With the recent events across our nation, we are deeply saddened by the tragic, senseless death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Our hearts and thoughts go out to his family. We join so many others in the pain and myriad of emotions as we grapple with the implications of not only his death, but others like it and the experiences of those who have been subject to racism and prejudice in our society.
At United Way of the Midlands, our diverse donors, volunteers and staff all care deeply for this community and the people who live here. We understand there is still a long road ahead. Today, we have an opportunity to rewrite that narrative. In the days, months, years and even generations to come we need to join together and strive for inclusivity and equity so individuals and families can lead the best lives possible.
UWM will strive to stay informed, seek understanding and set a neutral table where regardless of your income, race, gender, sexual orientation, political or religious beliefs—we will come and work together to determine the best path forward. Right now, we’re working with local officials, our nonprofit partners and our 211 Helpline so that we can connect those who are struggling to the resources and services needed, including those who are still reeling from the effects of COVID-19.
To quote Brian Gallagher, President and CEO of United Way Worldwide, “We must all do our part, working United, to make our communities the places that we need them to be—equitable, respectful and opportunity-filled. We, as a society, can and must do better to guarantee that the basic human rights and freedoms of every person in every community are protected.”
We are truly stronger together.
If you’re in need of counseling, food pantries, utility assistance or another human service, our 211 Helpline is here for you. Simply call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898211 to find local programs that will help you address challenges by providing basic needs, education and financial supports.