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About Us

Our Mission

We mobilize the caring power of the Valley and Greater Utica area by connecting people, resources, and ideas to create a thriving community.
 

Who We Are

We are the problem-solvers, the hand-raisers, and the game-changers. We go after our community’s toughest challenges. We develop solutions. And we work with people from all walks of life to turn those solutions into action. It’s not easy, but we don’t ever give up. We focus on more than just a single issue or community. We fight for the health, education, financial stability, and basic needs of every person in our community. 
 
We are United Way.
 

What We Do

We build stronger communities by improving education, financial stability, health, and access to basic needs — the building blocks for a good quality of life. We have four community impact strategies:
 
Health: We ensure people can live healthier lives by connecting them to a consistent source of health care, and providing education, support and outreach related to healthy living. We’re helping to create healthier beginnings and healthier lives. Learn more.
 
Education: We ensure children build a strong, early foundation by providing parents with tools to support their child’s development and education, improving learning environments, and helping children and their families overcome nonacademic barriers to succeed in school and life. Learn more.
 
Financial Stability: We give people the education and tools to improve their lives and the lives of their children. That includes helping individuals get living-wage jobs and build a solid financial foundation by empowering them to better manage their money. Learn more.
 
Basic Needs: We provide crisis assistance in the form of food, clothing, shelter and freedom from violence. Utilizing community services, we strengthen our economy, increase economic mobility and reduce poverty. Learn more.
 

How We Do It

We win by living United. By forging unlikely partnerships. By finding new solutions to old problems. By mobilizing the best resources. And by inspiring individuals to join the fight against their community’s most daunting social crises.
 
We’ve been building stronger communities for 96 years. We do it by working with local businesses, nonprofits, government, civic, and faith-based organizations, along with educators, labor leaders, health providers, senior citizens, young leaders, and more.
 
Together, we take a hard, long look at the problems facing our community. We involve experts and leaders, practitioners and people in the neighborhoods. We work across partisan and income divides, inviting everyone into solutions. We hold community conversations to bring people from all walks of life into the solution conversation.
 
Whether we’re driving agencies to common outcomes, leading an initiative, or creating collective impact, we’re the get-it-done people. We’re the stop-talking-start-doing-band-together-and-take-on-impossible-task-masters. No matter the odds, we surround a problem, and we fight to win—with results to show for it.
 
But there is more work to do. That’s why we set ambitious goals, and hold ourselves accountable. That’s why we listen hard, and work hard to engage even more people in even better, bigger solutions. Because change doesn’t happen alone. To live better, we must Live United.