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Give the Gift of Books: Top 10 Children’s Books of 2021

Give the Gift of Books: Top 10 Children’s Books of 2021

There is nothing better than giving the gift of knowledge. While a book might not be that 100-piece Lego set or Barbie dream house, it is no less of a meaningful gift. A book is a vehicle for the imagination, especially for children. They can learn about places and...

Nonprofit Spotlight: Union County Public Library

Nonprofit Spotlight: Union County Public Library

As you may know, literacy is the cornerstone of a child's education; almost everything they learn after the third grade requires reading. They need to know how to read books, textbooks, signs, flyers, and so much more. The inability to read significantly impacts a...

Nonprofit Spotlight: Amigos Richmond Latino Center

Nonprofit Spotlight: Amigos Richmond Latino Center

Hispanic refers to Spanish speakers or those descended from Spanish-speaking families. Latino refers to people who are from or descended from Latin America. As of 2020, 3% population of Wayne County's population identifies as either Hispanic or...

Back to school for alice families

Back to school for alice families

The thought of going back to school triggers fond memories for many of us. It’s in the smell of a fresh box of Crayola crayons or the extra sharp points of those yellow Ticonderoga pencils. Or it’s that internal debate on which color folder should be used for science...

Nonprofit Spotlight: Communities In Schools of Wayne County

Nonprofit Spotlight: Communities In Schools of Wayne County

We are constantly amazed by the incredible things that our program partners are providing to the community. Each of our partner agencies is working in one of our four focus areas; childhood success, youth success, economic mobility and access to...

Becoming a Board Member with Brian Lackey

Becoming a Board Member with Brian Lackey

Our board members are integral to everything that we do at United Way of Whitewater Valley. Our board is comprised of prominent leaders in our community. Each of them brings different perspectives and values, but they share a common passion for Wayne...

Let Kids Have Fun

Let Kids Have Fun

Parents are feeling the pressure to keep kids engaged in education throughout the summer break. You might always feel that pressure, but it’s exceptionally present this year. We’re still recovering from education disruptions due to COVID-19. Here’s...

Collaboration

Collaboration

Collaboration is the value of the month for July’s More Than Words program. Collaboration is about believing in a cause bigger than yourself and working towards a greater good. We see this happening all over our community each day and it’s a value...

Boys and Girls Clubs of Wayne County

Boys and Girls Clubs of Wayne County

Here at United Way of Whitewater Valley, we are passionate about youth success. Not just because this is one of our 4 main areas of focus (youth success), but because children are the future of our community. Each child in Wayne and Union...

Make It Happen in Wayne and Union Counties

Make It Happen in Wayne and Union Counties

If you are a campaign chair, you are probably wondering how to make your annual employee giving campaign a success. Would insider knowledge from an employee giving campaign pro help? In that case, we have just the information you need. Recently we spoke with one of...

Nonprofit Spotlight: The Reading Academy

Nonprofit Spotlight: The Reading Academy

Over a decade ago, schools were sometimes labeled as dropout factories. Out of this controversy, an organization came to life in Wayne County. Under the guidance of Rick Ahaus and Dick Jones, two concerned citizens, The Reading Academy was started. The Reading...

Equity vs. Equality: The Difference Between Two Similar Words

Equity vs. Equality: The Difference Between Two Similar Words

Equity and Equality sound alike, have a similar spelling, and many people use them as synonyms. So, what is the difference? To put it simply, equality is making things equal, and equity is making things fair. You may be thinking, "Which one is the goal and why it is...

Nonprofit Spotlight: Richmond Family YMCA

Nonprofit Spotlight: Richmond Family YMCA

Uplifting and promoting our agency partner's projects is a part of our mission here at United Way of Whitewater Valley. Reaching the youth in our community ensures that our future generations are set up for physical and financial longevity.   To us, youth success...

Nonprofit Spotlight: Natco Community Empowerment Center

Nonprofit Spotlight: Natco Community Empowerment Center

Nacto Community Empowerment Center As a supporter of Wayne and Union counties, United Way of Whitewater Valley works every day to be a catalyst for change. At United Way of Whitewater Valley, we specifically focus on four areas. All nonprofits we support...

What is Youth Success?

What is Youth Success?

What is Youth Success? Youth success means providing young people with the opportunities and support they need to be successful. We know that creating a path to quality careers improves the lives of young people in Wayne and Union counties.    A great...

Mental Health Awareness Month: Our Bootstraps Are Worn and Torn

Mental Health Awareness Month: Our Bootstraps Are Worn and Torn

Our Bootstraps are Worn and Torn May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which is an opportunity to highlight some big topics about our health and wellness. One issue that could use the spotlight sounds simple but is tough for a lot of people. This...

What is Access to Health?

What is Access to Health?

WHAT IS ACCESS TO HEALTH? Access to health means ensuring that each individual in Wayne and Union counties has access to healthcare and safe environments. We know that offering preventive healthcare and social services to families and individuals who are struggling...

Nonprofit: Spotlight: Richmond Parks and Recreation Department

Nonprofit: Spotlight: Richmond Parks and Recreation Department

Here at United Way of Whitewater Valley, we support organizations that are making a large impact on Wayne and Union counties. United Way does not just support programs that provide social services we also provide support to programs that rejuvenate our environment....

What Is Economic Mobility?

What Is Economic Mobility?

Economic mobility is the ability for someone to change their income or wealth. For instance, if we can grow an individual’s income the whole community benefits. We also know when more working individuals and families can stop walking a financial tightrope and get on...

Nonprofit Spotlight: Achieva Resources

Nonprofit Spotlight: Achieva Resources

Achieva Resources The goal of United Way Whitewater Valley is to be a catalyst for change in Wayne and Union counties. We raise funds to support the needs of our community and we work with non-profits to help meet the needs. We fund...