United Way works for a healthier America
Whether it is a neighbor without health insurance, a victim of abuse, or someone struggling with mental illness or an addiction, United Ways are working to ensure everyone has access to affordable and quality care.
How we help
United Way is working to enable our community to live healthier lives regardless of race or zip code. Achieving our goal requires us all to become more aware of health risks and the potential effects they have on ourselves and others, including the barriers and systems that prevent individuals from living a healthy life. That's why we invest in programs that teach and promote healthy living, prevent family violence and provide healthcare to those who need it most.
Larry (8) , his brother Wilson (5) and little sister Karrie (2) had been removed from their home due to lack of supervision, neglect and parent drug use. Susie, their CASA representative, not only advocated for children’s everyday needs, but she also fought against the system to have children removed from an abusive foster home. Susie advocated for a relative placement after removal from the foster home to reduce the children’s trauma and give them a safe, familiar person to care for them. When Larry started to fall behind in school, Susie brought all of the child’s caretakers around the table and did not stop until the child received every service he needed to be successful at school and in his home. Susie sought out solutions at every turn, would not take ‘no’ for an answer and held people accountable. She challenged everyone involved in the children’s lives to give their best for the kids and because of it the children have all been successfully adopted by their relative placement.