Our Work

Advancing the Common Good: Creating Opportunities to Improve Lives

Everyone deserves opportunities to have a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health. That’s why United Way of Marion County’s work is focused on the building blocks for a good life:

Education

Strategic Areas:

  • Improving access to quality, affordable child care and early learning opportunities
  • Partnering with communities and parents to improve school readiness and to improve reading and tutoring
  • Providing after-school academic support and mentoring programs for at-risk youth
  • Improve academic performance

Income

Strategic Areas:

  • Supporting basic needs while increasing financial education and independence
  • Helping working people build income and assets
  • Providing opportunities for long-term financial stability
  • Decrease homelessness by providing shelter and job opportunities

Health

Strategic Areas:

  • Increase health education and preventive care
  • Providing opportunities that promote independence for individuals with disabilities
  • Reduce occurrences of substance abuse, child abuse and domestic violence
  • Supporting services to help seniors remain healthy and independent in their homes

Advancing the common good is less about helping one person at a time and more about changing systems to help us all. We are all connected and interdependent. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable and when people are healthy. The goal of our work is to create long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of these problems through our Community Care Fund.

It takes everyone in the community working together to create a brighter future. We invite you to join us in becoming a part of that change by living united.

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