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.1These trends are reversible, but only when communities and public, private and nonprofit sectors work together.

Our Strategy

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.

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.


Your contributions currently support the following education programs:

Scout Reach    Boy Scouts - Central NC Council

Girls Go Beyond    Girl Scouts - Hornets’ Nest Council

4-H Summer Camping    Stanly County 4-H

4-H School Enrichment -  Stanly County     4-H

4-H Presentation Program    Stanly County   4-H

Norwood School Enrichment Program - Stanly County Family YMCA

Open Door Scholarships After-school and Summer Camp - Stanly County Family YMCA