When I think of summer, I think of days spent with family, enjoying time in the mountains or with friends. For me and my family it’s a time to relax and slow down a bit, but for many families in need, summer means a time of scrambling, making up for meals lost at school, finding safe places for their kids to spend time, and hoping unsupervised children stay out of trouble.
This is where you come in.
Your support of United Way helps our more than 100 community organizations offer affordable, enriching, high-quality summer programming for children and youth. These programs fill critical needs over the summer months for families who are struggling – including providing breakfast and lunch for their children, a safe, fun environment, and activities to help kids return to school prepared to learn. They also provide summer employment opportunities for youth, which keep kids out of trouble and lay the foundation for successful career-building in the future.
In addition to the programs you will read about this month, our Summer Learning Collaborative is in full swing at 27 program sites in 14 cities and towns. Last year, 82% of the 3,000 elementary-age students participating in this program avoided summer learning loss.
Read on to learn more about the challenges these families face each summer and ways to keep your own children or grandchildren engaged and energized during the dog days of summer. Thank you for helping to ensure all children enjoy a summer of opportunity.
President & CEO