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Education, Income and Health: The Building Blocks for a Good Life

Throughout the United Way of Story County (UWSC) LIVE UNITED campaign, this column has been highlighting different programs in the community impact areas of education, income and health to give readers an idea of the work being done locally.

In the area of education, you’ve been reading about how our network develops effective prevention strategies to keep individuals safe, provides much needed outreach and advocacy services and utilizes research-based programs to help children and youth access the building blocks of academic success.

In the area of income, you’ve been reading about how our network ensures individuals and families have the support they need to survive, meet emergencies and actively work to move toward self-sufficiency.

In the area of health, you’ve been reading about how our network secures essential services for healthy lives that are affordable and accessible to all.

Most importantly, you’ve been reading about the lives you have helped us impact. As the campaign comes to a close, we want to take a moment to thank you. None of this would happen without strong community partners and dedicated donors. UWSC is a strategic leader in building partnerships throughout the county, and we couldn’t do it without you. The campaign total we will soon announce is significant, but the impact on our community is even more significant.

Everyone deserves opportunities to have a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support and sustain a family and good health. We know the problems facing our community are increasingly complex and are usually intertwined. For example, having a low income can certainly affect one’s education and health. That’s why United Way’s work is focused on all three building blocks for a good life, and our goal is to create long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of these problems.

You’re needed to be part of the change. Advancing the common good is less about helping one person at a time and more about changing systems to help all of us. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable and when people are healthy.

Let’s continue to celebrate that each of us is UNIQUE APART but always UNITED TOGETHER. It takes everyone in the community working together to create a brighter future, and we thank you for your involvement. Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED.

(Sara Wilson is marketing director for United Way of Story County, a strategic leader in building county-wide partnerships to identify needs and to develop, support, and evaluates effective human services, especially in the areas of education, income and health, for our diverse community.)

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