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Faces of Success: LaKiyra Holt

February 01, 2016
A student who can’t read on grade level by third grade is four times less likely to graduate high school. See how LaKiyra Holt's foundation of learning in the Read to Succeed program has helped her achieve success in school, including a 4.0 GPA.
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Faces of Success: Charlotte Sass

January 26, 2016
Charlotte Sass is so excited to read her new book each month, she often doesn't even make it in the house. See how the Imagination Library of Middle Tennessee is changing lives by providing books to children at no cost to families.
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Faces of Success: Adrienne Clark

January 21, 2016
Adrienne Clark always wanted to become a homeowner. See how she was able to accomplish that dream with the help of free one-on-one financial counseling at the Nashville Financial Empowerment Center.
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Faces of Success: Vickie Harmon

December 14, 2015
Find out how the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) helped single mom Vickie Harmon save money for college so she could provide a better future for herself and how she now volunteers to help others.
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Faces of Success: Anthony & Xeniya Payne

December 08, 2015
The SPARK™ (Sport-Play-Active-Recreation for Kids) after-school program is improving the health of more than 400 Metropolitan Nashville Public School students through structured physical activity and nutrition. Shalesha Payne shares how the SPARK™ after-school program is changing her family’s health.
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Faces of Success: Anthony Campos

December 01, 2015
United Way’s Imagination Library of Middle Tennessee program has put smiles on the faces of more than 35,000 children over the last 10 years. Find out how the program is creating a love for reading and books for Nashville's Anthony Campos.
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Face of Success: Volunteer Marian Ott

November 23, 2015
Tax preparation can sometimes feel like rocket science, but it's not thanks to United Way volunteers like Marian Ott. This Tocqueville Society, Alpha Chapter member shares about her experience of filing more than 1,500 tax returns in the last 10 years by volunteering for United Way's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
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Faces of Success: Mary Smith

November 17, 2015
United Way's 2-1-1 Helpline was there for Mary Smith when she desperately needed it. Find out how a recent phone call to 2-1-1 helped her family save more than $300 a month on the cost of her son's prescription.
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Faces of Success: Lakisha Fletcher

November 10, 2015
Lakisha Fletcher's two children are seeing educational gains, thanks to United Way's Read to Succeed program. Find out how their success inspired their mother to continue her own education and earn her bachelor's degree.
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Faces of Success: Reading Roundup Benefits the Imagination Library of Middle Tennessee Program

November 02, 2015
More than 230 people attended the Reading Roundup Fundraiser Shindig which raised enough money to provide books for 1,800 children for an entire year through the Imagination Library of Middle Tennessee. Find out how the generosity of sponsors and donors makes this program possible for children across Davidson, Williamson and Sumner Counties.
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Faces of Success:  NFL/United Way Hometown Huddle 2015

October 27, 2015
Dozens of screaming kids running all over the place on a Tuesday night at Saint Thomas Sports Park. The word “chaos” comes to mind; NFL/United Way Hometown Huddle 2015 was more like “organized chaos.”
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The Pathway to Success: Otis Pryor, United Way & The Financial Empowerment Center

October 19, 2015
Welcome home. We’ve spoken it, heard it or even seen it before and probably never thought much about this commonly used phrase. America’s servicemen and women, as well as military families across the country have a deep appreciation for what it means to be home. Army veteran Otis Pryor can’t wait for his impending homecoming.
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Tocqueville Society Members Volunteer During Imagination Library Week

October 12, 2015
“The Imagination Library program is so important because of what it does for early childhood literacy and for kids in our community,” says former Imagination Library advisory committee chairman and Tocqueville Society, Alpha Chapter member Doug Ghertner. “It’s the perfect complement for United Way and their focus on the three pillars of education, financial stability and health.”
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Reading program changes lives, impacts community

September 22, 2015

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Easing effects of poverty improves lives and community

September 22, 2015

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Nashville schools benefit from good corporate citizens

September 22, 2015

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School supplies provide link to a better future

September 22, 2015

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Effects of poverty put students at a disadvantage

September 22, 2015

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The Pathway to Independence: Bethlehem United Way Family Resource Center

September 22, 2015
Nashville, TN - Joy, empower and faith. Inspirational words Steve Fleming connects with Bethlehem Centers of Nashville. Those are some of the motivational messages on the painted canvases that line the hallways of the 121-year-old facility located just blocks from a completely transformed neighborhood where Fleming once grew up.
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The Pathway to Success: Read to Succeed and St. Luke’s United Way Family Resource Center

September 21, 2015
NASHVILLE, TN - It’s ten o’clock on a busy Tuesday morning. The toddlers are taking over Liz Chunga’s classroom at St. Luke’s United Way Family Resource Center. Their energy and enthusiasm brings back fond memories for Liz. She’s currently a teacher at St. Luke’s.
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Family Mealtime Improves Health, Strengthens Family Bonds

