Education

Our Goal

In 2008, United Way launched a 10-year initiative to cut the number of high school dropouts in half by 2018. It’s an ambitious goal, but by utilizing our core strengths — a national network, committed partners and public engagement capacity — we can achieve it.

Our Strategy

We can’t focus on high school alone. High school dropouts are 12 years in the making, usually starting early childhood education behind schedule. United Way's model focuses on supportive communities, effective schools and strong families — strategies and approaches rooted in research. Tackling the education challenge requires reframing education on a birth to 21 continuum.

United Way of Paola

Serving all of Miami County and Northern Linn County

Over the past 34 years, the United Way of Paola has helped address health issues, basic needs and other community services in Miami County by raising and distributing over $1,000,000. Last year, United Way funded 17 local non-profit organizations for a total of $90,000. United Way uses a criteria for funding to make sure the donated funds are used to help organizations in their goals to impact our local communities in Miami County in one or more of the following categories; Education – Preparing children to enter school and graduate from school, Health – increasing access to health care, nutrition, and health environments, Income – increasing individual and family financial stability, and Basic Needs – assisting individuals and families with the basic needs in life; food, clothing shelter, utility services, etc.