United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties' Mission

To improve lives in our community through Community Solutions. Our goal is that everyone in Benton and Franklin Counties has a good education; access to healthcare; lives and works in a safe environment; and is a self-sufficient, active member of our community.


To support good educational outcomes,  we have two initiatives we lead:

Attendance Matters and Birth 2 Five.


We recently completed a Community Needs Assessment, click to view.


Our 2016-2018 Education Service Funded Providers

Benton Franklin Head Start: School Readiness Program - Works with low-income families, school districts, and the childcare community to prepare children for kindergarten.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton & Franklin Counties: Project Learn - Increases the number and percentage of people who graduate from high school.

Catholic Family & Child Services of the Tri-Cities: Kaleidoscope Play & Learn & Community Outreach - Provides early learning opportunities through facilitated play groups to vulnerable families with children under the age of five.

Chaplaincy Health Care: Cork's Place - Provides grief counseling and intervention for children and teenagers who have lost a loved one.

Children's Developmental Center: Early Intervention- Provides families with individualized services to help their developmentally delayed or challenged children reach their fullest potential.

Ignite Youth Mentoring: Lunch Buddies - Enables at-risk youth to make positive, healthy life choices with the help of mentors.

Lourdes Counseling Center/Lourdes Health Network: Children's Summer Day Treatment Program - Provides a summertime therapeutic program for children and teens with behavioral, emotional, and mild cognitive disabilities.

The Arc of Tri-Cities: Community Access - Enables individuals with disabilities to learn social and independent living skills.

YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities: YMCA Early Childhood Learning Center - Increases the number of children ready for kindergarten.


United Way works to end America’s education crisis

Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. But with more than 1.2 million children dropping out each year, America faces an education crisis. The cost? More than $312 billion in lost wages, taxes and productivity over their lifetimes. These trends are reversible, but only when communities and public, private and nonprofit sectors work together.

Our Goal

In 2008, United Way Worldwide launched a 10-year initiative to cut the number of high school dropouts in half by 2018. It’s an ambitious goal, but by utilizing our core strengths — a national network, committed partners and public engagement capacity — we can achieve it.

Our Strategy

We can’t focus on high school alone. High school dropouts are 12 years in the making, usually starting early childhood education behind schedule. United Way's model focuses on supportive communities, effective schools and strong families — strategies and approaches rooted in research. Tackling the education challenge requires reframing education on a birth to 21 continuum.

How You Can Help

To reach our goal, we need your help. The strategies proven to work are those that connect communities to their schools: parent involvement; literacy volunteers in the classroom; mentors for disadvantaged students; business leaders engaged in early childhood advocacy. Volunteer to help.