November 26, 2014
From nutrition experts to pediatric researchers, much attention has been devoted to the importance of family mealtime in recent headlines. The reason why is important: Research shows that eating a meal together three times per week improves health and strengthens family bonds. With this in mind, United Way recently launched a campaign called “Eat Together,” which educates the community about the many physical and mental benefits of sharing a meal as a family.
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The Time to Sign Up for Health Insurance is Now

November 26, 2014
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the number of individuals who are uninsured has decreased significantly since 2013. Despite the decrease, however, the need for coverage remains for thousands of individuals and families in Tennessee who are not covered by their employer or are unemployed. As open enrollment only lasts a short time, health insurance enrollment specialists are providing free help to those who need it, allowing them to receive coverage before January 1 and also before they will incur fines in early 2015.
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United Way Receives $23,031 Corporate Investment from XMi

November 21, 2014
United Way of Metropolitan Nashville’s corporate partners impact the Nashville community every day, making it a better place to live for everyone.

XMi, a key corporate partner, presented United Way of Metropolitan Nashville with a check for more than $23,000 on Nov. 21. The funds represent contributions to XMi’s successful annual campaign.
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United Way Receives $70,601 Corporate Investment from TN Media

November 21, 2014
United Way of Metropolitan Nashville’s corporate partners impact the Nashville community every day, making it a better place to live for everyone.

TN Media, a key corporate partner, presented United Way of Metropolitan Nashville with a check for more than $70,000 on Nov. 19. The funds represent contributions to TN Media’s successful annual campaign.
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United Way Receives $149,808 Corporate Investment from Cummins

November 18, 2014
United Way of Metropolitan Nashville’s corporate partners impact the Nashville community every day, making it a better place to live for everyone.

Cummins, a key corporate partner, presented United Way of Metropolitan Nashville with a check for more than $149,000 on Nov. 14. The funds represent contributions to Cummins’ successful annual campaign.
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United Way Receives $329,006 Corporate Investment from SunTrust

November 14, 2014
United Way of Metropolitan Nashville’s corporate partners impact the Nashville community every day, making it a better place to live for everyone.

SunTrust, a key corporate partner, presented United Way of Metropolitan Nashville with a check for more than $329,000 on Nov. 14. The funds represent contributions to SunTrust’s successful annual campaign.
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United Way Receives $134,185 Corporate Investment from OHL

November 12, 2014
United Way of Metropolitan Nashville’s corporate partners impact the Nashville community every day, making it a better place to live for everyone.

OHL, a key corporate partner, presented United Way of Metropolitan Nashville with a check for more than $134,000 on Nov. 12. The funds represent contributions to OHL’s successful annual campaign.
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United Way Receives $1,426,397 Corporate Investment from Ingram

November 07, 2014
United Way of Metropolitan Nashville’s corporate partners impact the Nashville community every day, making it a better place to live for everyone.

Ingram, a key corporate partner, presented United Way of Metropolitan Nashville with a check for over $1.4 million on Nov. 6. The funds represent contributions to Ingram’s successful annual campaign.
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United Way Needs Volunteers to Put Dollars Back in Pockets

November 06, 2014
Throughout the year, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville volunteers make an impact on the community by reading to children, creating community gardens, assembling bags full of baby items for at-risk mothers, and distributing backpacks full of supplies to children on the first day of school. During this time of year, United Way needs volunteers to impact people’s lives in the area of financial stability. Today, United Way begins recruiting volunteers to help with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, a service that provides free tax preparation to working individuals and families in Middle Tennessee.
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United Way Receives $341,959 Corporate Investment from Rogers Group

October 28, 2014
October 28, 2014, NASHVILLE, TENN. – United Way of Metropolitan Nashville’s corporate partners impact the Nashville community every day, making it a better place to live for everyone.

Rogers Group, a key corporate partner, presented United Way of Metropolitan Nashville with a check for nearly $342,000 on Sept. 19. The funds represent contributions to Rogers Group’s successful annual campaign.
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United Way to Implement New Case Management Model for Homeless MNPS Students

October 28, 2014
To 3,200 MNPS students, “homeless” has a variety of definitions. It could mean that they live in a shelter or transitional housing; are “doubled up” with friends and family; live in motels or at a campground; or live in a car, abandoned building, or other location not meant for sleeping. These 3,200 students, although they come from a variety of backgrounds, have one thing in common: They need help. United Way of Metropolitan Nashville is working in partnership with United Way of Central Ohio, the Siemer Family Foundation, Catholic Charities of Middle Tennessee and Safe Haven Family Shelter to provide such help, through a case management model that has proven successful in other states.

The initiative is called the Nashville Family Empowerment Program. This evidence-based case management model is designed to serve homeless students and their families or students and families who are at risk of homelessness.
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United Way Receives $346,017 Corporate Investment from Bridgestone Americas

October 24, 2014
United Way of Metropolitan Nashville’s corporate partners impact the Nashville community every day, making it a better place to live for everyone.

