In our local community and in alignment with United Way's national goals, United Way of Central Washington serves to help children and youth achieve their potential.

Why Education?

  • By supporting children and their families during the early years, we know that we can positively affect the rest of their lives.
  • High school dropouts are more likely to be underemployed, spend time in poverty, use more public assistance and be on death row than people who have a high school diploma
  • In Yakima County:      

            16.6% of Yakima County residents have less than 9th grade education

            Yakima County is 18.8 % behind Washington State in high school student graduations

            The unemployment rate in Yakima County is 10.8 %, 3.2% higher than WA state itself

With United Way funding in 2016...

  • 2,896 hours spent by volunteers on reading programs for children
  • 55 youth scholarships awarded to youth 
  • 730 hours of mentoring were provided to children

How You Can Help
To reach our goal, we need your help. The strategies proven to work are those that connect communities to their schools: parent involvement; literacy volunteers in the classroom; mentors for disadvantaged students; business leaders engaged in early childhood advocacy. Volunteer to help.

For other success stories in Education, read more here.