LIVING UNITED May 2013
The Pride Council is one of UWD’s many affinity groups that are making an impact on the community – pages 3-7
United Way of Delaware
A message from Michelle A. Taylor
President and Chief Executive Officer, United Way of Delaware Dear Friends, With summer quickly approaching, here at United Way of Delaware (UWD), our work remains “full steam ahead.” We know that the community needs are always urgent, irrespective of the season. So we keep working, with strategy and passion, toward our mission to improve the quality of life for all Delawareans. Through our work around financial empowerment and income, we are proud to announce that Delaware is the #1 state in the country! - with more than 2,000 taxes filed through our My Free Taxes DE program – while at the same time providing Delawareans in need with access to financial coaching to ensure financial stability. One of our primary focuses statewide is Education. At UWD, we believe that thriving children make strong communities. And education needs to start before kindergarten. Research has shown that the first five years of a child’s life are critical to that child’s physical, social, and academic success. To that end, I am proud to continue UWD’s commitment to Delaware Stars for Early Success by chairing the Delaware Early Childhood Council’s Quality Programs and Professionals Committee. We would also like to extend warm congratulations to the Latin American Community Center’s “La Fiesta” program, for being promoted to a 4-star level provider, within the Delaware Stars program! We are pleased to see this very important work progressing. We are in the middle of a great journey in advancing the quality of education throughout Delaware. As we prepare and implement quality programming in our classrooms, we not only affect our youth’s collective academic experience and achievement, but also our collective future prosperity and quality of life, as responsible stewards of our next generation of leaders. Ensuring that children receive high quality early care and education is critical, but it is also vital that they receive the highest quality education through their high school years. To that end, UWD has joined with Innovative Schools, another local nonprofit organization, to help enhance education in key communities throughout Delaware. Through this partnership, UWD will help schools adopt contemporary education models that inspire passionate teaching and promote deeper learning. Together with our partners, we will make sure that our children have every chance to be healthy and productive members of society. As always, I extend my sincere and heartfelt thanks for your constant support of our work. To find out how you can get involved, to give, advocate, and volunteer, give us a call at (302) 573-3708 or visit our website at www.uwde.org. Warm regards,
On the cover: Bob Martz, Tommy Fisher-Klein, John Beckley, Eiontai Sampson, Michelle Taylor and Mark Ladd.
Cover photo by Paul Pruitt
Children from Delaware Futures participate in a Life Defined activity.
Tim Constantine, UWD Board Chair and President of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware, presents his “life map” to students as part of the Life Defined program.
Program connects local leaders to promising youth by Orrin White Through its new Life Defined initiative, United Way of Delaware (UWD) volunteers and staff have found a creative way to reach youth and spread the word about the Developmental Assets. The Developmental Assets, which are the foundation for YHP:IM40 (the Young Health Program), are a list of experiences that youth should have in order to be healthy and do well in school. The Life Defined initiative connects local adult leaders to local promising youth. The adults use a tool called a “life map” to tell their life story to a group of youth. They focus on the events they consider “defining” moments – whether they were good or bad. The youth have an opportunity to interact with the speaker, ask questions, ask for feedback, or share their own stories. The purpose of Life Defined is to demonstrate how
similar life experiences can be, and to show the youth that they are not alone in their struggles or in their successes. The program emphasizes the importance of understanding, acquiring and strengthening assets, rather than focusing on deficits. So far, board members, agency leaders and local politicians have given their life maps, hosted by organizations that have included the Seaford Boys and Girls Club, the Christina Cultural Arts Center, Delaware Futures, YMCA Black Achievers and One Village Alliance. Life Defined facilitates authentic conversations between the youth and their presenter. The youth gain assets through the process, and the adults gain perspective on the lives of Delaware’s youth, many of whom are enrolled in programs supported by UWD. The Life Defined initiative is only just beginning. To learn more or to get involved, contact Orrin White at (302) 573-3787 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Pride with Purpose
photo by Paul Pruitt
UWD’s Pride Council supports the LGBT community, starting with adolescents by Orrin White
additional dancers, singers, and a live band. Many GSAs were involved, including those from William Penn In early April, presidents of Gay-Straight Alliances High School, Howard High School and Conrad School (GSAs) throughout Delaware came of Science. together to host the 2013 “Spring in The Pride Council will be hosting Paradise” Fashion Show at the Baby its next event on May 18. It will be a Grand in Wilmington. The event showcased Movie and Pizza night, to be held at the hard work and leadership of local the St. Thomas Episcopal Church in teens, who literally “ran the show!” Newark from 6 to 9 PM. Middle and The fashion show was sponsored by high school students and their United Way of Delaware’s Pride Council, parents are encouraged to attend. which leverages community resources In addition, the second annual to improve the lives of the LGBT youth Anti-Bullying GSA Conference and adults in Delaware. The event, is scheduled for October 26 at which was youth directed, was the first Appoquinimink High School. More of its kind for the Pride Council and A UNITED WAY OF DELAWARE INITIATIVE details will be forthcoming. proved to be a huge success. More than For more information the about 200 people attended the event, and more than 100 Pride Council and how you can get involved, contact teens participated, including more than 30 models, and Bob Martz at (302) 573-3738 or email@example.com.
