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.
With our donors' support, United Way can fund the Catholic Human Services' Foster Grandparents Program
“As a Foster Grandparent, I have the joy of seeing the advancement of the kids I work with. I am very proud of my students.”
“I love the feeling of being appreciated and needed and that somehow I am making a difference in a child’s life. It is so great to have students I started with who are now in high school come up and greet me and talk a minute or two.”
“I just feel so good when one of the students tells me that he or she has advanced to another grade up and their self-esteem also rises!”