United Way makes sure children and youth can start school ready to succeed, become proficient readers at a young age, stay on track in middle school, earn their high school diploma and pursue secondary education. 

Our Goal: Every person is supported and grows into a successful adult.

Ensuring that all children in our community enter adulthood with the self-sufficiency and life skills they need to succeed is a crucial investment in the future – both for individuals and the community as a whole.


1. Children enter Kindergarten ready to succeed.  
2. Children achieve at or above grade level.
3. Youth develop improved social & emotional behavior that leads to strong life skills.
4. Youth have the opportunity to complete further education (post-secondary, trade, certificates).
5. Adults can access & receive education and employment pathways that lead to self-sufficiency. 

How You Can Help

To reach our goal, we need your help. The strategies proven to work are those that connect communities to their schools: parent involvement; literacy volunteers in the classroom; mentors for disadvantaged students; business leaders engaged in early childhood advocacy. Volunteer to help.  Contact our Volunteer Program Manager today to learn more about programs in Jackson County that are making a difference - or 812-522-5450.