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In more than 1,800 communities in 41 countries, United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of everyone in every community. We know that these three areas are the building blocks of a stable life for children and families.

Here in the Treasure Valley, we fight for the 4,500 homeless students, including the more than 1,600 in the Nampa School District alone. We fight so that they can feel safe, and supported and clean to help them graduate high school.

In Boise and Caldwell, we fight to support preschool, so that children in low-income neighborhoods can have access to early learning opportunities to not fall behind.

In Nampa, we fight for mental health, and, actually, United Way helped start the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline, because research told us that mental health and suicide were serious issues and Idaho was the only state that didn’t have a suicide prevention hotline—until United Way stepped in.

We fight for all of these issues. We find every dollar we can to solve these issues.

But, we are more than just fundraisers. We are the hand-raisers. We are the stop-talking, start-doing, band-together workers who believe in breaking down the silos and working together.

United Way brings major corporations, banks, hospitals, small businesses, faith-based organizations, civic groups, schools, governments and volunteers together, because we know we can make a difference for local children and families, for our friends and neighbors, if we Live United.