Now more than ever, your neighbors need you.
And by giving through the Clemson University United Way Campaign, you can help them.
The challenges of the coronavirus have affected hard-working families financially, but it may be the children that are suffering the most. Futures are at stake. Children are falling farther behind in school; hard-working adults are still struggling to pay their bills.
But your United Way donation will help a struggling family recover.
Though many have been able to return to work, being out of work for months has set some hard-working families back. The bills and debt have continued to accumulate. Being out of work for months created a financial hole that is hard to crawl out of. Relying on local food banks to feed their families, and not being able to pay a bill, is a first for many. They feel discouraged and humiliated.
The children have not been unaffected, either. Even before the coronavirus, less than half of 3rd graders were reading at grade level... an issue that the pandemic has exacerbated. Fall 2020 reading assessments show that 69% of 3rd graders are not reading at grade level. Research proves that when a child cannot read at grade level by 3rd grade, it is nearly impossible for him to catch up. There is a good chance he will not graduate on time or find a good job.
But your United Way donation will provide the tools, resources, and coaching that this family desperately needs to recover financially and academically.
United Way donors have been tackling challenging issues like 3rd grade reading and poverty, seeking to improve the lives of families & individuals by supporting programs that work.
With your gift, children will read at grade level and families will confidently and independently provide for themselves and those that they love.
By supporting United Way, and even increasing your support this year when others can’t, you are going to make an even greater difference this year. Whether you are a long-time supporter or a new friend, you are going to make a huge difference in the lives of people suffering in our communities.
You have the power to change lives. Please make your donation today.
A family is struggling. You can help.
Listen to the message from Lyndy Schonhar, Campaign Manager for United Way of Pickens County, as she shares with you the story of the Johnson Family. You can make a meaningful difference in the life of a family like the Johnson's.