Impact and Programs
1) Economic Opportunity – This is achieved when adults have the opportunity to gain employment and earn a wage that supports themselves and their families. In 2018, 9,482 adults participated in career pathways to better support themselves and their families. Participants increased their annual earnings by an average $23,010 versus before participation. 2) Educational Success – This is achieved in Early Childhood when children are ready for kindergarten, when children demonstrate age-appropriate development, and when families demonstrate positive, responsive parenting techniques that support children’s development. In 2018, 16,796 infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families were preparing to start kindergarten on-track to learn and thrive. Educational Success is achieved in Career and Future Readiness when youth are actively engaged in learning, when youth demonstrate positive connections to caring adults and peers, and when youth demonstrate career and future readiness skills like critical thinking / problem solving, interpersonal relationships, and self-efficacy. In 2018, 13,360 youth participated in quality programming to gain skills, relationships, and mindsets to direct their own future success. 3) Household Stability – This is achieved when episodes of homelessness and hunger are rare, brief, and nonrecurring. In 2018, 10,786 youth, adults, and children facing homelessness now have a more solid foundation in our community; 433,554 people received groceries, meals, and food access services.
The mission of Greater Twin Cities United Way is to galvanize our community to build pathways toward prosperity and equity for all. GTCUW has a bold and ambitious vision: a united community where all people realize their full potential. To make this happen, we’re reimagining our approach to disrupt inequity so that income, race, or place no longer determine a person’s prosperity in our region. In 2019, GTCUW will build pathways toward prosperity and equity for all through our work in Economic Opportunity, Educational Success, and Household Stability. We focus on five portfolio level goals, and progress is reported annually in our Community Impact Report, published in July. Our goals are: adults enter the workforce prepared for skilled employment and increased wealth; parents and children enter kindergarten ready to learn and thrive; youth are equipped with the knowledge, skills, mindsets and relationships to choose and direct their own future path and contribute to their communities; homelessness is prevented where possible and where not is rare, brief, and non-recurring; residents in the nine-county region have access to an efficient, high-quality system to ensure food security. Additionally, we will engage people across the nine-county region to give, advocate, and volunteer through Volunteer United and our giving communities.
Community or Constituency Served
Greater Twin Cities United Way focuses on economic opportunity, educational success, and household stability, and serves people living below 200% of the federal poverty guideline in the nine county Twin Cities metropolitan area: Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, and western Washington county of Minnesota.
Geographic Area Served
We support our neighbors in the greater Twin Cities who live in Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott and western Washington counties.