Bridgestone Americas, a key corporate partner, presented United Way of Metropolitan Nashville with a check for more than $346,000 on Oct. 21. The funds represent contributions to Bridgestone’s successful annual campaign.
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United Way Receives $112,230 Corporate Investment from Northwestern Mutual

October 24, 2014
United Way of Metropolitan Nashville’s corporate partners impact the Nashville community every day, making it a better place to live for everyone.

Northwestern Mutual, a key corporate partner, presented United Way of Metropolitan Nashville with a check for nearly $113,000 on Oct. 17. The funds represent contributions to Northwestern Mutual’s successful annual campaign.
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United Way Receives $66,218 Corporate Investment from NES

October 24, 2014
United Way of Metropolitan Nashville’s corporate partners impact the Nashville community every day, making it a better place to live for everyone.

NES, a key corporate partner, presented United Way of Metropolitan Nashville with a check for nearly $67,000 on Oct. 21. The funds represent contributions to NES’ successful annual campaign.
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2014 Hometown Huddle with the Tennessee Titans and United Way

October 21, 2014

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2014 Titans Hometown Huddle Event

October 17, 2014
The NFL/United Way “Hometown Huddle” is a league-wide day of service that provides NFL players, owners, coaches and staff from each team with the opportunity to participate in a variety of community service activities. For the past six seasons, Hometown Huddle has been dedicated to showing league and team support for the NFL PLAY 60 initiative, where teams around the league come together on one day to build playgrounds, indoor fitness zones and host health and wellness activities for youth in local communities. Started in 1999 by the NFL and United Way, Hometown Huddle continues to make a difference in NFL communities.
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United Way Receives $112,366 Campaign Investment from GS&P

October 10, 2014
United Way of Metropolitan Nashville’s corporate partners impact the Nashville community every day, making it a better place to live for everyone.

Gresham, Smith and Partners, a key corporate partner, presented United Way of Metropolitan Nashville with a check for nearly $113,000 on Oct. 9. The funds represent contributions to GS&P’s successful annual campaign.
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United Way Receives $394,504 Campaign Investment from UPS

October 10, 2014
United Way of Metropolitan Nashville’s corporate partners impact the Nashville community every day, making it a better place to live for everyone.

UPS, a key corporate partner, presented United Way of Metropolitan Nashville with a check for nearly $395,000 on Oct. 9. The funds represent contributions to UPS’ successful annual campaign.
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United Way Receives $364,791 Corporate Investment from Corrections Corporation of America (CCA)

October 03, 2014
United Way of Metropolitan Nashville’s corporate partners impact the Nashville community every day, making it a better place to live for everyone.

CCA, a key corporate partner, presented United Way of Metropolitan Nashville with a check for nearly $365,000 on Oct. 3. The funds represent contributions to CCA’s successful annual campaign.
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Attend Sixth Annual Imagination Library Fundraising Celebration October 24

September 22, 2014
Beginning in August and throughout September, the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation celebrated its 10th anniversary and the milestone of having delivered more than 20 million books to children across Tennessee since its inception. This month, the Imagination Library of Middle Tennessee, in partnership with the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation, will prepare for the sixth annual Imagination Library of Middle Tennessee fundraising celebration, Reading Roundup. The event will be held on Friday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. UBS is the presenting sponsor for the event, CCA & VACO are platinum sponsors, and The Tennessean is the media sponsor.
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EY Celebrates Fifth Annual EY Connect Day with United Way Volunteer Project

September 17, 2014
September 17, 2014, NASHVILLE, Tenn. – EY, a longtime supporter of United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, will commemorate its fifth annual EY Connect Day with United Way on Sept. 19. EY Connect Day is one day of service in hundreds of cities across the United States, and in Nashville, the EY office will close so employees can focus on making a distinct, powerful impact on the community through this opportunity.
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Imagination Library Week Creates Volunteer Reading Opportunities Sept. 15-18

September 15, 2014
September 15, 2014, NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Throughout August and September, the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation has been commemorating its tenth anniversary and the milestone of distributing more than 20 million books to children in Tennessee. There are even more children who could benefit from the Imagination Library, and as the local Imagination Library affiliate for Davidson, Williamson and Sumner counties, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville will work to bring awareness of this book program during Imagination Library Week, September 15-18, 2014.
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Fourth Annual Caterpillar Financial Services One Mile Walk & 5K Run Benefits United Way Campaign

August 12, 2014
To kick off its annual United Way of Metropolitan Nashville campaign in a fun and healthy way, Caterpillar Financial Services will hold a One Mile Walk & 5K Run on Thursday, August 14. Caterpillar Financial Services’ campaign committee has collaborated with United Way to plan the race as part of the strong and dynamic partnership the companies share. Employees engaged in the campaign aim to build awareness of and increase investments in United Way’s programs to improve the lives of thousands of Nashville residents in the community.
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Backpack Distribution on the First Day of School 8.6.14 - Fox 17 at 8:30 a.m.

