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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


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.

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

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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
Fighting for Equity
Advocating for our Children
Fighting for Racial Justice
Preparing Teens for Careers
Fighting for our Neighbors
Supporting our Seniors
Building a Better Delaware


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.

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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.



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.



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



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


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


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


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

Do More 24 Delaware 2023 - Raised over $2.375 million for nonprofits throughout the state.
Mar 06 2023

Do More 24 Delaware 2023

Over 530 Delaware-based nonprofits raised over $2.37 million during Do More 24 Delaware 2023. The 24-hour around-the-clock fundraiser took place on March 2nd and 3rd....
Mar 03 2023

March 3, 2023

DoMore24 is Delaware’s largest day of giving, which allows non-profits to raise unrestricted funding to support their communities. Non-profits can receive special...
Feb 24 2023

February 24, 2023

Discover the Racial Equity Challenge Series, a five-day initiative that sends daily e-mail challenges to participants, encouraging reflection on implicit bias in the...
Feb 17 2023

February 17, 2023

Read Feel Good Friday for February 17, 2023High School Seniors Benefit from a Partnered Approach for SuccessThe following is an opinion piece co-written by Nello Paoli...
Feb 10 2023

February 10, 2023

Read Feel Good Friday for February 10, 2023Every day, thousands of Delawareans struggle to find affordable childcare, access to healthcare, money to buy food and pay...
Feb 08 2023

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Free Tax Preparation | Nehemiah Gateway Getting professional assistance with tax preparation can be costly, but for some Delawareans it's possible to get their taxes...
Feb 06 2023

Success For Our Seniors (SOS)

Nello M. Paoli Jr., chair of the Youth Committee for the Delaware Workforce Development Board, and United of Delaware CEO, Dr. Michelle A. Taylor co-authored this...
Feb 03 2023

February 3, 2023

Read Feel Good Friday for February 3, 2023Celebrate or Commemorate?“Should I write Happy Black History Month or It’s Black History Month?” my...
Jan 27 2023

January 27, 2023

Read Feel Good Friday for January 27, 2023The Day the Baby Comes Home from the Hospital What is the first thing that an infant does? He/she starts learning. Learning...
Jan 20 2023

January 20, 2023

Read Feel Good Friday for January 20, 2023It Takes More Than 28 DaysLast week I wrote about volunteerism and suggested the Martin Luther King Day holiday as a prompt to...
Jan 13 2023

January 13, 2023

Read Feel Good Friday for January 13, 2023A Heart Full of GraceIt’s nearly three weeks into the new year and for some of us, resolutions are already a distant memory....
Jan 06 2023

January 6, 2023

Read Feel Good Friday for January 6, 2023Live Today. Tomorrow Isn't PromisedI’d like to wish all of you a happy, healthy 2023. As always, the new year gives us...


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