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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.

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.



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.


Grade-Level Reading


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).

Feb 08 2023

Do You Qualify for Free Tax Prep Assistance?

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...
Impact 365
Nov 04 2022

Impact 365 launch

New TV and Streaming Program Showcases Community Impact United Way of Delaware (UWDE) is set to launch Impact365, a first-of-its-kind cable TV and streaming program...
United Way of Delaware celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Sep 23 2022

Soy Latina

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month “To feel the love of people whom we love is a fire that feeds our life”  - Pablo Neruda Hispanic Heritage month kicks off on...
10th Annual Anti-Bullying GSA Summit
Sep 20 2022

10th Annual Anti-Bullying GSA Summit

The United Way of Delaware’s PRIDE Council is working hard to bring back our 10th Annual Anti-Bullying GSA Summit (in-person) for LGBTQ+ youth, their advisors, and...
Delaware's Racial Equity Challenge Series
Sep 16 2022

Growing Together in a Journey of Racial Learning

The Racial Equity Challenge During this month two years ago, the Delaware Racial Justice Collaborative and partners such asthe YWCA embarked on a journey of racial...
27th Annual AFL-CIO Golf Tourament - Back Creek Golf Club, Middletown, DE
Sep 14 2022

27th Annual AFL-CIO Golf Tournament

Thank You Workers! If you’ve remained friends with someone for 27 years, do they move out of the friends category and into the family category? I, for one, can count...
Stand By Me NexGen - helping families plan and pay for college
Aug 26 2022

Education & Our Future Workforce

How Do We Support the Education of Our Future Workforce? Recently, I heard about a promising young student who had everything he needed to go to college – good grades,...
August 2022 Book Bag and Resource Giveaway at Wilmington Library
Aug 19 2022

2nd Annual Back-to-School Resource Fair

Putting Smiles on Many Faces Late August can be a difficult time for families, with school looming in the next month.  Especially this year, with rising prices. Parents...
Student talking with Teacher in the hallway - Implement a consistent developmental growth structure that students experience in every aspect of their lives - United Way of Delaware
Aug 12 2022

Helping Young People Thrive in Life

This past week United Way of Delaware, President & CEO, Dr. Michelle Taylor, was part of a group that discussed how all of us across the state can implement a...
US Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester with United Way of Delaware Summer Interns
Aug 09 2022

Young Voices Debate the Issues on DETV

Summer Intern debate  United Way of Delaware summer interns were invited to participate in a televised debate on DETV. The youth were asked to express their views on...
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Aug 05 2022

Healthcare Equity & COVID in 2022

Let Them Eat Cake People were appalled that Marie Antoinette said, “Let them eat cake,” when the French complained they had no bread during the French Revolution in the...


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