August 06, 2014

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Backpack Distribution on the First Day of School 8.6.14 - Fox 17 at 8 a.m.

August 06, 2014

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Backpack Distribution on the First Day of School 8.6.14 - Fox 17 at 7:30 a.m.

August 06, 2014

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Backpack Distribution on the First Day of School 8.6.14 - Fox 17 at 7 a.m.

August 06, 2014

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Backpack Distribution on the First Day of School 8.6.14 - Fox 17 at 6:45 a.m.

August 06, 2014

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United Way and Bridgestone Provide Record Number of Backpacks to At-risk Students

August 01, 2014
Bridgestone Americas’ presenting sponsorship of United Way of Metropolitan Nashville’s Stuff the Bus Days of Action and ongoing partnership means that approximately 7,500 at-risk students across Nashville will receive backpacks full of the school supplies necessary to begin the school year right on MNPS’ first day of school August 6. The backpack distribution on the first day of school is the culmination of a summer-long series of events during Stuff the Bus Days of Action, designed to raise awareness and school supplies for at-risk students in MNPS. These crucial school supplies ensure that they begin the school year excited to learn and prepared for success.
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Volunteers Transform Classrooms to Prepare for Read to Succeed Expansion at Napier Elementary

July 30, 2014
Today, approximately 60 United Way volunteers will be cleaning classrooms and assembling and setting up furniture to ensure readiness on the first day of school for 78 pre-K students and 13 teachers at Napier Elementary.

Napier Elementary, one of the lowest performing schools in the state, will serve as the newest United Way Read to Succeed site this fall, due to a strong partnership between United Way and Metro Nashville Public Schools. United Way Read to Succeed is an early literacy program for children in at-risk neighborhoods, providing reading readiness skills they need to be successful throughout school and life.
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United Way Volunteers Stuff the Bus

July 24, 2014

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Nashville United Way Stuffs a Bigger Bus

July 24, 2014

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News 2 Personalities Help “Stuff the Bus” with School Supplies for Students

July 24, 2014

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Stuff the Bus Benefits Local Students in Need

July 24, 2014

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United Way and Bridgestone Rally Over 400 Volunteers to Assemble 7,100 Backpacks at Sort-a-Thon

July 21, 2014
On Thurs., July 24, more than 400 volunteers will meet at Greer Stadium to participate in United Way’s Stuff the Bus Days of Action Sort-a-Thon. Presented by Bridgestone Americas, the Stuff the Bus Sort-a-Thon is a crucial part of United Way’s summer-long focus on providing at-risk students in the Nashville community with the school supplies necessary to excite children about learning and prepare them for the school year ahead.
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Scoop Up Cheap School Supplies and Help United Way Stuff the Bus

July 21, 2014

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Volunteers Host Field Day for Nashville Children in Need

July 10, 2014

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Kingston & Oklahoma Play 3rd & Lindsley Show to Benefit Stuff the Bus Days of Action

July 03, 2014
On Wednesday, July 9, Nashvillians have a unique opportunity to put critical school supplies in the hands of more than 7,100 at-risk students in the community through United Way’s Stuff the Bus Days of Action, simply by purchasing tickets to a concert.
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Giving Kids the Right Start at School - United Way Launches Annual Stuff the Bus Campaign

July 01, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 1, 2014) Thousands of MNPS students will start the school year with the supplies they need to succeed, thanks to a new partnership between United Way of Metropolitan Nashville and Bridgestone Americas.

The Nashville-based tire manufacturer is joining forces with the nonprofit to serve as presenting sponsor for Stuff the Bus Days of Action, which puts school supplies in the hands of 7,100 at-risk students at seven Metro Nashville Public Schools, 18 United Way Family Resource Centers and 27 partner agencies in the community. Bridgestone’s support more than doubles the impact Stuff the Bus had in 2013, when supplies went to every student at three elementary schools, 18 United Way Family Resource Centers and 23 partner agencies.

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Nashville Sounds Charity Night May 31 Benefits Children in Need through Stuff the Bus Days of Action

May 29, 2014
Statistics show that approximately 60,000 children in Metro Nashville Public Schools are living in some type of poverty. Their families do not have the resources to purchase pencils, paper, scissors and more so that their children begin the school year with confidence and dignity. That is why United Way will again host Stuff the Bus Days of Action, an annual drive that provides school supplies to at-risk students in Nashville.

