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delaware’s promise communities

Fulfilling Our Promise

TO ALL DELAWAREANS

As a state, Delaware offers a wide range of programs and services to help children and families. But these services don’t always reach those with the greatest need. At United Way of Delaware, we work with partners around the state to connect neighbors with the support they need to live well. Our goal is to ensure a more equitable life for everyone in Delaware, especially for those living in our eight promise communities. Here’s how we help:

Wilmington Eastside

Zip Codes: 19801 & 19802
Y

Wilmington Westside

Zip Codes: 19805
Y

SW of Bear & Central New Castle County

Zip Codes: 19701 & 19702
Y

Southbridge & Route 9 Corridor

Zip Code: 19720
Y

Dover North Ring

Zip Codes: 19901, 19904 & 19977
Y

South of Dover, Felton

Zip Codes: 19934, 19944 & 19952
Y

Georgetown

Zip Codes: 19947 & 19966
Y

Seaford, Bridgeville & Laurel

Zip Codes: 19933, 19956 & 19973
Y

LIFE IN DELAWARE’S PROMISE COMMUNITIES

The numbers don’t lie. Research shows neighbors who live in our promise communities have obstacles keeping them from thriving. Poor transportation. Family poverty. Expensive housing. Few local job options. These factors block access to important services for children and families.

POPULATION

459,162

100,078

CHILDREN RECEIVING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE

144,575

ADULTS RECEIVING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE

100,078

CHILDREN RECEIVING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE

144,575

ADULTS RECEIVING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE

22.6%

CHILDREN UNDER 18 LIVING IN POVERTY

70%

CHILDREN AREN’T READING PROFICIENTLY BY 3RD GRADE

22.6%

CHILDREN UNDER 18 LIVING IN POVERTY

70%

CHILDREN AREN’T READING PROFICIENTLY BY 3RD GRADE

THIS IS OUR PROMISE

Although these challenges are real, our communities are full of strong leaders, organizations, and kind neighbors who are passionate about leveling the playing field for everyone.

At United Way of Delaware, we promise to mobilize the community’s resources to fight for better. We are committed to:

  • Fighting long-standing inequity in every corner of our state
  • Making data-driven decisions that lead to results
  • Working alongside community partners to drive change faster
  • Helping individuals design creative solutions that work
  • Advocating for neighbors by calling on lawmakers to dismantle hurtful policies at all levels of government
  • Being prudent stewards of the resources entrusted to our care

Click here to learn how you can LIVE UNITED for Delaware.

Work in Delaware's Promise Communities

WILL YOU JOIN THE FIGHT?

United starts with 'U'.

GIVE, ADVOCATE, or VOLUNTEER today to do your part.