In an effort to make sure all Skagit children are ready for success in school and life, United Way of Skagit County now offers the following in-house, direct services and programs.
We greet each newborn and parents at Skagit Valley Hospital, giving them a bag with diapers, safe-sleep swaddle, a book – and the warm reassurance that the Welcome Baby coordinator is available to answer questions and connect parents to resources. E-newsletters arrive regularly with parenting tips and ongoing connection to classes, activities and other parents in the growing Welcome Community.
The presence of books in the home has a greater influence on a child’s academic success than parent income, nationality, or education level. This program is focused on getting age-appropriate books into the hands of children in low-income homes.
Peer-led financial education sessions are regularly held with groups of low- to moderate-income individuals and families to help achieve upward economic mobility by gaining and leveraging assets to produce wealth.
United Way collaborates with the Children’s Council of Skagit County to lead this community-wide awareness campaign focused on the importance of early childhood development and the critical role of the caregiver.
Many Skagit children don’t have enough food to eat on weekends. CHOW drivers deliver bags of easy-to-prepare food to keep children fed and ready to learn on Monday mornings.
Coaching and support to encourage high school students to volunteer 100+ hours within their communities – and earn a varsity letter for their efforts!