United to Fuel Change
Updated: Jan 18
United Way and the labor movement go way back with a partnership that continues to build stronger communities across Minnesota and America.
We first came together right after World War II with a plan to rebuild our nation. Our shared passion to build a better world was evident from the start. We became partners in a workplace campaign, encouraging union members to donate and volunteer. Today union members comprise a nationwide network of 12.5 million people who work collectively to invest in their communities through United Way.
This fall our fundraising campaign will be virtual. Many employers will be reaching out with creative ways for you to participate. Please be generous with your time and money. Labor partners helped create this year’s theme: United to Fuel Change. We believe that when we unite as changemakers, we can disrupt systems and address the challenges no one can solve alone.
Our Unite to Fuel Change campaign will support Minnesota’s 211 resource helpline, invest in critical services of 100+ nonprofit partners, advocate for policy change, and offer community involvement opportunities in partnership with local businesses.
We value our strong relationship with the Greater Twin Cities United Way. Together we improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. When COVID-19 hit, we responded quickly to meet urgent community needs. We raised $3.25 million to help families pay for food, housing, utilities, and other basic needs. Frontline nonprofits, like our Teamsters Service Bureau and Food Shelf, stepped up to fight hunger and homelessness.
Thanks to the generosity of our union
members and the United Way, Teamsters take care of each other. Our family service advocates supported 653 Teamsters who were facing life’s challenges last year. We provided grants to union members experiencing financial hardship. We helped members apply for unemployment benefits after they lost work due to COVID. We connected jobless individuals with rent and mortgage assistance. We connected hungry families with places to shop for free meals and fresh produce.
Please join our changemaker movement and make your impact! No matter what shape it takes, your role is crucial. Donate at www.gtcuw.org/labor. Volunteer for a project you’re passionate about at www.gtcuw.org/volunteer. Advocate by championing the voices of our neighbors www.gtcuw.org/advocate.
Teamsters Service Bureau