Eiontai Sampson, a 17-year-old student, was the event producer. He was the visionary behind the show and managed many aspects of it, including the models’ auditions. UWD nominated him for a Youth Leadership Award, both for his extensive work with the Pride Council and also for his other volunteer work. Governor Jack Markell presented him the award earlier in May.
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Saving Our Sons
UWD’s African-American Initiative urgently seeking male mentors by Tywanda L. Howie Only 47 percent of African-American males in Delaware are graduating from high school, according to The Urgency of Now, a report recently produced by the Schott Foundation. Revive The Village: Back to the Basics, an African-American initiative led by United Way of Delaware (UWD), is focused on changing that statistic and more with its 2013 initiative, called “Saving our Sons.” This initiative is being led by two newly appointed co-chairs: Myron Neal, Assistant Vice President at Bank of America, and Toni Bush-Neal, Executive Advisor to the Executive Director of an agency in Washington, D.C. Most immediately, the group is seeking 100 African-American male mentors to be paired with mentees through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware. Currently, this agency has approximately 100 African-American adolescent boys who are on a wait-list for their mentoring program. “We are seeking 100 ambassadors to join us in this movement. We are putting together a plan that will address
Call to Action: To learn more about Revive the Village, to get involved or to sign up to be a mentor, e-mail Judy Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (302) 573-3725.
the inequities in academics, health, employment, policies and practices. A plan that will focus on solutions, outcomes and measurable results,” said Bush-Neal. The “Saving our Sons” initiative will officially launch at a community breakfast to be held on Saturday, June 15 (Father’s Day) at Stubbs Elementary in Wilmington. The breakfast, which will be from 7:50 to 9:15 AM, will immediately precede another community event -- “Me and My Dad Got Game” – a basketball tournament coordinated by Robert Moore and Team Crossover Elite. “We as African Americans have a very rich and diverse history which gives us a strong foundation to draw from and build upon,” said Myron Neal. “It is important for everyone in Delaware to recognize the need for a strategic focus on young African-American men. There are huge disparities involving employment, economic advancement, education, and health factors, just to name a few, for African-American men versus those measured in similar data pools of other ethnic groups.”
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Young United Professionals Making a Difference YUP is focused on volunteering, networking and professional development by Sarah Kenney Young professionals have long been supporting the mission of United Way of Delaware (UWD). This affinity group was one of the first created, though under a different name, in 2008. This group of energetic professionals volunteered throughout the state, building and maintaining Born Learning Trails. They also had networking mixers, social events, and met with local CEOs and Executive Directors to learn about different paths to professional and civic fulfillment. This group has officially re-launched as the Young United Professionals (YUP for short). Led by Emeka Igwe from his own law office and Michael MacFarland, Regional VP, State of Delaware Market for TD Bank, the group is quickly gaining momentum. UWD is rebuilding the YUP committee, which is composed of professionals from across sectors, from entities that currently include Christiana Care Health System, the Delaware Art Museum, M&T Bank, Delaware State University, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition and more. The group is focused on supporting UWD’s mission by creating a network of
action-oriented young professionals and providing them with volunteering, professional development, and networking opportunities. These opportunities will be focused on creating impact in the areas of Education, Income and Health. YUP invites interested members to join them for a recruitment and networking social on Monday, June 24th at World Café Live at the Queen! We will have light food and drinks, an open mic, raffles, and more! Ten percent of the proceeds will benefit UWD. For more information about YUP and about the June 24th event, please contact Sarah Kenney at (302) 573-3751 or email@example.com.
