United Way of Skagit County Programs
This new mission symbolizes our involvement in working with members of our community to address the root causes of poverty, improve education success and create healthy communities.
The underlying mission of our partner agencies in Skagit County is to provide the life-skill training necessary to create that positive and sustainable change. These agencies provide leadership and skills training for youth and life-changing skills for adults with mental/physical challenges, those who have lost jobs or suffered from violence. Many provide food and hot meals, emergency and transitional housing, and/or basic health care. Case management for the mentally ill; counseling for domestic violence victims; training in nutrition, budgeting, or job search techniques are the life-skill education that will make the ultimate difference in improving the Common Good.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
United Way of Skagit County is funding an innovative, pilot project where students can receive a varsity letter for volunteerism at Sedro-Woolley High School. United General Hospital’s Community Health Outreach Programs administers the project in partnership with additional agencies that have committed staff time towards the development, implementation and evaluation of the Youth United: Varsity in Volunteerism Project.
United Way is also actively involved in a program called the "1095 Club" that is working to provide healthy foods for children - 3 times a day for 365 days. The agricultural richness of our community can provide a much-needed component to staples that are received from area food banks. We are working on summer meal programs using local sites for school-age kids who rely on school programs for two meals a day.