A Laser Focus on Poverty

Author: United Way of St. Joseph County

What were the results of the research?

Why did the Board choose poverty as the issue? UWSJC believes that poverty (self-sufficiency and family economic security) is a serious epidemic that demands collective action. The condition of poverty is linked with quality education. Children living in poverty are more likely not to be prepared for or succeed in school, and less likely to complete or further their education.  (Alliance for Excellent Education; American Graduate.)

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United Way Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program Receives Generous Grant From First Source Bank

Author: United Way of St. Joseph County

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – As the United Way of St. Joseph County embarks on a ten-year journey to reduce poverty by 25,000 individuals by 2025, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program or VITA, as it is often called, will play an integral role in reaching this goal. From 2013-2014 the VITA program provided services to more than 3200 households, was responsible for bringing over $4 million of processed refunds back to St. Joseph County and helped low-income taxpayers save over $1 million in tax preparation fees.…

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St. Joseph County to Participate in Regional STEM Education Initiative

Author: United Way of St. Joseph County

St. Joseph County to Participate in Regional STEM Education Initiative
K-12 Districts can apply for program funding

South Bend, Ind. (March 1, 2014) – United Way of St. Joseph County and the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce announced that all K-12 schools in St. Joseph County are eligible to participate in the regional STEM Education Initiative announced Saturday morning by Project Lead The Way (PLTW), the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs, and the Corporate Partnership for Economic Growth (CPEG) at a STEM teacher training program held at the University of Notre Dame.…

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Sabian

Author: United Way of St. Joseph County

“You don’t know me, but my name is Sabian. When I was born, I couldn’t hear very well. But, no one knew until my preschool checked my hearing for free thanks to United Way. They told my mom what I couldn’t — I am hearing impaired. Now I have tubes in my ears that help me hear and specialists who help me learn how to talk. Thanks to people who gave money to United Way, I am going to be able to hear my teacher and talk to my friends when I start kindergarten!”

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