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Sunday, November 5, 2017
In today’s economy, having a job by no means guarantees that you earn enough to pay for basic needs. In the Quad Cities, for example, a single person living alone needs to earn more than a dollar an hour above the federal minimum wage to afford necessities such as rent, food, transportation,  and health care. For families, living expenses are so high that, even with two paychecks coming in, many...
Sunday, October 29, 2017
When a student drops out of high school, the impact on the student’s future is easy to measure. But dropping out of school affects not just the student, but the Quad Cities as a whole. High school dropouts are more likely to be unemployed, be teen parents, abuse drugs and alcohol, commit crimes, and have more chronic health problems – all of which is a drain on community resources. In all, it’s...
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Reading proficiency by third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success. Studies show tutoring is one of the most reliable methods for improving reading outcomes.    As such, United Way piloted Vello, an online tutoring and reading program, to provide one-on-one reading assistance to help build confidence and reading skills students need to make the most of...
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Psychologists and educational researchers agree that early childhood learning, particularly before age five, is integral in academic and social growth. Having a potent early learning program can put a child at a distinct advantage, and being bereft of one can conversely hamper a child’s integration and evolution. A parent’s role in guiding that learning for their children, both in helping them...
Monday, September 18, 2017

Big changes need a big goal, to get big results. United Way announced that in order to meet the needs of the community, a $25 million goal by June 2019 has been set.

Earlier this year United Way announced three years of investments, and in order to meet the needs, the 2016, 2017, and 2018 campaigns are being combined with a $25 million goal.

“I support United Way because it is...

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