United Communities. Read their stories.

Our Work: Summer Slide

June 13, 2014 in Blog Post, Education, United Front Blog Archives

Bharti Wahi, our community impact senior manager of education, talks about helping children avoid learning and nutritional setbacks in the summer when school is out.

Q. The term ‘summer slide’ brings to mind images of carefree children playing in the park. In reality, though, it’s a very serious problem for low-income children. What is ‘summer slide?’
Summer slide is a term used in education to refer to learning loss that takes place during the summer months. Like anything, if we don’t practice a certain skill, we are not able to readily recall and do that skill. This is true of the reading and other math skills children learn during the school year. For low–income children, who may not have access to many quality learning opportunities during the summer, the learning loss can be greater. If a child is already behind their peers during the school year, summer can often make this worse. READ MORE

Our Work: Health Care Access

June 13, 2014 in Blog Post, Health, United Front Blog Archives

What is United Way’s health care access goal and how does it create pathways out of poverty?

Learn how United Way is improving health care access for the underinsured and uninsured in our community. Alana Wright, director of Health, shares how the role of Community Impact is helping achieve this critical goal. READ MORE

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May 15, 2014 in United Front Blog Archives

Presentation and Discussion: Debts of the Past Limit the Future

DATE: May 28
TIME: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Humphrey School of Public Affairs – Auditorium and Atrium
301 19th Ave. S. Minneapolis
FEE: Free

C_Eugene_SteuerlePlease join the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Greater Twin Cities United Way and the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs for Presentation and Discussion: Debts of the Past Limit the Future with C. Eugene Steuerle, Ph.D. The first 40 registrations receive Dr. Steuerle’s book, Dead Men Ruling: How to Restore Fiscal Freedom and Rescue Our Future. The book event will feature commentary by Dr. Art Rolnick (Human Capital Research Collaborative) and audience discussion moderated by Dr. Jay Kiedrowski (Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center). REGISTER NOW

Then attend, Connecting Tax Policy and Charitable Giving: Why It Matters Now hosted by United Way, Minnesota Council on Foundations, and Minnesota Council of Nonprofits the next day. LEARN MORE

Join Us on 2-1-1 Day

January 24, 2014 in Event, United Front Blog Archives

American WinterAnnually, February 11th is set aside nationally as “2-1-1 Day”. This year, thanks to 2-1-1’s partnership with Call for Justice, a free screening of the film “American Winter” will be held at the Riverview Theater in South Minneapolis. “American Winter” is an HBO documentary on homelessness, filmed in Portland, Oregon and highlights the local 2-1-1 services. Greater Twin Cities United Way and 2-1-1 will host a brief presentation to talk about our impact in the community around homelessness. Please join us, it promises to be a very moving experience. Download a flyer to distribute.

Event Details
DATE: Tuesday, February 11
TIME: 4-6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Riverview Theater
3800 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406


January 23, 2014 in Collective Impact, Event, Homelessness, Poverty, United Front Blog Archives

Statewide Partnership for Good

by Ellie Krug, Call for Justice

National United Way 2-1-1

“In America the recession is over, and U.S. corporations and Wall Street are doing better than ever. Yet 46% of this country is living in poverty, or near poverty, and today we have the highest number of poor since we began keeping records…” –Harry & Joe Gantz (producers of AMERICAN WINTER)

In a society with declining safety nets and cuts to social services programs, many people—honest, hard-working people—are falling through the cracks. Whether it’s the sudden loss of a job, the absence of a partner, or the unanticipated medical emergency, there are those who find themselves unexpectedly in need of help, with no direction to go.

So what do they do? They call United Way 2-1-1. Read the rest of this entry →

Career Pathway Systems

December 16, 2013 in Event, Jobs & Training, Uncategorized, United Front Blog Archives

What We Know After 10 Years and 80 Industry Partnerships

By Scott J. Sheely

Image of hands stacked together to represent partnershipAs Minnesota workforce partners continue to explore and expand their interest in engaging the business community through organized industry partnerships, some reflection on best practices that have been developed through 10 years of experience with industry partnerships in Pennsylvania may be in order.

At one time, PA funded as many as 80 industry partnerships around the Commonwealth which trained thousands of incumbent workers annually in industries including agriculture, manufacturing, logistics and transportation, health care, biotechnology, energy, communications, and others. Read the rest of this entry →

Career Pathway Systems

December 16, 2013 in Event, Jobs & Training, United Front Blog Archives

A Time To Examine America’s Skills

Reposted from MintPress News by Frederick Reese


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There is a desperate need to reformulate the way skills are attained and retained in the country.
America finds itself in a quandary. According to a report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), not only is the skill level of the American working populace slipping compared with the international market, but the nation’s collective skill level is also significantly beneath where it should be to maintain competitiveness.

In reading, math and problem-solving with technology — such as determining the mileage reimbursement for a salesman, sorting emails, or comparing food expiration dates on grocery store tags, Americans scored less than the international average, according to the report. Japan, Canada, Australia, Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands were among the nations that outscored the United States dramatically. It was determined that as much as 10 percent of the working population had insufficient computer skills, such as knowing how to use a computer mouse.

With nearly two out of every three jobs in America requiring postsecondary education and training by 2020, and with over 7 percent of all companies consistently reporting that they cannot find the skilled employees they need to fill key positions, there is a desperate need to reformulate the way skills are attained and retained in the country. Read the rest of this entry →

Conversations that Matter

November 13, 2013 in Caregiving, Conversation, Event, United Front Blog Archives


National Caregivers Month

November 9, 2013 in Caregiving, Uncategorized, United Front Blog Archives

Throughout the month of November, and all year, we acknowledge the important role that family, friends and neighbors play in caring for sick, elderly and disabled friends and relations. We featured inspirational stories from caregivers in our community through personal blogs. Read our blog series: A Personal ALS Story, Preparing for the Age Wave and Caregiving: A Family Tradition.

Caregivers offer a range of services, including emotional and spiritual support, assistance with financial matters, transportation and home- and health-related services. If you’re interested in becoming a part of our online community, CaregivingNOWregister on United Front. If you would like more information, please email