United Way Turns 50 (1967-2017)
Our Anniversary is Becoming a BANNER Year
To mark our golden anniversary, we’ve taken to the streets of Historic Downtown Flagstaff with banners celebrating 50 years of improving community conditions. We’ve asked you to pose with our banners to be part of the celebration and, wow, have you come through! Thank you so much for supporting the United Way of Northern Arizona and showing that #UnitedWeWin.
Special Anniversary Drive for KinderCamp™
United Way of Northern Arizona is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a special drive for the KinderCamp™ initiative!
The “50 for 50 Drive,” which is separate from the general campaign starting in September, hopes to raise $50,000 for the KinderCamp program in honor of the United Way’s golden anniversary.
UWNA started in June 1967 as the United Fund of Flagstaff when a small group of dedicated citizens banded together to raise funds for about a dozen nonprofits in Flagstaff. These included the American Red Cross, Easter Seals, Big Brothers, the Guidance Center and the USO.
The first annual campaign was for $60,000, but that goal quickly grew as more nonprofits were supported. This year 34 agencies in Flagstaff, plus another 17 in Page and northeast part of the state have received United Way grants.
And as we grew, we also started new programs with partners in the community, like volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) and the KinderCamp initiative.
Unique because it combined the expertise of kindergarten teachers and Head Start professionals, KinderCamp is a highly effective ‘boot camp’ designed to ensure all children enter kindergarten ready to take full advantage of their educational experience.
Over the past 13 summers, UWNA has been able to grow the program into Williams, Winslow, Page and Lakeside in Navajo County. In addition to making sure youngsters are academically, socially and emotionally ready for school, an important aspect of the KinderCamp experience is that teachers meet with the parents or guardians of each student in the student’s home. Teachers provide parents with a literacy kit, including books and activities for the parents to share with their child.
You can be part of this special campaign by donating to the KinderCamp initiative online here.