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United Way Celebrates 125 Years with annual Day of Action

New York Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty representing TEAM NFL at the United Way Youth Empowerment Summit, which was hosted by American University. Photo by: Martin Dixon

It is amazing the impact that giving back and helping out others can have, and the United Way organization is one such example of how the power of positivity and giving back can make an impression on all of our lives.

Founded in 1887, the United Way movement now celebrates 125 years of advancing the common good, while creating a better life for all by focusing on the three key building blocks of education, income and health.

The United Way recruits civic-minded people and organizations to bring passion, experiences and the resources needed in order to make that positive impact happen.

United Ways from around the country is currently engaging in service projects, in the Fifth Annual United Way Day of Action. Projects include everything from advancements in education, income and health.

The Day of Action will culminate tonight with the lighting of the Empire State Building in blue, which is the United Way’s signature color.

There are volunteer activities at service sited around the country, and they will be pared with social media and online advocacy activities to raise awareness around the importance of volunteering. Those on twitter that are volunteering today should tweet #IAmTheChange and #LIVEUNITED and share their experiences on the power of giving back.

United Way is currently making a splash in Washington, DC as members of TEAM NFL were seen in action during the United Way Youth Empowerment Summit, which was hosted by American University.

The three-day event engages participants in identifying opportunities to improve the academic success of American students and engage in opportunities for NFL players and their supports to recruit readers, tutors and mentors.

“Youth involved in mentoring relationships have the opportunity to realize their full potential. Money alone won’t solve the education challenge. Communities of support that give their time to advancing and empowering youth create a bright future for all Americans,” said TEAM NFL Captain Nnamdi Asomugha, who represents the Philadelphia Eagles.

Representing the local teams were New York Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty and New York Jets Left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson.

Members of TEAM NFL are currently on Capitol Hill and speaking to members of Congress about the importance of education and how it impacts the future leaders of America.

“United Way TEAM NFL volunteers play an important role in raising awareness and providing inspiration to youth around America. TEAM NFL recruitment efforts will advance the United Way call to activate one million readers, tutors and mentors and improve the academic success of our nation’s youth,” said NFL Partnership Director Tracey Holmes.

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