On November 1, United Way of the Midlands hosted Stephanie Land, author of the New York Times best-seller “Maid,” at its fall Tocqueville Society reception. Land’s 2019 memoir explores poverty, surviving domestic violence and her experiences cleaning houses as a single mother. In 2021, the book was adapted into a Netflix miniseries of the same name.
The Tocqueville Society of United Way of the Midlands was established in 1987, and the charter group in 1988 included 12 members whose vision and belief in the community spurred others to join and give. Since its inception, the Society has notably raised over $117 million for our community. The November 1 event was one of the many ways UWM says “thank you” to the Society for their ongoing support and generosity…and the entire event was underwritten by this year’s amazing campaign sponsors: OPPD, Tenaska and Valmont.
“We were excited to have Stephanie here to share her story and help us better understand how we can address the challenges she faced that are affecting families right here,” said United Way of the Midlands President and CEO Shawna Forsberg. “She has a very important story. One of an individual that’s a single mom, working and trying to leave a domestic violence situation. Unfortunately, in our Omaha-Council Bluffs metro, that’s not a unique story.”
Land advocates for those facing adversity related to the cycle of poverty, and many of our neighbors in this community are facing similar challenges. Currently, 7 out of 10 people living in poverty have at least one person that is working in their household. With the current economic factors that are challenging our community, more and more people are struggling. Families trying to make ends meet are experiencing more stress and strain as they confront the rising cost of essentials on limited budgets – often making no-win tradeoffs and sacrifices such as using less, substituting, borrowing and doing without.
To hear from individuals who attended Land’s presentation and the important role United Way plays in helping our community, please view the video below:
United Way of the Midlands is working together with many nonprofits and individuals to address the challenges Land speaks about that are present in our community. With our partners, experts and community leaders – we look at the most difficult problems and are thoughtful about local solutions that work best to address them.
And we *are* seeing positive results. In our community over the last year, United Way and our partners:
By sharing your time and talents, you can touch someone’s life in a truly powerful way. Our volunteer opportunities promote the spirit and value of volunteerism, increase awareness of local issues and demonstrate what people working together can accomplish. Make a difference and make someone’s day brighter by sharing your time today.
By joining a United Way affinity group or giving society, you can connect with like-minded individuals and amplify the impact of your dollars. These groups of passionate individuals join forces to advocate, volunteer and donate to support the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro. Join one of these groups today to connect with other local leaders and to become a change maker in your community.