Throughout our history, United Way has done extraordinary work to improve people’s lives and build strong communities. With our focus on community impact, United Way has a key role to play in advocating for good public policy.
Education is the key to breaking the circle of poverty. Your United Way is committed to helping every child learn to read before entering school. Starting school ready to learn will change our future by providing the tools to create a home grown, skilled workforce.
To be financially stable, working families need housing that is affordable. Today, more than 4 million working families spend more than half of their income for rent and/or mortgages, leaving them particularly vulnerable to eviction or foreclosure if their income is interrupted.
Nationally, two-thirds of students are not reading on grade level by 4th grade. That proportion rises to four-fifths for children from low-wage families. Our work in the area of early grade literacy will enable us to identify, fuel and replicate best practices in our local schools.
You are part of this great community. It is easy to get involved with United Way to create opportunities for a better life for everyone in our community! We encourage you to provide your personal email address so that we can keep you informed of the needs in our community and the inspiring work of the programs supported by the United Way!