The Nashville Sounds Charity Night on May 31 is the first opportunity of many to support Stuff the Bus Days of Action. Simply purchase a ticket, and two dollars of every ticket purchase supports Stuff the Bus. Game attendees can also drop off a school supply and bid on custom Nashville Sounds jerseys worn by players.
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Community Baby Shower to Help the Neediest Infants

May 19, 2014

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United Way Throws Its Fifth Annual Baby Shower

May 14, 2014
May 14, 2014, NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Many women are familiar with the events that take place at most baby showers—the expectant mom receives all of the essentials that she will need to handle the exciting new chapter of her life. For most moms, having the essentials makes preparing for and having a baby that much easier. With that in mind, and with Mother’s Day taking place in May, this year United Way will throw its fifth annual Community Baby Shower for at-risk mothers and babies in Nashville.
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Dig, Paint and Garden During United Way’s Dirty Hands, Big Hearts Days of Action

April 08, 2014
April 8, 2014, NASHVILLE, Tenn. – United Way recognizes that community change is gradual, but concentrated efforts in specific locations make a big difference to neighborhoods and those who live there. Various United Way Family Resource Centers and the Nashville Financial Empowerment Center will provide volunteers with the opportunity to witness transformation first-hand. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days of the year, United Way and its dedicated group of volunteers and advocates make an impact on the Nashville community in the areas of Education, Financial Stability and Health. They volunteer in a multitude of ways and help thousands of people find resources that will help them improve their lives.
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United Way’s Advocate Celebration Recognizes the Collective Impact of Corporate Partners

April 01, 2014
On Tuesday, April 3, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, Mayor Karl Dean, local business leaders and countless advocates in the Nashville community will come together at United Way’s Advocate Celebration to recognize the corporate partners that created an impact on Nashville in 2013.
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Nashville Throws “Incredible Baby Shower” for New and Expectant Mothers

March 27, 2014
In celebration of new and expectant mothers and their families, the Metro Nashville Public Health Department, Tennessee State University and United Way of Metropolitan Nashville will throw Nashville’s Incredible Baby Shower on Thurs., April 3, from 1 - 4 p.m. The event will be held in the Gentry Center on TSU’s main campus.
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United Way Volunteers Sort Thousands of Books for At-Risk Children, Encourage Reading

March 18, 2014
Books have the ability to excite children about learning and positively impact their lives. United Way’s Reading Days of Action will culminate on Thurs., March 20 with a Sort-a-Thon event, where volunteers will sort books from the collection drive and fill thousands of backpacks that will be distributed to United Way Read to Succeed sites by UPS, a United Way corporate partner.
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United Way Participates in America Saves Week, February 24 - March 1

February 24, 2014
February 24, 2014, NASHVILLE, Tenn. – United Way of Metropolitan Nashville will join the University of Tennessee Extension, Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions, Tennessee Financial Education Commission, and more than 1,000 non-profit, government, and corporate organizations in America Saves Week, Feb. 24 – March 1, 2014. America Saves Week is a national effort to encourage consumers to be more conscientious with saving their money.
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Confused About the New Healthcare Law? United Way Can Help!

February 13, 2014
February 13, 2014, NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Do you need to sign up for a health insurance plan? Are you confused or overwhelmed by the new healthcare law? United Way of Metropolitan Nashville can help. From now until the federal deadline of March 31, healthcare enrollment specialists are available and offering free help for those who would like to sign up for a health insurance plan at four locations where VITA free tax prep services also are offered.
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United Way Saves Money on Tax Prep for Those Making $58,000 or Less

January 23, 2014
January 23, 2014, Nashville, TENN. – Did you or someone you know make $58,000 or less in 2013? If so, there is no need to pay for tax preparation when tax season starts on January 31, thanks to United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. With the average cost to have taxes prepared at a traditional site ranging from $200-300, and with the ability to file for free through VITA, Nashville residents can keep more of the money they’ve earned
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Why Now Is the Right Time to Think About Taxes

December 18, 2013
Nashville, TENN. (December 18, 2013) – In December, many Middle Tennessee families’ attention is on gifts rather than taxes. However, planning for tax season in December rather than in January, when people typically receive their last paycheck, could mean financial success for families. Managers of United Way of Metropolitan Nashville’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, a free tax preparation service for individuals and families who made $58,000 or less last year, provide insight regarding why now is the right time for people to get their finances in order and get the most out of the upcoming tax season.
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United Way of Metropolitan Nashville Invites You to Join the National #GivingTuesday Movement

December 02, 2013
United Way of Metropolitan Nashville is joining the national #GivingTuesday movement to inspire people to take action to improve their communities and give back to help create a better world for everyone. On December 3, 2013, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, United Way will once again leverage social media to create a national movement dedicated to giving, just as Black Friday and Cyber Monday have been positioned to be synonymous with holiday shopping.
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United Way Read to Succeed Program Holds First Pre-K Education Conference

