WHO WE ARE 2018-08-13T16:07:10+00:00

WHO WE ARE

WHO WE ARE

WHAT WE DO

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 multiple active members in the community. With the help of business leaders, nonprofit organizations and government agencies, problems in St. Joseph county are able to be identified and changed. Our mission is to mobilize the community to collectively reduce poverty. We work with more than 50 local partner agencies and over 12,000 donors, advocates and volunteers every year who in turn work with thousands of individuals and families living in poverty.

 

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•   We support children in their transitions to Kindergarten and from childhood into adolescence and adulthood.

•   We support families facing challenges with health, education, and financial stability.

•   We support neighborhoods in coming together to establish and maintain community safety and vital neighborhood-based services.

United Way conducts community needs assessments, secures critical resources to fund vital social services and the community safety net, provides fiscal oversight and accountability for community partners, and evaluates program results to measure and communicate community impact.

We also provide local employers, employees and other donors a cost-effective system to address community health and human service needs that allows other local agencies and programs to concentrate more on helping and less on fundraising.

United Way gives people a trustworthy place to donate funds, knowing that their dollars will go to meet the greatest areas of need in the community and that money raised locally stays in the community.

Our United Way has contributed more than $122 million to St. Joseph County individuals and organizations since 1914.

WHAT WE DO

United Way develops community resources and partnerships that support a broad array of critical health and human service needs in our community.  We are unique in our ability to bring together residents, business leaders, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies through collaboration and Collective Impact. Our organization works with more than 50 local partner agencies and over 12,000 donors, advocates and volunteers every year who in turn work with thousands of individuals and families living in poverty.

 

•   We support children in their transitions to Kindergarten and from childhood into adolescence and adulthood.

•   We support families facing challenges with health, education, and financial stability.

•   We support neighborhoods in coming together to establish and maintain community safety and vital neighborhood-based services.

 

United Way conducts community needs assessments, secures critical resources to fund vital social services and the community safety net, provides fiscal oversight and accountability for community partners, and evaluates program results to measure and communicate community impact.

 

We also provide local employers, employees and other donors a cost-effective system to address community health and human service needs that allows other local agencies and programs to concentrate more on helping and less on fundraising.

 

United Way gives people a trustworthy place to donate funds, knowing that their dollars will go to meet the greatest areas of need in the community and that money raised locally stays in the community.

 

Our United Way has contributed more than $122 million to St. Joseph County individuals and organizations since 1914.

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Dial 2-1-1 or CLICK HERE to access hundreds of community services. It’s FREE, confidential, and available 24 hours a day.

FAQ

What does the United Way do? 2018-08-08T20:57:03+00:00

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? 2018-08-08T20:57:25+00:00

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? 2018-08-08T20:58:27+00:00

By investing in the change in early learning, youth success, and stable families to break the cycle of generational poverty.

Why are we changing our approach? 2018-08-08T20:59:45+00:00

Poverty is a complex problem. It requires 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? 2018-08-08T21:00:09+00:00

Our children succeeding, our families strengthened, and our community thriving.

What makes United Way special? 2018-08-08T21:00:57+00:00

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 a 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? 2018-08-08T21:01:29+00:00

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.

FAQ

What does the United Way do? 2018-08-08T20:57:03+00:00

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? 2018-08-08T20:57:25+00:00

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? 2018-08-08T20:58:27+00:00

By investing in the change in early learning, youth success, and stable families to break the cycle of generational poverty.

Why are we changing our approach? 2018-08-08T20:59:45+00:00

Poverty is a complex problem. It requires 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? 2018-08-08T21:00:09+00:00

Our children succeeding, our families strengthened, and our community thriving.

What makes United Way special? 2018-08-08T21:00:57+00:00

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 a 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? 2018-08-08T21:01:29+00:00

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.

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 is to mobilize the community to collectively reduce poverty.

HISTORY

In 1887, a Denver priest, two ministers, and a rabbi recognized the need for cooperative action to address social welfare problems in their city. They created an organization to serve as an agent to collect funds for local charities, as well as to coordinate relief services, counsel and refer clients to cooperating agencies, and make emergency assistance grants in cases which could not be referred. That year, Denver raised $21,700 and created a movement that would spread throughout the country to become the United Way.

 

The United Way of St. Joseph County was founded locally in 1914 and for the more than a century, has demonstrated the strength and value of our community by inspiring thousands of people to generously Give, Advocate and Volunteer for those in need.

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 is to mobilize the community to collectively reduce poverty.

HISTORY

In 1887, a Denver priest, two ministers, and a rabbi recognized the need for cooperative action to address social welfare problems in their city. They created an organization to serve as an agent to collect funds for local charities, as well as to coordinate relief services, counsel and refer clients to cooperating agencies, and make emergency assistance grants in cases which could not be referred. That year, Denver raised $21,700 and created a movement that would spread throughout the country to become the United Way.

 

The United Way of St. Joseph County was founded locally in 1914 and for the more than a century, has demonstrated the strength and value of our community by inspiring thousands of people to generously Give, Advocate and Volunteer for those in need.

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