Happy April everyone! There are a lot of exciting things going on in our community and around the state. First, I want to thank all of the young people who took part or will take part in our spring Days of Caring. Last week we had over 1,500 students in the Muscatine school district take part in a day to give back to their community. We hope that this will inspire these students to continue to give back in the future as well. This month, we’ll have similar days for L-M and Durant schools.
This week I had the opportunity to attend the Governor’s Future Ready Iowa Summit. Our state has a goal that by 2025 70% of our workforce will have some kind of education or training beyond high school. We need this to happen to match the demand that we have for jobs in our state. United Way fully supports this goal and we think that all organizations have a role to play in getting us there. When those in our community receive better education and training, we’ll be a better fit for the jobs that are available not only today, but in the future as well. Better education and training also opens the opportunities for better pay, which is one way to make sure households are self-sufficient and able to meet their basic needs.
Making Muscatine better takes a community effort. I hope you’ll find a way to get involved and give back in any way that you can.
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