November 08, 2013
November 8, 2013, Nashville, TENN. – Since 2004, United Way’s Read to Succeed program has provided early literacy skills to more than 10,000 children in the Nashville community, preparing them for kindergarten. On November 11, it is the educators’ turn to learn, as more than 250 educators who teach United Way Read to Succeed students will attend United Way of Metropolitan Nashville’s “It Begins with Me” Conference.
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2013 Titans Hometown Huddle Event

October 29, 2013
The NFL/United Way “Hometown Huddle” is a league-wide day of service that provides NFL players, owners, coaches and staff from each team with the opportunity to participate in a variety of community-service activities. For the past five seasons, Hometown Huddle has been dedicated to showing league and team support for the NFL PLAY 60 initiative, where teams around the league come together on one day to build playgrounds, indoor fitness zones and host health and wellness activities for youth in local communities. Started in 1999 by the NFL and United Way, the goal of Hometown Huddle continues to be helping make a difference in NFL communities.
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2013 Nashville Half & Full Marathon Presented by the Hard Rock Cafe to Benefit United Way

October 28, 2013
October 28, 2013, Nashville, TENN. – Now in its fourth year, the Nashville Half & Full Marathon presented by the Hard Rock Cafe, is the second largest marathon attended in Nashville. For the first time, the 2013 Nashville Half & Full Marathon presented by the Hard Rock Cafe will support United Way of Metropolitan Nashville. Proceeds from the event will support United Way’s most critical events in the community; Days of Action - unparalleled, life-changing volunteer opportunities designed to make our community stronger.
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Volunteering for VITA Provides Unique, Rewarding Volunteer Experience

October 16, 2013
October 16, 2013, NASHVILLE, Tenn. —Volunteers often list the desire to make a difference, help someone in need, and expand professional skills as reasons why they give their time. Fortunately for volunteers in Nashville, there is an opportunity where they can achieve all three goals. Today, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville begins volunteer recruitment for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, a service that provides free tax preparation to working individuals and families in Middle Tennessee. United Way is actively recruiting volunteers to help with this service, one that returned $19.1 million to Nashville residents in 2012.
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United Way’s 2-1-1 Helpline Providing Essential Help During Government Shutdown

October 11, 2013
October 11, 2013, NASHVILLE, Tenn.—As the government shutdown continues to impact families in Middle Tennessee and around the country, some people might be wondering how they will be able to access essential resources for their families. The shutdown may be impacting working individuals, families and seniors who rely on government assistance to meet basic needs. United Way of Metropolitan Nashville encourages Nashville residents who need help in the form of food, shelter, rent assistance, and other services to dial the United Way 2-1-1 Helpline. As this is not a government program, the helpline is fully operational and information specialists’ ability to connect people with valuable services is unaffected by the shutdown.
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Fifth Annual Imagination Library of Middle Tennessee Fundraiser, Reading Roundup, is October 25

September 24, 2013
September 24, 2013, NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Although school is back in session and sales on back to school supplies have nearly ended, the focus on education is important as ever in Nashville, as United Way of Metropolitan Nashville and the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation prepare for the Reading Roundup, the fifth annual fundraiser for the Imagination Library of Middle Tennessee. The event will be held on Friday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. VACO, LLC is the presenting sponsor for the event.
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Mayor Celebrates Early Success of Nashville Financial Empowerment Center

September 19, 2013
September 19, 2013, NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean today recognized the results of the Nashville Financial Empowerment Center after its first seven months serving Nashvillians. The Financial Empowerment Center, with multiple locations in Nashville, recently served its 500th client since opening on March 12, 2013. The Financial Empowerment Centers also have held more than 1,100 individual counseling sessions since launch.
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Imagination Library Week Creates Volunteer Reading Opportunities

September 16, 2013
September 16, 2013, NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On September 9, 2013, Governor Haslam declared September 15-21, 2013 “Imagination Library Week.” During this week, local Imagination Library affiliates in all 95 counties will work to boost enrollment across the state by bringing awareness of this book program to communities. In celebration of the partnership between United Way of Metropolitan Nashville and the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation to form the Imagination Library of Middle Tennessee (Nashville’s local Imagination Library affiliate), Imagination Library Week will provide volunteers the opportunity to share the joy of reading with children across Nashville.
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Opportunity to Celebrate First Responders and Give Back to the Community

September 11, 2013
September 11, 2013, NASHVILLE, Tenn. –Twelve years later, September 11 remains a day of reflection and remembrance. Some people reflect on the lives of those affected by the tragedy, some think about the sacrifices made by first responders, and some show appreciation for life. September 11 remains an important date throughout every community in America. In Nashville, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville will commemorate September 11 and the National Day of Service by encouraging Nashville residents to give back to the community by volunteering.
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Impact of Stuff the Bus Increases to Include Third Elementary School

