The Square One Philosophy

Post Stephanie McLemore Bray
August 2019 Blog Post

In 2016, United Way California Capital Region made a promise to children and families in this region that we would end poverty, starting at school. Behind this audacious goal is the philosophy that by bringing together funders, nonprofit organizations, government, and the business community, we can remove barriers to opportunity for low-income families. Since adopting this philosophy, we have not only served more individuals, but we have also seen promising outcomes. From improvements in grade-level reading, to helping families move closer to self-sufficiency, the Square One Project is working.

It is with great pride that we share with you these outcomes and more in our  annual report. In this report, released just this week, we celebrate our Square One Project’s work to keep kids in school, keep them on track, set high expectations for their success, while supporting their families along the way. 

At our United Way, we believe in possibility-thinking and so do the children and families we serve. Whether students in the Robla School district, or families throughout the region who are working toward financial stability and independence, all have a stake in building the future they want for themselves and their children. They understand the importance of creating a legacy that will move them from crisis to thriving. With the help of our nonprofit partners, we are able to meet these families where they are so that they can get there. In the annual report, you will read about the programs and partnerships that are fueling the Square One Project’s success. 

It takes the generosity of donors and volunteers to make those outcomes possible. Our corporate partners, foundations, and individual donors, including Women United and our Young Leaders Society, are the engines that drive our fundraising and community engagement. And of course, we could not do what we do without the steadfast generosity and hard work of our United Way Board members and staff. 

Please share this annual report with your family, friends, and colleagues. We are so proud of our work, and I hope that as a partner with us, you are, too.

United Way Annual Report 18-19