WHO WE ARE
United Way South Australia is proud to be one of nearly 1800 United Ways in 41 countries and territories around the world.
Globally, United Way has been improving lives and strengthening communities for more than 125 years. We are supported by 70,000 companies world wide, including more than 280 Fortune 500 corporations, because United Way has a proven track record of positive impact and continuous innovation.
United Way South Australia believe that the postcode people are born in should not determine their destiny.
The causes of entrenched community disadvantage in South Australia are complex, with no single organisation being able to solve these issues alone. Our approach is to unite and work with the community, business, philanthropy, government, and social purpose organisations to improve education outcomes in communities of disadvantage.
What We Do
United Way South Australia provide an early literacy program free to disadvantaged families
United We Read powered by the Dolly Parton Imagination Library is an early literacy program that provides monthly book packs to children aged birth to 5 years living in disadvantaged communities in South Australia. Each book pack contains a new, quality, age appropriate book with reading aids/tools for parents/carers. The pack is sent direct to the home addressed to the child. The books are carefully selected each year by a panel of experienced early childhood educators.
United Way South Australia also provide regular reading sessions for the community to attend through Possum’s Playhouse. Children attending have the opportunity to listen to books being read and fun craft activities to engage the child and create the love of reading and story telling.
The program begin in 2014 and to date United Way South Australia have provided over 20,000 books to more than 900 children across 6 suburbs.