A message from Many Simpson:

At Metro United Way (MUW), we connect the people and organizations with the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. Bringing people together is at the heart of what we do because we know that we are all interconnected, and our program LINC —Lead. Impact. Network. Change. – provides young adults, ages 22-30, the opportunity to join forces to give back while having a good time.

LINC offers an annual calendar of events that feature engaging social experiences in innovative venues and meaningful volunteer activities. These projects allow attendees to influence the wellbeing of our community through MUW’s priorities of ensuring children enter kindergarten prepared, raising high school graduation rates, and supporting family stability and healthy lives. 

Those who joined us for our most recent event at ReSurfaced experienced LINC in action as we painted four new Little Libraries for our city. These large wooden boxes shaped like houses live in front yards and convenientlyprovidefree books for children and families who may live a distance from public libraries or lack transportation. All are welcome to take a book, leave a book, or keep a book from any Little Library. Because access to books is one of the strongest indicators of a child’s educational success, Little Libraries support MUW’s priority of ensuring all children are ready to learn when they enter kindergarten.

LINC participants also collected nearly 100 books to keep our current network of nearly 40 Little Libraries filled and wrote notes of encouragement to the young readers who will receive them. 

Thanks to all who came out to make a difference andhelp us reach our vision of a community whose people achieve their fullest potential through education, financial stability and healthy lives—the building blocks of a good quality of life. We’re looking forward to our next LINC event in fall 2016.

Mandy Simpson
Manager of Strategic Volunteer Engagement