united way of greater chattanooga


Our school-readiness, mentoring and after-school programs help students stay on track to graduation, higher education, and successful lives. Help with homework is elementary. We’re committed to higher education.

Why It's Critical


Kids starting kindergarten behind in learning skills.


People who have gone on to education beyond high school.


Estimated number of jobs that will require education beyond high school by 2030.

Our Results


Children receiving free books to build critical learning skills


Families tracking their child’s development with free Learning Checkups


Kids served in partner youth programs. 87% on track for academic success

project ready for school

The earliest years are the most important in the life of a child. United Way helps parents prepare their children to start school with the skills they need to succeed, including a love of books and reading.

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Children who can't read at grade level are at high risk of dropping out of school. Whether it's providing neighborhood reading centers, Lexia programs, free books or Reading Eggs software, United Way is committed to instilling a love of reading in all children in the Tennessee Valley.

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graduation programs

From mentoring to internships and everything in between, United Way is hard at work collecting partners and leveraging resources to make sure our kids excel in school and graduate on time.

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Our Stories


Thanks to United Way,
Robert is on-track for a college degree and a successful life.


Thanks to United Way,
Trenton stayed the course
to graduate high school on-time.

Vicki & Ingrid

Thanks to United Way,
Vicki helped Ingrid stay on track
for graduation and college.