Celebrating

Black History Month

UNITED WAY OF DELAWARE

Join us in celebrating Black History Month and the enduring strength and achievements of African Americans in Delaware. Stay with us throughout the month, as we highlight men and women whose contributions have not only transformed our state but continue to inspire our nation.

Image Credit: Delaware Historical Society Digital Collection

Celebrating

Black History Month

UNITED WAY OF DELAWARE

Join us in celebrating Black History Month and the enduring strength and achievements of African Americans in Delaware. Stay with us throughout the month, as we highlight men and women whose contributions have not only transformed our state but continue to inspire our nation.

Image credit: Delaware Historical Society Digital Collection

opportunity exists for some

but not for all.

The struggle is real. Today, too many people in Delaware and Salem County (NJ) are suffering due to inequity. Ignoring the challenges they face lead to more significant problems that affect us all.

Young Delaware boy frustrated in school

In Delaware, only 19% of third graders from families with low incomes are proficient in reading.

African-American Teen United Way of Delaware

A startling, 28% of Delaware high school graduates enrolling in DE colleges need remedial math and English coursework.

Single Mother Embraces Daughter - United Way of Delaware

Over 150,000 people living in Delaware and Salem County’s Promise Communities are considered low-income.

For over 75 years, we've been helping to make Delaware a better place for all people
YEARS OF
Fighting for Equity
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Advocating for our Children
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Fighting for Racial Justice
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Preparing Teens for Careers
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Fighting for our Neighbors
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Supporting our Seniors
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Building a Better Delaware

YEARS OF

Building a Better Delaware

At United Way of Delaware, we believe equity is everyone’s responsibility. Since 1946, we’ve partnered with leaders to bring opportunity to every corner of our state. Even though the fight is long from over, we know what’s possible when we all work together. When we LIVE UNITED against inequity, we can drive long-term change faster. So that, over the next 75 years, we can make Delaware and Salem County (NJ) better for everyone.

Join the Fight for

equity, opportunity & change

Together with our partners, we help children become more proficient readers, prepare young people for future career success, and guide adults towards financial stability. These are the building blocks for a better life.

99,619

FREE BOOKS

During the 2020-21 school year, nearly 100,000 new books were given to students participating in My Very Own Library to encourage a life-long love for reading.

23,000+

HIGH SCHOOLERS

More than 23,000 Delaware high school students are enrolled in a Career Pathway program to help prepare them for college and future careers.

$30M

DEBT REDUCED

Since 2011, nearly 20,000 Stand By Me participants in Delaware have reduced their debt by a combined total of over $30 million.

OUR PAST, OUR PRESENT, OUR FUTURE     –    BY ERIC OKDEN   –    KINGSWOOD CC WILMINGTON (de)

Early Education Success

Early Education Success

Our goal is to ensure all children read on grade level by 3rd grade. That way, they have opportunities to succeed no matter where they live.

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Career & College Success

CAREER & COLLEGE SUCCESS

Our children deserve every chance to be successful. That's why we work with our partners to equip students with the skills they'll need to excel in college and the workforce.

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Financial Empowerment

FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT

Communities are safer when people aren't struggling to survive. Our financial empowerment programs focus on helping people take control of their money to achieve their financial goals faster.

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Racial Equity & Social Justice

Racial Equity & Social Justice

Many policies limit opportunities for people of color. At UWDE, we work with organizations to level the playing field in our state while advocating to dismantle harmful policies.

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United Way of Delaware

THE COMMUNITY PULSE

Stay up-to-date on the good things that are happening in Delaware and Salem County (NJ).

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