Comunity Impact

Community Impact

United Way envisions a community where everyone is empowered with the opportunity for a successful life. We focus our work on EDUCATION, INCOME and HEALTH — the building blocks of a successful life.  Contact Jed Oppenheim, Vice President of Community Impact for more information.


If you have a program or service that you would like United Way of the Capital Area to consider funding, please let our Donor Investment Committee know by filling out the INTENT TO APPLY form and sending it back to by no later than the close of business on July 1, 2015. United Way’s COLLECTIVE IMPACT STRATEGY is available to help you determine how your program or service fits into our work in the tri-county area. Questions should be directed to Jed Oppenheim at or (601) 965-1352.

The facts:

  • Children who aren’t developmentally ready to enter school by age 5 risk not reaching grade-level reading by   third grade and are 4 times more likely to drop out of school.
  • The tri-county’s lowest performing high schools are only graduating between 60 – 70% of their students.
  • Nearly 16% of families in the tri-county area live at or below the poverty line.
  • Hinds county ranks 39th in the state in health outcomes, but only 5th in people’s ability to access clinical care.

What we’re doing:

Read about our work in Education, Income and Health and learn how you can help.

Community impact resources: