United Way of West Tennessee advocates for equity through Uniting agencies in ways that improve each person’s access to health, education, and financial stability.
Leaders Education Foundation, a non-profit 501c3, is thrilled to pledge $100,000 to The READ Team, a program of United Way of West Tennessee. The READ Team was formed in 2014 under the name ARISE2READ Jackson Madison County and served six Jackson-Madison County elementary schools. On April 8, 2021, The READ Team joined the United Way of West TN as a United Way Education initiative program. The READ Team allows volunteers to partner with students during school hours and under school staff supervision to assist students with reading initiatives for one hour per week.
Several organizations in West Tennessee have partnered together to develop the West Tennessee DREAM initiative - a regional strategy designed to address lack of access to crucial resources within the community. The proposal was created in response to the Department of Human Services’ Tennessee Opportunity Pilot Initiative, which is a new program designed to help spend down the State’s surplus TANF (TN Assistance for Needy Families) fund.
I grew up in a dysfunctional family and was very confused. I did not know what a real family was supposed to be like. Because of treatment and United Way, I was able to give that opportunity to my son and the opportunity was given to me. I have been given a new life, and it’s unimaginable.
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