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We’re building a community-wide movement of passionate champions from all walks of life.
Together, we’re addressing root causes with research-based strategies that deliver long-lasting, community-wide change that ultimately reduces poverty in Larimer County.
Local children enter school ready to learn and succeed.
We know that the basis for success starts at birth and 90% of our brain’s growth occurs by age five. Children who enter school ready to learn are more apt to graduate from high school, have higher incomes as adults, and decrease their likelihood of participating in at-risk behaviors.
Together, we will help more local children build a solid foundation for future success in school and life, which will strengthen our community for generations to come.
Local youth stay in school and graduate high school ready for college and career.
In Larimer County, 22% of our 4th grade students are not reading at grade level. Research shows that 74% of children who are behind at the end of 3rd grade will never catch up to their peers. More importantly, third grade reading scores are a key indicator for future community success rates and will directly impact the number of individuals and families living in poverty.
Together, we will help more local youth close the learning gap and develop skills and behaviors that set them up for a future filled with promise and opportunity.
Local families achieve long-term self-sufficiency.
1 in 7 individuals in Larimer County are living in poverty and 69% of these people age 25 and older are employed at least part-time. The need for resources to address employment barriers, educational opportunities, and job training continues to grow in order to meet the increasing skills gap seen by our local business community.
Together, we will help more working families achieve long-term self-sufficiency while also strengthening our local economy with a more skilled and stable workforce.
Local families and individuals have access to food, shelter, safety, and resources to maintain independence and stability.
13.4% of Larimer County residents are food insecure, meaning they lack access to enough food for a healthy life. While United Way works to address the root causes of community issues for long-term change, there are individuals who need our support right now. Basic needs services are critical to getting people back on their feet and on the road to self-sufficiency.
Together, we will help individuals and families meet their immediate needs so they can focus on long-term goals such as employment, sustainable housing, or education.
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