It’s very difficult to talk to someone about going back to school for training or education when they are worried about where their children will sleep tonight or whether there will be enough to eat. In some cases, it’s vital to stabilize individuals first with emergency food, shelter, clothing and other essentials before working on their education, financial stability and health. United Way has long had a role in emergency situations, and will continue to be at the table, however we are committed to more than short-term charity for a few; we are committed to lasting solutions.
We focus on the challenges and aspirations of each community we serve, but we are also part of a worldwide community working together to affect change on a large scale. United Way is engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories, bringing millions of people together to create long-term solutions that build opportunity for all. We invite people to give, to advocate and to volunteer—only by working together can we build stronger communities.