Black History and Black Futures
While celebrating Black history, we also work to create a more equitable future.
Black History Month is a time to celebrate influential leaders and impactful moments of the past. But celebrating Black history is not enough.
United Way continues to work toward a future where Black Americans have equal access to employment, education, health care and housing.
United Way believes that an individual’s race, ZIP code, or income should never be a barrier to quality health. We work to address health inequity by:
- Fighting for improved access to health care coverage
- Creating exercise and recreation opportunities in low-income and segregated neighborhoods
- Making it easier for people to access substance abuse programs
- Setting up mobile food pantries
- Supporting the mental health needs of veterans
United Way fights to shift the odds for students of color and those in low-income areas. Our work includes:
- Recruiting volunteers to read with preschool and elementary students
- Providing after-school programs and extracurricular activities and clubs
- Supporting middle and high school students through graduation
- Connecting students with volunteer mentors and tutors
United Way battles chronic unemployment, homelessness and financial illiteracy; issues which disproportionately affect Black Americans. In April, United Way Worldwide created a relief fund for Black Americans harmed by the financial devastation of the pandemic. Our ongoing work includes:
- Providing free tax preparation services for middle- and low-income families
- Offering financial education and coaching, especially to unbanked individuals
- Training adults for careers in thriving industries, like health care
- Providing job counseling and application assistance to the unemployed
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Stories from Local Leaders
Troy C. Smith
UWCF Resource Development Chair | Board of Directors
UWCF Director of Philanthropy