United Way’s 2018 Goals
With a new year comes resolutions, see what ours are!

Square One Project Stephanie McLemore Bray

Every new year brings an opportunity for reflection and renewal. Whether it’s to lose a few pounds or reconnect with old friends or get involved in the community, many of us pledge to make changes that make our lives and our communities better. As we look back on the past year, did we do the things that we resolved to do? Did it make a difference? What will we do with the year ahead?

As a volunteer or donor, you have witnessed firsthand or read about our progress with our Square One Project in 2017. We are proud of the work we have done and we hope that you are, too. 2018 brings an opportunity to work even harder on behalf of those we serve. In this new year, we resolve to:

  • Continue to build and strengthen our partnership with the Robla School District by helping more kids stay on track. We are beginning to see results of our efforts to help students read at grade level through our AARP Experience Corps Program, but we need more volunteers. Learn more about now you can help here.
  • Provide matched education savings accounts for every kindergartener who entered the Robla School District this past fall, thanks to our Young Leaders Society, setting high expectations for their success in college and beyond.
  • Continue the fight against food insecurity for the thousands of children and families who go hungry during the summer by increasing the number of meals we serve. We are going for a million meals served, starting this year, with the help of our Summer Meals Collaborative.
  • Help 67% more families become financially stable through our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). Thanks to the support of Citi Community Development, we are increasing the number of sites so that we can increase the number of people who get their taxes done for free.
  • Improve attendance rates in partnership with the Campaign For Grade-Level Reading because we know that attendance every day and all day is the key to success in school for students. Daily attendance also keeps funding in the hands of the school districts, which is especially vital to those that serve low income students.
  • Broaden our work with foster youth in the region to increase high school graduation rates so that foster youth are less likely to be homeless or become victims of human trafficking. Join Women United and learn how you can help.

I hope that you know how important you have been to our success. With your continued support, we resolve to continue to engage you – our donors, volunteers, and stakeholders – in the work we do to create access to opportunity for those most in need. Together, we will keep these resolutions and many more because our community depends on us.

Happy 2018!