Be a Financial Stability champion: Volunteer training for our “Free Tax Prep” program is underway

United Way, the Earned Income Tax Credit Alliance (EITCA) and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) are recruiting volunteers to help low income families and individuals file their taxes for FREE.

Helping people file tax returns can lead to greater financial stability for individuals and families across the Mid-South

Helping people file tax returns can lead to greater financial stability for individuals and families across the Mid-South

Our “Free Tax Prep” program enables people to avoid charges for tax preparation and better avoid groups that use predatory interest rates for fast refund anticipation loans. Becoming a EITCA and VITA volunteer is a great way to help people achieve greater tax refunds, which can lead to improved financial stability!

No previous tax knowledge or training is needed to be a volunteer, but it is important to attend training.

Training Schedule:

Saturdays, December 7, 14 and 21
10:00am-3:00pm
at SRVS, 3971 Knight Arnold Road

Saturdays, December 7, 14 and 21
10:00am-3:00pm
at University of Memphis, Smith Hall, Room 110

To learn more about becoming a Free Tax Prep program volunteer, contact Ashley Washington at 901.433.4331 or e-mail ashley.washington@uwmidsouth.org

You can follow our Free Tax Prep program on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FreeTaxPrepUWMS and on twitter at https://twitter.com/FreeTaxPrepUWMS

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Special video featuring United Way & NFL to air during Thanksgiving game, Monday Night Football

United Way’s 40 year partnership with the National Football League is continuously evolving and growing, finding new ways to share the message of improving people’s lives across the nation.

40 years nfl united wayDuring halftime of the Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers Thanksgiving day football game on FOX, a special video will be broadcast sharing the good work of NFL PLAY 60 and United Way to improve health.

Much of the video footage comes from United Way and NFL work at “Hometown Huddle,” United Way’s annual day of service with NFL teams.

A second video will be broadcast during halftime of the highly-anticipated Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints game on Monday Night Football, December 2 on ESPN.

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Insider’s Look: United Way staff members collect food for Thanksgiving baskets

Data Processing Coordinator Helen Lemons (left) and Fundraising Specialist Lauren Hammond prepare Thanksgiving baskets from food donated by United Way staff.

Data Processing Coordinator Helen Lemons (left) and Fundraising Specialist Lauren Hammond prepare Thanksgiving baskets from food donated by United Way staff.

United Way Fundraising Specialist Lauren Hammond has been wearing two hats in our offices recently, helping drive in resources for the fundraising drive in her normal work while also coordinating our staff’s Thanksgiving basket collection effort.

Last year, United Way collected food for six Thanksgiving baskets to help families in our community and this year the generosity continues, with ten baskets (and counting) going to help people in need.

United Way’s employee committee recruited departments for a wide variety of food items including corn meal, top celery and onion, stuffing, eggs, chicken broth, cranberry sauce, cake mix and frosting and many other holiday meal staples. Staff readily responded to support the worthy cause.

“This year, we are all thankful for so very much,” Lauren said. “We know that many in our community are struggling. Some may have close connections to us. This year, we wanted to exceed last year’s basket count, and thankfully we did!”

Posted in Events, Health, Volunteers

After Thanksgiving, get ready for Giving Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

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b.) Cyber Monday – Shopping online
c.) Giving Tuesday – GIVING!

Make a difference that helps the Mid-South – support Giving Tuesday
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 is the official opening of the national holiday giving season – Giving Tuesday! Nonprofits, families, businesses and individuals across America partnering to bring awareness to the idea of supporting charity as a way of kicking off the holiday giving season. Last year’s Giving Tuesday started the concept, and we’re looking forward to another great day this year.

GivingTuesdayMake a gift Tuesday, December 3rd
United Way of the Mid-South and our funded partner agencies invite you to make a one-time online donation on December 3rd that stays in our community – impacting education, financial stability and health.

Your gift supports results-driven programs making a difference right here at home. Join us in a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity, while helping your friends, neighbors and family members here in the Mid-South.

We thank you for giving to United Way if you have made a gift through payroll deduction, and we appreciate your support.

Help spread the word
Share this page on facebook, and spread the news on twitter or through e-mail! Use the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #UWMidSouth so we can follow your social media posts.

