When you give to United Way of Delaware County, you know that your gift will improve thousands of Delaware County citizens’ lives every single day. That’s because annually, over 4,000 individuals and corporations donate to make a greater impact together. They LIVE UNITED because they understand that alone we have hopes, together we take action, and united we can make an impact.
If you haven’t made a gift to the 2015 Campaign, you can still participate and help the people of Delaware County!
United Way of Delaware County funds 29 programs that make sure:
- children enter school ready to succeed
- children and youth achieve academic goals
- children and youth are emotionally healthy and socially competent
- young adults make a successful transition from high school to college/career
- low income families and individuals have their basic needs met
- low income families and individuals build and/or maintain savings and assets
- families and individuals have access to health care coverage and services
- families and individuals are healthy and avoid risky behaviors
- seniors and persons with disabilities are able to remain independent
While United Way works strategically to meet those needs, it also works to create long-term, lasting change in community conditions. As the sponsoring organization for the community’s Campaign for Grade Level Reading, United Way is working to help our community’s children read at or above grade level by the end of their third grade year. It is during this pivotal point that children transition from learning how to read, into readers who learn from what they’ve read.
Children who are not reading at grade level in the third grade are at risk of falling farther and farther behind in their school work, which puts them at risk of not graduating from high school. In fact, it is such an indicator of a child’s future success that some states base their prison capacity off of third grade reading scores.
United Way has partnered with schools to help at-risk readers meet this important benchmark. United Way has convened a coalition to identify gaps in services and community issues that are preventing children’s success with reading. Together, the coalition is finding ways to bridge those gaps and keep our community’s children on target for success in school and in life.
This year, United Way brought Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Delaware County. Each month, registered Delaware County children receive a book delivered to their home at no cost to their families. Thanks to donor support, these children from the ages of 0 to 5, increase their exposure to the printed word and improve their chances for success.
Your support makes it possible for United Way to invest $800,000 annually to funded partners in addition to honoring donors’ designated gifts of approximately $250,000 to nearly 120 agencies! Plus, United Way leverages donors’ gifts to support the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, and the Local Connection Initiative.
If you have not already contributed to the 2015 Campaign, your support is needed and there is still time to give!