Media Facts

Our Vision

To be the leader that has united the community towards positive change.

 

Our Mission

To serve as a catalyst to improve the lives of people in our community.

 

3 Focus Areas for United Way of Greater Augusta TO ENSURE...

 

Education: Helping children and youth achieve their potential

Income: Promoting financial stability and independance

Health: Improving people's health

 

We must give children the tools to:

Enter school ready to learn! --> That includes the necessary school supplies. If a student has the necessary required back to school supplies that remove a barrier to learning.

 

Education Facts and Stats:

  • 35% children in the Staunton, Augusta and Waynesboro regions enter school not ready to learn
  • 41% children in the Staunton, Augusta and Waynesboro regions receive free or reduced lunch due to low family income
  • Children must be ready to suceed when they get to school (cognitively, socially, emotionally and physically) before they can learn there. They also need to be present at school- attending regularly- because they can't learn if they aren't there.
  • 25% of high school students nationwide do not graduate from high school.
  • An estimated 75% of Americans aged 17 to 24 cannot join the US military- 26 million young Americans- most often because they are poorly educated, involved in crime, or physically unfit.
  • In 2007, nearly 6.2 million young people (16% of the 16-24 age group) were high school dropouts. Every student who does not complete high school costs our society an estimated $260,000 in lost earnings, taxes, and productivity.