United Way of the Wine Country has been dedicated to improving lives locally for 50 years. Everyone deserves a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, income that can support a family through retirement, and good health. To create lasting change, United Way focuses on solving the underlying causes of common problems related to education, income and health. We are committed to achieving lasting solutions - not just quick fixes - for our entire community.
Education is the cornerstone for community success. Local children need nurturing, support and opportunities to succeed in school and life in order to reach their full potential. Children who receive a quality education are more likely to graduate from high school and be better prepared for the workforce.
Education is one of the most important issues facing our community. By 2020, United Way nationwide seeks to cut by half the number of young people who drop out of high school. Locally, we have focused on investing in educational programs and initiatives to ensure more children enter kindergarten ready to learn and exit third grade reading proficiently. Research shows students who do not read proficiently in third grade are four times as likely not to graduate high school in four years.
Through United Way's Schools of Hope, we are leading the effort to increase the number of children reading at grade level by the end of third grade.
We also engage families to help their children grow reading skills with United Way School Readiness Backpacks. These backpacks are targeted to low-income families of children ages 3-5 to help ensure children enter kindergarten ready to learn.
We all win when a child succeeds in school. Join United Way and its partners to help our youth.
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
In Mendocino County, free monthly books are available for children from birth to five years of age through Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Visit First 5 Mendocino for more information and to register your child.