United Way of the Eastern Panhandle, Inc.

Serving the West Virginia Counties of Berkeley, Jefferson & Morgan

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Promise Neighborhood Initiative

Vision: The Burke Street School neighborhood is an engaged, thriving and nurturing community. 

Mission:  The Burke Street School Promise Neighborhood Project Team will: Partner with community residents to mobilize resources and develop an environment where children reach their full potential from cradle to career.


 “Promise Neighborhood” Concept:

 Communities everywhere struggle with generational poverty.  Children born into poverty face a future in which they are far less likely to get a good education or adequate health care.  Without the tools to live up to their full potential, these children are undereducated and ill-prepared to center the workforce.

The concept of a promise neighborhood is providing a holistic approach to rebuilding a community so that its children can stay on track graduating from high school and going on to post-secondary education and training prepared to enter the job market.

The two fundamental principles of the concept are:

  1. To create a network and pipeline of services for children from birth through adulthood.
  2. To create a critical mass of adults around them who understand what it takes to help children succeed.

The United Way of the Eastern Panhandle is committed to pursuing a pilot project focusing on the 40 block Burke Street Elementary Neighborhood in Martinsburg.