We love where we live. But local issues like childhood poverty are hurting our community. In our busy lives, these local issues can be easy to ignore or go unnoticed. And you can’t solve a problem if you don’t know it exists. We’re working to make this local issue #UNIGNORABLE.
Generosity powers United Way’s work in the community. It allows us to tackle complex, persistent and #UNIGNORABLE issues that are preventing far too many people and families from getting ahead.
Here’s how your donation is helping to tackle the #UNIGNORABLE issues in our community right now:
#UNIGNORABLE Issue: Childhood poverty continues to grow in Windsor-Essex County.
Our Response: Cradle to Career is a strategy that focuses on children and youth from the time they are born until they find a career. A generation from now, we want Windsor-Essex to be a more prosperous community where all children achieve their dreams and reach their potential.
WATCH: learn more about our community’s new Cradle to Career strategy
#UNIGNORABLE Issue: Children living in low income have fewer opportunities to expand their knowledge of STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) outside of school.
Our Response: United Way’s WE-STEAM program helps to improve performance and confidence in STEAM subjects at school, sparking young minds to the possibility of STEAM-based career fields and 21st Century jobs. Last year WE-STEAM was embedded in nine local after-school programs, engaging 336 kids over the past two years.
WATCH how we’re continuing to encourage curiosity and learning during a global crisis:
#UNIGNORABLE Issue: 1 in 3 food bank users in Windsor-Essex County are children, and many kids who rely on school meals struggle to get enough to eat during the summer months when school nutrition programs are closed.
Our Response: United Way's Summer Lunch Program provides a free healthy lunch to kids growing up in low-income families when school is out for the year. Last year, we reached more kids in more locations and increased the quality of food offered.
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#UNIGNORABLE Issue: Students from low-income families have a 38% likelihood of attending college or university but students from higher-income families has a 63% chance. Research shows that 4,000 children in Windsor-Essex growing up in low-income won’t escape poverty.
Our Response: United Way’s On Track to Success (OTTS) program wraps supports around a family helping economically disadvantaged youth stay in school, graduate and successfully transition to adulthood. We’re removing barriers to prosperity with academic and financial support and social and career mentoring.
Last year, 106 students were supported and 72% are attending post-secondary education programs this Fall.
WATCH: OTTS 2020 graduate Leah receives a life changing financial award toward her post-secondary education.
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