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United Front is pleased to announce the launch of a new online caregiving community, CaregivingNOW, A Network on the Web for MN Caregivers. If you’re interested in joining or would like more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Then meet some of the CaregivingNOW members who are sharing their stories and caregiving journies.
Are you a caregiver? Do you know someone who is caregiving? Join tpt’s Next Avenue Experience to get information and real resources that will help you in your caregiving journey. Hear from experts and get support from organizations providing caregiving resources in Minnesota, such as the Wilder Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota, Minnesota Board on Aging, Living At Home Network/Block Nurse Program, along with others.
United Front is pleased to announce the launch of a new online community of highly active caregivers, on and offline. These individuals make up a group of dedicated individuals who will be a supportive presence in Caregiving NOW, an online community for caregivers throughout Minnesota. In the coming months we’ll introduce other caregivers from the group and share their stories. If you’re interested in becoming a part of this online community, or would like more information about Caregiving NOW, please contact United Front.
Mary Margaret Lehmann’s Story
“Alzheimer’s was not part of the future my husband, Ken, and I visualized, as we looked forward to our anticipated retirement, in CA. Ken had had a long career in the furniture industry, as an interior designer and executive of a large furniture company. In addition, he was a college professor of interior design and history of furniture. I was very busy as a mother, as well as speech pathologist for 30 years. I went back to school at age 59 to get another degree at U.C. Davis, to become a Literacy Coach and ultimately an adjunct professor at UCLA. During this very busy time, I had noticed some changes in Ken’s personality, behaviors and memory, here and there, over a period of several years, which I questioned. Our doctor said he felt they were signs of normal aging. As time went on, however, Ken was withdrawing more and more from our friends and social situations. Then, one day, in October 2009, Ken told me that he could not remember how to access our bank account online. Read the rest of this entry →
Finding a job, even in an improving economy, has gotten much more complicated. Once upon a time, the get-a-good-education mantra held true for most Americans seeking upward mobility and a middle class existence. Increasingly, though, finding a life-sustaining career that justifies a costly education is a tough proposition for many young people.
Later this month, we’ll explore the various employment obstacles facing Minnesota’s would-be job seekers in United Way’s continuing online conversation series, Faces of Poverty. REGISTER NOW
United Way President and CEO Sarah Caruso was given that opportunity when she joined Headwaters Foundation for Justice Executive Director Trista Harris and Twin Cities Rise Founder and author Steve Rothschild, at the Minnesota Public Radio studios for a roundtable discussion. Read the rest of this entry →
One in 5 families with children in the metro struggle to put food on the table. Since 2000, food shelves have experienced a 125% increase in usage. Greater Twin Cities United Way invests $5 million annually on hunger relief. Currently, 26 hunger programs (55 sites) are receiving multi-year grants including, food shelves, on-site meal programs and food banks. United Way has strategically looked at the emergency food system to determine how to meet the growing hunger need in the metro. In addition to United Way partnership with hunger relief organizations, we strategically partner with the government, food corporations, faith community, public health and the agricultural. READ MORE about what United Way is doing to support the campaign.
Join us for an online conversation focused on children in poverty and the importance of education.
Nearly 200,000 children ages 0 to 17 are living in poverty in Minnesota, a 60 percent increase since 2000. Not only are the numbers of children in poverty growing, the depth of poverty is growing as well. In that same time period, the number of children living in extreme poverty ($11,525 for a family of four) increased by more than 100 percent (Children’s Defense Fund—Minnesota, 2012). Education and poverty form a close and complex interrelationship for children in our community.
Building on United Way’s Faces of Poverty 2012 report, the new briefing illustrates how education can improve children’s lives, and also outlines the work United Way is leading to help children in our community succeed. DOWNLOAD BRIEF
Your presence at our forum is a testimony to your continued dedication and belief that all children are deserving of a world-class education and a future filled with promise and opportunity. We look forward to seeing you at future forums. Materials will be available on the Multimedia page soon.
Last March when United Way launched its conversation series, Faces of Poverty, our goal was to have an open and honest discussion about how living in poverty impacts the lives of individuals and families in our community. And while we weren’t sure where the conversation would take us, we felt a sense of responsibility as one of the largest funders of social service programs in the Twin Cities whose very mission is to build pathways out of poverty, to lead by example. Read the rest of this entry →
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