July 29, 2013
Due to the recent success of United Way of Metropolitan Nashville’s Stuff the Bus Days of Action school supply drive, United Way will distribute 5,000 backpacks to 18 United Way Family Resource Centers, 23 partner agencies and three Metro Nashville Public Schools to support students’ success in education throughout the year. More than 1,300 at-risk students at Napier, Tusculum and Fall-Hamilton elementary schools will receive a new backpack full of the school supplies they need on the first day of school, August 1.
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Students to Receive 5,000 Backpacks from 2013 Stuff the Bus Days of Action

July 23, 2013
United Way’s summer-long focus and largest community engagement event of the year, Stuff the Bus Days of Action, has engaged volunteers, advocates and corporate partners in a collection drive for at-risk students in Nashville. Stuff the Bus Days of Action ensures that students begin the school year with the supplies they need to succeed. By participating in supply drives in the community and the Stuff the Bus Days of Action Corporate Challenge, countless Nashville residents have worked together to make an impact on education in our city.
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Longtime United Way Volunteer Receives Top National Community Service Award

July 18, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 18, 2013) –United Way of Metropolitan Nashville and two organizations in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters (a United Way partner agency) and Safe Haven Family Shelter, will share a $25,000 grant from Northwestern Mutual Foundation in honor of Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Advisor Chad Greer. Greer has been named Northwestern Mutual’s “Most Exceptional Volunteer” in the company’s national Community Service Award program.
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United Way Family Resource Center Field Day Unites Volunteers & Students

July 08, 2013
On Tuesday, July 9, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., volunteers will interact with students in the community who are served at United Way Family Resource Centers by engaging in activities such as the egg toss, yard darts, potato sack races and tug of war, all in support of Stuff the Bus Days of Action.
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United Way Connects Pathway of Education with Reading Results Announcement

July 08, 2013
Tennessee’s First Lady Crissy Haslam, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and over 100 parents, educators, and community volunteers will join United Way of Metropolitan Nashville to celebrate the 2013 results of United Way’s Read to Succeed program and the importance of early childhood learning at the Napier United Way Family Resource Center on Tuesday, July 9 at 3 p.m.
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United Way Launches Annual Stuff the Bus Days of Action School Supply Drive

June 20, 2013
With the School Zone lights off in the morning and less traffic near local schools, it might be a little early for some Nashville residents to get into the “back-to-school” mentality. United Way of Metropolitan Nashville is getting an early start on helping thousands of children in need begin the school year right as it launches its annual Stuff the Bus Days of Action on June 20 at the Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive Launch Concert. Stuff the Bus Days of Action is a summer-long series of events and volunteer opportunities to provide at-risk students in Nashville with the supplies they need to succeed during the school year.
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United Way of Metropolitan Nashville Receives $349,029 Investment from SunTrust Bank

June 13, 2013
In 2012, SunTrust Bank, a key community partner, provided United Way of Metropolitan Nashville with a $150,000 corporate investment. Additionally, SunTrust Bank associates pledged $199,029 in 2012, bringing their total contribution to $349,029.
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Singing for Pencils: Stuff the Bus Launch Concert Kicks Off United Way’s School Supply Drive

June 11, 2013
Local songwriters are submitting entries now for the LIVE UNITED Song Contest, all in the name of providing at-risk children with the school supplies they need to begin the school year. The LIVE UNITED Song Contest and Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive Launch Concert, where finalists will perform their songs in front of music industry professionals, mark the beginning of United Way’s annual Stuff the Bus Days of Action.
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tnAchieves to Offer Community College Education to at least 1,600 Nashville Public School Seniors

June 03, 2013
Recently, Governor Bill Haslam, along with Mayor Karl Dean and tnAchieves Chairman and Special Advisor to the Governor on Higher Education Randy Boyd, met with Nashville business, philanthropic, and education leaders to discuss the expansion of tnAchieves into Metro Nashville Public Schools.
While fundraising efforts continue, thanks to the generous support of Joe and Dorothy Scarlett as well as United Way of Metropolitan Nashville and Mr. Boyd, tnAchieves will launch in the public high schools with the lowest college-going rates this fall.

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The Dollywood Foundation Announces Transition of Books from Birth of Middle Tennessee

June 03, 2013
Today, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville will assume responsibility for Books from Birth of Middle Tennessee’s Imagination Library, a program that distributes books to children from birth up to five years old across Davidson, Williamson and Sumner counties at no charge to families. Now known as the Imagination Library/Books from Birth partnership, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville is assuming operations from Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, which has run the program since its inception.

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United Way Selected for Partnership with Nashville Sounds

May 29, 2013
United Way of Metropolitan Nashville and the Nashville Sounds Foundation today announce a partnership to both recognize and increase volunteerism in the community.

The partnership includes two efforts to reach fans and local advocates in the Nashville area; in June, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville will be the Sounds CARE (Community Awareness Responsibility Effort) official charity partner. United Way is one of the program’s four charities for the 2013 season. Additionally, throughout the season, Sounds fans have the opportunity to participate in the “Grand Slam Volunteer” partnership.

