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One Thousand Voices: Frequently Asked Questions

United Way of Central Maryland is working to meet the biggest community needs by creating the most impact as quickly as possible.

One Thousand Voices is an open invitation to join us in conversations across the region where we will identify challenges and work together to strengthen our communities.

How did the idea of One Thousand Voices arise?

Our region—and the world—dare changing in unprecedented and unexpected ways. We developed One Thousand Voices to keep pace with—and respond to—newly emerging challenges so we can continue to strengthen central Maryland communities.

What will One Thousand Voices do for central Maryland?

One Thousand Voices is designed to empower community members across our region to change their story and the story of their neighborhoods for the better. We will take what we learn in our conversations to help communities leverage and build their networks to help address their unique challenges.

How does it work?

Through One Thousand Voices, United Way volunteers and staff will moderate approximately 40 conversations throughout central Maryland, where participants will discuss what makes their communities special, challenges they face and opportunities for them to improve and thrive. The conversations will include complimentary dinner and frank discussion about their dreams for their communities.

When and where are the Community Conversations being held? How were their locations chosen?

Locations for the Community Conversations were identified based on existing United Way programs and partnerships throughout the region. The full list of locations and other details about One Thousand Voices can be found at:

How are meeting participants chosen? Can anyone attend a Community Conversation?

The Community Conversations are open to the public. Anyone can attend. Those interested in participating can visit for more information, locations and times.

What is the evaluation process to determine whether an idea from the community will be executed? At the conclusion of the conversations, we’ll review all we’ve heard and look for common themes. Each community is different, so we will address each neighborhood’s unique challenges while addressing the needs of central Maryland as a whole.

Do you feel United Way is currently addressing community needs? If so, why are you initiating this outreach effort?

We are working every day to fight for the education, financial stability and health of every person in every community across our region. We are keeping families in their homes and out of shelters. We are keeping kids in school. We are giving people access to employment and healthcare. One Thousand Voices is about more than meeting needs. It’s about shifting perspectives and changing stories for the better. It’s about hearing from everyone about what they feel is most important, and working to transform our organization and its work to help even more people and more neighborhoods.

Why is United Way transforming itself?

Today’s many shifting landscapes—political, fundraising, health and human services to name a few—demand that United Way be nimble, agile and responsive to the ever-changing needs and expectations of our donors and volunteers. One Thousand Voices will help us achieve this.

Does a United way transformation mean a move away from its annual fundraising campaign?

In a word, no. Our annual campaign accounts for 81 percent of donations and remains the foundation of United Way and we are expanding our influence and role in this arena.


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