CRADLE TO CAREER

United We Fight.

United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. In Greater Lafayette, that means equipping people with tools necessary to live their best life possible from cradle to career. The Cradle to Career Commitment is a community wide effort to help people develop the necessary skills for a lifetime of good decision-making. We raise our hands not only to lead the fight, but to reach out to people who need help. And hope. We take on the complex challenges; the ones that are difficult to talk about and bring people together to create lasting solutions.

United We Win.

We win when we Live United®. By forging unlikely partnerships. By finding new solutions to old problems. By mobilizing the best resources. And by inspiring individuals to join the fight against our community’s most daunting social crises.

So who are the hand-raisers, the game-changes? They’re people who know that at the core of every human being is a desire to do good. Who recognize the power that comes from a shared purpose. Who understand they’re always stronger together than they are along. In Greater Lafayette, it means people like you. United Way of Greater Lafayette needs you to join the fight, because your passion, expertise and resources will help the fight become a win. A win that’s not just a short-term contribution, but a long-term solution.

We are part of a network of 1,800 United Ways in 41 countries and territories. But the place that need you most is right here in Greater Lafayette. So raise your hand if you’re ready to be that game-changer. Because United we fight, United we win. We have one life. To live better, we must Live United®.

Our Programs

KINDERGARTEN COUNTDOWN CAMP

Kindergarten Countdown Camp is a free summer camp. This camp is designed to prepare children with little to no preschool experience for their new roles as kindergarten students. The camps are taught by licensed, experienced teachers and take place in a school setting. 

 

“I think it’s a wonderful way for students to become more comfortable in the school environment and to make new friends before they come to school.  It gives them that emotional support that will make it a lot easier to transition to a full day kindergarten class.” – K Camp teacher

“I feel camp gave parents a better idea of what they can help their children in preparing for Kindergarten such as writing their name, letters/numbers writing, sight words,etc.” – K Camp Parent

READ TO SUCCEED

Read to Succeed is a reading program that invites community members to spend one hour per week in local classrooms helping children develop and improve literacy skills. This effort is led by United Way of Greater Lafayette, Greater Lafayette Commerce and all three local public school corporations. More than 70 businesses and organizations in Tippecanoe County have pledged their support to Read to Succeed.

We invite community members to volunteer in a classroom for one hour each week during the school year. This is a significant commitment, but your time and effort will make a difference. Our schools are already seeing results, and Read to Succeed is a part of improving student achievement. Between the 2011-2012 and the 2012-2013 school year, our three local school corporations celebrated a 14.8 percent increase in the number of students who passed the IREAD-3 test, which is Indiana’s state assessment of reading ability in third grade. 

We all have a stake in local students’ success. Improving student reading skills can lead to increased school achievement. The strength of our future workforce depends on students becoming successful today. We know poor early reading skills are clearly linked to high school graduation. In fact, students who excel at reading by the end of third grade and demonstrate regular school attendance are 90 percent more likely to graduate from high school. Our community recognizes the opportunity to support our local schools and students. Will you join us?

 

To learn more contact Kelci Fox at kfox@uwlafayette.org or call 742-9077×233. 

vita (volunteer income tax assistance)

VITA stands for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. United Way of Greater Lafayette sponsors this program in Tippecanoe County to help working families and individuals prepare their tax returns. Each year, the program has grown to help more and more members of our community. Since our program began in 2010, our volunteers have prepared more than 11,000 tax returns for 5,400 clients who have saved $1,171,850 in tax fees. Overall, our tax preparation program has brought more than $8.5 million in refunds back to Tippecanoe County. YOU can help put dollars back in the pockets of Greater Lafayette residents. Volunteer opportunities range from schedulers to tax preparers.  No experience is necessary and FREE training and resources are provided.

If you are a Purdue International Student looking for tax preparation services you can find information about your taxes here.

The VITA Program offers FREE tax preparation and filing services to people who make $66,000 or less and need assistance preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities. If your tax return contains any items that are out of scope for our program, we are unable to prepare your tax return. Appointment scheduling begins in in January.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact taxes@uwlafayette.org