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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.

Who We Help

The United Way of West Ellis County partners with several agencies who seek to improve the education of the students in our community. There are after-school and summer programs that give students a fun place to do their homework or receive tutoring. In addition, we fund agencies who offer mentorship programs to at-risk students. These programs have aided in lowering the drop-out rate for the students of Ellis County. Along with these programs, UWWEC donates money every year to the Brilliance Scholarship Fund. This scholarship is awarded to students who are planning to attend Navarro College in order to further their education. 


“I was matched with my little brother James at the beginning of his seventh grade year at a time when he was more interested in playing computer games than being interactive with others at school. He will graduate from Waxahachie High School this year in the top 10% of his class, was a captain on the varsity football team, successfully competed in UIL academic activities, was one of 6 seniors to be recognized by the faculty as an outstanding student and is determined to go to college and study engineering. He has excelled as a leader and proved remarkable integrity in life. I truly believe that his opportunity to be involved with Big
Brothers Big Sisters has been instrumental in developing strong skills to be a future leader of our country. I have been blessed to be a part of my little brothers’
life and as I look up at him today, I am confident that BBBS will feel as proud of him as I do. Thanks to all who supported Big Brothers Big Sisters as you are making a big difference in the lives of many people.”

- Big Brother Pat Merrill, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Texas