United Way works with school systems and organizations to ensure that every child has a chance for success in school, work, and life.

Our Goals
Increase the number of children who:

  • Enter school ready to succeed
  • Display improved cognitive, social and physical skills
  • Are prepared for success in college, work, and life

Community Investment Areas

Interactive trails contain signs with instructions for simple games that can turn a trip to the park into fun learning moments, they encourage parents and caregivers to follow the child's lead, build the child's curiosity and confidence, and reinforce the learning already underway.

An initiative to put FREE books in the hands of local preschoolers and open their worlds to amazing possibilities.


Big Brothers Big Sisters: Mentoring helps children realize their potential and build their futures by nurturing children and strengthening communities. 

Boys and Girls Club:

Teens on Track offers teens the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities every day including tournaments and programs, video games, computers, sports, music, cooking classes, and daily challenges and games.

Radford Kids who attend camp get the opportunity to experience a new environment, sunshine, and fresh air. They also participate in a wide variety of outdoor activities including swimming, fishing, hiking, scavenger hunts, a challenge course, stargazing, campfire meals, archery, large group games, tree and animal identification, fort building, crafts and more.

Covey: Life Enrichment offers skill-building classes to promote ongoing growth and learning, and social events that help clients be comfortable in our community. 

Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services: Youth Advocacy provides a safe environment in which children can deal with their fears and feelings. Programs for children include individual sessions, safety planning, unstructured playgroups and structured support groups. The advocate also supports the parents with positive parenting skills and assistance in re-establishing their role as parents.

Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Reach Counseling:

Advocacy programs provide victim-centered response at area hospitals, with law enforcement and throughout the judicial system. Victim advocates provide safety planning, skill building, short-term counseling and culturally specific services. All advocacy services are offered at no cost.

Education: Prevention education and awareness in the schools and community are foundational to Reach. By creating awareness and understanding of the root causes of trauma, we are changing cultural stereotypes and norms that perpetuate violence and abuse.

YMCA: programs teach and model character-based values in order to strengthen kids, families, and communities.