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Fred’s, Inc. expands number of stores conducting United Way drives for 2013-14

FredsStores1Fred’s, Inc. has increased the number of stores running fundraising drives for United Way of the Mid-South. Thirteen stores in Tennessee and Arkansas will be taking part in the 2013-14 United Way campaign drive.

United Way is grateful to all Fred’s Super Dollar employees, with special thanks to Employee Campaign Manager Ursula Roman, (Fred’s Director of Marketing), Regional Vice President Mike Holligan and District Manager Melvin Smith for their support in this project.

“Fred’s support for the Mid-South through the United Way campaign has always been very strong, and we’re very thankful more stores are getting involved in our work to provide resources for better education, financial stability and health,” said Rosa Potts, United Way County-Wide Fundraising Manager.

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First Tennessee’s “First Ops” responds to the United Way call with teamwork, generosity

First Ops 2013 United Way Committee:  First row, left to right:  Jackie Mays, Carolyn Long, Bobbie Palmer, Reta Nicholson, Jackie Meeks, Patty Farrow, Elicia Bridgeforth.  Second row:  Clara Blount, Holly Campbell, Marcus Williams, Anthony Mathews.  Not pictured:  John Tereshko.

First Ops 2013 United Way Committee: First row, left to right: Jackie Mays, Carolyn Long, Bobbie Palmer, Reta Nicholson, Jackie Meeks, Patty Farrow, Elicia Bridgeforth. Second row: Clara Blount, Holly Campbell, Marcus Williams, Anthony Mathews. Not pictured: John Tereshko.

First Tennessee Bank’s First Ops employees showed great creativity in the ways they increased awareness of the critical needs United Way addresses in our community.

Fundraising kickoff events at First Ops are accompanied by a theme, costumes, decorations and music – the team really pulls out all the stops to make the campaign a fun and exciting time for employees.

The First Ops division’s work centers around deposit operations functions, providing assistance to financial centers when internal issues arise. With over 250 employees, First Ops workers serves as a processing and support center.

“Our employees are very generous people,” says Jackie Mays, Quality Analyst for Bank Operations and the United Way campaign chair for the division.

“When First Ops supports United Way each year, our committee goes all-out to create a fun atmosphere and enthusiasm for a rewarding experience,” Mays said.

The division’s enthusiasm mirrors that of our General Campaign Chairman who raises support for the drive across the entire Mid-South, Bruce Hopkins, President, West Tennessee Region for First Tennessee Bank.

This was Mays’ first year to lead the First Ops division drive but she wasn’t surprised at the willingness of First Tennessee employees to respond to the call for support of United Way.

“The campaign is always rewarding,” she noted. “We were able to raise over $12,500 in addition to what our team gives through regular payroll contributions.”

United Way also extends a big “thank you” to First Tennessee employees Bruce Livesay and Jim Blasingame for their leadership and support of United Way.

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United Way seeking volunteers for funding decisions (allocations process)

United Way of the Mid-South is seeking volunteers to help our Community Impact work as for allocations program reviews and standards of agency accountability certification. Volunteers will assist staff’s work with local nonprofit agencies and programs across the Mid-South.

volunteeringEach year, donations to the United Way fundraising campaign are allocated to agencies and programs thanks to the dedicated efforts of volunteers from across the Mid-South.

Volunteers review programs and services which most effectively and efficiently address health and human service needs of their communities. They examine local needs, program evaluations, service effectiveness, involvement of agency Board of Directors, and overall agency management before making funding decisions.

Standards of Agency Accountability Certification volunteers are experts in the fields of business, accounting, and nonprofit management. Your experience and expertise will be very valuable to the Committee and our community at large.

Allocations Program Review volunteers review program applications, conduct agency site visits and make funding recommendations regarding the services which most effectively and efficiently address the health and human service needs of our Mid-South area.

Please click on the links below to download or visit an online a form to become a volunteer:

United Way of the Mid-South Community Impact Volunteer Interest Form (downloadable Microsoft Word file)

United Way of the Mid-South Certification Committee Volunteer Interest Form (Google Docs file)

If you have questions, contact United Way Community Impact Senior Specialists Tehrian Martin at tehrian.martin@uwmidsouth.org or 901-433-4330 or Dee Fuller at dee.fuller@uwmidsouth.org or (901) 433-4326.

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