Women Making Community Change
Women’s Leadership Council focused on empowerment by Sarah Kenney United Way of Delaware (UWD) is one of the most recent United Ways across the globe to create a special Women’s Leadership Council (WLC). UWD’s WLC is a vibrant community of women leaders from across the state. The group is focused on making a making a positive impact on the lives of Delawareans through strategic collaborations. They are in the process of adopting a signature program aimed at empowering women in the early learning profession. “Early care and education is critically important to making sure our children are academically and socially prepared to enter school,” said Michelle A. Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer of UWD. “Therefore, supporting the professionals who care for these young children is key to building strong communities.”
Women in Action mentor & mentee “I made connections with awesome women who inspired me.” - Chadeia Mitchell, Mentee “As a mentor, I received as much, if not more, than I gave… I know the relationship will not end when the program finishes.” - Peggy Smith, Mentor In addition, the WLC is overseeing the Muriel E. Gilman Women in Action Mentoring Program – the only mentoring program in the state in which professional women mentor other professional women, to help them achieve their business and community impact goals, while building longterm fulfilling relationships. Twenty-two pairs recently completed the mentoring program, with more than 10 causes supported and 200 volunteer hours
completed. Twenty-eight new pairs just started on May 9 and will soon announce their community impact projects. For more information and to get involved with WLC, contact Jamee Boone at (302) 573-3795.
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Juntos Con Latinos Unidos
by Tywanda L. Howie
Making up nearly 17 percent of the American population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Latinos are the largest minority group in the country and second largest in Delaware, with more than eight percent of the population being of Hispanic or Latino origin. With these statistics, it’s no surprise that the newest affinity group at United Way of Delaware (UWD) is United Latinos, headed up internally by Wanda Lopez, Associate Director of Community Impact with external leadership from UWD Board Member Tab at ha Castro of The Castro Firm and Jacqueline Ortiz of Christiana Care Health System. This group just had its second official meeting and is beginning to organize around its mission of supporting community initiatives in the Hispanic community with a strategic focus
in Education, Income and Health. “We’re exploring ways to be most effective as a group. Many of us wear multiple hats to ensure representation at decision-making events that impact our community. The discussion is focused on how to support and enhance Hispanic serving organizations and programs while avoiding duplication of efforts,” says Lopez. This inclusive group is comprised of statewide leaders and representatives from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors of the Delaware community. “Our focus is rooted in establishing a unique impact,” says Latinos Unidos member Natalie Torres, Program Manager at Delaware Technical Community College. “ I strongly believe this group will develop a unified voice for Latinos subsequently that will positively impact all Delawareans.” If you are interested in learning more about United Latinos, please e-mail Wanda Lopez at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach her by phone at (302) 573-3761.
Delaware loved My Free Taxes! Delaware led the nation with referrals to free tax program
by Sarah Kenney
United Way of Delaware (UWD) is proud to announce that more than 2,000 Delawareans completed and filed their 2012 taxes using MyFreeTaxesDE.com, a website that is part of a national program to support low and middle-income Americans. The partnership was among UWD, $tand by Me, Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County, Wal-Mart,and the National Disability Institute. Delaware won national acclaim for referring the most people to the My Free Taxes tool, which allowed Delawareans with households income of $57,000 or less to prepare and file their state and federal taxes for free, saving them the usual prep fees while ensuring that they received the credits were entitled to. $tand By Me, the Delaware Financial Empowerment Partnership (DFEP), was one of the key promoters of My Free Taxes. $tand By Me is a joint venture of the State of Delaware and UWD. Its goal is to provide Delawareans with a Personal Financial Coach and a toolkit to increase their financial stability and open future economic opportunities. $tand By Me financial empowerment centers are co-located within public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and businesses that embrace shared goals of reaching and serving Delawareans who want to take charge of their financial future. To learn more about $tand By Me, go to www.standbymede.org.
Want to figure out how to responsibly spend or invest your tax return? Go to www.standbymede.org and make an appointment with a financial coach today!
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Opportunities to Live United May 15, 2013 All Day, Locations Statewide
We are taking over every Buffalo Wild Wings in the state of Delaware. Visit your local Buffalo Wild Wings (for lunch or dinner … or both), present the voucher and 20 percent of your purchase will go to United Way of Delaware! So bring your coworkers, family and friends!
