Poverty in Dane County is a critical issue that affects generation after generation. Poverty exacts a toll on children’s mental and physical health, educational achievement and ultimate earnings as an adult. The opportunity for children to realize their full potential is affected by the economic stability of their families. The ability to provide decent housing in safe neighborhoods with access to good schools, to obtain health care and to provide healthy meals has a direct bearing on their children’s well being.
United Way of Dane County convened a group of community leaders to research and determine local approaches and strategies that we can deploy to (1) decrease the number of young families with children who are living in poverty in Dane County and (2) specifically address barriers for children and families of color in our community.
This group will be unveiling these strategies February 25 at the Strong Roots: Building Economically Stable Families Launch. Everyone is invited to be a part of this conversation with community and civic leaders.
A group of teenagers in Verona is learning about the vastness of poverty in their community and they are taking action to end poverty in Dane County. We are so proud to share the story of Verona Aid and the mission they are passing on to their peers.
For information on how to attend United Way's Strong Roots Launch: unitedwaydanecounty.org/2016/01/15932/
For more information on Verona Aid: veronaaid.wordpress.com/