Education is the cornerstone of the building blocks for a good life. In order for a community to thrive regionally, nationally or globally it requires an educated and prepared workforce. Education begins at birth. Preparing our children to enter school ready to learn during the first five years of child’s development is critical for life-long success.
Having access to health care and living a healthy lifestyle contribute to a person’s financial stability. In Allen County, 77% of adults and 39.3% of 3rd graders are overweight. Poor nutrition, unhealthy lifestyles lead to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.
Many people in our community are working but still struggling to meet their basic needs. Families are faced with rising costs for basic needs and barriers that keep them from getting ahead or living from paycheck to paycheck. United Way invests in programs that reduce the barriers and create opportunities for people become self-sufficient.