Too many of our children and youth face challenges that set them back for life: poor preparation for school, stressful home environments, overwhelmed parents. United Way strategies give these children a second chance through a continuum of services to address these challenges. Programs include training to parents and caregivers for early childhood success (Born Learning), helping families afford quality child-care leading to school readiness (Success By 6), a middle school transition program (Achievers For Life) keeping them on track to graduation and (Full Service Schools) connecting students and families with the health and social services to succeed in school. United Way and its 43 impact partners across our five-county region provide services that equip students with the tools necessary for academic success and foster positive youth development.
Education to manage a household budget, earning enough income to support a family through retirement, and the opportunity to save money. These are the basics to building a better future. Without this security, the long-lasting emotional and behavioral costs, especially to children, are beyond calculation. United Way helps families achieve financial stability through our Real$ense Prosperity Campaign, by providing financial counseling and mentoring, tax preparation to save money and build assets, emergency food and shelter, support during crises and other assistance vital to keeping families whole and children safe.
Health is a basic need that impacts every aspect of a person’s daily life. Good health allows children to learn better and adults to increase their income through productive work. Whether families lack access to health care, are in need of in-home support to manage an illness or recover from a hospital stay, face the challenge of a disability or struggle with mental illness, United Way improves the health of children, adults, and seniors through its community partnerships and funded programs. United Way’s 2-1-1 service helps people get connected and get answers.