CIVIC INVOLVEMENT. COLLECTIVE ACTION. ECONOMIC JUSTICE.
Economic justice in our community can’t wait, and it’s going to take everyone to think and be inclusive – all the time, everywhere. In response, United Way is launching the #BeTheChange901 campaign, which provides a unified direction to guide and galvanize continuous collective action around creating opportunity for everyone in this community.
Everyone can participate and Be The Change!
As government funding closes, the nonprofit sector braces for a surge in demand of services, and our most vulnerable neighbors find themselves in greater need, the support of the nonprofit community is more pivotal this year than ever before. Join us and support our Community Impact Fund, where we will mobilize and align resources to address critical issues in our community.
As the country finds its calm amid a global health pandemic and moral reckoning, United Way is reframing our poverty work to address economic justice. In October, we will leverage #BeTheChange901 to convene the community in a deep-dive discussion on how the racial wealth gap contributes to our poverty landscape and what solutions are present nationally and locally – such as United Way of the Mid-South’s Driving The Dream initiative – to create economic advancement and opportunity for us all.
With the nonprofit sector leaner than ever in terms of human and financial resources, United Way is stepping up to extend its annual Days of Caring to a month of service. During the month of September, we will officially launch the #BeTheChange901 campaign on September 1st at 9:01 a.m. on Facebook. This month of service will be powered by Volunteer United to lend support to our partners in need through virtual volunteer opportunities for capacity building and fun.
To meet the challenges of this moment, Women United, a leadership group of United Way of the Mid-South, is powering the #BeTheChange901 campaign to mobilize partners and caring citizens in civic participation and collective action during this time of uncertainty and social distancing. We are activating our vast network, specifically youth and women, in helping people engage, vote and be counted in 2020.
2020 CALENDAR OF ENGAGEMENT
August: Democratic and Republican conventions
August 1: Early Voting Ends – TN State Primary Election
August 6: Tennessee State Primary Election
August 6: Deadline to Return Completed Absentee Ballot at 7:00PM CST
August: 16: Domestic Violence Collection Drive
August 31: School Supply Drive Ends
September: Women United Digital Civics 101
September: Days of Caring – A Month of Service
September 1: Days of Caring Virtual Kick-Off
September 22: National Voter Registration Day
September 30: End of Census Operations
October: Community Impact Town Hall
October: Women United Digital Civics 101
October 5: Voter Registration Deadline – General Election
October 14: Early Voting – TN General Election
October 16: Town Hall
October 24: Vote Early Day
October 24: Make A Difference Day – Food Insecurity Mobile Drive
October 27: Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot
October 29: Early Voting Ends – General Election
November: Women United Digital Civics 101
November 2: Bountiful Baskets Collection Drive Starts
November 3: Deadline to Return Completed Absentee Ballot at 7:00PM CST
November 3: Election Day
November 20: Bountiful Baskets Collection Drive Ends
December: Women United Digital Civics 101
SOCIAL MEDIA KIT
Join United Way of the Mid-South for Days of Caring in the month of September to #bethechange901!
VIRTUAL CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IDEAS
Ways to support the #BeTheChange campaign:
Host a “virtual” community conversation or community office hours to listen to people’s challenges
Host a Virtual Census or Voter Engagement Party
Lead a Call-In Day, email or social media campaign
Organize a Tele-Town Hall on the economic and health impact of COVID19 on your community with a local elected official
Organize a voter or census digital session