United Way of Central Maryland’s work focuses on the building blocks of a self-sufficient life: education, financial stability and health. We all win when students succeed in school, families are financially stable and people are healthy.
Learn how we’re making a difference in the community, thanks to donors, volunteers and other partners:
HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Looking for a way to spread the warmth of the holiday season by helping a family in need? We’ve brought together holiday volunteer and giving opportunities across central Maryland to make it easy for you to give back!
HARVEST OF PLENTY: THANK YOU!
Thanks to our generous donors, more than 3,600 local families in need were able to enjoy a special Thanksgiving meal this year -- and the priceless memories that go along with it. Families received a full turkey dinner for six with all the fixings – something that many of them would not otherwise have without help from Harvest of Plenty.
HEALTHY FOOD IS A RIGHT.
Imagine not knowing where your next meal is coming from. Or relying on the corner store or nearby fast food restaurant because there’s no grocery store in your neighborhood. Our Access to Healthy Food Initiative is working to change this situation across central Maryland by making nutritious food more affordable and accessible to low-income families.Learn more about the Access to Healthy Food Initiative
UNITED WAY’S 2-1-1 CALL CENTER LINKS LOCAL PEOPLE TO HELP 24/7
Every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. dials 2-1-1 for help. This three-digit number has revolutionized access to help in our country, providing one place for people to call for any health and human service issue. UWCM’s 2-1-1 call center (one of four in Maryland) serves as a barometer of need for issues in our community, giving UWCM a unique vantage point for identifying, assessing, tracking and meeting people’s basic needs locally. Last year, our 2-1-1 call center answered more than 95,000 calls for help.Learn more about 2-1-1 Maryland at UWCM
At a time when housing is unaffordable for many and the number of homeless students in our state is rapidly growing, UWCM is introducing a new program aimed at preventing and ending family homelessness. Through a multi-pronged approach that includes intensive case management, master leasing and financial security, our Family Stability initiative will build stronger families, neighborhoods and communities.Learn more about the Family Stability Initiative
WANT A HAPPY ENDING? CHANGE THE BEGINNING
Poor readers in fourth grade are four times as likely to drop out of high school. High school drop-outs are cut off from 90% of American jobs. And much more likely to end up in jail, or homeless, or a single parent. It’s time to take action to help local children learn to read so that they can succeed in school and beyond. Change the course of a child’s life: volunteer with us.Learn more about READ LEARN SUCCEED
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