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United Way Receives $435,570 Investment from Publix and Publix Super Markets Charities

May 22, 2013
United Way of Metropolitan Nashville’s corporate partners engage with and impact the Nashville community 24-7-365.

On May 7, 2013, Publix Super Markets Charities, a key community partner, presented United Way of Metropolitan Nashville with a $187,100 campaign match contribution. Additionally, Publix associates have pledged $248,470, bringing their total contribution to $435,570.

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Dirty Hands, Big Hearts Days of Action Kicks Off National Volunteer Week

April 22, 2013
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville is committed to making an impact on the community through dozens of initiatives and partner agencies, hundreds of corporate partnerships, and countless leaders and volunteers. Its mission is a simple one: to drive lasting change in the community. Changing the community involves uniting volunteers and leaders to improve places that need the most help. That idea is the foundation for the first United Way of Metropolitan Nashville Dirty Hands, Big Hearts Days of Action, which take place during National Volunteering Week, April 22-26, 2013.
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United Way, Mayor Dean Recognize Local Impact at United Way Advocate Celebration April 11

April 11, 2013
On Thursday, April 11 at 5 p.m., United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, Mayor Karl Dean, and countless advocates in the Nashville community will come together to celebrate how we are working together to create an upward trajectory for countless people in Nashville at United Way’s Advocate Celebration.

The awards ceremony is how United Way recognizes local business partners, volunteers, advocates and investors in the Nashville community. Throughout the year, those business partners and individuals represent positive change by volunteering for community engagement events, spreading the United Way message and investing in United Way’s impact, all making Nashville a better place to live.

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United Way Read to Succeed Sites Receive More Than 2,000 Backpacks

March 15, 2013
Throughout February and March, more than 170 United Way of Metropolitan Nashville volunteers have given their time to participate in United Way Reading Days of Action, a series of community engagement events all in the name of spreading the joy of reading across Nashville. Volunteers participated in a variety of opportunities to engage with more than 300 children at United Way Read to Succeed sites. Volunteers have helped collect books for the collection drive; spent time with children at a Dr. Seuss Activity Fair and various reading days; and participated in a social media challenge to log time spent reading. Volunteer participation for this event is more than double the participation level in 2011.
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Mayor, United Way Open Financial Empowerment Center to Help Low-Income Residents Reduce Debt

March 12, 2013
Mayor Karl Dean today opened the Nashville Financial Empowerment Center at the Foster Street Center in east Nashville and at the Casa Azafran Community Center in south Nashville, where free one-on-one financial counseling will be provided to city residents. Nashville is one of five U.S. cities to launch the program thanks to a $2 million grant from the Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Fund. The CFE Fund is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors project, which aims to spread proven and promising ideas among cities.
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Congressman Jim Cooper Visits United Way VITA Super Site

March 08, 2013
Thousands of people in Davidson County have something in common: They have already checked a major item off their to-do list for 2013. Thousands of working individuals and families have not only filed their taxes, but have done so for free through the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville Volunteer Income Assistance (VITA) program. Each year, this program helps those who make $57,000 or less receive free tax preparation, and in 2012, VITA volunteers helped more than 10,000 working individuals and families in Davidson County receive more than $19.1 million in refunds. Paid tax preparation sites charge an average of $200, so by visiting a VITA site and receiving free tax prep from an IRS-certified VITA volunteer, working individuals and families can keep more of the money they have earned.
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United Way Opens Doors of Free Tax Prep Sites

February 04, 2013
Now that January 31 has come and gone, and with proof of 2012 income in hand, most working individuals and families in Nashville have begun thinking about tax season. Today, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites will open their doors to provide tax preparation services for free to thousands of working individuals and families. VITA sites are open now through April 15.
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United Way of Metropolitan Nashville Receives $25,000 Corporate Investment from Fifth Third Bank

January 30, 2013
On January 13, 2013, the Fifth Third Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee, a key corporate partner, presented United Way of Metropolitan Nashville with a $25,000 corporate investment. The $25,000 is a local portion of what Fifth Third Bank contributes to other United Ways across the country every year.
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Nashville One of Five Cities Selected for $16.2 Million Investment

January 08, 2013
Nashville has been selected as one of five cities to receive a grant to help low-income residents reduce debt and build assets through free, one-on-one financial counseling incorporated into existing services offered in the city. The Office of Mayor Karl Dean and United Way of Metropolitan Nashville are partners in the grant funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies and Living Cities’ Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Fund. The three-year grant will serve an estimated 5,000 Nashvillians at Financial Empowerment Centers, which will be run by United Way of Metropolitan Nashville. At the Centers, financial counselors will teach clients how to open safe and affordable checking accounts, establish a credit score, maintain a positive balance, decrease debt and maintain savings.
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