Orange County United Way's mission is to build self-sufficient lives for the health of our community. Orange County United Way's goal is not a quick fix to treat symptoms; it's about creating lasting change by addressing issues before they become problems. United Way partners with individuals and organizations to develop plans that proactively deal with critical health and human care issues which ultimately build self-sufficient lives. To achieve Orange County United Way's goal to build self-sufficient lives, United Way is focused on two approaches: First: We support a safety-net of care to ensure that basic needs are met today. Second: We support solutions for long-term change focused on education and financial stability to move people from dependency to self sufficiency. Basic Needs: United Way supports programs for individuals and families to access basic need services for food, shelter and medical care to maximize their ability to live in a healthy environment with independence and dignity. Education: United Way supports programs for children and youth to endure that they are ready academically, socially and emotionally for kindergarten and are prepared to graduate from high school and pursue secondary education. Financial Stability: United Way supports programs for individuals to increase their knowledge of financial management and help them pursue education that will allow them to attain marketable skills and achieve employment that provides self-sufficient income. "When you reach out a hand to one, you influence the condition of all. That's what it means to LIVE UNITED."