United Way in Gwinnett Selected as July 2013 Business of the Month

WHAT WE DO

As one of the leading nonprofit organizations in the country, United Way of Greater Atlanta raises around $80 million annually and invests in more than 140 programs that bring measurable results to our 13-county region. No other nonprofit mobilizes our community like United Way to solve the most challenging issues in the areas of education, health, homelessness and income. We create positive change within our community by developing strong cross-sector collaborations. So when you give, your donation combined with those of others creates monumental impact greater than any one donation on its own.

EDUCATION
Did you know? If children do not read well by third grade, they are more likely to be arrested by 18 than to graduate from high school. We are making sure children start school ready to learn, avoid risky behaviors and graduate prepared for careers. By providing quality child care and after-school programs, getting families involved in their child’s education and supporting teachers, we are improving the odds for our children.

HEALTH
Did you know? Every year, 3,000 low-birth weight babies, weighing less than 5.5 pounds, never see their first birthday. We are working to ensure that babies are born healthy. Did you know? More than 794,000 people in Greater Atlanta do not have health insurance, of which 144,000 are children. United Way is working to ensure that people have access to primary health care. Along with our community partners, we are addressing the issue with variety of strategies, including free clinics and mobile health units.

HOMELESSNESS
Did you know? On any given day, there are 7,500 people in metro Atlanta who will wake up without a place to call home. That’s why we are working hard to help homeless people get housed within one year. We want to end chronic homelessness, not simply manage it. With that in mind, we provide housing that is connected to support services such as case management.

INCOME
Did you know? Forty percent of metro Atlanta families are classified as working poor, and are often forced to make trade-off decisions about paying their rent, utilities or buying food. We are supporting families to become – and stay – self-sufficient. We help families increase their net income, participate in workforce development and job training and build their savings for the future.