But what specifically does that mean? Take, for example, childcare.
You may have heard of a food desert — an area where it is difficult to buy affordable and quality fresh food. Similarly, the term childcare desert describes areas where there is a lack of childcare providers to meet the demand of the significant population of children who are too young for public school. Potter County qualifies as a childcare desert. In fact, six of the counties in the Texas Panhandle are childcare deserts, contributing to the poverty of young families.
In response to this, donors to United Way of Amarillo & Canyon help make programs like Children’s Learning Centers and the Maverick Boys and Girls Club affordable for working families.
It’s important for children to have a safe place to go while their parents go back to school, take a job or increase their hours at work. Each of these activities can help sustain a family financially and lead to better health and educational outcomes for children.
Our donors “Live United” by supporting programs in Education, Health, Income, and Basic Needs to create a community where everyone has an opportunity for a good life.
- Adam Leathers, Sr. Community Impact Director