United Way is more than a fundraiser – we drive change.
We focus on a handful of impact areas that address our most pressing local problems. With the invaluable help of community, agency, and corporate partners, we work to prepare kids for school, put families on their feet, and make health accessible for all, giving our communities the power to shine.
Overall, we focus on the health, education, and financial stability of everyone in our community, while also ensuring that basic
needs are met.
We invest in the future of our community, starting with improving attendance and increasing literacy to raise graduation rates.
Financial Stability & Housing
We help families achieve financial stability and limit homelessness, or even prevent it altogether.
We provide better access to healthcare, ensuring more families reach complete health and greater quality of life.
We equip families with the tools they need to address or prevent crises, so basic needs are never out of reach.
Within that overarching commission, we are leading two key community initiatives:
- Increasing Graduation
- Stabilizing Families
United Way announced its spotlight on graduation in spring 2012, formally leading community partners who serve our children and youth to rally together toward a shared goal.
The graduation focus includes 16 United Way agencies who serve children in one of three areas:
- Early Childhood – helping prepare children for kindergarten
- Academic – helping children and youth succeed academically
- Enrichment – supporting children and youth in and out of school
In May 2014, United Way unveiled a new system to better help the local homeless. Called Coordinated Assessment, the system enables service providers to determine the most appropriate housing solution for every individual or family in crisis at their first point of entry into the homeless services system.
Once that system was operational, United Way turned to a complementary focus on stabilizing families on the edge of homelessness. United Way’s family stability initiative was funded initially by the Siemer Family Foundation, then bolstered with matching funds from Pappas Properties and other real estate developers in 2016.
The initiative specifically focuses on preventing homelessness for families with school-age children, while simultaneously helping those children with their academics – a multigenerational approach designed to produce both short- and long-term change.