United Way helps local residents in Westchester and Putnam become self-sufficient and thrive in a stronger community. It does so by studying and researching the issues, such as with the ALICE report, which found that 4 out of 10 local households are struggling to make ends meet. It then develops measurable solutions through its programs. It also creates community partnerships with other nonprofits, for-profit businesses, government, schools and universities, as well as individuals, because together we can create lasting change.
United Way of Westchester and Putnam starts where people are most in need – helping people in crisis or with pressing needs get connected to services through United Way’s 2-1-1 helpline.
Additionally, United Way focuses on financial stability for individuals and families by providing adults with job training so they can become employed, help with prescription drug costs, teaching financial education and providing the tools and coaching so they can prepare for unanticipated expenses.
United Way of Westchester and Putnam’s staff and volunteers also targets the root causes of poverty by working on the education of our youth. It concentrates on early literacy to make sure all of our children are reading proficiently at the end of third grade, a strong indicator of later success. It also supports character education, soft skill development and the mentoring of middle and high school students.
Finally, United Way supports hundreds of nonprofits with $2-3 million in gifts-in-kind each year, by providing ongoing affordable professional development, and connecting nonprofits to new resources.
Since 1965, United Way of Westchester and Putnam has made our local community stronger through the help of people of like you. Give, advocate and volunteer for United Way. Sign up to read to a child, promote the 2-1-1 helpline, or join an affinity group such as the Women’s Leadership Council or Emerging Leaders Alliance.
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