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2-1-1: Helping Communities and People Thrive
Monday, February 11, 2019
February 10, 2019 | Rachel Krausman, Senior Director for 2-1-1 at United Way Worldwide Caterina* lost her job in September. The 32-year-old single mom faced eviction, and her utilities were about to be shut off. She reached out to a local agency for emergency help but didn’t qualify with no proof of future income. Caterina and her 10-month-old...
What Would You Do With an Extra $250?
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
January 31, 2019 | Tracy Randle and Rushka Tcholakova For nearly 43 percent of households in the greater Capital Region, making ends meet is a constant battle. You can help put $250 back in their pockets in one simple way: Direct them to contact the nearest free tax preparation site by dialing 2-1-1 (then pressing option “3,” and then “6”). It’s...
United Way of the Greater Capital Region Launching Emergency Response Fund to Support Those Impacted by #SHUTDOWN
Friday, January 25, 2019
UWGCR & Price Chopper commit $10,000 each to support federal government employees  ALBANY, NY (January 25, 2019) – United Way of the Greater Capital Region (UWGCR) is partnering with Golub Corporation/Price Chopper/Market 32, other regional businesses and community-based organizations to support regional residents impacted by the federal...
Federal Government Workers: call 2-1-1 for assistance and information
Thursday, January 10, 2019
January 10, 2019 | Peter Gannon & Rushka Tcholakova As the government shutdown enters its 20th day, the effects are starting to be felt by the 420,000 federal employees working without pay and the 380,000 federal employees who have been furloughed. On January 10, thousands of federal employees will miss their first paychecks of 2019. Based on...
United Way of the Greater Capital Region Expanding Regional Footprint in 2019
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Adding Columbia, Greene Counties to Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady & Schoharie Creates Opportunity to Build More Robust Partnerships Across New York’s Capital Region. ALBANY, NY (January 7, 2019) --- United Way of the Greater Capital Region’s Board of Directors announced an expansion into Columbia and Greene Counties effective at...
How Not To Get Lost in Wonderland: Crafting Your Question Zero
Thursday, December 20, 2018
December 20, 2018 | Juliette Price, Director of The Albany Promise & Rushka Tcholakova, VP of Community Impact at United Way GCR Imagine for a moment that you are spending a weekend in nature, relaxing and getting your share of fresh air. You are staying at a hotel in a small town, on a clearly marked road.  Now imagine that you decide to...
How Can We Make Mental Health a Priority in the Workplace?
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
NOVEMBER 20, 2018 | Darlene Slaughter, Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer of the United Way US Network  Have you ever known someone who worked non-stop? They’re the office go-getter, always available to support the team and take on extra work. But what do you do when their enthusiasm seems out of balance? Passion for work is common....
De-mystifying the United Way Alice Report
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
A Behind the Scenes Look of Our Economic Gains Raising awareness of the challenges low-to moderate-income working families face Traditional measures of poverty do not capture the magnitude of people who are struggling financially. To better understand the challenges faced by low – to moderate – income families -- and help initiate strategies and...
Sexual Assault: Resources for Families and Tips for Self-Care
Monday, October 15, 2018
OCTOBER 5, 2018 | Neil Parekh, Director of Network Communications, United Way Worldwide TRIGGER WARNING. This blog post references rape, sexual assault and harassment, but also offers suggestions on how to reach out for help, resources for talking with children and self-care tips. The topic of sexual misconduct – from unwanted advances to assault...
United Way and CROAD Partners Support Albany Fire Survivors
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
In January 2018, the United Way of the Greater Capital Region partnered with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany, Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), American Red Cross, NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services (DHSES), NYS Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NYSVOAD), and numerous other local organizations to...

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