Through a vast network of volunteers and community service agencies, United Ways throughout America help meet the health and human-care needs of millions of people every day.
United Way’s 100+ year history is built on a proven system of local organizations helping people in their own communities.
- The United Way system included approximately 1,400 community-based organizations like United Way of Skagit County. Each is independent, separately incorporated, and governed by local volunteers.
- Through a single community-wide campaign, United Way volunteers raise funds to support local agency service providers.
- United Way volunteers ensure that every group receiving funds is a non-profit, tax-exempt charity governed by a volunteer board and that it conducts an annual, independent financial audit, provides services at a reasonable cost, and maintains a policy of non-discrimination.
- The “United Way” movement began in the United States over 100 years ago in Denver, CO. It was called the “Charity Organizations Society” and its purpose was to raise money for human service programs in the Denver area.
The idea back then was the same as it is now – that community members have the responsibility to take care of one another by volunteering time and donating dollars. The goal has always been to make the community a better place to live.