About Us

Contact Information
United Way of St. Joseph County
3517 East Jefferson Boulevard
South Bend, IN 46615-2282
(574) 232-8201 (Staff extensions and e-mail addresses)
Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

About Us
United Way of St. Joseph County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating long-lasting change, ensuring all residents have access to the building blocks to a better life: education, income and health. United Way is unique in its ability to bring together people active in their communities, business leaders, nonprofit organizations and government agencies to address the underlying causes of major St. Joseph County problems.
Our Mission
To mobilize the community to collectively reduce poverty.

What does the United Way do?
United Way of St. Joseph County identifies, participates and collaborates in work to reduce poverty.
Why did United Way of St. Joseph County choose poverty?
Because 40% of St. Joseph County households are struggling to meet life’s basic needs.
How will United Way improve poverty in St. Joseph County?
We will focus our work in three areas: 1. Early Learning   2. Youth Success   3. Stable Families
Why are we changing our approach?
Because poverty is a complex problem, it will require many people working together to identify strategies and develop solutions, which otherwise are not achievable through individual efforts.
What results do we hope to see?
Our children succeeding, our families strengthened and our community thriving.
What makes United Way special?
  • Our unique ability to convene, collaborate and direct resources where most needed
  • We concentrate on those issues that no single agency can solve on its own
  • Our commitment to efficiency, transparency and accountability
  • The thorough research that supports our community investments
  • Advocacy for favorable public policy that benefits those in need of health and human services
  • Compassionate and knowledgeable volunteer leadership
Who oversees the operations and finances of United Way?
The operating budget of United Way of St. Joseph County is audited by an independent accounting firm and carefully reviewed by volunteers who serve on the United Way Finance Committee and United Way Board of Directors.  United Way is governed by a local volunteer board of directors whose members are respected community and business leaders.  Although we consider guidelines set forth by United Way Worldwide, all policy and funding decisions are made locally. The community volunteers who lead United Way reflect our community's diversity and represent a wealth of professions.  A knowledgeable professional staff works closely with these volunteers, handling United Way's daily operations.
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