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We're Fighting For Children

When asked why they give, many Sioux Empire United Way supporters say “to help children.” It is a natural feeling for adults to want to nurture and care for children. Of course, the needs of children evolve as they grow, which is why a gift to United Way is so impactful. In early years, these gifts support childcare, preschool, and kindergarten readiness for low and moderate income families. At school age, your support provides food on the weekend, so they can come to school ready to learn on Monday morning. While many children receive needed support from their parents, grandparents, relatives, and neighbors, the greater community continues to play a vital role in cultivating the future for our youth. This is why gifts to United Way also support programs that engage volunteer mentors or coaches. By supporting these programs, not only are children introduced to additional adult role models, but gifts are also multiplied through the dedication of volunteers. It’s a joy to make a gift to help a child in need. It is also a great investment in the future of our community.

Here are a six examples of how you help children:

  • 2,175 students participate in a variety of after school programs around the community. Programs include snacks or meals, homework help, and character building activities. Children who participate in quality after school programs show improved school attendance, engagement in learning, test scores, and grades.

  • 444 children have access to free dental care: screenings, fillings, extractions, cleanings, and other necessary care. Tooth pain can affect a child’s ability to eat, sleep, speak and socialize. Research shows that children with poor oral health are more likely to miss school and earn lower grades.

  • 1,432 children are provided with a quality childcare program that provides age-appropriate care and education. The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis documents that early childhood education is an economic investment – for every $1 spent on early education, you see a $7 return.

  • 11,188 books are mailed to children under the age of five each month. One study reports children read to one hour per day enter school with a vocabulary 3 times larger than students onlyread to 30 hours during their first 5 years.

  • 2,870 children at 43 sites within the Sioux Empire are provided with food for the weekend, to ensure that they arrive at school on Monday ready to learn.

  • 176 soon-to-be kindergarteners participate in a five-week program, just prior to the start of the school year. Participants have an average gain of 35% in math skills, 25% in reading skills, and 22% in supportive skills.



Learn more about how your gift provides food to children for the weekend.


Learn more about how your gift provides safe and fun after school and summer care opportunities for children.


Click here to see our full list of programs that help children across the Sioux Empire.