4 Justice-Oriented Ways To Engage In Community Solutions In The Next 60 Days
United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT) has the bold mission to eradicate poverty and increase social mobility through the power of partnerships.
For 133 years, United Ways across the country have served those crushed under the weight of impoverished environments. That service has looked, felt, and sounded like charity. Yet the issues have not gone away.
The next 133 years demand more. United Way of the Greater Triangle is up to the challenge to act, which is why we’re making a strategic commitment to both charity and justice — supporting the solutions that combat the immediate effects of poverty while also focusing on long-term solutions that attack the root causes.
We hope you’ll join us. Here are 4 easy justice-oriented ways to engage in community solutions within the next two months:
1. Join United Way’s Racial Equity 21-Day Challenge, Presented by Duke Energy
Across the country and in the Triangle, America is engaged in conversations around racial equity and social justice. As a nation, the time is now to commit ourselves to achieving a deeper understanding of the role that race and systemic racism play in society, as well as the devastating and far-reaching implications that have resulted.
United Way of the Greater Triangle is hosting a Racial Equity 21-Day Challenge, sponsored by Duke Energy, that takes individuals on a daily journey of learning and self-discovery to develop more effective social justice habits around issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership. Join us starting Monday, February 1 (or after!) to build new understandings and connections on how to begin dismantling systemic racism.
2. Attend The Justice Love Foundation’s Free, Virtual “Power Conference 2021”
Designed to shift the conversation from advocacy to solution creation, the Power Conference will leverage the skills, talent, and creativity of community organizers to design solutions for local problems while also positioning philanthropy as a tool that community leaders can use to create change. Register for the Saturday, March 20 event through the button below.
3. RSVP for United Way of the Greater Triangle's Upcoming Virtual Panel "Justice Series: United for Equitable Grantmaking"
To truly solve for the Triangle’s toughest challenges, the many strong nonprofits in the region must have the internal capacity to overcome and adapt to every hurdle faced by the community’s most vulnerable neighbors. That’s not possible without adequate funding from, and trust in, the foundations providing those nonprofits with necessary financial support. RSVP now and join us on Friday, February 19 to learn more about what justice means for local grant making and why you should be paying attention.
4. Volunteer to Read Applications For Nonprofit Funding as Part of United Way’s 2021 Request For Proposals (RFP) Process
Every other year, United Way solicits applications from Triangle nonprofits to determine which organizations we fund through our Community Impact Fund over the next two years. Applications for the 2021 Request For Proposals (RFP) opened on January 25.
To ensure that decisions are made through a community-driven process, we are seeking a diverse group of volunteer readers that reflect the very communities and organizations in which we serve. All volunteer readers will receive explicit instructions that will empower them to virtually read and grade applications on a provided rubric from March 2-22.