Reading for Success

Education is key to financial stability and independence. 
We are passionate about helping children in our community succeed in school, that's why we invest donor funds in local partnerships that focus on grade-level reading.

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Our goal is to see 85% of 9th graders in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area on track to succeed in school and life.
 To get to this goal, we want to improve grade-level reading for 7,000 kids in our community, and reduce chronic abseentism by 10%.
Why it's important:
Approximately 2,100 (32%) of Council Bluffs students grades 2-11 were not reading on grade level in 2014-2015. 
Additionally, over 13,000 kids in grades 3-8 and 11 in Douglas and Sarpy counties weren't reading on grade level in 2014-2015.
Not Reading At Grade Level

 Grade-level reading matters for success in school: if a child does not read proficiently at grade level by the end of 3rd grade, he or she is 4X more likely to drop out of highschool (and 6X more likely if that child lives in poverty).




The generosity of many individuals in the Omaha area have empowered United Way of the Midlands to invest with the goal to reduce poverty in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area. To learn more about how we invest, visit: 

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We love our volunteers! For individual or group volunteer opportunities, please contact Dani Ohlman at or 402-522-7949.