What is United Way?
United Way of the River Cities is a nonprofit organization, the mission of which is to partner with our diverse and united community to solve its greatest issues. United Way supports programs and strategies that address critical issues in the Focus Areas of Education, Income, Health and Safety-Net Services. This support is in the form of fundraising, grant writing and convening partnerships. United Way ensures that a safety net of services is available throughout the region, as well as strategies that create long-term solutions for some of the most persistent problems within our communities.
Why United Way?
When donors invest in United Way, they can be confident that their dollars will be invested in the best programs and strategies to get the best results for the community. The institutions and partnerships that administer these programs and strategies are vetted by United Way volunteers and staff, so donors can be assured that their monies are being used to solve the region’s most pressing problems. Donor dollars stay local to address the needs of local people.
Your gift supports programs, strategies and partnerships that address issues related to our four Focus Areas: Education, Income, Health and Safety-Net Services.
United Way FAQ
Q: What does Success By 6® and the entire Education Initiative at United Way of the River Cities do in our community?
Success By 6® seeks to ensure that all children are ready physically, mentally, developmentally, emotionally and socially to begin kindergarten. This initiative focuses on children from birth to age 6, and it fits into an entire Education Initiative at United Way of the River Cities. The Education Initiative is a continuum that promotes student success in preparation for school, work and life by mobilizing the community and providing diverse opportunities for learning. Education Matters is also part of this continuum. We really want to make sure children grow into successful adults.
Q: Super Kids, Super Families, Super Saturday is coming up this weekend. What is in store for this year’s event?
We are really excited for this event! It’s the 16th year for Super Kids, Super Families, Super Saturday. It’s set for this Saturday, Feb. 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. This event is free and open to the public. It grows each year, and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend!
Q: Why should parents and caregivers bring children to this year’s event?
Local organizations will also provide activities for young children and resources for parents and caregivers about the “12 Tips for Raising a Healthy Child.” Some exhibitors include Cabell-Huntington Health Department, Cabell-Wayne Association of the Blind, Tri-State Literacy Council, Birth to Three, the WIC Program, The Mother’s Club of Huntington, Cabell County Schools and Head Start, Ronald McDonald, and more. Ronald McDonald will read to children at 12 p.m.
Q: Success By 6® has a wide array of programs. One is The Imagination Library. What is The Imagination Library?
This event will also offer Imagination Library registration. The Imagination Library, a program founded by Dolly Parton, mails a free age-appropriate book per month to children from birth up to their fifth birthdays. Only Cabell County residents are eligible.
Q: How can community members get involved with Success By 6® and the Education Initiative’s work?
We are always looking for people to get involved in our work! You can get involved by contacting United Way of the River Cities at 304.523.8929 or by visiting our website at successby6online.org.