We Fight For Education
United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.
Success in life begins with a quality education. And yet, too many children and youth lack the support they need to strengthen their literacy, stay on track in school, graduate high school and find a career.
Program Partners Spotlight
United Way partners with and provides funding to the following local organizations to enhance educational efforts across the Blackhawk Region:
- Afterschool Summer Youth (Community Action Inc./Merrill Community Center)
- Beloit Childcare Afterschool Care & Day Care (Stateline Family YMCA)
- Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA of Rock County)
- Community Kids (Community Action Inc.)
- Positive Youth Development (Boys & Girls Club of Janesville)
- Youth Development and Guidance (Stateline Boys & Girls Clubs Inc.)
United Way also invests in the following early learning initiatives:
Born Learning Trails
The Born Learning Trail is a series of 10 interactive signs that offer fun, active learning activities for young children and their families. It helps parents, caregivers and communities create quality engagement opportunities when out on a stroll or visiting a local playground.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Dolly’s dream was to foster a love of reading among preschoolers and their families. She wanted to ensure that every child would have access to quality books, regardless of income. This initiative is now a global program managed by the Dollywood Foundation and brought to local communities by United Way Blackhawk Region.
Scholastic Book Fairs
In collaboration with Scholastic Book Fairs, a division of Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education, and media company, United Way Blackhawk Region is sponsoring book fairs to encourage a lifelong love of reading.