Impacting our community. Changing our world.

In its simplest form, United Way is a social change organization. With the help of our many devoted volunteers and community partners, we are able to identify local problems, mobilize resources, and fund solutions. We only do so through the generosity of our donors, dedication of our volunteers, and overall support of our community.

Community Partners

United Way is making real, lasting, positive impact by creating opportunities for a better life for all in the Valley and Greater Utica Area. Our focus is on the building blocks for a good quality of life. That is why we wisely invest donor dollars in more than 50 local programs offered through our 35 funded partners, that provide services in the areas of Health, Education, Income and Community Safety Net.


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1 in 24 of our local neighbors, including children, adults, the elderly and people with disabilities, wouldn’t have the tools they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle without your gifts.

30% of children would be unprepared when they enter the classroom this fall. You help to ensure they -have the tools they need. When a student in our community succeeds, we all succeed.

1 in 3 working Americans are unable to make ends meet. Your investment helps individuals and families build and maintain financial stability. When our community members are independent, we are all able to grow.

Your gift helps meet basic needs; from putting food on the table to recovering from disaster. You provide hope when it’s needed most by preventing and responding to homelessness, abuse and crisis.

Funded Programs.
Community Impact.

United Way and our funded programs work hand in hand to anticipate community needs and move the needle to make real impact.

No one can do it alone.

How it Works

                                  It's more than a donation.  It's an investment.  It's a solution.


Free Tax Preparation - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)


FREE tax preparation is available to individuals and families who meet income guidelines established annually by the IRS.

By free, we mean 100% FREE!

  • NO tax preparation fees,
  • NO hidden fees, and
  • NO one trying to sell you other products or services.

Do you qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)? 

IRS-certified volunteers can determine if you qualify for special tax credits that increase your return to help you keep more of what you earned!

Volunteers are available typically from the end of January to April 15 at locations in Utica and Herkimer.

For more information call 315–272–1888, or email

Watch the video below and learn how you can have your taxes prepared for free using, or by visiting a local VITA site!



My Free Taxes. Visit, click  "File for Free", and create a new account.


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