2021 FELLOWS ANNOUNCED FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION ACCELERATOR
In addition to The Pitch event, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas also announced the 2021 Fellows selected to participate in the Social Innovation Accelerator:
- Agape Resource & Assistance Center, a scalable and replicable affordable housing solution that supports residents to sustain or attain economic stability.
- The Concilio, whose innovative “talk pedometer” helps parents understand the importance of and increases their children’s exposure to early-language learning.
- Connected Mind, a mental health triage tool that identifies up to six of the most troubling mental health conditions and provide school counselors with an instant mental health risk in minutes.
- Cornbread Hustle, the first-ever staffing agency for second chances, which changes lives by helping people with criminal records find meaningful employment.
- Dwell With Dignity, a retail pop-up thrift shop where high-end furniture, art, and accessories are sold at deep discount to fund the homes where domestic abuse survivors and their families can thrive.
- Kimiya International, whose Fight Club has an interdisciplinary approach to addressing mental health care for women who are survivors of trauma, by integrating boxing, yoga, group talk therapy and/or journaling, and individual counseling.
- To Be Like Me, an innovative disability awareness program, currently targeted to schools, that aims to build more inclusive communities through education and purposeful interactions.
- Trusted World, which streamlines the labor-intensive work of accepting donations of food, clothing and personal care products for the nonprofit community with no-cost service and online inventory.
- The Welman Project, which gives teachers the tools and the creativity needed to provide equal education regardless of school funding by connecting educators in need of supplies and companies with surplus goods to make better use of the resources already available in our community.
During The Pitch event, the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas will be announcing a new partnership with Cherry, an on-demand technology platform that connects clients with independent nail technicians for manicure services. This innovative service provides much-needed flexibility not only for Cherry clients, but also for Cherry pros, the nail technicians, who earn higher pay, can set their own schedules, and avoid harmful chemical exposure in nail shops.
“Partnering with United Way has helped Cherry focus on our social mission of enabling female entrepreneurs to independently develop their career path,” said Amber Venz-Box, founding member of Cherry.
Thanks to a generous donation from the Kleinert Family Foundation, United Way is supporting Cherry’s operations, in addition to serving as an impact advisor to ensure the economic advancement for some of the most marginalized women in our community through customized resources to improve opportunities related to professional development, financial stability, and transportation.
Our Investment in Cherry
• Social impact investment that supports economic mobility for underserved and marginalized populations.
• Program creates a path for economic mobility for low-skilled, low-income women and their families.
• On-demand platform that connects clients with independent nail technicians who perform mobile manicure services.
• Created by founders of rewardStyle and Bumble.
• Current markets of Austin, Dallas and Houston, with planned future expansion.
About United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is a community-based social change organization that puts opportunity in the hands of all North Texans. Working with our determined supporters, we lead the charge to improve education, income and health—the building blocks of opportunity. We invite all change-seekers in our community to Live United to achieve lasting results right here at home.Learn More
This article was published on: Oct 22, 2020