Our Work

Education

THE ISSUE

Too many of our children enter kindergarten without the fundamental skills to keep up. Access to quality pre-k programs is either not available or not affordable for many Huntington County families. We know that children entering school ready to read, who are academically prepared, ensures a higher rate of success in their future.

GOAL:

Every child enters school ready to learn.

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THE ISSUE

Hundreds of children and teens become disenfranchised with school each year. When children are led down the wrong path they are at greater risk of becoming victims of a crime, dropping out of school and never seeing graduation. The United Way of Huntington County advocates for stronger family involvement and community engagement. Teachers should be able to concentrate solely on the child’s academic career. The fact is a dollar invested early in a child’s academic life yields $8 in future earning potential.

GOAL:

All identified students have access to age-appropriate mentors and other academic supports.

THE ISSUE

Huntington County Schools provide a quality education in which all students may benefit, and our graduation rate has climbed to 90%. However, we struggle keeping graduates here, matching them with sustainable employment and recruiting them back after college graduation. The industry term is “brain-drain.” We need to make sure our graduates find Huntington County THE place to sink your roots.

GOAL:

We want Huntington County to be THE place to sink your roots, where we retain and attract the best and brightest young people.

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Financial Stability

THE ISSUE

Across Huntington County individuals and families find they are unable to afford the basic necessities of life: food, shelter, clothing, transportation or heath care. Before any work can be done toward financial stability, emergency situations must be stabilized.

GOAL:

To ensure families’ basic needs are met by providing immediate assistance in the event of an unforeseen crisis.

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THE ISSUE

In Huntington County too many families are one emergency away from a crisis.  Our hard working neighbors are struggling to make financial ends meet, or worse, are spiraling. Families need better access to every available financial education opportunity, which assist with financial sustainability.

GOAL:

Increase financial stability for working families.

Health & Wellness

THE ISSUE

When a family is unable to meet their basic needs, it not only affects their financial standing, but it also affects their health. Basic necessities like food, clothing, shelter, and safety must be in place before an individual can look to furthering their own wellness.

GOAL:

Provide immediate assistance to ensure physical and/or emotional safety in the event of an unstable situation or imminent danger.

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THE ISSUE

According to the recent community health report: obesity, prenatal care and smoking are areas of concern or are severely affecting the health of Huntington County.  Our Community Conversations revealed that people are concerned about drug abuse and are interested in prevention.

GOAL:

Support community members as they pursue a healthier lifestyle.