NPR host and special reporter talk at a POP in Rochester

    For the past few days, I’ve been trying to figure out the word to describe my feelings and thoughts after the horrific shootings of innocents in Texas this week and most recently in Buffalo. Being numb is something I’ve heard others say but that’s not accurate for me…because I’m not numb to what’s going on in our world. I don’t know how anyone could feel numb after reading that children smeared blood on their bodies and played dead so they could try to survive. Shock, anger, sadness, and confusion are probably more relevant terms to what my heart feels right now.

    Although some events seem somewhat remote and easier to separate from, tragedy, loss, discrimination, and inequality lie in our very own Minnesota. Yes, even in the great medical city of Rochester, Minnesota.

    Erin O’Brien DMC-EDA

    Erin O’Brien DMC-EDA

    Rochester invites the community to discuss and learn more about how to build a thriving community

    A large part of our world is now pointing the finger and saying that certain issues are the cause of the problems facing our societies today. Unfortunately, a post on Facebook, saying “we want change”, or something like “less policies more praying” without any action or discussion, would be as it is…a social media post.

    Our world, our state, and the community of Rochester need more than just a social media post from you.

    The United Way in Olmsted County has been in business for months at a massive event called Power of Purpose (also known as POP) that will take place on June 14 at the Rochester International Event Center from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with adorable guest, former NPR host Michelle Norris .

    The United Way of County Olmsted

    The United Way of County Olmsted

    Michelle Norris, this year’s speaker, is an award-winning journalist and one of radio’s most recognized voices as the precursor to all things considered on NPR. Michelle will engage our audience in a frank discussion about race, culture, and communication in America. Through this meaningful engagement, we will enhance the capabilities of our communities to build a healthy future for all individuals and families, regardless of race or location.
    Attending #POP2022 will make a lasting impact for years to come by increasing support and awareness for programs working for overall success and prosperity throughout Olmsted County. United Way, Olmsted County

    Get tickets now for the Power of Purpose event in Rochester, Minnesota

    Are you ready to raise your hand? ‚úč Or your voice? and help Create a world where this The generation, the next generation, and the one that follows can thrive? If so, get tickets now from the United Way of Olmsted County website here.

    A challenge to you…because I know we have others ready for a change!

    I can almost guarantee you’ve seen someone else share some of your concerns this week as well. It could be a mom you only know through a Facebook group, or a co-worker that you only communicate with virtually. But you heard them – their fears, their fear, their anger as they said “enough”.

    My challenge is this…invite them. Share this story on your Facebook page. Tell people about this event. Go live on Instagram or create a TikTok with your kids about it.

    People crave change in our society so it can be a thriving field for everyone, but unless they are given opportunities and sometimes invited to be a part of the discussion, the sidelines are where this conversation will remain. So, if you’re going to post anything this week, post the link to this story.

    help! I want to be a part of this for the Rochester community but can’t attend Power of Purpose?!

    United Way in Olmsted County understands that not everyone will be able to make it to the Power of Purpose event. work happens. Sick children happen. Life happens in this pandemic world. If for some reason you can’t make it on June 14, see uwolmsted.org/pop to learn more about this year’s featured fundraising event and the impact you can make when we do #LiveUnited.

    Then do one more click – the United Way of Olmsted County website. On this site, you can learn about the amazing services the United Way of Olmsted County already offers like 211, an information and referral service, as well as programs and resources offered to help everyone in our community.

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