Our Mission United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. Our Goals In 2008, United Way World Wide initiated a 10-year program designed to achieve the following goals by 2018: Improve education, and cut the number of high school dropouts — 1.2 million students, every year — in half. Help people achieve financial stability, and get 1.9 million working families — half the number of lower-income families who are financially unstable — on the road to economic independence. Promote healthy lives, and increase by one-third the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoid risky behaviors. These goals are ambitious, but with your help, and by utilizing our core strengths — a national network, committed partners and public engagement capacity — we can achieve them.