We Fight for Education

More than $4.9 million was invested this year into education programs to boost every student’s chance of success. 6,606 students – from pre-K to pre-law – were given the opportunity to build a stable future through education.


  • 106 four-year-olds are more prepared for kindergarten because of their ReadingPals, volunteers who read with them for 30 minutes twice a week. On average, students doubled their reading assessment scores. Learn more about ReadingPals.
  • 502 K-12 students improved their attendance, behavior and course performance thanks to tutors and mentors recruited by the Schools and Communities: Together for Tomorrow Learn more about Together for Tomorrow.
  • 626 10th-12th grade students at Evans and Oak Ridge High Schools in Orange County who were at risk of not graduating received one-on-one support to get back on track. At the end of the school year, 96% of students served had improved their test scores and 3 out of 4 are now on track to graduate.
  • 281 low-income, first-generation college students who were at-risk of dropping out for non-academic reasons were able to stay in school. With emergency one-time financial assistance averaging $700, these students who had worked so hard to get into school were able to stay enrolled and break the cycle of poverty for their families.
  • 3,460 students. ranging from early childhood education to supportive services for adult learners, were able to get the support they needed through a United Way-funded program or service.

United We Win by Partnering

Together, United Way and our partner agencies make strides in creating immediate change while investing in results for the long term. The following are grant recipients for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.


Adult Literacy League

After School Programs, Inc.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida

Devereux Florida

Elevate Orlando

Foundation for Orange County Public Schools

Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools

Hope CommUnity Center

Orlando Community & Youth Trust

Orlando Day Nursery

Seminole County Bar Association Legal Aid Society, Inc.

Urban Think Foundation

Winter Park Day Nursery

YMCA of Central Florida