United Way works to end America’s education crisis

Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. But with more than 1.2 million children dropping out each year, America faces an education crisis. The cost? More than $312 billion in lost wages, taxes and productivity over their lifetimes.1 These trends are reversible, but only when communities and public, private and nonprofit sectors work together.

We can’t focus on high school alone. High school dropouts are 12 years in the making, usually starting early childhood education behind schedule. United Way's model focuses on supportive communities, effective schools and strong families — strategies and approaches rooted in research. Tackling the education challenge requires reframing education on a birth to 21 continuum.


Education – Helping Children and Youth Achieve Their Potential through 

  • School readiness
  • Academic achievement
  • Parental/Guardian engagement
  • Productive young adults

Catawba County United Way

A key priority of the Catawba County United Way is making sure all students reach their potential. To help make this happen, the CCUW supports several programs focused on improving literacy, school readiness and making sure students are ready to become successful adults.

2022 programs supported by the CCUW include The Salvation Army’s Boys and Girls Club, Parents as Teachers program from Partnership for Children, Sipe's Orchard home transitional housing for teens ages 17-21, Community Ridge Day Care subsidies, Patrick Beaver Learning Resource Center’s literacy tutoring program for grades K-3 and the Council on Adolescents Lunch Buddy mentoring program.

2022 CCUW Funded Partner Impact