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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

10 Best United Way Chapters


Every Tuesday, Charity Navigator features a new list of 10 highly-rated charities working on a particular cause or issue. This week we're highlighting the 10 United Way chapters with the highest ratings. United Way affiliates across the country work to address community needs by providing education, health, and financial support services. They also create countless opportunities for volunteers to get involved in giving back in their communities. Is your local organization on this list?



United Way of Central Indiana (Indianapolis, IN)
☆☆☆☆
Live united.

The United Way of Central Indiana harnesses the collective impact of local partners specializing in education, financial stability, health and basic needs to focus on specific, measurable goals to improve the lives of everyone in Central Indiana. The organization focuses on increasing academic success by making child care more accessible, fostering reading skills, and supporting students until their graduation. And, provide physical and mental health services to students and their families to address the needs of the whole person. They also look after the basic needs of struggling families in their community and help them find reliable employment to get them back on their feet.

United Way of Central Alabama (Birmingham, AL)
☆☆☆☆
Live united.

The United Way has a rich history of helping neighborhoods and communities in Central Alabama. Since 1923, the United Way of Central Alabama has been helping communities solve problems and care for needs through partnerships with local agencies. Today, the organization’s impact has grown to include more than 80 programs and initiatives and a fundraising impact of more than $38 million. Throughout its history, the organization has never changed it’s basic purpose: to increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another and to improve their communities.

United Way of Southern Chautauqua County (Jamestown, NY)
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Live united.

The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County mobilizes their community help people improve their lives. The organization’s human and financial resources are dedicated to achieving measurable results in four key areas defined by the community: academic success, ready workforce, self-sufficiency, and health and independence. This year, the organization will invest $1 million in 39 community-based programs that align with these priorities. Funding decisions are made locally by a team of 45 community volunteers from all walks of life. 

United Way of Southwest Virginia (Abingdon, VA)
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Live united.

United Way of Southwest Virginia fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Southwest Virginia because they are the building blocks for a good quality of life. Through an initiative-based cradle-to-career approach, United Way of Southwest Virginia is creating sustainable solutions to address the challenges facing tomorrow’s workforce. United Way convenes cross-sector partners to make an impact on the most complex problems in our region. Through collaboration with government, business, nonprofit and individuals, United Way innovates for positive, lasting social change.

United Way of Central Iowa (Des Moines, IA)
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Live united.

Since 1917, United Way of Central Iowa has brought together individuals and organizations from every corner of central Iowa to create and implement initiatives focused on producing real results in the areas of education, income, and health. United Way of Central Iowa is a "Collective Impact" organization. Their power comes from bringing together local nonprofits, businesses, elected officials and community leaders to collaborate and implement solutions to some of their community's most pervasive challenges.

United Way of Bartholomew County (Columbus, IN)
☆☆☆☆
Live united.

United Way of Bartholomew County brings together the most talented and passionate people in their community to develop innovative, lasting solutions to our community's most pressing social issues. Their community partners are the top thought leaders in local non-profit, public, private, and government community work. Together they work to create a community where every child is supported in and outside of the classroom, every family has their basic needs met, and every individual leads a stable, successful life.

United Way of the Plains (Wichita, KS)
☆☆☆☆
Live united.

The United Way of the Plains aims to improve lives by identifying community needs and mobilizing resources to meet those needs through a network of capable and innovative partnerships. They believe that by expanding educational opportunities, addressing child and family health, and working to increase financial stability for more people, they will strengthen their community. Last year, the organization helped more than 80,000 people in Central Kansas -- that’s more than 200 people each day!

United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee (Fort Myers, FL)
☆☆☆☆
Live united.

The United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee is a volunteer organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people in our community. They are a community collaborator that brings people and organizations together to create powerful partnerships that address issues and solve problems.

United Way of Brazoria County (Angleton, TX)
☆☆☆☆
Live united.

United Way of Brazoria County collaborates with community partners to mobilize resources, finding sustainable solutions that lead to a higher quality of life. Their pillars of impact focus on education, income, health and basic needs because these are the building blocks for a good quality of life. They recruit the people and organizations from all across the community who bring the passion, the expertise, and the resources needed to get things done. The organization provides many opportunities for volunteers to connect with a program or project they’re passionate about and encourages everyone in their community to consider volunteer service.

United Way of Pueblo County (Pueblo, CO)
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Live united.

The power of United Way of Pueblo County is a result of a community-wide collaboration to help those in need. The organization relies on hundreds of committed volunteers each year to raise and allocate funds to help solve the most critical issues in their community through various health and human service agencies. Knowledgeable volunteers are also dedicated to ensuring good stewardship of funds, and low overhead. Today, the organization has 12 partner agencies who provide service in the areas of youth development, basic food and shelter, domestic/child abuse, child care, health care for the indigent, proactive health care for seniors and family counseling.

You can use Charity Navigator’s Advanced Search Tool and Discover feature to find even more highly-rated United Way organizations.

Written by Ashley Post, Communications Manager at Charity Navigator.

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