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.

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.

Programs supported by the CCUW in 2020 included Boys and Girls Club through The Salvation Army; The Imagination Library through the Partnership for Children; Lunch Buddy Mentoring through the Council on Adolescents; transitional housing for homeless ages 17-21 through Sipe's Orchard Home; literacy tutoring program for grades K-3 through Patrick Beaver Learning Resources Center and child care subsidies through Community Ridge Day Care.

2020 CCUW Funded Partner Impact