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Why United Way

United Way believes every Quad Citizen deserves the opportunity to live their best life.

These opportunities happen by involving people in volunteerism, advocacy and giving. The result is a mobilized community creating the conditions for every Quad Citizen to lead a happy, successful life and in turn a healthier, stronger region.
  • More than $138,000 each week is invested in this community to help people through United Way.
  • More than 35 local agencies rely on United Way for funds to help more than 63,000 people annually — that’s one in five people in our region. From basic needs to health issues, youth development to senior care, United Way funds quality agencies that provide measurable, positive programs to build a healthier, stronger community.
  • United Way works with more than 3,200 volunteers each year and invests more than $5.5 million to improve the lives of local citizens.

Education, health, income – these are the building blocks of a Quad Citizen’s ability to lead their best life.

That’s why United Way focuses on these three areas:

  • Education: We’re laying a foundation for a brighter future for all, starting with our youngest. Every child deserves to start kindergarten ready to learn, succeed in school and graduate high school ready for their next step. An individual that finishes high school will contribute $750,000 more into the local economy in their lifetime than someone who drops out of school.
  • Health: Education, health and income – It’s all interconnected. Kids can’t learn when they’re sick. People need good health to maintain financial stability, and later in life, independence. By working together, we can improve people’s health and happiness – and that’s good for all of us. Approximately one in five people experience a mental health issue a year. United Way works with community partners, practitioners and experts to shine a light on and address the behavior and mental health challenges in our community.
  • Income: A stable income is one of the building blocks to a good quality of life. When more people are gainfully employed, our economic outlook will be brighter. One out of three families in the Quad Cities can barely cover basic daily living expenses. In today’s economy, families need enough income to cover rising costs of food, housing, healthcare, childcare and clothing – or face painful financial choices.