United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley has eight programs: 2-1-1, The Basics, Community Schools United, Emerging Leaders United (ELU), Home for Good, Read United, Stuff The Bus, and Women United.
The first three years of life can have the greatest impact on a child’s learning, with 80% of brain growth occurring during this time. The Basics are five fun, simple and effective principles that every parent and caregiver can use to help children have a great start in life. The Basics is working with community stakeholders and partners to implement this initiative. United Way is a proud leading partner in this community wide initiative.
The Community School Strategy is a partnership between United Way and local school districts to transform schools into a place where students, families, staff and the surrounding community work together to ensure all students thrive. Our strategy focuses on the whole child by providing academic support, social emotional learning, health and wellness, family and community engagement and a safe and supportive climate. This strategy is launched in the fall of 2020, with Dorothy Height Elementary selected as the first school for full-service implementation. We have now expanded to include Phenix City Elementary School (Russell County), Brewer Elementary School, and MLK Elementary (Muscogee).
Emerging Leaders United (ELU) recognizes young leaders who value the importance of philanthropy and believe in and support the work of United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley. Individuals ages 40 or under 40 who make a yearly gift of $365 or more are eligible to join.
Stuff The Bus is our annual school supply drive in which United Way partners with local companies and the community at large to donate, collect, sort, and distribute supplies to local schools with the greatest need. A total of 34,815 backpacks and supplies have been donated to date.