United Way's Focus on Education

Meet Chase!

Chase is a middle school student and is actively involved with United Way Community Partner, Murray County 4-H. During the pandemic, United Way provided activity kits to 420 students to keep them engaged during the summer months. Pumpkin seeds, called “seed bombs,” were provided in the kits along with step-by-step instructions to help the students learn how to grow a pumpkin. After much care, Chase grew a 60-pound pumpkin that he entered in the Georgia 4-H Pumpkin Growing Contest. Because of the activity kits, Chase had the idea to become an entrepreneur and sold bags of his pumpkin seeds along with three other pumpkins he grew.

Thanks to United Way, 4-H members are able to participate in summer camps and leadership development programs. Chase loves 4-H and enjoys being an active member of his community through community service projects. He also aspires to become a successful entrepreneur through the skills he has learned.

United Way enables youth, like Chase, to have dreams of becoming an entrepreneur and to be able to have life-altering experiences at summer camp where they can learn, have fun, and grow as leaders.


Education Strategic Guideline: 

Get kids ready for kindergarten, reading at grade level by 3rd grade, and graduating on time with skills to be career and life-ready.

Thanks to your gift to United Way last year:

4,604 youth participated in out-of-school programs and/or receive individualized support.

5,456 children and youth received help to graduate from high school on time with skills to be career and life-ready.


Your gift to United Way will:

Enhance school readiness and strengthen family dynamics.

Provide mentoring, safe places to play, tutoring, and leadership development.

Keep youth on track for school, work, and life.

Prevent child abuse.