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Improving Life For

YOUNG CHILDREN
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ALL PARENTS
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TEENS
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FAMILIES
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LGBTQ+
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SENIORS
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BLACK & BROWN COMMUNITIES
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EVERYONE
IN DELAWARE & SALEM COUNTY (NJ)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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)

Grade Level Reading

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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College & Career Success

COLLEGE & CAREER 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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THE COMMUNITY PULSE

Get the latest from UWDE and our community partners.

UWDE Education Career Fair Flyer

United Way of Delaware Education Career Fair

Attention teachers, tutors, paraprofessionals, and mentors. Join us on Saturday, May 21st for United Way of Delaware's Education Career Fair. We're looking for...
Register for Delaware's Black Student Summit, April 9, 2022 at the Chase Fieldhouse in Wilmington, DE

Delaware Black Student Summit

The Black Student Summit is a half-day gathering to connect and uplift members of Black Student Unions & Associations, Advisors, School administrators and allies...
National Read Across America Day

National Read Across America Day

March 2 is National Read Across America Day National Read Across America Day was established by the National Education Association (NEA) in 1998 to help get kids...
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National Black Literacy Day

National Black Literacy Day Panel Duane Davis, Executive Director, K-12 Initiatives / My Very Own Library - University of Chicago Dr. Michelle Taylor, President &...
Angela Davis

The Living Legend Series with Angela Davis

Educator. Activist. Advocate. Educator and activist Angela Davis is a scholar and writer who advocates for the oppressed. Influenced by her segregated upbringing in...
Wilmington Public Library Pitch or Ditch Competition

PITCH or DITCH Competition for Minority Business Owners

Eight minority small business owners compete in “Shark Tank”-style competition at the Wilmington Public Library.
Diverse Workforce representing Delaware

[RFP] Equity-Centered Workforce Development Study for the State of Delaware

We are pleased to announce the official opening of the Request for Proposal (RFP) process for our Equity-Centered Workforce Development Study. This RFP is a joint...
Delaware Goes Purple in October

Delaware Goes Purple: Together We Can Stand Up Against Substance Abuse

This Month We’re Going Purple. The entire First State is going purple. Delaware Goes Purple is a monthlong program to raise awareness of substance abuse and...
UWDE Intern Nysier Judkins with New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer

HBCU Week College Fair @ Chase Fieldhouse

UWDE Intern Nysier Judkins Accepted to Three Universities During HBCU Week Congratulations to United Way of Delaware intern Nysier Judkins, who was recently accepted to...
Dupont employees with United Way of Delaware at NCC Hope Center Snack Drive

Snack Drive @ New Castle County Hope Center

Thank you to the corporations, businesses, community members, and leaders who supported our National Do Something Nice Day Snack Drive at the New Castle County Hope...
4th Round of Funding for Delaware Nonprofits

Round 4 Funding for Delaware Nonprofit Support Program

Starting October 4, 2021, the Delaware Nonprofit Support Program will open for its fourth round of funding. This grant program is exclusive to nonprofits and leverages...
Ken Livingston & Dr. Orrin White talk about school resources with NAMI Delaware

Back to School Discussion Series Hosted by NAMI Delaware

There are a lot of back-to-school resources available to families. Ken Livingston and Dr. Orrin White take time to talk with Annie Slease from NAMI Delaware about the...

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