Metro United Way Holds Rally to Reenergize Campaign

Although the Louisville Metro United Way’s annual fundraising campaign doesn’t wrap up until February, it’s holding a pep rally tomorrow to spur giving. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. The rally starts at 7:45 a.m. on the Old Male High School campus on Brook Street. United Way president and CEO Joe Tolan says it’s a way to… Continue reading Metro United Way Holds Rally to Reenergize Campaign

Social Entrepreneurs & Innovators

Many of us say to ourselves (or others) “I’d like to do more, give back, volunteer, but I don’t have the time”. If a busy career keeps you too occupied to fulfill your altruistic side, maybe you should combine the two and become a social entrepreneur. Or, maybe you were one of the many who applied for the Social Innovation prize offered by the Metro United Way.

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Metro United Way Distributes 2008 Funds

Metro United Way’s Board of Directors has authorized the distribution of the millions of dollars the organization raised in 2008. Fundraising dipped to $28.5-million dollars in 2008 from its previous year total of $29.2-million. Spokesperson Mark Zanni says the economy is to blame for the decline, but also the reason why funding of critical projects… Continue reading Metro United Way Distributes 2008 Funds

Kindergarten Countdown Begins

From WFPL’s Cassidy Herrington Louisville government and education officials gathered Wednesday to launch the 2009 edition of the Kindergarten Countdown. The summer program is designed to prepare incoming kindergarten students and their parents for the school year. Dozens of pre-schoolers also took part in the kickoff at the Louisville Free Public Library, where Metro United… Continue reading Kindergarten Countdown Begins

Metro United Way Seeks Social Innovators

A new competition staged by Metro United Way seeks to encourage new ideas in social innovation. The LIVE UNITED Social Innovation Prize is looking for new ideas in the areas of education, income and health. Director of Community Building Howard Mason says the agency is hoping for 100 submissions and proposals on how to put… Continue reading Metro United Way Seeks Social Innovators

Metro United Way Begins Southern Indiana Literacy Program

Metro United Way says illiteracy is an ongoing challenge in the region,  and the agency is starting a new program this week to improve literacy in three southern Indiana counties.   Associate Director of Community Building Kerri Cokeley says it’s a broad problem, but they’re starting with a small area. “We are focusing our efforts… Continue reading Metro United Way Begins Southern Indiana Literacy Program

First-Time Food Bank Visitors Increase

The number of people seeking emergency food assistance in Louisville is going up.  Metro United Way reports the number of people visiting food banks has risen by thirty-percent, and the number of people seeking that kind of assistance for the first time has gone up forty-percent. Metro United Way President Joe Tolan says they’re recruiting… Continue reading First-Time Food Bank Visitors Increase

Metro United Way Announces 2008 Campaign Results

Officials with Metro United Way say their 2008 fundraising campaign finished just below the goal of $29.2 million. Agency president Joe Tolan says the campaign generated $28.5 million for Louisville area charities, but given the state of the economy, he’s pleased with the final total. Tolan says the money will be distributed later this year.… Continue reading Metro United Way Announces 2008 Campaign Results

Debris Clean-Up Offered to Louisville Elderly, Disabled

Metro United Way is teaming up with city government and a local volunteer organization to help those who are physically unable to clean up limbs from last month’s ice storm. Metro United Way will serve as logistical support in the effort, and workers with the group Kentucky Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster will volunteer their… Continue reading Debris Clean-Up Offered to Louisville Elderly, Disabled

Metro United Way Says Campaign is On Target

Metro United Way’s annual campaign is in its final phase and could meet its fundraising goal. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. Metro United Way’s 2007 fund raising campaign fell short of its goal to raise more than $30 million. For the current campaign, the agency set a goal of raising just over the $29.2 million… Continue reading Metro United Way Says Campaign is On Target