Improving Life For

EVERYONE IN DELAWARE & SALEM COUNTY (NJ)

Join us as we fight for every person in every zip code in Delaware and Salem County (NJ).

Improving Life For

EVERYONE In Delaware & Salem county (NJ)

Join us as we fight for every person in every zip code in Delaware and Salem County (NJ).

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.

$41M

DEBT REDUCED

Since 2011, over 36,000 Stand By Me participants in Delaware have reduced their debt by a combined total of over $41 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).

Autism awareness
Apr 30 2024

Living With a Child With Autism

Another name for Autism Awareness Month is Autism Acceptance Month. That’s what Kendra Haynes, whose son Carey was diagnosed at age 3, prefers to celebrate.

Our Volunteers Make Our Work Possible - UWDE Volunteers at Wilmington Public Library
Apr 22 2024

Celebrating Our United Way of Delaware Volunteers

April is National Volunteer Month, and as we close out the month, it’s time to shine a spotlight on the stars who illuminate our path with their unwavering...
As Seen In Delaware Business Times
Apr 19 2024

UWDE President and CEO Michelle Taylor Visits the White House

United Way of Delaware President and CEO Michelle A. Taylor, Ed. D., visited the White House along with other Delaware leaders on April 13, 2024, as part of the...
As Seen In WMDT ABC 47
Apr 03 2024

One Year After the Sussex Tornado, Neighbors Are Still Struggling

UWDE Sussex County Staff Member Sarah Carter Advocates For Tornado Victims One Year After The Deadly Storm

As Seen In Bay to Bay News
Mar 19 2024

United Way of Delaware Staff Comment on Delaware Poverty, ALICE

UWDE Chief Operating Officer Dan Cruce and VP of Engagement & Partnerships Tierra Fair Discuss Poverty and ALICE in Delaware.

As Seen In Delaware Business Times
Mar 15 2024

Do More 24 Campaign Breaks Donor Records

Do More 24 Delaware held its ninth annual campaign with a record of nearly 20,500 donors and brought in over $2.3 million for more than 500 Delaware nonprofits...
The Shepherds Office DoMore24 Leader
Mar 15 2024

The Shepherd’s Office: Do More 24 Fundraising Leader

The DoMore24 Campaign for 2024 is in the books, and a small but mighty nonprofit from Georgetown took in more fundraising dollars than all others. How did The Shepherds...
United Way of Delaware - Celebrating Women's History Month 2024
Mar 06 2024

Celebrating Women’s History Month 2024

Stories of Courage & Contributions: Women's History Month in Delaware March is a month that shines a spotlight on the extraordinary achievements of women throughout...
DRJC Feel Good Friday Takeover
Feb 21 2024

DRJC Takes Over Feel Good Friday: Black History Month 2024

February is Black History Month, and rather than looking back, UWDE President and CEO Michelle A. Taylor wants to call February “Black Culture Month,” and look at...
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Feb 21 2024

Pathways to Freedom: The Role of the Underground Railroad in Delaware’s History

The Underground Railroad, which provided a clandestine network for enslaved persons seeking freedom, is an important aspect of the history of Delaware. As a border...
As Seen In the Cape Gazette
Feb 05 2024

United Way of Delaware’s Sarah Carter Spreads News About the Earned Income Tax Credit

UWDE Manager for Sussex Engagement Sarah “Cha Cha” Carter joined Sen. Tom Carper and First State Community Action Agency’s Bernice Edwards to discuss...
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Feb 01 2024

Celebrating Black History Month in Delaware – February 2024

Welcome to a journey through Delaware's rich African American heritage this Black History Month. Join us on this exploration with this curated list of Black History...

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