Each summer, through generous donations, United Way of Long Island collects thousands of school supplies for children in need. These contributions go a long way to provide a great start for over 500 children in underserved school districts on Long Island.

For many children on Long Island, the chance to achieve greatness eludes them because they are not prepared to succeed in school both academically and socially Many of Long Island’s children and youth face challenges stemming from low family income, living in foster care or even facing homelessness. All of these factors can contribute to a lack of family stability and in turn, an unsuccessful educational experience.

Together, United Way and its community partners work to ensure a quality start for young, underserved children by improving basic literacy skills and helping at-risk youth succeed.

United Way of Long Island Initiatives in Education

Community Schools Project: Through the generous support of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, United Way of Long Island developed the Community Schools Project which offers unique services designed to improve the educational outcomes of students.
DREAMS for Youth Scholarship Fund: The DREAMS for Youth Scholarship Fund is a program that awards grants in the areas of Academics, Community Service, & Enrichment. These grants are awarded to students by students as the DREAMS for Youth Advisory Board, is comprised of grade 7-12 students that work under the guidance of United Way of Long Island Staff.
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Long Island Partnership for After School Education: The Long Island Partnership for After School Education (LIPASE) is a peer network of providers of out-of-school time (OST) services, including afterschool and summer programs. United Way of Long Island is working in partnership with the New York State Afterschool Network and other community organizations to promote and support quality afterschool programs, particularly those serving young people from underserved communities.
Kids United Against Hunger: Funded by United Way of Long Island and administered by Long Island Cares, "Kids United Against Hunger" provides young people an opportunity to volunteer at The Harry Chapin Food Bank in Hauppauge, assisting in sorting food, personal care items, household supplies, pet food, and school supplies, which are then delivered to Long Island Cares' network of 560 community-based member agencies.

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