For almost 100 years, United Way has been working to remove obstacles that prevent children and families in our community from living their best lives. As Tocqueville Society members, your generosity supports that work and together we’re lifting up our community – one individual at a time. We’re grateful for your commitment and we’re pleased to share stories of community members who have been impacted by work that you and others support.
Early Literacy · Early Learning
At our Summer Care tutoring program, third-grade student Junylah worked one-on-one with her tutor and in small groups, she completed activities such as word building with magnetic letters and, her favorite, reading a new frequency word, writing it, and then making it with Play-Doh. By the end of the summer, she went from reading a second-grade passage with 96% accuracy at 48 words per minute to reading a fourth-grade passage with 98% accuracy at 129 words per minute.
For Junylah, Summer Care helped her avoid summer reading loss and put her on track for a successful fourth-grade year.
The primary focus of United Way Suncoast’s Operation Graduate program is on-time high school graduation. Offered at our North Greenwood Resource Center in Clearwater, we focus on students who are in the academic middle, providing tutoring and credit recovery classes so students can graduate with their peers. We also introduce students to college and work experiences, showing them pathways for bigger futures. Miguel was the first student to join the tutoring program and he stayed with it until graduation. The first in his family to graduate high school, Miguel is now attending college and excelling. He credits Operation Graduate and the program manager who “made me understand what I could accomplish with a high school and a college degree.”
Living in a halfway house after being released from prison, Stephan was working hard to change his life. But without access to a checking account, he had no safe and affordable way to pay bills or easily access cash – major stumbling blocks to getting back on his feet. Enter Bank On Suncoast, a grassroots coalition led by United Way Suncoast that aims to improve financial stability and ensure that everyone has access to safe and affordable banking services and products. Excited to deposit his first paycheck from his new job, Stephan summed up what the assistance he received from Bank On has meant to him, saying, “It’s faith and hope being restored in someone’s life when they didn’t have any.”
To learn more about these programs and other work in our community, please contact a member of the United Way Suncoast Major Gifts team.