10th Annual Giving on the Greens Golf Tournament June 3, 2013 8 AM start DuPont Country Club Wilmington, DE
Register now! This year, this popular tournament will be held at the popular DuPont course at DuPont Country Club. Contact Sandi Bowe at email@example.com or (302) 573-3759 to register!
100 Men Reading
June 5, 2013 7:30 AM Christiana Care Health System Wilmington Conference Center 501 West 14th Street Wilmington, DE
Brandywine Valley Friends and United Way of Delaware are seeking 100 men to read to children in schools throughout Delaware. Go to www.bvf100menreading.org to learn more or to register.
Day of Action June 21, 2013 All Day, Locations Statewide
June 21 is the longest day of the year, and it’s therefore the opportunity to make the biggest IMPACT, when it comes to volunteering! We will be leading volunteer opportunities throughout the state on this day – including building and revamping several Born Learning Trails. For more information, call us at (302) 573-3708.
AFL-CIO Community Services Golf Tournament
June 18, 2013 5 to 7 PM DuPont Country Club Wilmington, DE Come Celebrate Our Connectivity! Network with your friends, partners and community members while enjoying light drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Don’t miss the Drive to $125 drawing for a 2013 Kia Soul! Visit www.bit.ly/CONNECT2013 to RSVP today!
Sept. 6, 2013 8:15 AM start Back Creek Golf Club Middletown, DE
Join us for a round of golf! This tournament supports AFL-CIO Community Services – one of the longest-lasting United Way partnerships. Contact Tom Callahan at (302) 456-3506 or Robin Lichtenfels at (302) 573-3769 for more information!
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Fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings!
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United Way Online Auction
Congratulations to the 2013 Corporate Award Winners!
In late April, United Way of Delaware (UWD) kicked off its online auction to assist in its efforts to improve the quality of life for Delawareans in the areas of education, income and health. Items include sports memorabilia, fashion and accessories, home goods, lifestyle experiences and more!
Visit http://myworld.ebay.com/unitedwaydelaware to see the items and make your bids now! Bid now, and bid often! And check back, as we will be adding new items daily! On behalf of the community members we serve, thank you for your support. To date, items have been generously donated by companies including Bank of America, DuPont Company, World Café Live, the Philadelphia 76ers, Wilmington University, WSFS Bank, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Empowered Yoga, Hagley Museum and Library, OperaDelaware, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Delmarva Shorebirds, Ashby Hospitality Group, Bertucci’s, and DeTours Touring. If you or your company would like to make a donation, please contact Mary Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (302) 573-3724.
United Way of Delaware The Linden Building, Third Floor 625 North Orange Street Wilmington, DE 19801 Kent County Office Greater Dover Foundation Community Building Suite #2B 101 West Loockerman Street Dover, DE 19904 Sussex County Office 206 Academy Street Suite #2 Georgetown, DE 19947 AFL-CIO Community Services 698 Old Baltimore Pike Newark, DE 19702
3M Foundation President Ian Hardgrove accepts Spirit of America award from United Way Worldwide President and CEO Brian Gallagher. The Spirit of America and Summit Awards are United Way’s highest national honor recognizing elite global corporate leaders for outstanding employee and community engagement and measurable impact in education, income and health. This year, the Spirit of America Award went to 3M, a science and technology company that focuses on encouraging innovation through STEM (science,
technology, engineering, math). In 2012, 3M donated $56.6M in cash and in-kind to education, health and human services, arts and the environment. The company raised $8.6 million for 135 communities nationwide through its United Way campaign, plus employees volunteered 200,000 total hours. Locally, the Newark 3M United Way team increased its UWD contributions by 46 percent over the past year! At this location, the UWD campaign was promoted by Tom Flaherty (plant manager), Elaine Poole, Kelly Tilley, Matt Nye and Delbert Scott. This team managed a variety of fun activities (including a dunk tank!) that raised an additional $1,000! The additional national Summit Award Winners included: • Bank of America • Microsoft Corporation • Comcast Corporation • Wells Fargo • The Mosaic Company • General Motors Thank you to these companies for their national and local support of United Way! Non-Profit Org. U.S. POSTAGE
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