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Our Impact

Meet Gabriel

Gabriel is from a low-income family. He began attending United Way community school in 2nd grade. Within one year, Gabriel has made tremendous strides in his learning and his chances for graduation have increased. He’s a little boy who can’t control his home life… but he’s smart, amazing and deserves the opportunity to SOAR!

Gabriel is surrounded with opportunities to thrive.

United Way of Erie County works with local funded organizations, initiatives, volunteers and businesses to mobilize the community. Together, we are changing the lives of thousands of people across our region and are working to achieve the LIVE UNITED 2025 BOLD challenge to the community to help 10,000 more local families become self-sufficient by May 17, 2025.

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Doesn't Enjoy School
I'm Present At School Everyday
Hasn't Had a Check-up
I Get Check-ups For My Eyes, Ears and Teeth.
No Mentor
I Have A Mentor Who Cares About Me.
Comes to School Hungry
My Mom Goes To The Food Bank And Clothing Closet At School.
Not Reading at Home
I Read at Home With My Family.
Limited Support
I Have Help From The Whole Community.
No Preschool
I’m Ready For Third Grade!

1. Student Success From Birth

Lasting change starts with our children. By preparing and supporting them in school, connecting family and community support, and providing education and growth opportunities, we can create healthier, more financially stable communities.

Together, we can help every child and family in our region succeed in school and in life.

2. Family Stability

Family stability is vital to children’s success in school. A child is affected not only by their school environment but also by what happens out of school.

Here’s how your support provides resources to help families become and stay stable

  • Erie Free Taxes - Free tax return preparation
  • FamilyWize Prescription Discount Program - Assistance with prescription medications
  • 2-1-1 - Free centralized and confidential service to connect with social service assistance
  • Emergency Needs - Many resources for shelter, disaster relief, crime victim support, and emergency assistance.