The United Way Priorities are Education, Financial Stability and Health.
All service we do, provide, and work with falls into one of these three categories. Each goal of the three priority areas has been determined by a committee of local Salina community volunteers. Everything we do is in stride with achieving these goals.


Education: Helping Children and Youth Achieve Their Full Potential 

Children enter school developmentally on track in the areas of literacy and social, emotional and intellectual skills.

Elementary and middle school students are engaged in school and make appropriate academic progress and healthy decisions.

Young people graduate from high school and young adults make a successful transition from high school to further schooling or work life.  

Financial Stability: Promoting Financial Stability and Independence Among Working Families

Working families achieve and retain family-sustaining employment.

Working families receive the income supports that are available to them.  

Working families have the financial resources to avoid poverty.

Working families make smart financial-decisions and live within their budget.

Health: Improving Community Health

Babies are born at low risk of any preventable health problems. 

Children and youth have access to timely, regular, preventive health care covered by insurance.

Youth and adults are healthy and avoiding risky behavior. 


Good Beginnings Early Education Collaborative

100% of children identified as exhibiting developmental delays or English as a Second Language Learners were referred for more outside services as needed.

100% of 3-year-olds not achieving all 40 school readiness skills as defined in the 0-3 Galileo School Readiness Assessment tool received additional, intensive, educational support.

100% of families not participating in any family engagement opportunities within the first year received additional personal contacts to promote collaboration between home and center.

Hispanic Mentoring Program

Educationally, socially, personally, inclusion in the community by program participants.

Less skipping school and more positive behaviors reported by program participants.

Partners In Early Childhood Education (PIECE)

Enhanced emotional self-regulation, increased language, cognitive and social development, and responsiveness to parents.

Improve the quality of student-teacher interactions and childcare climate.


Homeless Health Initiative

Participants’ immediate health/dental/mental health issues addressed within 30 days of arrival.  

Reduction of ER Visits due to program participation.

Participants apply for health insurance.


Thrive of the Heartland

100% of Thrive Leaders develop goals to move out of poverty.