Amanda Gorman, America's youth poet laureate who captivated so many in the recent Superbowl and Presidential Inauguration, wrote this poem for United Way last year. Inspired by the work she saw United Way tackling during COVID-19, she titled her poem Live United, to motivate people during dark times. Her words elevate the importance of taking care of each other. She captures the promise, possibility, and potential of galvanizing the caring power of communities. Amanda's clarion call "to be hope-sighted" is uplifting; every time we watch this video, our hope is renewed.
Since the pandemic began in mid-March 2020, United Way has raised and distributed $1 billion to help communities respond, recover, reimagine, and rebuild. Across the world, we've helped more than 27 million people. With our far-reaching network of 45,000 corporate partners and 29,000 grassroots collaborators, United Way is experienced at serving people’s needs, and expert at crafting creative solutions that work. Some of the work that inspired Amanda is spotlighted on this website.
But the work is far from over. Just as COVID continues, so does United Way's fight for an equitable, stronger, better future for all.
With your support, we can help every person have an equal opportunity to thrive. Strong communities need a strong United Way. Now more than ever, we need to Live United.