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One Little Number. So Many Reasons.

February 20, 2017


Most everyone knows to call 9-1-1 in an emergency and they will be helped with dispatched police, fire or medical responders if necessary.

But did you know there is another three digit number to call in non-emergency situations that is a free and confidential service that helps people find the local resources they need 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year?

It's 2-1-1.

Every day people across our community turn to 2-1-1 for information and support - whether financial, health or other challenges, often for the first time. It's a confidential referral and information helpline, website and app that connects people of all ages to the essential health and human services they need.

The caller is connected to a resource specialist who can put them in touch with organizations that provide critical services that can improve - and save - lives...

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Mentoring - Just Being There Is Enough

January 18, 2017

Matt Bowman

Physical Therapist
Agility Health

I know it sounds dumb sometimes but when people ask me why I mentor I say "because I can." Same as when people ask me why I run..."because I can." I think to me that means that every one of us has the ability to mentor. Mentoring is just your story shared with others. But just as important, it's their story shared with you. It's not trying to fix someone...it's just listening. It's showing someone that life is about opportunity. No matter what decisions you've made in the past, or will continue to make in the future, you always have opportunity.

Personally for me, I get the opportunity to mentor young boys, most of whom do not have a father or consistent adult male in their life. I lost my father to cancer when I was 27, so I have lived a large portion of my life without a father. I didn't ask for it, just like the boys I mentor didn't ask for their fathers to not be present in their lives. Mentoring gives me the opportunity to go through life with other sons just like me. We learn from each other.


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Mentoring Provides our Youth Purpose AND Success

January 11, 2017
Pashens L. Fitzpatrick

Pashens L. Fitzpatrick

Woman, Christian, Attorney,
Mentor, Sister, Child, Friend

HSGrad_Mentoring_edit.jpgWhen asked why I mentor children, for me the answer is simple - It's a calling, so how can I not?

At an early age, my parents put my siblings and I in several different activities to expose us to new people, different cultures, and family lifestyles. For me, being active and involved made all the difference. Organizations like the Girls Scouts, Black Achievers, church choir, and many other youth groups shaped who I became, gave me purpose, fostered in me a love for being with and helping others, taught me commitment to others, and gave me personal fulfillment. It is my strong desire to share that with the kids I mentor.

Today many children simply do not have purpose. They sit at home unfulfilled and bored because many parents today do not understand the importance of social and educational enrichment and for their child to be a part of something. They do not get the role this plays in teaching compassion, as well as getting their kids into college and on the path to a successful future.


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It's an honor to introduce myself

January 03, 2017
Theresa Reno-Weber

Theresa Reno-Weber

President & CEO
Metro United Way



Dear Metro United Way Friends and Family -

Happy New Year!

I am truly honored to be writing to you as Metro United Way's new President and CEO, beginning today! As we head into 2017 and Metro United Way's centennial year, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and say thank you to each of you for your continuous support of Metro United Way. Without you, Metro United Way would not be in our community doing such necessary and impactful work.

Throughout my life and career, I have been driven by a desire to positively impact the lives of others. I have been fortunate to follow a path that has allowed me to do that in a number of settings: from my earliest beginnings as a Girl Scout Gold Awardee, to protecting our borders and the lives of others as an officer in the United States Coast Guard, while developing effective strategies for non-profits and federal agencies to scale their impact as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, and to most recently creating a nationally recognized city office focused on delivering better services to individuals across Louisville...


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