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Priority Goals

United Way has refined a framework to best make a difference across Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and Northern St. Johns counties. To produce meaningful community change, United Way and partners explored the interconnected nature of our community’s toughest challenges: students cannot learn when their home life is stressful; families cannot support their children when working multiple low-wage jobs and still struggling to make ends meet; youth can only persist if they have access to postsecondary education and career success.

In consultation with our community partners, United Way focuses on five goals that address the interconnected, complexity of daily life for our children, youth and families. Along with our partners, United Way will align work and resources for the following goals and related community indicators:

Priority GoalsCommunity Indicators

Goal 1


Young children are thriving and prepared for
school success.
• Percent of students who are proficient on
state kindergarten readiness assessment

Goal 2


Students successfully transition to middle school and high school.
• Percent of third, fifth and eighth grade students proficient in:
- language arts
- math

Goal 3


Students graduate high school prepared for
college or career success.
• High school graduation rate
• Percent of 16-24 year olds in school or employed

Goal 4


Families are economically stable and self-sufficient.
• Percent of individuals/households at or below poverty line
• Percent of households at or below ALICE threshold

Goal 5


Children, youth and families are physically
and mentally well.
• Percent uninsured
• Suicide rate
• Percent at healthy weight
• Child abuse rate
• Percent of youth reporting alcohol and/or other drug use

United Way Funded Partners for Priority Goals

Currently, United Way strategically deploys its financial and volunteer resources in order to tackle these interconnected challenges in partnership with the following agencies:

Achievers For Life
All Saints Early Learning & Community Care Center
American Lung Association in Florida
American Red Cross Northeast Florida Chapter
The Arc Jacksonville
The Arc of Nassau Inc.
Baker County Council on Aging Inc.
Barnabas Center Inc.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida
Boy Scouts of America North Florida Council
Boys and Girls Clubs of Nassau County Foundation
Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida
Catholic Charities Bureau
Child Guidance Center Inc.
Children’s Home Society Florida Buckner Division
City Year Jacksonville
Clara White Mission
Clay Behavioral Health Center Inc.
Communities In Schools of Nassau County Inc.
Daniel Memorial Inc.
DESC
DLC Nurse & Learn Inc.
Family Foundations of Northeast Florida Inc.
Full Service Schools of Jacksonville
Girl Scouts of Gateway Council Inc.
Girls Incorporated of Jacksonville
Hope Haven Children’s Clinic and Family Center
Hubbard House Inc.
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid
Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center Inc.
Jacksonville Urban League Inc.
JAX Chamber
Jewish Community Alliance
Learn To Read Inc.
Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida Inc.
Mental Health America of Northeast Florida
Nassau County Council on Aging
Nassau County Volunteer Center Inc.
New Heights of Northeast Florida Inc.
OneJax Institute at UNF
PACE Center for Girls Jacksonville
Pine Castle Inc.
Quigley House Inc.
ReadingPals
RealSense
Salvation Army
Sanctuary on 8th Street
Success By 6
Sulzbacher Center
We Care Jacksonville
YMCA of Florida’s First Coast Inc.
Youth Crisis Center