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 Partners with Cooperative Ministry to Provide Emergency Services
So many of our senior population simply do not have the means to provide completely for themselves. Cooperative Ministry is able to fill in the gaps.
Because Cooperative Ministry provides emergency assistance, we may never see our families again. Yet, we have watched and stayed in contact with some of our families as they grow stronger, gain independence and lives back.